Is your Morkie dog’s nose dry and cracked?

Is your Morkie dog’s nose dry and cracked?

If your dog’s nose is dry and cracked, he’s probably quite uncomfortable. A dog’s nose is highly sensitive, and very important to his functioning (he has 300 million scent receptors, compared to our mere 6 million!). And in terms of performance, a dog’s sense of smell is 10,000 to 100,000 times as acute as ours, scientists say.

So if something’s off, like your dog’s nose is dry and cracked, then it’s a big deal.

What does it mean when your dog’s nose is dry?

Some people think that when a dog’s nose is dry, he is getting sick; or a wet nose means he’s getting sick! Actually, your Morkie’s nose is wet, then dry, then wet, many, many times a day. It’s all normal.

But when your dog’s nose is dry and cracked for even a few days, it could be a sign of:

  • severe allergy to pollen or mold
  • another type of irritant such as food
  • excessively licking his nose, from stress
  • auto immune disease

Most often, the problem is Nasal Hyperkeratosis. This is a condition where excess nose skin grows, then crusts, over the nose. It’s tempting to pick off the cracked, loosening bits of skin, but don’t. Your Morkie’s nose can start to bleed.

Hot dry nose?

Typically, when a dog is sick, he will have a raised temperature, along with a hot, dry nose.

Moist nose?

Moist noses are also one of the ways that canines can regulate body temperature and cool down.

Wet nose, dry nose – neither is a reliable indicator of your Morkie’s heath on its own.

But a dry, cracked nose needs attention!

Causes range from protein overgrowth, called Nasal Hyperkeratosis, to simply a very dry nose.

If it IS Hyperkeratosis, you can treat your Morkie with special nose balm, such as Snout Soother, or Burts Bees Paw and Nose Lotion with Rosemary. Use it twice a day until the hard, brittle skin on your Morkie’s nose begins to come off, replaced by soft new skin. Then use twice a week to keep his nose supple.

nose balm for dogs



Hyperkeratosis = skin condition where keratin (skin) becomes thicker than usual in certain places.

Other examples of hyperkeratosis include:

  • calluses
  • corns
  • eczema
  • plantar warts
  • psoriasis
  • warts

Although Nasal Hyperkeratosis can’t be comfortable for a dog, it’s not especially serious. However, if special balm or lotion doesn’t clear it up, see your Veterinarian.

eeeewwwwww! Gross!

Here’s what it looks like.

Breeds who typically suffer from dry nose, according to



  • Bulldogs
  • French Bulldogs
  • Pugs
  • Boxers
  • Mastiffs
  • Bullmastiffs
  • American Bulldogs
  • German Shepherds
  • Collies
  • Poodles
  • Japanese Chin
  • Pekingese
  • Pomeranians

No Yorkies or Maltese on the list…  phew!

Why are dogs’ noses wet?

Why are dogs’ noses wet?

A nudge in the early morning from that cold, wet nose – yikes! Ever wonder why your Morkie’s nose is wet?

Noses are covered with a thin layer of mucous for a number of reasons. First, it helps regulate their body temperature. Dogs don’t have regular sweat glands like people, to regulate hot and cold. Instead, they sweat from their paw pads and nose only.

Second, that moisture on the nose increases its efficiency. Did you know dogs can actually lick scent chemicals off the nose, sending them to olfactory (smelling) glands in the mouth?

Third, dogs tend to lick their noses a lot.


What about a warm, dry nose?

why do dogs have wet nosesNot necessarily anything wrong with that. Some dogs don’t secrete as much moisture on their schnozes, that’s all. Just be sure your Morkie isn’t dehydrated.


What do watch for

If your Morkie’s nose is suddenly all thick and yucky like he has a cold, he probably does. Look for other symptoms and see your Vet for treatment. He could have a serious upper respiratory tract infection.


True or False?

If my dog has a cold wet nose, he’s healthy. A hot dry nose means he’s sick.


Why is my dogs nose wet

Other than those obvious symptoms, the dog’s nose isn’t a general snapshot of his overall health. Temperature and moisture will fluctuate throughout the day. And each dog is different.

Better signs of a potential problem are not eating or drinking, lethargy, mood changes, reluctance to get up, and of course vomiting or diarrhea.

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