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Those Amazing Dog Noses -- Fun Facts About A Chilly Little Organ


If you thought dog noses were just a source of smeary prints on your windows, think again!

========How Nose Prints save dog's lives======

Nose prints are used to identify dogs in the same way finger prints are used to identify human beings. Breeders and trainers keep a dog's nose prints on file as part of its permanent record and insurance companies now require them whenever a dog is to be bonded. At one time paw prints were used as a means of canine identification, but these proved less accurate than noses. And while some owners have had microchips "installed" in their pets, these are more invasive and can be detected and removed. If you dog is ever lost or stolen, having his nose print on record could save his life!

======Why Dog Noses are Wet=======

Why are dog noses wet? Fluid from the lateral glands in a dog's nose lubricates the outsides of his nostrils and makes them moist and shiny. But mostly, the nose stays wet because your dog is always licking it (along with other parts). So, a moist nose has generally been considered as a healthy nose, but this isn't always true. For example, if a dog falls asleep in a hot place, his nose may be dry when he first wakes up. Once he cools down and has a little Gatorade (kidding!) -- I mean, gets rehydrated, his nose will soon look wet again.

Distemper can permanently alter the nasal glands. So, a dog who suffers from distemper early in life may have a perpetually dry nose.

=======Why Dog Noses are Cold=======

Cold normally goes along with wet, which I heard has something to do with convection cooling, or some such law of physics, which I've long forgotten. So, if a dog's nose dries out (see above), it will feel warm to the touch. This is OK, as long as the nose gets wet again. However, a chronically dry nose could be sign of illness and should be seen by a vet.

Note: if you have concerns about your dog's nose and health, be sure to check with your vet!

=======Why Dog Noses are hard to fool========

We know that dogs have traditionally been used for tracking, search and rescue due to their keen sense of smell.

A dog's sense of smell is about 40,000 times better than ours, and that's not all. You can't throw a dog off by "covering up" one smell with another. A study was done in which a number of different objects were sprayed with skunk odor, and trained tracking dogs were still able to distinguish the objects from each other! So forget about trying to fool Fido!

Here's another intriguing story about the dog's famous sense of smell: A yellow lab named Parker wasn't a trained "nose dog", but liked to sniff everything, all the time. Then he began to constantly sniff a blemish on his owner's leg, which had been there for a number of years. The dog was pushing his nose hard into the area, and really concentrating. So, the owner decided to have it looked at. The skin specialist immediately detected the early signs of skin cancer, and ordered the blemish removed immediately. Once the lesion was gone, Parker lost interest in the leg! Similar stories have reportedly led doctors in the US to train dogs to "sniff out" skin cancer. Apparently, dogs can detect skin cancer long before any conventional methods can!! More recently, dogs have been given urine samples from cancer victims to see if they can also smell bladder and prostate cancer. The results have been promising.

======Fun with Dog Noses=======

There are only a few websites that devote themselves entirely to this quirky topic, but they're always worth a visit if you're a fan of "the nose". They're loads of fun--a real nose full!

Try searching for "dog noses" on eBay. I did, and found a cute rubber dog nose mask complete with whiskers for a couple of bucks!

© 2004, Carolyn Schweitzer. Lifelong dog-lover, power-shopper, and former family dentist Carolyn Schweitzer is owner and editor of Great-Dog-Gift.com where she offers a wide range of choices for dog gift shoppers, plus shopping and gift-giving tips. (Also advice on dog care and feeding.)

Visit the site to see the full illustrated article with links to more information about dog noses and fun dog nose websites

You can reach Carolyn by email at [email protected].


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More neurotic and conscientious individuals tend to feel stronger attachment to pets  PsyPost

Insurance, pets and phones: how to get the best deal on holiday costs - The Guardian
Insurance, pets and phones: how to get the best deal on holiday costs  The Guardian

Opinion: We’re neglecting pets in disasters — with tragic consequences - CNN
Opinion: We’re neglecting pets in disasters — with tragic consequences  CNN

Lincoln rescue brings pets in need of homes to brewery - KOLN
Lincoln rescue brings pets in need of homes to brewery  KOLN

Cat killed, four pets rescued, and three people displaced after Flower Mound house fire - NBC DFW
Cat killed, four pets rescued, and three people displaced after Flower Mound house fire  NBC DFW

Pet Scene: Summit County’s adoptable pets for the week of July 21 - Summit Daily
Pet Scene: Summit County’s adoptable pets for the week of July 21  Summit Daily

SCRAPS experiencing 'overflow' of pets looking for homes - KXLY Spokane
SCRAPS experiencing 'overflow' of pets looking for homes  KXLY Spokane

Who's smarter, cats or dogs? | Pet Project - CBS News
Who's smarter, cats or dogs? | Pet Project  CBS News

New report highlights adverse impact of plastics on pets - Jamaica Gleaner
New report highlights adverse impact of plastics on pets  Jamaica Gleaner

Pets are Free Through July 31 at San Bernardino County Animal Care - Victor Valley News - VVNG
Pets are Free Through July 31 at San Bernardino County Animal Care  Victor Valley News - VVNG

Pets & people flock to Needle Hall stage for annual animal showcase - BG Independent News
Pets & people flock to Needle Hall stage for annual animal showcase  BG Independent News

PETS OF THE WEEK | 14 dogs need homes - Texarkana Gazette
PETS OF THE WEEK | 14 dogs need homes  Texarkana Gazette

Amy's Ice Cream truck treats customers and pets at Tomlinson's Feed with free sweets - KEYE TV CBS Austin
Amy's Ice Cream truck treats customers and pets at Tomlinson's Feed with free sweets  KEYE TV CBS Austin

Palm Beach County officials warn of scam targeting owners of lost pets - WPEC
Palm Beach County officials warn of scam targeting owners of lost pets  WPEC

Meet Karl, a wild and bouncy cattle dog and canine acrobat who loves playing with kids - The Ledger
Meet Karl, a wild and bouncy cattle dog and canine acrobat who loves playing with kids  The Ledger

Olivia Kristiansen, a new leader for Pets Lifeline - Sonoma Valley Sun
Olivia Kristiansen, a new leader for Pets Lifeline  Sonoma Valley Sun

2024 Pet Fashion Show - KOSA
2024 Pet Fashion Show  KOSA

Pets at Home Completes Strategic Share Buyback - TipRanks
Pets at Home Completes Strategic Share Buyback  TipRanks

When is pet insurance worth it? - The Week
When is pet insurance worth it?  The Week

Pet care: Dog's tail chewing is not from boredom - Albuquerque Journal
Pet care: Dog's tail chewing is not from boredom  Albuquerque Journal

The 8 best air purifiers for pet owners - National Geographic
The 8 best air purifiers for pet owners  National Geographic

The 33+ best pet deals for Amazon Prime Day 2024 - NBC News
The 33+ best pet deals for Amazon Prime Day 2024  NBC News

'The View' is helping to find forever homes for these adoptable pets - ABC News
'The View' is helping to find forever homes for these adoptable pets  ABC News

A New Rainbow Bridge Pet Remembrance Path Open to the Public at Hounds Town in Rockledge - Florida Today
A New Rainbow Bridge Pet Remembrance Path Open to the Public at Hounds Town in Rockledge  Florida Today

Pet of the Week: Watson - The Bristol Press
Pet of the Week: Watson  The Bristol Press

Heat Stroke: Protecting Your Pets in the Searing Dubrovnik Summer - The Dubrovnik Times
Heat Stroke: Protecting Your Pets in the Searing Dubrovnik Summer  The Dubrovnik Times

Loving Their Pets to Debt - The New York Times
Loving Their Pets to Debt  The New York Times

2024 Pet Fashion Show - KOSA
2024 Pet Fashion Show  KOSA

'We've reached a fever pitch' — Animal Services offering free pet adoptions in July as county shelter approaches capacity - danvillesanramon.com
'We've reached a fever pitch' — Animal Services offering free pet adoptions in July as county shelter approaches capacity  danvillesanramon.com

With abandoned pets on the rise, CT animal shelters and rescuers struggle to keep up: 'It's harrowing' - CT Insider
With abandoned pets on the rise, CT animal shelters and rescuers struggle to keep up: 'It's harrowing'  CT Insider

PET OF THE WEEK: Tru - Odessa American
PET OF THE WEEK: Tru  Odessa American

Kato Living - Loving Exotic Pets with One Love Tarantulas - KEYC
Kato Living - Loving Exotic Pets with One Love Tarantulas  KEYC

Dogfest brings adoptable pets to Wild State Cider Saturday - Northern News Now
Dogfest brings adoptable pets to Wild State Cider Saturday  Northern News Now

Arden Courts Hosted Pet Adoption Extravaganza - Parsippany Focus
Arden Courts Hosted Pet Adoption Extravaganza  Parsippany Focus

Lab-Grown Meat for Pets Was Just Approved in the UK - WIRED
Lab-Grown Meat for Pets Was Just Approved in the UK  WIRED

This Chewy List Will Help You Discover Your Pet’s New Fave Toy, So Don’t Skip It - BuzzFeed
This Chewy List Will Help You Discover Your Pet’s New Fave Toy, So Don’t Skip It  BuzzFeed

Pets, cyclists join diabetes awareness event in downtown Lena - WIFR
Pets, cyclists join diabetes awareness event in downtown Lena  WIFR

2 pets die in Bismarck apartment fire - Bismarck Tribune
2 pets die in Bismarck apartment fire  Bismarck Tribune

Roblox: Battle Pets TD Codes (July 2024) - GameRant
Roblox: Battle Pets TD Codes (July 2024)  GameRant

Animal commuication breakthrough: How AI could help us decode what our pets are saying - Genetic Literacy Project
Animal commuication breakthrough: How AI could help us decode what our pets are saying  Genetic Literacy Project

Ask the Vet: Summer Pet Safety Tips - LEX 18 News - Lexington, KY
Ask the Vet: Summer Pet Safety Tips  LEX 18 News - Lexington, KY

Truckee-Tahoe – Pet of the Week: Elvis - Tahoe Daily Tribune
Truckee-Tahoe – Pet of the Week: Elvis  Tahoe Daily Tribune

Resident, neighbor and firefighter injured, pet killed in Escondido house fire - FOX 5 San Diego
Resident, neighbor and firefighter injured, pet killed in Escondido house fire  FOX 5 San Diego

The Best Pet Insurance for Multiple Pets (2024) - MarketWatch
The Best Pet Insurance for Multiple Pets (2024)  MarketWatch

As temperatures soar, pets can experience heat stroke too. Here’s what you should know. - Boston.com
As temperatures soar, pets can experience heat stroke too. Here’s what you should know.  Boston.com

Hey Pandas, Share A Pic Of Your Pet Doing Something Normal Pets Don’t Do - Bored Panda
Hey Pandas, Share A Pic Of Your Pet Doing Something Normal Pets Don’t Do  Bored Panda

Are We Loving Our Pets to Death? - The New York Times
Are We Loving Our Pets to Death?  The New York Times

Three pets killed in Neenah house fire - WBAY
Three pets killed in Neenah house fire  WBAY

EU pet food industry: Steady growth despite rising inflation - All About Feed
EU pet food industry: Steady growth despite rising inflation  All About Feed

Pets of the Week: July 21, 2024 - Marshall News Messenger
Pets of the Week: July 21, 2024  Marshall News Messenger

Domestic violence shelter expands to make room for pets - MPR News
Domestic violence shelter expands to make room for pets  MPR News

Exercise Tiger Foundation Gives Free Life Jackets to Veterans and Pets - KOMU 8
Exercise Tiger Foundation Gives Free Life Jackets to Veterans and Pets  KOMU 8

‘Help is needed’: Hundreds of pets continue to flow into KC area shelters - KCTV 5
‘Help is needed’: Hundreds of pets continue to flow into KC area shelters  KCTV 5

Adopt-a-Pet July 22 - Chadds Ford Live
Adopt-a-Pet July 22  Chadds Ford Live

Four pets killed in Neenah house fire - WBAY
Four pets killed in Neenah house fire  WBAY

The Perils of Wild Pets: DNREC Warns Against Keeping Non-Domesticated Animals - Delaware.gov
The Perils of Wild Pets: DNREC Warns Against Keeping Non-Domesticated Animals  Delaware.gov

Pets with Potential: Meet Reese, Tinkerbell and Oliver - WCAX
Pets with Potential: Meet Reese, Tinkerbell and Oliver  WCAX

Pets, cyclists join diabetes awareness event in downtown Lena - WIFR
Pets, cyclists join diabetes awareness event in downtown Lena  WIFR

Family displaced, four pets dead in Fox Crossing house fire - Fox11online.com
Family displaced, four pets dead in Fox Crossing house fire  Fox11online.com

Pets of the Week: Meet Guacamole and Namora - Brainerd Dispatch
Pets of the Week: Meet Guacamole and Namora  Brainerd Dispatch

Reader callout: For the love of pets - Shawnee News-Star
Reader callout: For the love of pets  Shawnee News-Star

Anatolian Shepherd's Epic Zoomies Are an Immediate Mood Booster - Parade Pets
Anatolian Shepherd's Epic Zoomies Are an Immediate Mood Booster  Parade Pets

Young-Williams announces new program to help lost pets get home - WATE 6 On Your Side
Young-Williams announces new program to help lost pets get home  WATE 6 On Your Side

Adult and pet displaced after Winston-Salem water main break, firefighters say - WFMYNews2.com
Adult and pet displaced after Winston-Salem water main break, firefighters say  WFMYNews2.com

Multiple pets missing following house fire on in south Huntsville - WAFF
Multiple pets missing following house fire on in south Huntsville  WAFF

Pampered Tail plans to please pets of Martins Ferry - Martins Ferry Times Leader
Pampered Tail plans to please pets of Martins Ferry  Martins Ferry Times Leader

Pet Spot: Siberian husky Yoko likes to howl - Leader Publications
Pet Spot: Siberian husky Yoko likes to howl  Leader Publications

Pet Prattle: The dog days of summer - Press Herald
Pet Prattle: The dog days of summer  Press Herald

Harris County animal shelter is operating at double capacity. Here's how to help - Houston Chronicle
Harris County animal shelter is operating at double capacity. Here's how to help  Houston Chronicle

His Wedding Has A No-Pets Policy, But His Sister-In-Law Is Still Making Him Feel Bad For Not Letting Her Bring Her Dog - Chip Chick
His Wedding Has A No-Pets Policy, But His Sister-In-Law Is Still Making Him Feel Bad For Not Letting Her Bring Her Dog  Chip Chick

Paws and Purrs: Keeping Your Pets Cool and Healthy in Hot Weather - Greenwich Sentinel
Paws and Purrs: Keeping Your Pets Cool and Healthy in Hot Weather  Greenwich Sentinel

Britain Approves Lab-Grown Meat for Pet Food - The New York Times
Britain Approves Lab-Grown Meat for Pet Food  The New York Times

Two pet video festivals to choose from in the Twin Cities this August - Bring Me The News
Two pet video festivals to choose from in the Twin Cities this August  Bring Me The News

Remembering our pets during the “Dog Days” of summer - thewashingtondailynews.com
Remembering our pets during the “Dog Days” of summer  thewashingtondailynews.com

These Pets at OC Animal Care Are Looking for a Home - Voice of OC
These Pets at OC Animal Care Are Looking for a Home  Voice of OC

Pets Of The Week: Meet King And Xena - Los Alamos Daily Post
Pets Of The Week: Meet King And Xena  Los Alamos Daily Post

Missing pet tegu mistaken for alligator in Snohomish County - Big Country News
Missing pet tegu mistaken for alligator in Snohomish County  Big Country News

Last Chance to Score 50% off the Viral Furbo Pet Camera for Amazon Prime Day - Good Housekeeping
Last Chance to Score 50% off the Viral Furbo Pet Camera for Amazon Prime Day  Good Housekeeping

Pool "Pawty" for area pets at El Paso Animal Services - KVIA
Pool "Pawty" for area pets at El Paso Animal Services  KVIA

Airline decision narrows options for US military families with dogs moving home from Europe - Stars and Stripes
Airline decision narrows options for US military families with dogs moving home from Europe  Stars and Stripes

Pets of the Week: Parker and Izzy - Tyler Morning Telegraph
Pets of the Week: Parker and Izzy  Tyler Morning Telegraph

Three pets killed in Neenah house fire - WBAY
Three pets killed in Neenah house fire  WBAY

Scam Targets Owners Looking for Missing Pets - KIRO Seattle
Scam Targets Owners Looking for Missing Pets  KIRO Seattle

Don’t ~Sit~ On These 41 Prime Day Pet Deals, Because They Won’t Be Around Much Longer - BuzzFeed
Don’t ~Sit~ On These 41 Prime Day Pet Deals, Because They Won’t Be Around Much Longer  BuzzFeed

SNIP WV offers affordable surgeries to pets in need around (West Virginia) - WV News
SNIP WV offers affordable surgeries to pets in need around (West Virginia)  WV News

Consider our pets this 4th of July - Forest Park Review
Consider our pets this 4th of July  Forest Park Review

Pets located after missing following house fire on Louis Dr. in Huntsville - WAFF
Pets located after missing following house fire on Louis Dr. in Huntsville  WAFF

The 11 Best Prime Day Pet Deals on Dog Beds, Cat Water Fountains, and More - WIRED
The 11 Best Prime Day Pet Deals on Dog Beds, Cat Water Fountains, and More  WIRED

War in Ukraine Takes a Toll on Pets - WUGA
War in Ukraine Takes a Toll on Pets  WUGA

Meet Carter and Abby, this week’s CVAS pets of the week - Franklin County Free Press
Meet Carter and Abby, this week’s CVAS pets of the week  Franklin County Free Press

Is it safe to walk your dog during California heat wave? How hot weather can harm pets - Sacramento Bee
Is it safe to walk your dog during California heat wave? How hot weather can harm pets  Sacramento Bee

Pets of the Week - Index-Journal
Pets of the Week  Index-Journal

Multiple pets missing following house fire on Louis Dr. in Huntsville - WAFF
Multiple pets missing following house fire on Louis Dr. in Huntsville  WAFF

Adopt A Pet: Meet a Chihuahua named Roman - WPLG Local 10
Adopt A Pet: Meet a Chihuahua named Roman  WPLG Local 10

Low-Cost Pet Vaccination & Microchip clinic in Talent - KOBI-TV NBC5 / KOTI-TV NBC2
Low-Cost Pet Vaccination & Microchip clinic in Talent  KOBI-TV NBC5 / KOTI-TV NBC2

The UK will start feeding lab-grown meat to pets this year - The Verge
The UK will start feeding lab-grown meat to pets this year  The Verge

3 pets dead in Cordova house fire - WATN - Local 24
3 pets dead in Cordova house fire  WATN - Local 24

Opinion | Caring for Pet Companions - The New York Times
Opinion | Caring for Pet Companions  The New York Times

3 dog deaths investigated at Potomac Yard PetSmart - NBC Washington
3 dog deaths investigated at Potomac Yard PetSmart  NBC Washington

Are pets allowed in Vermont's state parks? It depends. - Burlington Free Press
Are pets allowed in Vermont's state parks? It depends.  Burlington Free Press

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