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    My dogs nose is crusty and peeling.
    Theebluebutterfly posted:
    I have a 13 year old cocker spaniel that has gotten a very crusty nose that almost appears to be so deep that parts of it will peel off. She is a inside dog and I keep plenty of water out for her. The vet had put her on a diet of 1/2 green beans and 1/2 cup dry. I have stated adding other veggies for a change like carrots, peas, or sweet potatoes. She eats all her breakfast and supper. I have two other younger (age 4 and 5) dogs that are on the same diet but their noses are moist and normal. They are all 3 over weight but have lost a little weight. I was told the green beans was low calorie and a filler. Why is her nose so dry and crusty?
    Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM responded:
    HI Theebluebutterfly,

    We talk about noses being moist and normal as a sign of good hydration. But dry crusty noses do not always mean dehydration.

    There are some skin conditions that can target the mucocutaneous junction, ie. where the haired skin meets skin like the nose. So it may be a skin condition, something that may involve an infection or perhaps an immune-problem. Perhaps even an allergy.

    I would give you veterinarian a call. Have they seen your dog recently since this problem started? They may be able to recommend some treatment if it seems a simple problem. For a more complex problem, like an immune skin disorder, we would need a small skin biopsy to confirm.

    Hope this is helpful.

    Dr. Sandy
    limichelle replied to Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM's response:
    Hello! I have a 7 year old cocker spaniel with this same condition! His nose is so bad that I thought he had skin cancer. It is on the tip of his nose not near the hair line. It gets so dry and deep that layers of his skin peels off. It seems to be worse is the summer months.

    I took him to 2 vets and was told that he has dermatitis just like people get. She did give me medication to apply to his nose 3 times a day for this but every time I put the cream on his nose he licks it off. The medication helps somewhat.
    ponyrun2 responded:
    Seeing that it occurs on the nose my first thought was... What kind of bowls are you using ? Although I'm not sure what the clinical signs are I do know that some dogs are allergic to their plastic feeding/watering bowls
    Theebluebutterfly replied to Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM's response:
    Thank you for replying. The deep groves of dry nose is on the tip of her nose. She eats out of a metal bowl. My other 2 dogs noses are moist, cool and soft. She seems healty otherwise.
    Theebluebutterfly replied to limichelle's response:
    I have tried to put medication on her nose but she licks it off. It is on the tip of the nose and not near the hair line. Her nose looks like it is going to crack and bleed.
    What kind of medication do you put on your dogs nose?
    Theebluebutterfly replied to ponyrun2's response:
    Thanks for replying. She eats out of a metal dog bowl and drinks out of a plastic water bowls with the other two dogs. She seems healthy other than the tip of her nose. The other two dogs have a soft, damp, cool nose. They have been eating out of the metal bowls for years and drinking out of the plactic bowls as well.
    Theebluebutterfly replied to limichelle's response:
    Thank you for your reply. She licks her medicine off so I think I will try petroleum jelly; maybe that will sink into the the deep layers of the skin better.
    limichelle replied to Theebluebutterfly's response:
    I also tried petroleum jelly and my dog also eats from a metal bowl. I will check the name of the medication the vet gave me and get back to you.

    Sammy is his name and he is otherwise very happy & healthy just that darn nose. It looks so sore and there is not really much that I have tried that seems to work.

    Good luck and if you find out something that works let me know. I will get back to you on the name of the medication.
    Danyeller responded:
    I suggest you get some blood work done. We had the same issue on our 13 year old American Eskimo. She has been repeatedly licking her nose. Come to find out, she has Renal Disease (kidney disease). Dogs will repeatedly lick their nose if they are Nautious (which is caused by kidney problems) and also can cause dehydration which also results in a dry, peeling nose. Good luck.
    dustygrn responded:
    I think my dog burned his nose on the bar b q, whay can i puy on it
    Byroney_WebMD_Staff replied to dustygrn's response:
    Hello dustygrn and thanks for posting. If you think your dog has burned his nose, please have a vet check him out. Burns create the possibility of infection.

    Let us know how he's doing,

    Every dog has his day - but the nights are reserved for the cats ~ Unknown
    slrcarol replied to Sandy Willis, DVM, DACVIM's response:
    My dogs nose on the outside always has done that and I was told it is allergies. However lately now I notice her nostrils are closing or seem to be. She is still her playful self.
    Byroney_WebMD_Staff replied to slrcarol's response:

    So glad to hear your dog is still playful, however I think it would be a good idea for your vet to take a look. You don't want her nostrils to be closing over. Something else may be up and it should be checked out.

    Let us know what the vet says,

    Every dog has his day - but the nights are reserved for the cats ~ Unknown
    Theebluebutterfly replied to limichelle's response:
    I was told to put Animax Ointment on her nose but she immediately licks it off and I have using this for over a year and she is no better that when we started. She drinks a lot of water and also urinates ofter. She can hold it though till she is ready to go out the dogie door. She is 13 years old. Also she limps when she walks from joint pain. I mix a canine aspirin (325MF in her food each morning. She weights about 60 pounds. She loves to swim.

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