Click here to learn more.
All the better to smell you with, my dear.
dogs are hot on the trail of a neighborhood
cat or simply sniffing the air when you’re cooking bacon for breakfast, their noses secrete a thin layer of mucous that helps to absorb scent chemicals, says Dr.
Brittany King, DVM, a board-certified veterinarian based in Cypress, Tex.
“They then lick their noses to sample the chemicals and present them to the olfactory glands on the roof of their mouths,” she adds.
Moist noses are also one of the ways that canines can regulate body temperature and
cool down. “Dogs
don’t have normal sweat glands, like people,” says Dr. King, “so they secrete sweat from the pads of their feet and their noses.”
So does it mean that there’s something wrong with your pup if his nose is warm and dry?
Not necessarily, says Dr. King. “Some
dogs have drier noses than others," she explains. "Maybe they don’t lick their noses as often, or they just don’t secrete as much mucous. What is important is knowing what’s normal for your dog.”
If you spot any unusual nasal discharge, you should take your
dog to a vet because it could be a sign of a medical condition. A dog’s mucous should be clear and thin, but if you start to notice a surplus, the mucous gets thicker or there's crustiness around the nostrils, these could be signs of an
upper respiratory infection, which needs prompt veterinary attention.
Like this article? Have a point of view to share? Let us know!
Thank you for subscribing to Petwire. Look for the latest newsletter each Wednesday.
A 16-year-old boy who lost his right foot
immediately bonded with a Dachshund
mix who had to have his leg amputated.
In honor of this special day, we're
highlighting some of our favorite stories
about Pit Bulls from this past year.
Mikkel Becker shares five simple training
tactics for teaching your cat to tolerate (or
even like) being picked up…
Over-the-counter medications that seem
harmless to you can actually be harmful
or even deadly for your cat or dog.
Want a pet hedgehog? Dr. Laurie Hess
shares why the prickly creatures need
time, attention and care to thrive.
The Russian Blue won’t mind if you have to go to work (to earn money for cat toys), as long as you're back in time for…
If the video doesn't start playing momentarily,
please install the latest version of Flash.
Thank you for subscribing.