I have had my fair share of experiences with various dog-related health issues, and one that I feel compelled to share with my fellow dog lovers is “kennel nose.” We need to be aware of this condition and understand what it is, how it can affect our beloved pets, and how we can prevent and manage it.
What Is Kennel Nose In Dogs?
Kennel nose, also known as “doggie nose” or “doggie snout,” is not a specific medical condition but rather a term that refers to various nasal issues that dogs may experience. These issues are often observed in dogs that spend significant time in kennels or other crowded environments where there is increased exposure to various irritants, allergens, or infectious agents.
Rubbing Their Nose On Their Bedding
When a dog rubs its nose against rough or abrasive surfaces repeatedly, the friction can cause irritation and damage to the delicate skin on the nose. This can lead to the development of calluses and scabs, which can become infected and exacerbate the condition.
Trying To Escape Their Boarding Kennel Or Cage
One of the most common causes of kennel nose is dogs trying to escape their boarding kennel or cage. Kennels are very stressful for dogs, and they may be more prone to developing kennel nose if they’ve recently been placed in a kennel.
Suffering From Separation Anxiety
Dogs suffering from separation anxiety tend to lick their noses as a way to soothe themselves. This can cause kennel nose, which is when the dog’s nose becomes raw and irritated. This can be a chronic problem if not treated properly.
What are the symptoms of kennel nose?
The most common symptom of kennel nose is a runny nose or sneezing in dogs. You may also notice that your dog has trouble breathing. Other symptoms include coughing, fever, and lethargy.
Here are some tips on how to prevent kennel nose in dogs:
- Provide Soft Bedding: Dogs that spend a lot of time on hard surfaces such as concrete or kennel floors are more prone to kennel nose. Providing your dog with a soft, comfortable bed or mat like Straws can help to prevent the development of this condition.
- Regularly Moisturize the Nose: Applying a thin layer of petroleum jelly or a dog-specific nose balm to your dog’s nose can help to keep it moisturized and prevent dryness.
- Regular Veterinary Check-ups: Regular veterinary check-ups are essential to detect and treat any underlying health conditions that may contribute to the development of kennel nose.
How can I help my dog with kennel nose?
Treating kennel nose typically involves a combination of medication and supportive care strategies.
- Diagnosis: To confirm that your dog has kennel nose, a veterinarian will perform a thorough physical examination and may also conduct additional tests, such as blood work, x-rays, or a tracheal wash. These tests can help determine the underlying cause of the infection and rule out other potential respiratory issues.
- Medication: Once diagnosed, the vet will likely prescribe antibiotics and/or antiviral medication to help fight the underlying infection. Depending on the severity of your dog’s symptoms, the vet may also prescribe cough suppressants or bronchodilators to help relieve the cough and open up the airways.
- Supportive care: Besides medication, providing supportive care for your dog is essential in helping them recover from kennel nose. This may include providing a comfortable and quiet environment, increasing humidity levels to help ease coughing, and encouraging your dog to rest and stay hydrated by offering plenty of fresh water and wet food.
Is Kennel Nose Common In Dogs?
Kennel nose is a common condition in dogs and refers to the accumulation of keratin on the surface of the dog’s nose.
Is Kennel Nose Painful For A Dog?
While kennel nose is uncomfortable for your dog, it’s not usually painful or dangerous. However, if your dog has a kennel nose and is at risk of developing a secondary bacterial infection in his lungs (pneumonia), he may need antibiotic treatment.
How long does kennel nose last?
Kennel nose typically lasts about two weeks, but it can sometimes last longer.
How long does it take for a dog’s nose to heal?
It can take anywhere from 2 to 4 months for a dog’s nose to heal.
The kennel nose in dogs is a common problem that can be remedied by proper care and grooming, much like any other skin irritation. The most important thing to remember about this condition is that it is not contagious and is most likely caused by dry skin, poor nutrition, stress or environment, or any combination of the three.