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11/09/2011 16:00:33 PM by K.T.Riffic   Send Message to K.T.Riffic  6858  views, category: Purrfect pet health and beauty tips, Pet thoughts, Pet stuff to chew on, Pet secrets for humans view all blogs

    

The dog’s nose. No matter how annoying it can be, it is hard to resist. Despite being right in front of your face, there are still many myths surrounding this useful organ.

Your dog’s nose does more than smell. It aids in keeping you dog cool and also acts as a filter that can stop the chemicals in the air from entering the body. You dog’s nose can also save its life.

Dog Nose Prints as Identification
Did you know that a dog’s nose is as unique as a human fingerprint? It’s true. In fact, people are now using a dog’s nose print as a form of identification. The Canadian Kennel Club has actually been accepting nose prints as a means of identification since 1938.

More recently, some insurance companies require a nose print to be on file. Also, at least one American company keeps a database of nose prints and photos. If a dog becomes lost or stolen, the dog’s nose print can aid in identifying it. Unlike microchips or GPS collars, a nose print cannot be removed or altered.

Why Is My Dog’s Nose Wet In The First Place?
Many people believe a dog’s nose is wet because of water or saliva. Actually, a dog’s nose is wet from mucus. The mucus provides two functions. The first is to help your dog breathe. The second is to filter chemicals from the air. When a dog licks his or her nose, the chemicals are brought into the mouth and another specialized sensory organ on the roof of the mouth processes those chemicals to decide if they are good or bad. This duel combination of smelling senses is what gives dog’s their renowned sense of smell.

If My Dog’s Nose Is Dry, Is She Sick?
This is a common misconception. The myth says that a dog’s nose is supposed to be wet and if it is dry, he or she is sick. This is not usually the case. Sometimes a dog’s nose can dry out while he or she is asleep. It will appear dry when they first wake up until more mucus is excreted and the dog licks their nose a few times.

Other factors can also dry out your pup’s nose, but it should not last long. There are some illnesses that can affect the wetness of the nose or even permanently alter the ability to keep the nose wet. Distemper is one that can affect the nose in this manner.

Does Sneezing Mean My Dog Is Sick?
Just like humans, dogs sneeze for many reasons. For example, dirt or dust can get into the nose and needs to be sneezed out. Some actions, including whining can tickle the dog’s nose, making him or her sneeze. Sometimes, dogs will sneeze if they smell something unpleasant.

Dog noses are special and should be taken care of. Try to keep irritants away from where your dog is and avoid causing any damage to it. Your dog will thank you.

About the author: Kayleigh has always loved animals and has spent time volunteering at the local dog shelter. The love of her life is her four year old Rottweiler, Lizzie. She enjoys writing for YeePet.com since it combines her love of animals with one of her favor... more >>

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