What does it mean when dogs have wet noses?

We have all ever wondered what the reason why dogs always have wet noses. Although it may seem insignificant, the truth is that the humidity in the muzzle of dogs fulfills a multitude of functions, such as regulating their body temperature or helping to better capture odors.

It is well known that the sense of smell is far superior to the human, and dogs keep their noses wet thanks to cells that are responsible for expelling water into their nostrils. Therefore, licking and nasal secretions help dogs to keep their noses moist.

To this we must add that a wet nose is key for dogs to lose excess body heat, something they do thanks to gasping, through their mouth and tongue.

Veterinarian Pete Lands explains in ‘Reader’s Digest’ that one of the reasons dogs’ noses are always wet is because nasal secretions come out and settle on the top of the nose. What’s more, dogs have a habit of licking their noses frequently. A gesture they make to smell better and also to clean themselves.

The fact that they have a wet nose is normal in dogs and involves a series of benefits for your health. It is a mechanism to cool down your body.

Dogs don’t sweat like humans because, unlike us, they don’t have sweat glands scattered throughout their bodies. What they do to lower their body temperature is evaporate liquid by panting and through the nose.

What happens if at some point the nose of the dogs is hot or dry? It is a dead giveaway that something happens to the animal, such as that it is dehydrated. However, it doesn’t always have to be a red flag because as they age, dogs’ noses tend to get drier.

Of course, the opposite extreme is not good either. If the dogs nose is too wet, it could be a symptom of an upper respiratory infection.


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