We always trust pet owners’ intuition when they suspect that something is wrong with their dog. After all, you live with your dog and can pick up on potential early signs of disease or medical problems.
Check out your dog’s nose right now. You may notice it fluctuates between slightly drier to a more soft, moist nose depending on the day, weather, and humidity. A dog’s nose usually feels wet due to the lateral nasal glands and the nasal vestibular glands producing secretions that keep it moist. There is, however, no direct correlation between the health of your pet and their sniffer (for the most part).
When could my dog’s nose indicate a health issue?
If you notice that your dog’s nose is excessively thickened, cracked, or bleeding, then that does mean something may be wrong. Some underlying skin diseases or immune diseases such as pemphigus (more commonly seen in breeds like Collies) or lupus can present this way. The difference will be very obvious.
What nose symptoms warrant a trip to the veterinarian?
- Bleeding from the nose
- Green colored discharge from the nose
- Excessive thickening or cracking of the nose
- Any lumps, bumps, or masses near the nose
- Any asymmetry of the nose or nasal cavity (area over the bridge of the nose)
- Itching, scratching or rubbing of the nose on the carpet
These signs may indicate underlying problems, such as:
- A clotting abnormality (e.g., mouse or rat poisoning)
- A platelet problem such as immune-mediated thrombocytopenia (ITP)
- Aspiration pneumonia or pneumonitis
- Pemphigus foliaceus
- Nasal adenocarcinoma or other types of cancer
- Foreign body (e.g., something stuck in the nostrils like a plant awn or grass seed)
When in doubt, check with San Bruno Pet.