Monday, August 20, 2012

Is An Adult Dog’s Dry Nose A Problem?

It is quite common that a dog owner asks about dry, warm nose as they believe this is an indicator that the dog is sick. This is actually just a misunderstanding and a false belief. The truth is that the nose of a dog can vary from dry to wet several times daily. This happens because of many possible reasons that have nothing to do with a health problem. Some of the most common ones are:
  • Staying too long in the sun
  • Staying in a room that has bad air circulation
  • Spending too much time near a heat source

Now that you know that a dry nose is not a problem, you should not just ignore the problem. Checking the nose of a dog is a very good way to see if some problems exist. For instance, dogs that have pink or pale noses are quite susceptible to facing sunburns. If you see that the dog has a nose that is red and dry or if the skin is flaking, you might be faced with sunburn. You need to talk to the vet and get some suitable lotion to protect your dog. Our loved friends can also end up with skin cancer.

If the nose of the dog is cracked and there are sores or scabs present, a skin disorder might be present. Once again, the veterinarian has to be asked about the solution to this problem. Analyze the nose and see if nasal discharge appears. If the nose of a dog runs, mucus has to be clear. If not, go to the vet. This is especially important when the discharge is green, yellow, thick or bubbly. Sometimes even black mucus can appear. 

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