Why Dogs’ Noses Are Always Wet?
Have you ever wondered why dogs’ noses are wet? Your nose works perfectly fine dry, so what’s up with their sniffers? It turns out that there are many reasons for those wet noses.
1. Detect smells
Dogs’ noses secrete mucus, which helps them track smells in the air. Having a wet nose helps dogs capture tiny scent particles which increases a dog’s ability to detect the smells. Just as a wet cloth picks up dust better than a dry one.
2. Cool bodies
Dogs don’t sweat the way humans do. Their noses act as a cooling mechanism and evaporating fluid from their nose to help cool their bodies.
3. Lick noses
You’ve often seen dogs licking their noses. Dogs are lower down to the ground and pick up all kinds of dirt and pollen. They lick their noses to fully experience the scent, but also to clean them. So that moisture you see also likely includes some saliva, it’s perfectly normal.
4. Touch wet things
The wetness could come directly from what dogs are smelling. When they’re outside sticking their nose in things, their nose can get wet because of what they’re sticking it into, whether that’s leaves, plants, puddles, the morning grass. It will get a little bit wet that way.
What’s worth mentioning is that whether a dog’s nose is wet or not has little to do with health. The myth of dry nose indicating a sick dog has been debunked. Dogs can be sick and still have a wet nose. Their proboscis moisture may just fluctuate with the weather or environment, or even the time of day.
If your dog’s nose happens to be dry or warm but otherwise looks normal, don’t panic. However, you should contact your veterinarian right away if something does not seem right with your dog.
Here’s what to watch for:
1. Runny nose
Pups don’t get colds like people do. So if your dog has a runny nose, it’s most likely an illness, allergy or even something stuck in his nasal passage. It’s definitely time for a trip to the vet.
3. Sneezing a lot
Occasional snorts and sneezes are normal for dogs, but if he’s at it a lot, it’s best to get him to the vet. It’s very common for a dog to get a foreign body lodged in his nose, but getting it out is not a job for you since the skin on his sweet nose is super sensitive and likely to bleed heavily with the slightest nick.
5. Color changes
Believe it or not, the food and water bowls your dog eats and drinks from may affect the color of his nose. Plastic bowls can react with the skin, causing a color change. For this reason, and because they’re less likely to harbor bacteria, it’s highly recommended that you serve your dog’s food and water in stainless steel, glass or ceramic bowls.
Do you have any tips on how to tell a dog’s health from its nose? Share your experience with us here, we are eager to learn.