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Opinion on my dog's nose?
digigoose posted:
Hi, I've read others talk about their dog's nose being dry and crusty, and asking whether or not it is a minor or serious issue. My 2 year old English Setter has a dry bumpy area along the top ridge of his nose - I'll attach a photo of it. There haven't been any signs that he's bothered by the dryness, it just looks weird and I've been wondering if this is something I should have a vet look at or if it's nothing to worry about.

Any opinions?
Will Draper, DVM responded:
digi- this is called "hyperkeratosis", and is not unusual to see on dogs' noses- though usually more common in older dogs. The actual cause is unknown, but is basically a chronic drying out of the skin on the nose. It can eventually become calloused, cracking skin that can become infected. Some things you can try- wiping it with a warm cloth a few times a day, applying mineral oil or petroleum jelly to moisturize the area are some common remedies. If this does not help, I'd seek veterinary care. There is some thought that these sorts of skin issues can be a zinc-responsive dermatitis, which your vet can help with. Best of luck...keep us posted.
Dr. Will
digigoose replied to Will Draper, DVM's response:
Thanks for replying. Oddly enough, a couple days after posting this the scaly dry part started to peel off on its own. I wiped it a bit with a wet cloth for a couple days, but it was clearing up without my intervention. Now that area of his nose is back to looking about 95% normal, just a little of the dry stuff left on one corner. I have no idea why it got that way and then went away, but hopefully it won't return. I'll keep an eye on it for now.


William Draper, DVM, better known as "Dr. Will," is a well-known small animal practitioner in the Atlanta, GA area. He grew up in Inglewood,...More

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