Nasal Hyperkeratosis causes nose tissue to grow uncontrollably, covering the nose in scab-like skin. Hyperkeratosis means "protein overgrowth." It is literally nose skin growing wild!
Nasal Hyperkeratosis is a condition, which means it can't be cured. Nose Butter controls the symptoms, keeping your dog's nose in shape, but has to be used on a regular maintenance program. Nose Butter can heal the dry nose symptoms, but not cure the dry nose condition.
While not life-threatening, Nasal Hyperkeratosis is uncomfortable, unattractive, and can cause your dog stress.
Factors That May Contribute to Nasal Hyperkeratosis
• Environment (arid, dry climate, dry winter air, etc.)
• Low humidity in home (dry winter heat, etc.)
• Certain medications
• Some illnesses
• Breed or breed type disposition
As you can see, your dog's dry nose is usually not a result of anything you, the breeder, groomer or anyone has done wrong OR didn't know to do. It just occurs in some dogs.
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There seems to be a strong correlation between dog breed type and Nasal Hyperkeratosis.
Bully breeds, flat-faced breed, giant or large breeds, some toy breeds, and breeds with heavier body types (no fat shaming) are often more prone to it.
A slightly lowered immune system also seems to be a factor.
Extremely big or small, very flat-faced, or very heavily built types all present with nasal dryness symptoms more than breeds with less extreme body types.
Breed Disposition is explained in greater detail, click link below. Plus, included is a chart of how the various breeds are affected.