Why Is My Dog’s Nose Wet?

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At some point, when booping your dog’s nose, you’ll notice that his or her nose is wet. It’s one of the first things people notice about dogs. They’re normally wet and should be most of the time. However, the reason for this is pretty simple: having a wet nose helps them smell. Their sense of smell is something to write home about—according to PBS, it varies from 10,000 times to 100,000 times stronger than a human’s sense of smell.   

A dog’s nose produces mucus much like human noses—but this mucus boosts their sense of smell. Also, dogs sweat through their paws and noses, which, alongside with panting, helps cool them down. Dogs also tend to lick their noses a lot, which helps keep it wet.

A common myth is that if your dog’s nose is dry, they’re sick. That’s not always the case, and hardly is ever the case. According to Canine Journal, the moisture of your dog’s nose can vary with the environment, the weather, or even the time of day.


If your dog’s nose becomes excessively dry and/or cracked, take them to the vet. It could be a sign of a variety things, including allergies. For dry snouts, healing and protective balms such as Natural Dog Company’s Snout Soother may also provide some relief.

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