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It is perfectly normal and healthy for dogs to have wet noses, it is the dry ones you should be worried about. The mucous secretion around dogs nose makes it wet to enhance the smelling power in canines, Dogs through years of evolution have acutely developed their sense of smell and can simply lick their noses to catch the scents of the environs around them.
As Dr. Brittany King, DVM, positioned in Cypress, once explained on VET STREET that a mucous layer is secreted by a dog’s nose and deposits on top to take in scent chemicals. These scent chemicals are in the form of water drops that are absorbed in the layer. The dog licks the layer to examine these scents and transports the chemicals to the olfactory glands in the mouth. This whole exercise helps the dog to enhance its smelling power.
Reasons for wet noses and how it helps your pooch:
Note that in normal circumstances the mucous discharge will be clear and watery.
A medical condition: If the nasal discharge is thick and in excess then the pet could be suffering from an infection of the upper respiratory system. Another sign of this would be the formation of crusts along the nostrils. Do consult a vet at the earliest to begin the appropriate treatment.
You may now wonder if a dog’s dry nose is a problem. Not all situations causing a dry-nose are problematic.
An active & healthy canine with a warm or dry nose is no reason to worry.
Exhaustion or sometimes a lack of fluids in the body can cause a dry nose. Make sure to place the pet in a cool and comfortable space and ensure it drinks enough water.
Seek immediate professional medical advice if your pet dog with a dry nose is lethargic, or not eating properly, or in pain. If dryness is combined with redness of the nose or there are cracks and scabs around the snout then again you have to show your pet to a veterinarian.