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What Does it Mean if My Dog’s Nose is Warm All the Time?

While dogs tend to wet their noses for the reasons mentioned above, a warm, dry nose isn’t necessarily a warning sign by itself. For one thing, some dogs are just less prone to licking their noses than others. Senior dogs and certain breeds like Pugs and Bulldogs are among the most common pups with slightly less frequent licking habits.

Other factors like the weather and sleeping patterns could make your dog’s nose dry. However, a dry nose can be a potential red flag in combination with other symptoms. These symptoms can include:

  • Excessive nasal discharge
  • Thick, discolored mucus
  • Fever
  • Lethargy
  • Vomit
  • Loose, runny stool
  • If your dog has a warm nose along with one or a handful of these symptoms, please consult your veterinarian.

    Dogs noses secrete a thin layer of mucous that helps to absorb scent chemicals. When they lick their noses, the dissolved scents are presented to the scent and taste receptors (olfactory glands) on the roof of their mouths. A cold wet nose is just one of the reasons why dogs have an amazing ability to detect scents.

    A cold, wet nose is just one sign of wellness in cats and dogs and should not be considered in isolation as an indication of overall health. On occasion you will find a healthy pet with a warm dry nose. Perhaps they dont lick their nose as often, or secrete as much mucous. On the other hand a sick pet can have a cold, wet nose.

    If your pet has a dry nose and is showing signs of illness or pain (check the links below for other signs you can look out for), they should see a veterinarian. Similarly, unwell pets with cold, wet noses should also have a veterinary check-up. If you notice any unusual nasal discharge you should visit the vet as it could be a sign of a medical condition. Normal nasal secretion should be thin and clear, whereas thick mucous or crustiness around the nostrils could indicate signs of an upper respiratory infection. Pet type(s):

    Moist noses are also one of the ways that dogs can regulate their body temperature and cool down. Unlike humans, dogs dont have sweat glands. They secrete sweat from the pads of their feet and their noses.

    What Does a Dry Nose Mean?

    It is normal for a dogs nose to be dry upon waking from a nap or a nights sleep. Dogs dont lick their noses during sleep, so the surface naturally dries out a bit. When the nose is drier, it may also feel warmer due to the absence of evaporative cooling.

    On rare occasions, a dogs dry or warm nose may indicate a problem. If your dog is unwell, the warm dryness of its nose will likely be accompanied by other signs of illness, such as:

    These symptoms warrant a vet visit, regardless of how your dogs nose feels.

    Your Dog Has A Cold Nose – Sign of Health?

    Your dog can’t tell you when they’re feeling unwell. It’s up to you to read the signs. Many pet owners incorrectly assume that if the nose is wet then the dog is healthy, but that’s not necessarily true. Animals can often hide their illness, or may not give a second thought to being in pain. Since they can’t communicate with you, you need to be able to identify symptoms.