Dr. Sophie Bell a veterinary surgeon, looks into another myth for our mythbuster series. Does a cold wet nose means your dog is healthy?
Your dog or cat can have a cold wet nose, or a warm dry nose and still be fit and healthy. It is a myth that a warm dry nose indicates illness.
Dog and cat sweat glands are predominately located in their paw pads, with a few dotted around their nose. The glands around the nose may add a little moisture and could help to cool them down. But a cold wet nose is mainly due to either recently taking a drink or licking their nose.
Is there a benefit to my dog having a cold wet nose?
Having a cold wet nose does have an advantage. It can increase their sense of smell as the moisture can hold on to scent particles so that they can get a better, prolonged whiff.
How do I take care of my dog's nose?
Noses should be clean and free of crust. You can clean them with a little cooled boiled water, or saline. This is important if the crust is blocking the nostrils as this can make breathing more challenging.
For pets with light coloured noses, a little pet-friendly sunscreen can help to prevent sunburn during the warmer months. Always avoid human sunscreens as they contain zinc, which can potentially be toxic for dogs.
One amazing fact about both dog and cat noses is that no two cats or dogs have the same nose print; they all have different bumps and ridges. This is equivalent to a human fingerprint.
Although noses do not have a direct bearing on your pet’s health, it is safe to say they should be assessed as part of a general health check.
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