Why Is My Dog's Nose Dry And Cracked?

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If a dog's nose is visibly cracked and dry then this could well be an indication that it is not very well. Therefore it is highly advisable to take the dog to the vets at the earliest opportunity. If you can not get the dog to the vets for some reason, it is still worth giving them a call. Vets often do visits and so could come to you and the dog. If they don't they can still talk to you on the phone and give advice what to do and if it is serious or not.

It is said that a dog that has a dry and cracked nose could also be showing other signs of illness, such as being very tired and uninterested. Also, if the dog is not eating their normal amount of food, then, as advised earlier, it is important to take it to the vet immediately.

Sometimes dogs have a dry nose because they are rather hot and when they have cooled down it often goes back to the normal and more familiar wet nose. However, it is better to be cautious and get it checked out instead of waiting to see if it recovers by itself.

If an illness is detected early then the recovery is normally a lot quicker and more successful.
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My dog is 12 yrs old and her nose dries and cracks all the time. My vet recommended Vitamin E capsules. Cut the capsule open and apply ointment on the nose. She then licks the rest out of the capsule. After a couple of days it clears up and will be good for a while. This I might add does nor cure the problem but it does subside for a while. Hope this helps.
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Some dogs have the classic "wet dog nose" while it can be normal for a dog to have a slightly dry or just damp nose without having a problem.  Wetting the nose is not doing to help nor is trying to get the dog to lick the nose.  The moisture in a dog's nose does not come from the mouth or tongue.
What is abnormal is the cracking you describe in conjunction with the dryness.  This dog needs to be examined by a veterinarian.  Is the dog having any nasal discharge?  What to the footpads look like?  An immune mediated disease, deep infection, tear production problems (the tears drain through the nasal-lacrimal duct out the nose), and other causes will be ruled out by your veterinarian.  They will also be able to prescribe appropriate medication.
Before your visit you can try Vaseline or Bag Balm ointment on the nose.  Rub it in as well as you can to prevent your dog from licking it off immediately after application.
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thanks for the info i will have him checked out and i have notice that his breathing has gotten weird and his eyes always have eye booger. his pads are real rough also.
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Thank you very much
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Natural Dog Snout Soother works better on a dog dry or chapped nose much better than Vaseline or bag balm. I love the product.
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A dogs nose does not aways have to be cold/wet.  However, a cracked nose can be a symptom of a skin infection or immune deficiency.  I would get it checked by a vet.
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This happens in the winter to some dogs - especially older dogs.  Put some olive oil on it.  Apply every 3 hours..  It is safe, it does not bother the dog at all.  It should clear it up in a day or two.  If it does not seem to get better after two days - see a vet.
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My vet said it is normal when humidity is low.  I have a 15-yr old choc lab and her nose is now stuffy too.  The vet told us to give her Benadryl so we are trying that and ointment.  They told us to get KY gel for her nose but I haven't done that
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Noses often get drier and more cracked looking in older dogs, or it may have just gotten sunburned. It's kind of like us getting chapped or sunburned lips. If there's no sign of infection, wash it and keep it coated with Bag Balm until it starts looking better.
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My dogs nose is very dry and running a sort of yellow liquid from one nostril.   He's eating ok but sleeping a lot.   He is a westie and is 11 years old
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Not all dogs noses have to be cold or wet. Some dogs can't even reach their nose to lick it. One of my dogs has had a dry nose his entire 5 years of living and he has nothing wrong with him. Yes, most dogs have a wet nose, but it is not a requirement to be a dog.
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I agree with this. My three year old boxer's nose has always been dry and he drinks water like he's running a marathon. Check the dog for allergies. The allergies may contribute to the eye boogers as well. Our boxer is the same. Talk to your vet. You might need a humidifier in the house.
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erica lozano answered

I'm sure your dog will be fine, my dog has the same thing only he's losing color in his nose and it's really running, we've given him pedialite mixed with water. It seems to be helping him somewhat but were starting off with a small amount for now. Good luck I hope she gets well soon - erica :)

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I have a black lab with the same problem. Chunks literally fall off, we have tried everything. If you find a cure, please post. Thanks.

Serena
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I make a GREAT product for dogs noses - The Blissful Dog Nose Butter. Check it out, I have been making it for years and have had amazing results. Http://theblissfuldog.com

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Maggie answered
When a dogs nose is dry in he first place you should take it to a vet because most times a dry nose means he is dehydrated or maybe sick.  So if I were you I would try to get him in to the vet as soon as I can.
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She could have developed "collie nose". A dog does not have to be a collie to get this, BTW. It is the canine version of discoid lupus erythematosus. She may need a course of steroids from the vet if this is the correct diagnosis, and apply sun block cream in bright weather.
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My dog has the same thing. She often sneezes a lot and her eyes water. It's probably just allergies.
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My dogs noes is always dey and his eyes are always streaming! He drinks plenty of water and is a very lively, happy dog! Don't worry about it! Not every dog has a wet nose! X
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My dog has the same thing, we took him to the vet because he had crusty ears as well, the vet checked his nose and said it may be a skin problem.
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My dogs nose is dried and cracked.  He is sneezing a lot. -  he gets a lot of water and it doesnt seem to bother him - however, it is turning black.
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My German shepherd had this problem-I  found out he had allergies! The best thing to is to take him to your vet-may be your house is too hot or too dry if the dog stays inside a lot like mine. But good luck.
 
 
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I am having the same problem with my German Shepherd. Did yours scratch? What allergies did you vet determine?
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I have tried vitamin e (2 weeks now) and it hasnt worked...he licks it constantly and whenever I apply the vitamin e he licks it off...I don't know what else to try
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It could be a cold, but I've never heard of such a weight loss with a cold. I would get her to the vet a.s.a.p. To get her checked out. I hate to say it, but something could have bit her, or there could be something serious internally going on here. Hope this helps, good luck.
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I have a bul masov and hes almost 2 yrs old...his nose is dry and looks like a scab forming on the nose what is it? Should I try the olive oil as well then take him to a vet? The foot pads are dry as well. There is no extra fluids leakin form the eyes or nose...help please it really looks bothersome to me.. He is not scratching it or nothin but somethins up cus it didnt look like that a few months ago
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Becca McGee answered
You obviously need to take your dog to the doctor. He probably just has a common cold. But it could advance to something if you don't get him medicine. It's most likely nothing big, but you may want a vet to check it out anyway.
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Alley answered
Your dogs nose is like that because it is sick, try asking your Vet, and find out what is wrong. It could be just a cold or something small but it could be serious too! I hope your dog will be okay=)
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Well my dog had the same thing but it ended up being an autoimmune disease treated with steroids, but it's most likely sunburn or dried out from cold (whichever applies). Try Bag Balm.
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My dog has this whilst she sometimes has sneeze fits it seems like an allergy not too dissimilar to hayfever
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Take him to the vet, there is something making him sick with this, a dogs nose is supposed to be wet and cold all the time. The only reason that he would have this is because of an illness of some sort. Hope this helps.
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Its dry because your dog doesnt drink a lot of water it drinks less or none!!!! Give the poor dog some water
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I'm not quite sur why but, I do know that those CAN be signs of unhealthiness and/or bad disease! I would get to the vet ASAP!!!!
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It is THIRSTY [and possibly sick]! A dog's nose is naturally wet, and when it is dry that is a sign that the dog is dehydrated, and possibly ill. Get your dog to drink some water, and if the dryness doesn't start to dissipate, take your dog to the vet!!
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He or she's probably sick, get her or his nose wet, do anything to get it licking it again, this has happened to my dog before, get the dog licking it like putting a dash of peanut butter on it, only a little though.
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NO PEANUT BUTTER! If you read up on nuts vs dog diet you will discover it's like giving them chocolate. It is VERY bad for them!
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My dogs love peanut butter. They're one and three years old and still kicking... So I don't know if the whole "it's like giving them chocolate" can be applied to every dog.
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Maybe your dog is thirsty try giving it water and if that does not work CALL THE VET, it may be sick
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This is a sign that your dog is very sick because a dogs nose must be very wet and cold.

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