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Dog Care: A Guide on Protecting Your Dog’s Nose

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We know what you’re thinking—caring for my dog’s nose?

What can I possibly do to protect my dog’s nasal health? Aside from being one of the cutest features of your pooch’s face, they’re also the most important.

Not only is their nose their main form of sense, but also the first way your dog experiences their world. From their early puppy days, their sense of smell comes before hearing or sight. Here, we’ll give you the latest insights and tips on how to keep your pooch’s nose in excellent condition.


Texture Changes

Despite popular belief, a dry dog nose is nothing to worry about. But it’s essential to contact your doctor if you notice texture differences such as loss of color, flaky or crusty skin, scabs or sores of any kind.


Constant Sneezing

Occasional bouts of sneezes and snorts are regular for dogs. In fact, your dog sneezes out of nervousness or excitement that stimulates nerves to their nasal passages. But if he’s continuously sneezing, then its best to speak to a vet. It’s not difficult for a pup to have a foreign object lodged in his nose. However, getting it out of his nose is not a job for you because the skin on his nose is sensitive and can bleed at the slightest prick.


Color Changes

The food and water your dog consume contribute to its nose color. Plastic bowls can cause a skin reaction, leading to a color change. Because of this, they are less likely to stop bacteria from reaching your dog’s nose. It is suggested to serve them food in ceramic, stainless steel, or glass bowls to protect your dog’s nose.


Tips for Everyday Care

To ensure a healthy nose, everyday care must be given to your pooch. As with other aspects of their body, dog noses require a healthy diet to keeps their coats, noses, and eyes in top form.

Some pet owners have to take strict care of their dog’s nose since some breeds are more exposed to nose issues than others. According to Dr. Romero, Veterinary Advisor for BetterPet and DVM, “Short muzzled dogs such as bulldogs and boxers will commonly have a dry nose.” Short-nosed dogs experience greater difficulty breathing in oxygen than longer nosed canines.

If your dog has a blacked, dry nose, we suggest getting moisturizing lotion, but dog vets warn against using off-the-shelf topicals. Your dog’s nose might become infected if you use a non-sterile cream on their sores based on the condition. Beware of using creams that contain vitamins. For instance, Vitamin D toxicosis might occur when using creams with this ingredient.

If your dog has a running nose with discharge, contact a veterinarian to diagnose any upcoming issues.


Nasal Hyperkeratosis

While nearly all dog breeds experience nasal dryness, nasal hyperkeratosis is a more extreme condition. Nasal Hyperkeratosis is an idiopathic condition, meaning that the disease has an unknown origin.

While most veterinarians view it as a cosmetic issue, it can be highly uncomfortable for your dog. Dogs rely on a moist and healthy nose to experience the world around them. Here are some ways to protect your dog from nasal hyperkeratosis:

  • Oils: Nasal hyperkeratosis can be treated by applying certain oils on a dog’s nose. Over time, the keratin builds up on the nose will become brittle and will fall off.
  • Balms: When a dog’s nose appears cracked, some pet owners will suggest air purifiers as a solution. While these solutions should be applauded, balms are a more cost-efficient solution that is more effective.



Your dog’s nasal health needs to be treated with the utmost importance. After applying natural balms onto their nose, certain diseases such as nasal hyperkeratosis can be treated with ease. To conclude, always check on your pooch’s health to ensure they experience life the best way possible.



  1. https://www.calgaryhumane.ca/all-about-dog-noses/
  2. https://www.thefarmersdog.com/digest/how-your-dogs-nose-works-and-how-to-take-care-of-it/
  3. https://happiestdog.com/nasal-dog-hyperkeratosis/
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