Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Know Your Dog's Nose

A dog uses it's nose to smell, interpret, identify, analyze and more. It's a sensory organ that can smell much better than a human's nose. So it's no surprise when people believe that a change in their dog's nose temperature or moistness is an indicator of illness. Here's a little myth-busting for you.

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Just because a dog has a hot or dry nose does not mean that they are sick. This is an old wive's tale that is false. A dog's nose can change from day to day or even several times a day. It could be hot, cold, moist, or dry but none of these things are directly related to a dog's health.


There are plenty of better indicators that your pooch is sick. For example - body temperature (taken with a thermometer), loss of appetite, presence of vomiting/diarrhea, weight loss, lethargy, and much more. Many people may come to the conclusion that their dog is sick when seeing one of these symptoms. Afterwards, they decide to check the dog's nose and decide that because it's hot, their dog must have a fever.

Signs of sickness that actually do involve the nose include nasal discharge. If you see mucus or a clear discharge coming from your dog's nose and it's accompanied by sneezing and/or coughing then something could be wrong. Your dog could potentially have a "cold". A trip to the vet can verify exactly what is going on in this case.

It's great to be in-tune with your dog's body and it's changes, but just remember that a dog's nose temperature is not a good way to diagnose an illness.

34 comments:

  1. Hehehe...isn't it funny that lots of people still believe in that old wives' tale?! :-D The first time my nose was noted to be real dry, my Grandma got all worried...but there was nothing wrong with me!! ;-) Thanks for sharing the info for all those Grandpeople and such out there!!

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    1. There are a lot of people who believe in it Goose, and many of them aren't grandpeople believe it or not! Glad you weren't sick Goose!

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  2. Mummy googled this the day after I came to live with her, as she noticed my nose was dry and was convinced I was ill BOL

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    1. Hehe, well I'm glad that you were OK Misaki!

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  3. Oh and we believed that one. Drats my peeps is silly. Have a terrific Tuesday.
    Best wishes Molly

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  4. Good to know. Many people think a dry nose indicates something is wrong (I used to also!).

    Oink oink,
    Katie and Coccolino the mini pig

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  5. Rhat was very informative and now we nose all about it!

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  6. Guilty, I thought if it was dry they didn't feel well, now I know :) and who's a fool..LOL xx00xx

    Mollie and Alfie

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    1. Hehe - that's ok guys! Lots of people think that it's true!

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  7. Good info. Mostly, I am glad I can't smell as well as a dog.

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    1. Me too! Being pregnant heightened my sense of smell far more than I wanted it to. It did not help that the doctor I assisted had lost her sense of smell and employed me as her "sniffer".

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  8. So, the nose doesn't always know. BOL Great myth-busting post!
    *high paws*
    Oz

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  9. we liked ta think de way ta tell if yur dawggie iznt feelin two good iz by de bundle oh biscuits test...

    de mor biscuits him can eat...de better him feels .......well, til him getz a belly ache frum two MANEE biscuits !

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    1. I think that's an excellent way to tell if your dog is sick guys! :)

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  10. That is such good info. Good to know that fact. I used to think that if the dog had a hot nose that they were sick but usually I combined with other symptoms too.
    Take care.

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    1. I think a lot of people notice other symptoms first, and then decide to check their dog's nose.

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  11. Yup! When mom is worried about me she checks my gums, but never my nose :)

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    1. Gums are a great thing to check Remy! You have such a great mom!

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  12. Woof! Woof! Totally get it as mom did a research on this. It is so interesting ... Golden Thanks for sharing. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

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  13. Excellent information! And yes, tons of people still believe that fable!!

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  14. My dog Cali has always had a super moist nose, when we got Graci I thought she was super sick because her nose is more dry on occasion.

    This is good information to spread around!

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  15. Yes, you still hear this one all the time...good job of myth busting!

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  16. Hey Ann, I didn't know that about dogs noses! Thanks for the info. Also, I once did a report on R. Hayes for school...and I never knew he had a cat! Have a great day!

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    1. Hehe I'm glad you were able to learn some new stuff Loy.

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  17. Great post Ann and very good info. Where did that dry noise thing ever come in? I remember that one as a kid :)

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  18. Great post Anne, very informative.

    Sheba.

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  19. Mommy says thanks, she always thought that was true about warm noses.

    Loveys Sasha

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  20. Good info to share!

    My dog likes to use her nose to let me know I should drive faster to get her to the beach. She sits in the back seat and nose-pokes me in the shoulder while I drive!

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  21. TW used to think I was sick when my ears were very hot. heh heh

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