Cold & Wet or Warm & Dry

April 26, 2014 in Aerowood Animal Hospital

Is it a bad sign if a dog has a dry, warm nose?  Short answer: Not really.

It’s great to be observant about such things with your cats and dogs. Getting them in to the vet at the first signs of trouble prevents suffering for pets and saves money for owners. A dog’s nose may be cold and wet one hour and warm and dry the next. It’s all part of a normal presentation. A sick pet will often have a warm dry nose in combination of other signs. If you’re paying attention to your pet’s nose, here are some signs of a problem:

• Changes in texture: crusty, flaky
• Color change – loss in pigmentation
• Contact sensitivity
• Nasal discharge: Discharge coming from the nostrils should usually be examined by your veterinarian. More than the occasional cough or sneeze or difficulty breathing can be signs of any number of problems (for example: a foreign body in the nose, a tumor in the nasal passage, a respiratory infection).

If these signs appear in combination with other changes such as low energy, decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, etc., then you have a strong sign that you should get your cat or dog in for an exam.

 

Cold Wet Nose

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