Why are dog noses wet? Have you ever wondered why?
If you’re a dog lover, you probably adore dog noses and you have probably noticed they are almost always wet. There are different reasons why dog noses are wet and we’re going to discuss it in this post.
Dog noses are wet because it’s how they cool down
Dogs don’t have sweat glands and they cool down in some ways different that humans.
Dogs release the heat of their bodies in the following ways:
- Sweating through paws,
- Letting the heat of their body evaporate with the help of their wet noses.
All dogs have special mucous glands inside their noses – particularly their nostrils – that produce the clear fluid you see on their noses. This watery liquid helps them cool down faster.
Dog noses are wet because they lick them all the time
Have you ever caught your dog lick his nose? Our furry and nosey buddies have pretty powerful noses. All the scents they pick up can be very interesting for it’s only natural for them put their noses wherever it takes them: in the dirt, under the bed, in your shoes, or inside the bushes. Dogs lick their nose all the time to keep them clean.
Dog noses are moist and wet to help them gather scent
A dog’s sense of smell is very powerful and the anatomy of their nose contributes a lot in their talent. A dog’s nose produces mucus to help them smell better.
Some dog experts think that the wetness of dog noses help absorb tiny water droplets in the air that carry odor. The wetness makes the least hint of a scent easier to detect.
Biblical tale explaining why dog noses are wet
Well-known dog behavior expert and researcher Dr. Stanley Coren wrote a tale about the dog nose and why it is wet and it goes like this:
During the great flood, Noah tasked the dogs to patrol the ark to keep everyone safe. One day, while the dogs were patrolling, they found a small hole – the size of coin – in the ark.
One dog immediately plugged the hole with his little nose while the other one ran back to Noah to alert him and ask for help. When Noah arrived, he patched the hole in time –saving everybody in the ark.
So as a reward, God made dog noses cold and wet.
Awww. How cute it that?