Why Are Dogs Noses Wet and Cold?

Your dogs’ noses help them regulate their body temperature, and because they don’t have sweat glands like us, they secrete sweat from the pads of their feet and their noses.

Dogs use their nose to interpret and understand their environments, through sniffing. When your dogs lick their nose, they transfer all sorts of particles to scent detection olfactory receptors that they have on the roof of their mouth to help them understand their surroundings.

Pay close attention to your dog next time she is sniffing something, and you will notice how she licks her nose soon after she is done sniffing whatever she was. She does this to transfer all the information about what scents other dogs, cats, or animals have left.

A spaniel licking nose

Apart from breathing and smelling, your dogs use their noses to drain excessive tears from their eyes. Their noses have sweat glands as well that helps them cool down through perspiration, just as much as how panting regulates their body temperature.

Having a wet noses work better for smelling. Your dogs rely on their sense of smell to interpret their world, and scent particles stick better to these moist surfaces, hence why they lick their nose.

Typically your dog’s wet nose is nothing to be concerned about. If something is wrong with your dog, you’ll usually see changes in her behavior, such as lethargy, poor appetite, and vomiting.

Visit your pet’s veterinarian if your pet has any of these symptoms.


Why is My Dog Nose Warm and Dry?

Shih tzu dog dry nose

A dry nose doesn’t always mean that your dog is sick and have a fever. It is possible that your dog just does not lick his nose as often as other dogs.

It is normal for the moisture and temperature of your dog’s nose to fluctuate throughout the day. Your dog’s nose may be warm as a result of the temperature outside.

Some dogs naturally have warmer noses than others, so a drier nose may be perfectly normal for your pup. Several things can contribute to a dog’s dry nose such as the weather, dehydration, allergies, and irritant.

Situations like those require immediate treatment by your pet’s veterinarian to reduce discomfort to improve the dog’s sense of smell. Additionally, you can use a Snout Soother to help moisture your dog’s nose.

If your pet is showing unusual symptoms and you suspect that the health of your pet has been harmed as a result of any of these, take your pet to the vet immediately.


Why Do Dogs Lick Their Noses?

Dogs lick their noses to transfer all sorts of scent particles to their scent detection glands to better interpret and understand their environment, and these particles stick better on wet surfaces.

A dry nose is uncomfortable for your dog, and it interferes with their ability to be great sniffers. Sense of smell is one of dogs’ strongest strengths.

Black Dog Licking Nose

The moisture in your dogs’ nose helps them analyze and understand the world around them. Dogs are not able to smell efficiently without a wet snout, and this can cause them to become agitated.

Dogs also lick their noses to cool down because their noses are densely filled with blood vessels and capillaries that causes the blood circulating in their nose to cool down when they lick their noses.


What Causes Your Dog To Have A Dry Nose and How To Treat It?

Excessive sun exposure, especially to dogs that do not have enough protective coating, can cause them to have sunburned skin on the nose which can peel and crack.

Other dogs, such as Pugs and Bulldogs, who can’t lick their nose very well because of the shape of their skull are very susceptible to thick, crusty, chalky, cracked nose because they are not able to keep their noses as moist as it needs to be.

Pug Dog Standing

Allergies are a leading cause of dry noses in dogs. Plastic is also a common dog allergy that can cause your dog to have a dry nose. Remove any plastic feeding containers that your dog may be eating or drinking from and replace them with stainless steel and ceramic bowls.

Give your dogs small amounts of water to drink. This can help to keep them hydrated.

Have your vet prescribe a lotion specifically designed to hydrate and nourish your dog’s nose and one that is safe for your dog to ingest.

Do not treat your dog’s dry nose with over the counter skin lotion, because most are not safe for ingestion. Follow up with your veterinarian if you notice any weird looks on your dog’s nose after you apply the lotion.