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.
If the nose changes its color or texture that is another issue. Also if your dog has light skin such as a pink nose you should talk to your vet. Dogs or any species for that matter can get skin cancer just like humans. What is more serious, however, is a change in texture to the dog's nose, such as it becoming flaky and crusty and covered with sores.
Other dog nose conditions that you should be able to diagnose include:
1. Allergies and sensitivities due to plastics and dyes that may also manifest as changes on the nose and muzzle area on pets fed from plastic dishes. It is recommended that you use stainless steel bowls for feeding to eliminate this potential problem.
2. Signs of discharge coming from the nostrils should be examined by your veterinarian. Coughing, sneezing and difficulty breathing can be signs of anything from a respiratory infection to a nasal foreign body to a tumor in the nasal passages.
3. Dogs are prone to sunburn and subsequent skin cancer on noses, ear tips, and around eyes. Light coated, pink-nosed animals are at greatest risk. Check with your veterinarian about providing sun protection for your pet if they are in this category of risk.
If you 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, he/she may have a dermatological condition, which should also be seen by a vet.
A dry nose is generally not something 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. If in doubt contact your vet.
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