Is my dog’s nose temperature a sign that he’s sick? This is a question we get a lot here at Leesville from dog owners! There is a common belief that the moisture level or temperature of a dog’s nose is demonstrative of a dog’s overall health. Today on our blog we want to talk about whether that belief is an old wives tale or not!
It is commonly thought that a healthy dog’s nose is cold and wet and that any difference in this means that your dog is feeling under the weather. The fact is, however, that a warm nose or a dry nose is not necessarily indicative of illness. The moisture level and temperature of a dog’s nose change quite regularly for individual dogs and can change quickly from hour to hour. Conversely, it is also important to note that a dog may be suffering from a more serious health condition like heart disease without displaying any changes in their nose temperature or moisture.
That isn’t to say that certain health concerns cannot be determined from your dog’s nose – for example, a dehydrated dog is going to have a very dry nose. With that said, overall a dog’s nose cannot be a reliable indicator of your dog’s overall health and you should rely upon more dependable indicators of your dog’s health such as body temperature, gum color and capillary refill time.
If you have any concerns about your dog’s health it is always best to call your local veterinarian and have them give your dog a once over. If you find yourself in the Raleigh, NC area looking for veterinary help drop into Leesville Animal Hospital or give us a call at (919)870-7000.