Is Your Dog’s Nose Too Dry?


Dry And Crusty Doggy Nose Info

Is it possible that your dog is sick if the tip of his or her nose is dry, crusty, and cracked in addition to the fact that it does not have an appealing appearance?

There are two main concerns that need to be addressed here. The first issue is how dry it is, and the second is how crusty it is. Each of these topics will have its own dedicated conversation.

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Dry Nose

There is no guarantee that your dog is sick or that there is something wrong with your dog simply because its nose is dry and heated. The degree to which the nose feels warm and damp might change throughout the course of a day. There is probably nothing wrong as long as there is no discharge that is runny, as long as your dog is breathing normally, and as long as it does not appear to be distressed or unhappy. It is important to keep a close check on them simply to be safe, and if you have any concerns at all, you should definitely visit your veterinarian caregiver. However, if a dry nose is the only symptom, it is not necessary to rush off to the emergency room right away.

  • Heating

During the cold winter times, we have our heating and fires constantly on to keep warm.  And of course, our pets are indoors with us and are exposed to the same lovely warm environment.  However, if your canine companion comes too close to the heating sources, it will cause their noses to become dry. It can also make the nose crack eventually. Keep a watchful eye and use fireguards for dogs that try to get warm by just about getting into the fire. Poor air circulation will also help to create a very dried-out nose.

  • Allergies

Dogs like people also suffer from allergies.  Some allergies will cause dry nose symptoms.  Speak to your vet about this.

  • Reaction to plastic

Some dogs have shown an allergic reaction to plastic. As much as half of all dogs have been positively diagnosed with this allergy.  The problem is easily fixed though by making sure any dishes and bowls you serve your dog in are either ceramic or stainless steel.

  • Sunburn

During an extremely hot spell of weather, dogs can get sunburn on their noses very easily.  Even prolonged exposure or the lack of sufficient cover to hide under during the sunniest part of the day can result in severe sunburn.  If you go on a day trip you may use special sunscreen on your dog.  Be especially vigilant towards light-haired dogs as they tend to burn even faster.  Sun causes cancer, don’t take the chance!

  • Dehydration

Not having free access to water or drinking inadequate amounts due to illness or stress will cause your dog to become dehydrated.  As the body dries up the nose will also dry out as a consequence.  Make sure your dog always has loads of clean freshwater freely available.

  • Diet

If all of the above is ruled out as possibilities, have a look at your dog’s diet.  Some foods are packed with fillers and sugars that offer none of the nutrients that an animal needs to keep its body nice and shiny.  This can go for the nose too, as the whole body can become dull and dried out. Change your dog’s diet – you will be amazed at the difference after two months.

Crusty Nose

  • Hyperkeratosis

The cause for this condition is unknown but it is marked by the disproportionate formulation of keratin.  It is not something that will kill your dog or make him have a less happy life and is considered more of a cosmetic problem.  Any approved Vaseline-based ointment can be used to alleviate this condition. 

Some Vaseline ointments have anything from tea tree to shea butter, avocado oil, and other plant extracts with soothing, healing, and conditioning powers.  This crusty nose problem is more commonly found in older dogs and dogs with big flat noses. It can also be inherited so if your dog’s parents had it, chances are good your dog will also suffer from this.

  • Canine Pemphigus Foliaceus

Pemphigus foliaceus, also known in short as PF, is an autoimmune skin disorder that dogs share with humans.  An autoimmune disease means that the dog’s immune system reacts against its own tissues.  The skin disorder causes the loss of adhesion of keratin and blisters form as a result.  What we see are blisters that have busted and crusted over. The condition is fairly straightforward to treat and keep under control with antibiotics and steroids but will need a vet visit.

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