Your dog’s nose is unique. Naturally, depending on your dog’s breed, the season, or the temperature outdoors, your pet’s nose may be affected. While nothing may be abnormal with a dry nose, you may find yourself asking, “Why is my dog’s nose dry?” Fortunately, we sat down with Trupanion veterinarian Dr. Caroline Wilde to learn more about a dog’s nose and the factors that may influence your furry friend’s snout.
Why is my dog’s nose dry?
Your pet’s health is important. Whether you have a puppy, adult dog, or senior you may have different concerns based on their age or breed. Because of that, sometimes you can tell how your pet may be feeling based on body parts like the nose, paws, or eyes. Wilde points out reasons why your dog’s nose may be dry.
“I would consider a dry nose abnormal if it’s a sudden change. Also, if your pet’s skin is cracking or peeling. In addition, other items may include a change in the color of your dog’s nose, say from black to white or pink. Further, a change in the size or shape of the nose with ulcers, scabs, or blisters should be noted.”
If your pet typically has a wet nose and suddenly seems uncomfortable with a dry nose, you may want to seek medical care. Your veterinarian can determine the cause of the problem and recommend the next best steps for your furry friend.
Dog breeds and dry noses
Every dog is different. Naturally, your pet’s breed may be the reason why it’s a bit drier than other furry friends. For example, dogs diagnosed with hyperkeratosis which is a skin condition that may affect the nose, and paw pads can have a drier nose. Wilde breaks down other dog breeds that may be more prone to a dry nose.
Consider the following:
Also, if your dog has a pet health condition like an autoimmune disease, dry eye, or an upper respiratory infection they may be more prone to a dry nose. If you see any changes in your pet’s nose, talk to your veterinarian and they can see if something more is going on with your best friend.
Do seasons or a change in weather affect a dog’s nose?
The season can affect a pet in a variety of ways. Alternatively, just like summer, fall and winter can affect your furry friend. Also, “If a dog is affected by seasonal allergies, the nose may be drier during certain seasons,” says Wilde.
Consider notating when your pet’s nose is dry and plan accordingly when spending time outdoors. Further, your veterinarian may prescribe a medication ointment or balm for your furry friend’s nose to help keep it moisturized.
Why is my dog’s nose dry? It may be a change in season or allergies
While any season may affect your pet’s nose, so may seasonal allergies or the temperature outside. Consider tracking how much time you’re spending outdoors and be mindful of any changes in your best friend. But by talking with your veterinarian and following your pet’s treatment plan, your pet’s nose may be back to normal in no time at all.
is a digital content writer and editor for Trupanion. She spends her workday writing for the Trupanion blog. She loves writing about pets, being inspired by pets, and luckily gets to hang out with her rescue dogs all day long. In her free time, she enjoys exploring and traveling with her family. Her work has been featured on the DOGTV blog, KitNipBox blog, Get Your Pet blog, Fansided, among many others.