For humans, a wet or runny nose can be a sign of illness, hay fever or cold – but for dogs, it doesn’t mean they’ve got a bug.
Dogs always have wet noses and, unlike us, it signifies good health for our canine companions.
Top veterinary nurse and canine behaviourist, Rachel Bean, delves deeper into the reasons for our pups’ soggy schnozz, and explains why you should always keep an eye on it.
Rachel told The Mirror: “If your dog has a wet nose it is indeed a sign that their body is working properly, and it is never anything to worry about.
“A thin layer of mucus on the surface of the nose actually enables your dog to smell things better, which considering that the dog’s ability to smell is their most important sense is really important.
“Dogs actually communicate using their sense of smell, so a nice wet nose means your dog is a brilliant communicator.
“Inside your dog’s nose there are mucus producing glands, which moisten the nose and amplify this super sense, and help to keep their nasal canals nice and moist too.
“If your dog suddenly develops a dry nose, it is a good idea to get them checked out by a vet, as it may be a sign of dehydration or fever.”
During the summer, dogs are susceptible to sunburn and pink or pale noses are especially vulnerable.
If a dog gets sunburn, their nose will dry out and possibly crack – so you should invest in a dog-friendly SPF and use it whenever they go outside.
Your dog’s nose may also dry up when they’re dehydrated, commonly after a long walk or run in the park.
Once your dog has rehydrated with water, their nose will return to its moist state again.
Whilst a dry nose is often a warning sign of illness, some breeds and dogs with allergies can have them whilst still being healthy.
If you are concerned about your dog’s nose, it’s always important to check in with your local vet for advice.