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First, let’s address the warm, dry nose issue before we jump into the crustiness issue. We have all heard the old “My dog’s nose is dry and warm, is he sick?” myth. Usually spoken loudly by the self-appointed “dog expert” who had a dog when he was a kid, in the 60s. In actuality, a dog’s nose can be a bit warm and be perfectly healthy. Just as we may feel a little hot or flushed and then fine in a few minutes, so can our dogs. (No hot flash jokes, I hear you out there!) So, a bit of a warm nose, with no other symptoms of illness is usually no cause for concern. Disclaimer: Of course, lethargy, fever or other symptoms may necessitate a trip to the vet. You knew I had to have a disclaimer.



Many dogs have some nasal dryness, maybe a bit of a ridge across the top where the nose leather meets the rest of their face. NOSE BUTTER® will moisturize that dryness fast.

Other dogs have a much more intense type of dryness. The nose can look like it has barnacles growing on it or layers of crust that even crack and bleed. This may be Nasal Hyperkeratosis. The good news is that this condition is probably not caused by anything you DID or DIDN’T do! Not bad genetics or breeding, nope, not dirt from rooting up your garden and not leftovers from lunch. It actually IS layers of skin tissue that has grown wild over on the nose. NOSE GONE WILD! That is why it hurts and will bleed if you pick at it…stop, I know you want to but DO NOT PICK.

NOTE: Sensitivities to plastic bowls can aggravate or even cause some nose issues. If you feel this may be an issue, switch to stainless shell or a well-made ceramic bowl. All those bad chemicals that we now know were in water bottles have often been used in pet food bowls. Plus, aren’t ceramic or stainless bowls better looking?

NOSE BUTTER® works by soaking into this crust in a semi-time release manner and moisturizes and literally melts the unneeded tissue away. This page is intended to give you info, not as a sales page, so for more on how NOSE BUTTER® actually works visit this page.



Nasodigital or Nasal Hyperkeratosis is an idiopathic (unknown ¯\(°_o)/¯ ) condition that is marked by the excessive formulation of nose or footpad crusts that vets call keratin.

Nasal Hyperkeratosis is common in flatter faced breeds, bully breeds, toy breeds, giant breeds, any bred with a chunkier body and yep, many mixes. Age will aggravate this condition, as will some medications and certain illnesses. Dogs with varieties of Lupus, for example, often suffer from dry noses.

I also believe Nasal Hyperkeratosis is another expression of a slightly depressed immune system. Think about it…many of the breeds prone to this are extreme in some way. Extremely flat faced, bully, small, large, heavy boned etc. Some dogs have more than one of the factors, such as French Bulldogs, Pugs or any of the Mastiffs. Luckily, we have an inexpensive, easy-to-use option for your dog’s nose issues, NOSE BUTTER®.

Thick, crusty, hard, dry crud accumulates on the top of the nose, paw pads, or both and is very resistant to most methods of removal. The crusty, dry keratin is most often seen on the top of the nose and can cover the entire nose, as we discussed earlier.

While it is not a life-threatening issue and is considered cosmetic by many veterinarians, it must be uncomfortable. Plus, dogs get so much info via the moist tissue of their nose. Nature tells them to lick their dry nose and moisten it to catch the scents and smells that drift by. A moist dog nose acts like nose flypaper as it catches those info-packed smells.

Personally, I want my dogs to not only feel good, but LOOK good. And a shiny, healthy nose just looks good. How many times has someone asked, “What’s wrong with your dog’s nose?” Ugh, I know.

There is another, serious condition, called Pemphigus foliates, which DOES need veterinarian intervention. It is characterized by blisters on the dry nose of a dog. They can burst and form crust that can covers the nostrils and makes breathing difficult. This is an autoimmune skin disease that is so very common amongst our modern dogs and cats. I repeat, in this case your dog’s nose would certainly need a vet’s attention.


I had to toss in a few images of gorgeous, healthy dog noses to ease those crusty images from your retinas. You’re Welcome!

This information is intended to give you a bit of info on the various conditions that can cause your best friend to have a dry, crusty dog nose. If you need more info, visit the Merck Vet manual site, email us or Google it!

Official The Blissful Dog Disclaimer: This article is not intended as a substitute for veterinarian care. Please consult your veterinarian if your dog needs medical care. I only want the very best for you and your dog. Any info you find here is shared as information about The Blissful Dog products. If your dog has any other symptoms that suggest a vet check-up, or your guts says you should, please take your dog to the vet.

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