A dog’s nose can work wonders, and they can smell many aromas with their sensitive noses. They can track food if you drop it on the ground. Some medically trained dogs can sniff out cancer in humans.¬†

Even something spills into your house, and you don’t know that your dog will eventually catch up with his nose. In this article, we will discuss the reasons behind the hot and dry nose and the causes and treatment of it.


How does dog nose work?

A dog’s nose is so delicate and sensitive that it can pick up the tiny particles of the smell, and humans cannot detect any of these particles. After sniffing, electrical impulses are sent to the brain and decoded into messages that your dog will understand.

An interesting fact is that a dog’s nose contains nearly 300 million olfactory receptors in its nose. There are some conditions where you must have noticed that sometimes your dog’s nose is wet and sometimes it appears dry. A wet nose has a better sense of smell because the tiny particles can stick to your dog’s nose.


What does a dog nose tell us about his health?

There is a myth for the past few years that if a dog has a hot or dry nose, it means that he is sick, but if a dog has a cold and wet nose, it means that he is in perfect health. But this is not a perfect indicator for measuring your dog’s health.

In fact, the condition and temperature of your dog’s nose fluctuate from day to day and even hour to hour. A dog in perfect health may have a hot, dry nose. Similarly, a sick dog may have a cold, wet nose.

Steven Marks, an associate professor, conducted research at North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine and stated that “a dehydrated dog’s nose may be dry, but some dogs have a wet nose when healthy and some have a wet runny nose due to a nasal infection. So a dry or wet nose is not a reliable sign.”


What to do if your dog has a warm and dry nose and suffering from lethargy?

A warm, dry nose itself is not harmful to your dog, but if it is accompanied by lethargy, it is an indication that your puppy is sick. If lethargy and nasal dryness are further combined with sneezing, poor appetite, or anything else, it is best to contact your vet.


What to do if the dog nose is warm dry, and he is panting?

If your dog has a hot, dry nose and is panting, it is a sign that he is suffering from heatstroke. However, this condition can also mean that your dog has a fever or is dehydrated. If you know how to monitor your dog’s temperature, then measure it otherwise, make an appointment with your vet. In the event of heat stroke, give your dog plenty of cool water and put him in front of the fan.


Why dog nose get warm and dry after surgery?

If your dog ever undergoes surgery, you should be aware of the fact that his nose will be affected after the surgery. This is because, under anesthesia, the dog loses its ability to warm up and cool down. If your dog’s nose is hot, go ahead and check his body temperature. Also, make sure your dog stays hydrated because it will help him in the healing process.


Warning signs that your dog is sick

Always look for other signs about your dog’s health. A dog’s nose may be warm or dry, but if your pup shows other symptoms along with the hot, dry nose, he may be suffering from an illness. The symptoms to look for are

  • Your dog doesn’t drink water, and his nose is dry and hot.
  • Your dog doesn’t eat well, he misses his mealtime, and his nose is dry.
  • In the chronic case, the dog’s nose is hot and crusty, and it is a sign that your dog has some problem with the tear ducts in the eyes.
  • A dry nose, along with fever and lethargy, is a sign of illness.¬†
  • A hot nose along with a reddish, brown, green, or yellow nasal discharge, these signs may indicate an infection.
  • A peeled red nose means that the nose is sunburned.

If your dog is displaying these symptoms along with a hot, dry nose, it is a serious concern, and you should see your vet. It may be that the hot nose is due to a fever in your furry companion, so get an appointment with your vet as soon as you see these symptoms. Early diagnosis and good treatment can prevent this condition from getting worse.



Treatment of your dog’s nose is highly dependent on the diagnosis. Your vet can guide you based on the cause of the illness, whether your pup needs antihistamines, antibiotics, or surgery.


How to Keep your Dog Nose Healthy?

Now you know about the various conditions that may indicate that your furry companion has a medical problem. So how can you keep your dog’s nose healthy? If there is any slight change in your dog’s nose and he is in good condition, it means that he will recover in a few days, and this condition is temporary.

You can further help your dog by making sure he stays hydrated and doesn’t let him out in extreme weather conditions. Also, make sure your dog has some shade on hot, sunny days, so he doesn’t suffer from a dry nose.


Daily Monitoring of Your Dog Nose

If you want to keep your furry companion healthy and happy, check his nose every day and look for symptoms. Watch for any changes in your puppy’s behavior and other signs of illness. Make sure your dog gets a well-balanced diet, plenty of water, and plenty of rest every day.

Take your dog for a regular checkup to the vet. If your dog is in good health, then once a year checkup is sufficient. Your vet will judge your pet’s overall health and make sure your adorable pup receives all the necessary vaccinations that will keep him healthy.



Being a pet parent, it is typical to worry about your dog’s health and make sure your pet remains healthy and happy. In case of a hot and dry nose, take proper care of your dog and contact your veterinarian.