The Nose Knows: Answers to Pressing Dog Nose Questions
Any canine owner is likely aware of just how powerful a dog’s nose is; dogs are used for numerous jobs because of their strong smeller. Bloodhounds are often used as scent detection dogs for search and rescue work, beagles are used to track down a hunter’s kill, Labradors and schnauzers have even been known to detect cancerous cells in their owners. Other than the amazing powers the nose of a dog contains though, do we really know all that much? There are quite a few myths out there about our furry friend’s muzzles; some of which are important to dispel.
Myth #1: A Dry Nose Means My Dog is Sick
Who owns a dog that isn’t familiar with a “cold, wet nose” in their face all too early in the morning? While you might be alarmed if your dog’s usually cool, wet nose is drier than normal, this could be perfectly normal. Yes, a feverish and lethargic dog may have a dry snout, but so might a perfectly healthy dog. Before rushing your dog to the vet out of worry, check for other symptoms that may reveal illness. Are your dog’s gums pale? Are they panting heavily or acting abnormal in other ways? This could be cause to call up your vet, but if a dry nose is their sole symptom, it’s likely not cause for concern.
Myth #2: If my Dog is Sneezing, it means They Have a Cold
Dogs certainly do get upper respiratory infections, coughs, sinus infections, and other symptoms that are associated with “colds” in humans. That being said, if your dog is sneezing uncontrollably or the sneezing has started out of the blue and seems to be accompanied by other symptoms, a trip to the vet is likely in order. However it’s important to note that canine sneezing is quite often a reaction to being happy or excited. Also, if your dog is whining this could cause them to sneeze as well, as it creates a “tickle” in their rather large snout. There are occasions where a dog may have accidentally snorted something up, so if your dog is sneezing constantly without apparent cause they should be taken to the vet to ensure there is nothing there.
Myth #3: Dog’s Noses Don’t Get Sunburned
This is an unfortunate misconception; many dog owners think because the skin on a dog’s nose appears “rougher” than human skin or even the skin on the rest of their dog’s body, that it is immune to sunburns. Just like a person, a dog can be in the sun for too long, and it can cause damage to their nose. This is especially true for dogs with pink or lighter noses. Sunscreen does work on dogs just as it does humans, however your dog will likely lick it off; for this reason it’s important to ensure they always have access to shade, especially if you aren’t home to supervise.
These are just a few of the myths associated with canines and their noses. Dog owners must remember that as with anything else, if there is something wrong with a dog’s nose that’s causing them to not feel well, they are more likely to act out or bite. Even if your dog has never bitten before, pain or discomfort can lead them to snap at someone they normally would never snap at. This is why it’s vital to be insured with the Federation of Insured Dog Owners (F.I.D.O) Covered Canine Policy. For more information on how to reduce your Dog Bite Liability Exposure, please contact us today at (855) 534-6495.