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The Curious Case of Cold Wet Nose of Dogs

October 11, 2016 Leave a comment

The Curious Case of Cold Wet Nose of Dogs

It has been observed that dog noses have the same kind of mystery that cat eyes possess. It is very difficult to know the exact reason for the felines to see in the dark and why is their pupils usually diamond-shaped? It is also not known how dogs are able to pick up the scent in the snow or sense fear? The other puzzle is the dog’s nose always being wet. This puzzle has really baffled people since ages. In this write-up you will understand the very reasons for dog’s nose being always moist and the reason for it to be an important facet of his anatomy.

If you might have observed the nose of your doggy it will mostly be damp and cool. The reason for that it is pups love to sniff, lick, cuddle and nuzzle us nose-first, which causes damp-stamp where their schnoz has been. Let us now look at some of the reasons for a dog’s nose to be wet:

  • Dogs have wet noses due to the fact that they secrete mucus. That is the very reason you might have observed that dog noses get a little runny now and then. The other thing is that dogs constantly lick their noses. This is done to ensure that their noses get soiled easily when the dog snuffles around grassy gardens or down dirty holes. Licking it also assists the dog in cleaning it.
  • A wet nose assists the doggy in detecting the scent. The layer of moisture absorbs scent chemicals, and by licking the nose, the dog’s tongue is able to bring these back to the olfactory glands in the mouth’s roof. This assists them to better assess their environment and track odors.
  • A wet nose aids the dog to cool down. It works as a sweat glands in other parts of the dog’s body. Dogs cool off through the sweat glands in their paws, through panting and by licking their noses.

If you see that your doggy has a dry nose there can be a number of reasons for it. He might have woken up from a long peaceful snooze in a warm house. If he is dehydrated from running around strenuously in the sun, the nose might be dry to conserve moisture in the body. If he has a dry or chapped nose it can be due to age or while they are standing near a heater, direct sunlight or fireplace. The dryness does not clearly show that the doggy is facing any health issues apart from dehydration. So, if you see this condition in your pooch, give him plenty of water to drink and rejuvenate.

Dry nose can be a concern if:

  • The doggy has a low appetite
  • He seems uninterested in anything or is fatigued frequently
  • The dog has a mucus runny nose
  • You can see a flaky dry, cracked of scabby skin around the nose

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