Changes in texture (crusty, flaky) and color (loss of pigmentation) of a pet's nose should be looked at by your veterinarian. A prolonged dry, cracked nose, particularly with loss of pigmentation, scabs or open sores should be examined by your veterinarian sooner rather than later.
An ill animal will often have a warm, dry nose in addition to other symptoms, such as: lethargy, decreased or absent appetite, vomiting, diarrhea and so on. In the absence of other physical signs, there are a host of dermatological (skin) problems that can be seen in this area, such as Pemphigus Foliaceus."
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[NAY] 05/02/2010: Mary from Regina, Saskchewan: "Hi All:
my little minature pincher has developed severe dry nose. I have given her salmon oil, coconut oil, olive oil some buter. I give these to her with her raw diet andsome digestive enzyme. Have applied coconut oil, she just licks it off. Does anyone have any experience with this problem? I will have to bring her to the vet soon but do not want her to take any sort of harmful medication or topical product.
Thanks in advance!
05/17/2010: Phyllis from High Point, North Carolina replies: "bagbalm - just rub it on the nose a couple times a day...worked for my cocker spaniel"
05/22/2010: Mary from Regina, Saskchewan replies: "Dear Phyllis:
Thank you so much for your response. I tried it immediately! I will post back on how it works! Thanks again.
03/14/2012: Sunny April from Santa Fe, Nm replies: "Where can I purchase a bagbalm? My little dog has a crusty nose and it's getting red around her nostrils. Thanks for any info. or help. S.A."