It’s not uncommon for dog parents to worry when their pup’s nose is dry or warm, as it’s often been said that this is an indication of illness.
But is a warm and dry nose really a sure sign of a health issue?
Body temperature, the temperature of the environment, and humidity all play a part on the condition of a pup’s nose. Pups don’t sweat like humans, only able to do so through their noses and paw pads, and they regulate their body temperature by panting. So while a wet – or “sweaty” – nose is pretty normal on pups, a dry or warm nose doesn’t necessarily mean sickness.
Of course, sometimes, warmth or dryness on the nose can be cause for concern. This is usually the case if it is accompanied with other symptoms, like lethargy, a lack of appetite, change in urination or defecation, or a fever. You should also take note if your pup’s nose is dry or crusty constantly without fail. However, if your dog doesn’t act sick while having a dry nose, then it’s more likely that nothing is wrong.
If you have reason to believe that your pup’s warm nose is coupled with other symptoms, or if you notice that your pup’s nose is always dry, then take them to the vet to have them checked out. Other than that, you don’t have to worry about the odd warm nose every now and then. Do like and share this information if you found it useful!
By: Bill Geist