How to help your pug’s dry & crusty nose

pug dry nose

Why do pugs get dry noses?

With cute looks and a companionable nature, it’s not hard to see why pugs remain an incredibly popular dog breed in the UK.

But that cute-looking flat face also means pugs can be more predisposed to getting a dry nose. Like other members of the flat-faced brachycephalic family such as bulldogs and Frenchies, they can struggle to keep their nose moist by licking it. So whilst all dogs can get dry noses, it can be a bit more common in pugs and other short-nose breeds. 

But it’s important for your pug’s nose to stay nice and moist as it’s how they understand the world around them: the damp surface better attracts scent particles than a dry nose, and these particles are then used by olfactory glands to analyse the scent.

A dry nose can be caused by all sorts of other factors, too.

All dogs can be susceptible to a dry nose, for a number of different reasons. It’s not always a cause for concern – common causes of a dry nose include:

Age – a dry nose can be one of the side effects of old age
Allergies – common allergens include things like pollen and dust. Plastic can also cause an allergic reaction, so try eliminating plastic bowls or toys and see if there’s an improvement. 
Sleep – Dogs don’t lick their noses frequently whilst asleep, which makes them drier – and older dogs are more likely to sleep more too.
Weather – too much time in the heat and sun will dry out your pug’s nose.
Dehydration – a dry nose will be one of several signs of dehydration – keep an eye out for other warning signs like excessive panting, dry gums and sunken eyes.

Pugs & hyperkeratosis

Pugs can also develop nasal hyperkeratosis, which is caused by the buildup of excessive keratin and leads to a crusty nose due to the growth of hard, calloused skin. These buildups of hard skin can crack or and become infected, which can be painful for your pup.

There’s no cure for hyperkeratosis, and although it’s not usually serious, you should always check with your vet first and rule out any other conditions. 

How to help your pug’s dry nose

The symptoms of hyperkeratosis can be managed with a nose balm, which is ideal for soothing your pug’s dry and crusty nose. Cleaning the area and applying twice a day will soothe and moisturise your pug’s dry nose, and have it restored to its shining self in no time. 

So, whether it’s just a bit dry from being in the sun, or there’s some calloused growth caused by hyperkeratosis, your pug’s dry nose can be nourished and restored with our blend of nourishing, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory ingredients – try out Stanley’s Dog Nose Balm today!