Dogs with dry noses

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My dog has a very dry nose that has started to be­come cracked, and food tends to get dried on af­ter she has eaten. I wipe her nose af­ter ev­ery meal, but it is get­ting no bet­ter. Is there any­thing else I should do?

This is not an un­com­mon ob­ser­va­tion, since the nose can be one of the most used and ex­posed parts of the dog’s body. Just like our skin, it is ex­posed to the weather and can be dam­aged by sun­burn or by cold winds, frost and snow, in the same way as we get dried skin or chapped lips. When a dog has a dry nose, it will tend to lick it, which can make the prob­lem worse.

If the nose is sim­ply dry there is no cause for con­cern. Just treat it by ap­ply­ing a thin film of petroleum jelly af­ter each meal. A dog will tend to lick any­thing off its nose so it is im­por­tant that you don’t use hu­man cos­metic prod­ucts or too much petroleum jelly as, in ex­cess, this could cause di­ar­rhoea.

If your dog’s nose be­comes ex­ces­sively dry and cracked, this can pre­dis­pose to in­fec­tion, since the wounds will be­come con­tam­i­nated. It is im­por­tant to cleanse and mois­turise the nose once or twice daily. Clean it us­ing warm, mildly soapy wa­ter and thor­oughly dry it be­fore ap­ply­ing a thin film of jelly. Do this at times when the nose will not get dirty again for a cou­ple of hours and be­fore you go to bed each night.

If there are fur­ther signs such as peel­ing, scab­bing or bleed­ing, or black patches ap­pear, or any loss of pig­men­ta­tion, have your dog ex­am­ined by a vet in case these are signs of bac­te­rial or fun­gal in­fec­tion or some hor­monal im­bal­ance. TB

Dogs’ noses can be­come dry and cracked

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