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Why Are Dog Noses Wet?

Does a wet nose always mean a healthy dog? Should you be worried if your dog has a really dry nose?

Dr. Mel answers these common questions...

"There’s an old wives tale that if your dogs nose is dry they must be sick. Well it’s not quite that simple.

If you look at Teddy’s nose at the moment it kind of looks wet. The reason it looks wet is because his tongue comes up and licks his nose but also he has some glands in his nose that keep the moist area at the front looking the way it does. If those glands don’t work the nose will look dry and it doesn’t matter how many times a dogs licks it. When we see dogs in here that are depressed and off colour and feeling a bit sick they wont have the energy to lick their nose so they can look a little bit dry but I’ve seen dogs that are really ill that have a moist looking nose so it’s definitely not a reliable indicator.

Things to look at more are whether they are eating like they would normally eat, have the normal energy levels and whether they look bright and interested in things. If the dog does have a dry nose though it could be that they’ve got a nerve problem and the nerve that tells the glands near the nose to produce lubricating material aren’t working so you might need to see the vet to look into that because that can affect the eyes as well."

How do I toilet train my cat

I rescued an adult female, desexed cat six months ago. Apparently she’s always been an outside cat. I have another cat who is mostly indoors and I would only let outside during the day if I was home. Luna didn’t like being indoors and wasn’t using the litter tray properly. I had her confined in the bathroom for a few days to get use to it and she would go next to it, rarely in it. She will sometimes use a tray otherwise will urinate or poop on the floor. I am at wits end. I have two trays, I’ve changed the type of litter, put dirt in the tray, picked up the poop and put it in the tray to show her that where it goes. I’ve used spray in the tray to attract her to want to use the tray. I bought felliway diffuser which is meant to calm cats and have also used the rescue remedy drops in her food. I’ve recently moved house where there is a cat enclosure so she can go in and out when ever she pleases but still goes in the kitchen (as I now close the bathroom door when she started going to the toilet in there), but tonight I noticed she’s been going in the spare room if anything is left on the floor which is carpeted. So I’ve now cleared that whole room to prevent her from going to the toilet. She is still going in the kitchen. I’ve tried cleaning the area and eliminating her scent by using water and vinegar then once dry use bi carb soda and hydrogen peroxide and it has made no difference. She’s been tested for a bladder infection which came up negative. I love animals. I have another cat which she now gets along with and two dogs which she is still getting use to. I don’t know what else to do and I don’t want to give her up but feel like I will have no choice.