SlimDoggy MythBuster #1

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Today we are starting a new semi-regular series on dog myths. There are lots of myths out there about dogs, dog food, dog health and dog behavior. Lots of misinformation, lots of ‘google’ expert advice and lots of plain untruths. We’re going to help dispel some of these and give you the straight scoop. Straight from the SlimDoggy’s mouth.



This is just not true. The temperature or wetness of a dog’s nose has nothing to do with their health. Take a dog’s temperature just as you would a baby’s to determine whether the dog has a fever or not.

A dog’s nose contains mucus membranes that contribute to their ability to smell. If the dog’s nose is active – meaning they’ve been out in the yard sniffing away, their nose may be wetter from the activity of the membranes. If your dog has been sleeping, they may wake up with a drier nose. It’s just not a good indicator as the temp and wetness of the nose changes throughout the day based more on the environment your dog is in and their activity than on their health.

How did this myth get started? Well, myths are funny, you can never be really certain of it’s origin, but one likely hypothesis is that it’s related to a time when distemper in dogs was more prevalent. A dog with distemper will sometimes develop a very rough, almost callused nose that is dry and may even crack. Our dog Tino had distemper and that was certainly true of his nose. It was always dry and as he got older it would crack and sometimes even bleed. I would put petroleum jelly on it all the time to keep it a little softer. See for yourself:


Tino had distemper and you can see how rough and dry his nose was as a result.

So, bust that myth and don’t worry about a dry nose or a wet nose or a cold nose, it really isn’t an indication of your pups health.

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  1. I love this new series. i hear that myth all the time at the clinic. have a great day
    joann stancer recently posted…Black And White SundayMy Profile

  2. Mom has never understood what kind of nose was good or bad, so we never worried about it, but it is interesting to hear where that whole idea came from.
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  3. When I was a pup my nose was dry and mummy freaked out thinking I was sick BOL. she had to google it to find out it wasn’t true.
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  4. I had heard that a while ago that that didn’t mean anything. Great idea for a series!
    Jackie Bouchard recently posted…Monday Mischief: Alarming MischiefMy Profile

  5. I think the reason they have cold wet noses is that it is not possible to ignore an ice cube on our warm skin when they are trying to get our attention. There are a lot of dog myths, looking forward to your posts.
    jan recently posted…Take your dog to work–no longer for the cast of Downton AbbeyMy Profile

  6. This is going to be a great series! I was pretty sure the dry nose didn’t mean anything, but it’s good to have it confirmed for sure. Kobi’s nose gets dry sometimes too, I think maybe it could also be an age thing? It was cracking a little along the top and I put coconut oil on it and that took care of it.
    Jan K recently posted…B & W Sunday – (Lack of) CooperationMy Profile

    • I agree, I think age plays into it too. Tino’s got worse as he got older and it’s like the mucus membranes just slow down…like everything else.
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  7. Good information. We have had to use a thermometer to check temperature. Dogs don’t like it, but it is not too difficult.
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  8. Great series – excited to read more myth-busters! When Lucky overcame distemper her nose softened up, as did her paws. I was surprised by that but it was definitely dry and hardened. Thanks for ending this myth!
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    • Interesting. Tino’ paws were never bad, but his nose was like shoe leather, old shoe leather.

  9. Interesting. My black lab brother Jake had a dry nose that would crack and little flakes of it would fall off, but the vet was never concerned about it.
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  10. Bunny has allergies, and I wish her nose were drier! lol
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  11. Great myth busting! I did a myth buster on this one a while back. It’s funny how many people used to call the vet’s office saying they think their dog was sick because it had warm, dry, cold, or wet nose.
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  12. I can see this is going to be an interesting series 🙂 I’d been brought up with this myth but it’s not something I’ve thought about for years. Frankie and Beryl must have healthy looking noses? Or I never look at their noses!
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  13. I love this new series and can’t wait to see what myth you bust next!
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  14. Pawsome! There are so many dog myths floating around. I’m looking forward to seeing more busted. 🙂
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  15. Very interesting and glad to see this myth debunked!
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  16. Great new series you have here!
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  17. Thanks for busting this myth! I’ve always wondered about this, because I do notice that sometimes their noses are dryer than others – now I want to see what their nose feels like after they’ve been sniffing around for a bit.
    Kimberly Gauthier recently posted…Blue Killed a Snake | Breath Freshener Treats for Dogs Works FastMy Profile

    • Thanks Kimberly. Let us know what you find!
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