Reasons a Dog Might Have a Dry Nose.
1. The nose naturally gets dry during sleep. A lot of people worry that their dog’s nasal.
membrane is dry when the pet wakes up from a nap. But this is normal. When your dog sleeps, he stops licking at his nose. This stops the constant flow of moisture to the nasal area. Within 10 minutes after your dog wakes up, that nose should be right back to its usual wet self.
2. Your dog is too close to the heat.
During the colder months, dogs (like cats) love to sleep close to heating vents and ducts. They find comfy spots with the warm air blowing on their faces. However, being too close to heating sources can cause your puppy’s nose to become dry. It can also make the nose cracked.
Note: Just watch to be sure the snout goes back to its moist state. If it doesn’t, a dab of petroleum jelly may do the trick.
3. Your dog is allergic to something.
Dogs with allergies tend to have dry noses. Humans experience this, too.
Your veterinarian can help you gain control of the allergies. Quite a few prescription medications can relieve the dryness. Once again, you can consider using a dab of petroleum jelly to keep the nose moist and prevent cracking. Dr. Barbara Royal, DVM, suggests that rubbing on shea butter or coconut oil might work. We have heard that Chapstick can suffice, or even a little olive oil.
We’ve also heard great things about a product called Blissful Dog Nose Butter (affiliate link). Dr. Heather Loenser, DVM, explains more about this product in the quick video below:
4. The nose is irritated by plastic food/water bowls.
One of the biggest causes of dry nose in dogs is a problem with plastic, such as in food and water bowls. Nearly half of dogs are said to have some form of allergic reaction to plastic. You can opt for toys that are made of hard rubber (such as Kong toys) as opposed to plastic, which will help.
5. The dog has sunburn on the nose.
All too many people have no idea their dogs can get sunburn on their noses.
Think about it: If you were out in the sun a lot, you would be burned up, too. You need to protect your pet from UV damage as well as potentially getting skin cancer. Sunblock is the key to keeping your dog’s nose moist and sniffling as it should. It is essential that you use a sunblock designed for petsor for human infants. These will be nontoxic. You’ll no longer have to worry about the dog being uncomfortable with a dried out, sunburned nose.
6. The dog hasn’t been drinking enough water.
When a dog doesn’t have enough fluids taken into his body, he becomes dehydrated.
This could be a real issue as the dry nose can crack — but also the kidneys and other body systems could become compromised, shut down and cause your pet to go into shock. It is incredibly important that every pet have a fresh supply of clean water available at all times.
Chronic dry nose, or a nose that has scabbing or sores, should be brought to your vet’s attention. (For more information visit: https://www.petful.com/pet-health/why-does-dog-have-dry-nose/) -Article By Petful-
Disclaimer: Train Your Dog LLC, does not diagnose, treat or give medical guidance. Consult your veterinarian.