Dog Symptoms Dry Nose

by admin on July 17, 2010

One symptom that is often overlooked in dogs is a dry nose. Although having a warm, dry nose doesn’t necessarily mean that the dog is sick, if you have noticed any other symptoms, you may want to look out for this common dog symptom: dry nose.

It is perfectly normal for a dog’s nose to dry out in the sun, or go from cool and moist to warm and reasonably dry and back again. In the course of a day, this is perfectly normal. However, if the dog’s nose stays dry for a prolonged period, there may be cause for
concern.

What is more serious, however, is a change in texture to the dog’s nose, such as it becoming flaky and crusty or losing its colour. The worst case scenario is a warm, dry nose which loses its colour and becomes crusty, flaky and covered in sores. If your dog is experiencing any combination of these symptoms, you should have him checked out by a veterinarian.

If have recently observed any other symptoms, such as dog parvo symptoms, a dry nose may be part of them. However, if your dog has been well, they may have a dermatological condition, which should also be seen by a vet.

In conclusion, a dry nose is generally not much to worry about. However, if the dog’s nose is dry for a prolonged period, or you experience any other symptoms around the nose, the dog may be suffering from a skin condition. In any case, if you have any doubts, you should always take your dog to see a vet.

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Shai October 21, 2011 at 5:57 am

My elderly dog has first stages of heart failure and is on lasix which expels fluid from body. Is there any ointment or something to put on it. It looks bad. I wouldn’t want my nose to have that. I’m afraid if I put ointment on it that she will just lick it off and it would be useless. Any ideas. I’m going to ask vet but just curious.

admin October 23, 2011 at 4:39 am

I would suggest calling your veterinary office and just asking them what you can do at home. Usually they can give you an answer like that over the phone and tell you some helpful hints to keep your dog from removing any ointment. Good Luck and I’m so sorry to hear about her heart failure.

Preston Smith October 27, 2011 at 11:34 pm

Thank you so much, hoping my dog gets better soon.

tracy ackers November 13, 2011 at 8:02 pm

hello please could you help.My 17mth old boxer has a dry cracked nose its been like this for a couple of months now .what concerns me is i lost my 11yr old boxer in march and he suffered the same thing when we moved here 4yrs ago .

admin November 16, 2011 at 7:25 pm

This is actually pretty common for boxers, and isn’t something to be worried about. As long as it isn’t bleeding and/or infected, You can apply vasoline or neosporin. You’re dog will end up lickin git off, so this is something you’ll need to apply a couple times a day. If this doesn’t clear up in a couple weeks then having a prescription ointment might be necessary.

Benoit bell November 16, 2011 at 11:25 pm

My 10 month old husky starting showing signs of his nose getting dry as well as small flaking occurring. By the time we noticed that his eye started having yellow discharge in the corners of it. We took him to a vet and they determined he had conjunctivitis and gave us drops. We used it and it cleared in 5 days, after that one morning I noticed when I got home from work the 6th day he had a yellow film over his left eye so we took him to 3-4 doctors an hospitals just to find out he had glaucoma in his left eye. They sent us to a eye specialist to go to on the 7th day and within 12 hrs they said the glaucoma spread to both eyes. I’m puzzled as to how this happens so fast and now were in a fight to save his vision period, they gave us a list of meds and took blood work and determined his white blood cells are kind of high as if his immune system is fighting off something. Do you have any idea what can cause all this to happen within such a short period of time? They mention something about the bottom of his lip having some pink in it as well as small portions of his nose. Any help on this would be greatly appreciated, also I know his parents and brothers and sisters and none of them have glaucoma

admin November 20, 2011 at 9:43 pm

Glaucoma can be be classified as either primary or secondary. Primary meaning they it is genetic, husky are among many breeds known for developing this disordered. Secondary glaucoma is usually caused by a variety of different traumas that can occur to the eye. What your original vet may have though was conjunctivitis may have actually been inflammation occurring inside the eye rather than the surface. The type of inflammation that can causes glaucoma can stem from advanced cataracts, eye cancer, lens displacement, and detached retinal. Treatment will depend on the root of your dogs actual problem. His rapid problems could have caused by a variety of different factors. A likely scenario might be he got a bacterial infection causing severe inflammation which led to a displaced lens or retinal detachment. When the specialists are able to find the root of the cause they’ll be able to properly treat the problem. It is likely this will result in permanent visual impairment. Just remember that dogs do not rely on sights as we do. They are born with their noses open first, then theirs ears, and lastly sight. This is nothing that means they end of quality life for you dog, he will just need to rely more on his first 2 senses. I hope this helped. Keep us posted on his progress!

lyn November 29, 2011 at 5:31 pm

I have a terrier mix and hes 5 mo. we just got him neutered last week and lately hes been really sad and just sleeps all day, but he wont eat or drink anything and hes losing alot of weight. This morning, his nose was dry, not like cracked dry but just kind of. His wound doesnt look infected or swollen or anything. But he just refuses to eat. Is that normal?

lyn November 29, 2011 at 5:31 pm

I have a terrier mix and hes 5 mo. we just got him neutered last week and lately hes been really sad and just sleeps all day, but he wont eat or drink anything and hes losing alot of weight. This morning, his nose was dry, not like cracked dry but just kind of. His wound doesnt look infected or swollen or anything. But he just refuses to eat. Is that normal?

admin December 1, 2011 at 7:58 pm

A week can be a normal amount of time for him to recover. If his behavior persist then it would definitely be something you need to see a vet for.

Nichole December 4, 2011 at 6:42 am

My Chihuahua daushund mix has been scratching like crazy at her lower back/rump and uncharacteritically needy and hyper. Her nose is dry when she finally calms down to sleep. Should
I take her to the vet? (She doesn’t have fleas.) is this dermatological or possibly neurological? Has anyone heard of this?

K December 4, 2011 at 10:11 am

I have a 7 yr old white German shepherd that I rescued. He had heart works when I adopted him. The medicine is unavailable s the vet put him on regular preventative heart worm monthly meds as well as doxycycline for a month. One month off then back on. 4 pills a daty twice a day. We took him tO the vet when we first got him. When we found out about the worms. It’s been about three months. His nose is losing color, black to tan and getting scaly. I’ve noticed it getting worse. H boyfriend says it want like that when we took him to the vet. I’m not sure. But it’s definitely progressed to about 75% of his nose. Everything else seems perfectly normal. No other symptoms. Is this becuase of the worms? The antibiotics? Or is it something else?

Ariele December 9, 2011 at 8:09 am

I have a 6 month old female pomeranian, and today I just noticed her nose was dry with white marks around the tip and around her nostrils. The white marks seem to be a little rough, but I’m not sure if that’s just the texture of her nose dry, or if it really is the white marks. She’s a very energetic and hyper pup, and til today I see no real big changes in that. But I have noticed this week, in the mornings I’d see her rub her face and nose with her paws. Is this normal?

admin December 23, 2011 at 4:42 pm

It’s pretty normal to have a changes in appetite and behavior. Usually in a week or two they start feeling back t normal. If it lasts any longer than that or does develop any signs of infection, then it would be a good idea to take him to the vet.

admin December 23, 2011 at 4:59 pm

Although there are many different things that can cause “dudley nose” (loss of pigment in the nose). It can be caused by both parasitic infection (heartworm in your case) and as a reaction to some prescription medications. These are probably both contributing to the changes in pigment for your dog. Other reasons can cause this changes such as, hormone levels, food allergies, and auto immune diseases. Depending on the reason it color change can be reversible.

Lisa Flower February 12, 2012 at 2:53 pm

Two of my three Pugs have noses with a dry, flaky upper edge. The rest of their noses seem normal and wet. It doesn’t seem to bother them, it just looks odd, like they have dipped into something and need to be wiped off. (I did try this, but there’s nothing there to wipe off). Any suggestions?

Krista February 27, 2012 at 5:15 pm

My puppy has a dry nose that is loosing color and he seems very weak and won’t eat. He is usually hyper and jumpy, this is not him at all. He is very slow and I think he might have eaten something? Our neighbors dog ate a rope toy and had some of these symptoms.

etok g March 2, 2012 at 11:29 pm

My dog had an early stage of distemper last january and was able to survive. Now he is so playful and very active. But there are somethings that bother me. His nose is dry and there is changes in color…before he got distemper it was black…and his paws were scaly and dry…..is there still a problem with his health. I love my dog so much…he’s an 8 month old yellow labrador….i hope you could give me knowledge on his condition…..thank tou.

jerod March 11, 2012 at 8:00 pm

hi, i just movd into this house and they have a lab puppy, the owner of this place is a SLOB and doesnt take care of the dogs. he looks to be in good health, save for two or three things. he lives in the backyard* i am against, and is in the dirt allot. the owner named him snoppy cuz he’s into everything.
his nose is constantly dry, and closer to the edges it starts to get kinda crusty ** coming from the tip of his nose towards his eyes**

he has pretty bad dry skin and even though he’s gotten three baths in the short amount of time he still is scratching all the time,

and i need to keep cleaning his ears allot.

there are no fleas or any bugs that i can see.. he’s just dusty and dirty allot and has this case of dry nose.

im doing my part for him, and gonna ask the owner if i can be his owner. since i DO take care of my dogs to the point of spoiling them.
im working on house breaking ** hasnt been an issue yet*
leash training, basic obdience too. anything else you can suggest atm..

T March 25, 2012 at 6:51 am

My 8 year old miniature dachshund, Adam, is having trouble breathing, which is causing him to pant, snort, and grunt. Since he is an overweight dog, I figured the panting, grunting, and snorting were kind of normal. About a month ago, he started to seem depressed, and started experiencing a dry, cracked, flaky nose and his grunting became worse. I don’t know what to do. I am very worried for his life.

hhooyyy April 13, 2012 at 2:38 pm

may dog have an dry nose and he did not eat almost 5 days what should i do??? i hope you can help me thanks

salou April 15, 2012 at 8:31 pm

My dogns nose is dry most of the day and always has been, is this normal. He is not showing signs of illness

Francis April 21, 2012 at 5:13 am

i have a 2yr old Saint Bernard mixed with a Lab and his nose has been dry for about a week and he hasnt really been eating his food someimtes he leaves half of his food and once out of the week he ate all of it

Michelle Cooley April 25, 2012 at 2:22 pm

My 4yr old dachshund has a warm dry nose and has been scratching his ear a lot what could be the issue with this?

admin April 27, 2012 at 2:39 pm

A common reason for dry nose and itchy ears are simply allergies. Try washing your dog with hypoallergenic shampoo and keeping him out of heavy wooded or grassy areas.
If you’re seeing a build up of dark wax it could mean your dog has a yeast infection in which case they will require some medicated ear drops to kill the infection. If you’re not seeing this buildup your dog could still have an ear infection.

admin April 27, 2012 at 2:45 pm

These are relatively general symptoms for dogs. Since this has been going on for a week it’s in your best interest to visit a veterinarian. It may also been a good idea to keep an eye on his drinking habits. If he becomes dehydrated it could become a serious problem.

admin April 27, 2012 at 3:02 pm

Dry noses in dogs does not indicate sickness, if your dog is otherwise feeling and acting normal there should be not cause for alarm. A dog may have a wet or dry nose as long as it is not changes in color or texture, peeling or flaking, it is considered normal.

admin April 27, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Is your dog still drinking or otherwise acting differently. This is a concern because it’s been going on for so long. Have you tried offering a different food? Have you checked to make sure he hasn’t gotten into anything harmful like poison or eating something he shouldn’t have (shoe, etc.) These could all be causes some requiring medical attention.

admin April 27, 2012 at 3:54 pm

If you think this is a serious illness it’s smart to bring him in to a veterinarian right away, breathing troubles are and can be life threatening symptoms. If you think these are symptoms from being overweight putting him on a restricted diet is the best options for him. Dog can get depressed, if he’s is acting this way he may benefits with weight at depression by getting a walk in some nice sunlight. Just as humans needs sunlight for healthy bones and to ward off depression, so do dogs.

admin April 27, 2012 at 5:58 pm

Dry noses don’t necessarily mean they are sick, this is an “old wives tale”. If the crusting on his nose is not just dirt buildup that can be an issue of health. Are his ears full of dark build up? If so he may have an ear or yeast infection. This can be easily taken care of by getting ear wash and drops from your veterinarian. Usually a yeast infection will require drops rather than over the counter ear cleaner they sell at pet stores. It seems to me you’re doing a great job, it’s always wonderful to hear from others who care about animals the right way. Best wishes.

admin April 27, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Individual cases of dogs surviving distemper will have different recovery stories. Some dogs will die, live with no complications, or live with complications. Distemper can cause discoloration in the nose, it can also cause what is called “hard pad” in dogs who have recovered. These are both non life threatening symptoms. The real concerns would be if your dog has developed any damage to the nervous symptoms causes things like seizures or trouble with motor functions, it seems like the changes your dog has experienced are not harmful to his health. If you notice other symptoms over time it would be good to be proactive about seeking medical treatment.

admin April 27, 2012 at 6:59 pm

Is he having regular bowel movements, if not it could mean that he has eaten something an the object could be lodged in his intestines. A dogs’ nose can change colors for a variety of different reasons. They could have an autoimmune disease, changes in hormones or enzyme levels, changes in seasons, skin conditions, trauma. There are a variety of different reasons for these general symptoms, the best way to find the cause is to have your dog examines by a veterinarian.

admin April 27, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Usually a dry nose does not indicate a dog is sick, however if the nose has become scaly and flakiness this can indicate illness. If your dogs are otherwise healthy this might just be something you mention on their next vet appointment, otherwise you might want to find the reason for the flakiness.

admin May 1, 2012 at 3:40 am

Yes, this can be normal, take a warm wash clothes and wash her nose. This white marks is salt build up from preparation.

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