Why is My Dog's Nose Cold?
It’s hard to pick out the most adorable part of your dog, but that sweet snout is certainly up there. It’s hard not to fall in love with these big, boopable noses, but you may have wondered why your furry friend’s sniffer is usually cold. It turns out that there are very practical reasons for a cold nose.
Why Are Dog Noses Cold?
Dog noses aren’t naturally cold. If you touch your dog’s nose while he’s asleep, it’ll likely be warm and dry. However, that same nose will likely be cold when he’s awake. The reason for that is simple – he licks his nose.
While that answer may seem overly simple, there’s a very good reason behind this penchant for nose licking. It turns out that a wet nose works better than a dry one. A wet nose intensifies any interesting smells and makes it easier to figure out where they come from and what they are. As such, a wet nose helps dogs improve their already impressive sniffing abilities – it just so happens that a wet nose is typically a cold one.
Another reason why your dog intentionally wets his nose is because it can actually help dogs regulate their body temperature. A wet nose can help cool the air when they breathe through their snout, helping your furry friend stay comfortable when it’s hot.
It’s also notable that dog noses can stay wet for a while after they lick them. Dogs have special nose glands that produce mucus. When a dog licks his own nose, it distributes the mucus across his snoot and leaves a thin film. This film allows a dog to keep his nose cool and wet for longer than other animals.
What Does it Mean if My Dog’s Nose isn’t Cold?
While dogs tend to wet their noses for the reasons mentioned above, a warm, dry nose isn’t necessarily a warning sign by itself. Some dogs are less prone to licking their noses than others. However, a dry nose can be a potential red flag in combination with other symptoms. These can include:
- Excessive nasal discharge
- Thick, discolored mucus
- Loose, runny stool
If you spot a couple of these symptoms along with a dry nose, please consult your veterinarian.
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