Dog SymptomJean-Helene | September 6, 2008
There are many myths which can cause alarm in dog owners, one of these is the myth about the dog symptom caused by a dry nose. Throughout the day a dog’s nose may be wet and cool and then for no apparent reason become warm and dry, if a dog displays these symptoms it does not necessarily mean the dog is sick or unwell.
Everyone watches their dog throughout the course of a day and will soon begin to realise if the dog’s nose has become un-typically dry or overly wet.
The following dog symptom, dry nose with no discharge, bright clear eyes, beautiful glossy coat, good healthy appetite and a generally happy disposition all indicate a healthy dog so there is no need to worry!
If you keep the dog properly vaccinated against all the common illnesses such as Parvo, rabies, distemper and influenza when the dog shows any signs of being unwell these can be discounted straight away.
If the dog has a nasal discharge it is advisable to take him or her to the vets for a check up. Give as much information as you can to the vet to help a correct diagnosis to be made. This includes any coughing or sneezing the dog has also any difficulty breathing and how long these the dog has had these symptoms, as these may indicate an infection. Also if the dog symptoms include a dry nose which is unusual this should also be mentioned.
Other dog symptom problems that may come up are; dry nose which has become flaky, crusty, scabs or open sores all of whichshould be seen by the vet immediately. Ill dogs often have a dry, warm nose as well as other symptoms of being unwell such as vomiting and diarrhoea.
A dry nose on a dog may also be a sign of not enough humidity in the air and it is also quite common for a dog’s nose to become dry when they are sleeping.
There are some breeds such as Cocker Spaniels, which have a tendency to have a dry nose. To help prevent the nose from cracking and becoming sore, moisturisers can be gently rubbed onto it daily.
Dog symptom, dry nose, weeping eyes etc. may also indicate that the dog has an allergy to either vegetation or an allergy to a certain food, it is advisable to seek advice from the vet if you are at all concerned about the health of a dog.