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Dogs wet nose

Why Dog Noses Are Wet and Wonderful

Why do dogs have wet noses? It is all for smelling and sweating! Have you ever been given a surprise kiss on the cheek from your dogs cool, wet nose? Besides being adorable, there’s a whole science behind why dog noses are so wet! 

Why dogs have wet noses?

The Super Sniffer

Imagine your dog’s nose as a scent-collecting machine. Lining the inside are special glands. The glands constantly produce a thin layer of mucus. It is like nature’s built-in nasal glue. This mucus acts like a flypaper for scent particles, trapping all those delicious smells (and maybe the not-so-yummy ones) floating around. When your dog sniffs, these trapped particles get transferred to the back of their nose. There’s a special area there called the Jacobson’s organ that analyses these scent messages, giving your dog an extra layer of smelling superpowers.

Why does a dogs nose need to be wet to smell?

A wet dogs nose to sniff! The scent particles stick better to moist surfaces. A damp nose allows your dog to collect more scent molecules, making their sense of smell even more incredible. They can detect things we wouldn’t even believe, like the faint traces of another dog that walked down the street hours ago, or that hidden stash of your favourite shoes! 

Why do dogs have wet noses?

Sweating: A wet nose to cool down a hot dog!

Sweating! A wet nose isn’t just about excellent sniffing. Dogs, unlike us humans, don’t have many sweat glands. Believe it or not, their nose is one of the few places they can expel heat. The moisture on their nose evaporates, creating a cooling effect, just like sweating does for us. So next time you see your dog with a super wet nose after a long walk, you know they’re just trying to stay cool and collected (literally!).

The Licking Factor

Licking to help spread the mucus! We all know dogs like to give themselves a good lick – especially after a long walk. That constant tongue bath includes their nose, of course. Licking helps spread the mucus around, keeping it nice and moist, and might even help them taste those fascinating smells they’ve collected.

Why do dogs have wet noses?

If dogs need a wet nose, is a dry nose bad?

While a wet nose is generally a good sign, a dry nose doesn’t necessarily mean something is wrong. It could be due to dry weather, needing a drink of water, or even just a good nap. However, if your dog’s nose is dry and/or cracked it is always best to check with your vet. 

Why do dogs have wet noses?

Living With a Wet Nosed Super Sniffing Dog!

So there you have it! The next time your dog gives you a cold wet-nosed kiss, appreciate the amazing sensory feat happening right under their nose. Their wet noses are a dogs superpower, allowing them to navigate the world through smells we as humans can only dream of. And who knows, maybe with a little extra sniffing around, your dog can help you find that missing sock or that hidden bag of treats!

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Extra information

Animal-Club provides animal parties or animal handling workshops. You will be able to see, learn and interact with many wonderful animals with the help of our presenters. Our mobile zoo has many friendly animals such as rabbits, tarantulas, geckos, vinegaroons and more, perfect for an animal party. We can also , come over to your school for an animal school visit or arrange for an animal workshop with us where the children can learn about looking after animals and animal behaviour, and have fun too.


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