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Cocker Spaniels Dry Nose: 7 Reasons & What To Do

If your cocker spaniels nose is getting dryer by the day, you’re not alone with this issue. It turns out this is a particularly common problem with spaniels.

This article cuts to the chase and explains why dry noses happen and, more importantly, how to help!

7 Reasons Causing Dry Noses In Cocker Spaniels

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Take into consideration the time of year, your cocker spaniel’s routine, age, and general health, and this should help you narrow down which of the causes is most likely to apply to your spaniel.

1. Dehydration

Our dogs never drink as much as they should. In fact, most dogs are dehydrated at some level, especially in summer.

If you notice that your spaniel isn’t touching their water bowl, then there’s a very high chance they’re overly dehydrated.

If your spaniel is dehydrated, it will show in their nose, coat, mood, and energy levels.

2. Allergies

If your cocker spaniel suffers from any kind of allergy, particularly environmental allergies then this can be the cause of their dry nose.

Things like pollen, mold, dust, mites, or even certain fragrances can trigger allergic responses in dogs.

The only way to really know if this affecting your spaniel is with a professional diagnosis.

3. Weather

The weather can impact the skin, coat, and nose of your cocker spaniel quite significantly.

Not only could hot conditions lead to dehydration but also very cold conditions can lead to a dry and cracking nose.

As for the cold weather, consider how your skin is doing! Sometimes when the weather changes we’ll experience chapped lips… It’s a similar thing for dog’s but with their nose!

4. Infection

An infection, such as a bacterial or fungal infection, can cause a dog’s nose to become dry and inflamed.

If this is the case you’ll likely see some obvious irritation, growth, puss, or other unusual issues percent around the nose area.

5. Health issues

Certain medical conditions, such as autoimmune disorders or hormonal imbalances, can cause a dog’s nose to become dry. Extra Info (PetMd)

With health issues, you may notice other symptoms like lethargy, weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, food refusal, appetite changes or weight changes.

If you do notice drastic changes with your spaniel (along with a dry nose) please speak to your vet asap.

6. Medications

Some medications, such as certain types of antihistamines or decongestants, can cause a dog’s nose to become dry.

7. Age

While it’s normal for puppies to have perfectly wetted noses, it’s common for elder dogs to have much dryer noses.

If your cocker spaniel is already well into their twilight years (8 or above) then a slightly dry nose shouldn’t be too much cause for concern.

Still, it’s important to ensure they’re drinking enough and aren’t having an allergic reaction to anything.

When To Be Concerned

In most cases, a dry nose will not signify a huge issue, but it is still to find the cause.

Talk to your veterinarian if:

  • Your spaniel’s nose is severely cracked or bleeding
  • Your spaniel has had a dry nose for a long time
  • Your spaniel is a young puppy with a dry nose
  • Your spaniel is experiencing other symptoms like lethargy, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, and behavioral changes
  • Your spaniel is taking medications
  • You suspect something else may be wrong with your spaniel or is suffering from allergies

Other than that, owners may be able to resolve a dry nose at home with the following tips below.

Extra Info: HillsPets Dry Dog Nose

6 Tips For a Healthy Dog Nose

The following tips and best practices will help keep your spaniel’s nose healthy and moist.

1. Provide plenty of fresh water:

Make sure your dog has access to clean, fresh water at all times to help keep their nose moist.

2. Use a humidifier:

Using a humidifier in your home can help add moisture to the air, which can help keep your dog’s nose moist.

3. Apply a nose balm:

There are several nose balms available that can help moisturize and protect your dog’s nose.

4. Avoid exposing your dog to harsh chemicals:

Certain chemicals, such as bleach or disinfectants, can irritate your dog’s nose and make it dry.

5. Keep your dog’s environment clean:

Regularly cleaning your dog’s bedding and living areas can help prevent infections and other health issues that can cause dryness.

6. Use a gentle, hypoallergenic soap:

When bathing your dog, use a gentle, hypoallergenic soap to avoid irritating their skin and nose.

Thanks for reading!



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