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What Your Dog’s Nose Can Tell You

By Dr. Karen Becker, DVM

What does it mean if your dog or cat’s nose is warm or cool, dry or moist?  A warm nose alone doesn’t necessarily mean your pet is sick or in the early stages of illness.  The condition of their nose may change several times per day in fact.  That is actually normal.

A change in the condition of your pet’s nose in addition to other factors is a reason to pay closer attention.  If your pet is exhibiting other signs of illness such as loss of appetite, vomiting or diarrhea, then it may be time to consult a vet.

If your pet’s nose has a texture change like becoming flaky or crusty, or a change in color, then you should consult your vet.  If the nose is dry and cracking, getting lighter in color or if you see scabs, open sores, non-healing cracks or fissures, or other types of skin irritation, those are all things that you’ll want your veterinarian to take a look at.  Click here read the full article…

Dr. Becker is the resident proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian of HealthyPets.Mercola.com. You can learn holistic ways of preventing illness in your pets by subscribing to  MercolaHealthyPets.com, an online resource for animal lovers. For more pet care tips, subscribe for FREE to Mercola Healthy Pet Newsletter.

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Love the article and I think there is a lot of great information in here! One note, however….I suggest glass water bowls and food dishes (if food dishes are even applicable for that client as I do not advocate feeding kibble of any kind) as stainless steel bowls can cause the safe effects you note with plastic containers. Metals can leach into the water and dogs with heavy metal sensitivity can have the same inflamed lips, redness, and changes in the nose that they can get with plastic containers. I have had many clients with these issues switch to glass and the problem goes away naturally on its own. Thank you for sharing the article with me on LinkedIn!

Love the article and I think there is a lot of great information in here! One note, however….I suggest glass water bowls and food dishes (if food dishes are even applicable for that client as I do not advocate feeding kibble of any kind) as stainless steel bowls can cause the safe effects you note with plastic containers. Metals can leach into the water and dogs with heavy metal sensitivity can have the same inflamed lips, redness, and changes in the nose that they can get with plastic containers. I have had many clients with these issues switch to glass and the problem goes away naturally on its own. Thank you for sharing the article with me on LinkedIn!

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