Step-by-Step Dry Dog Nose Treatment Plan

How can you treat a dry, cracked dog nose?

A dry dog nose treatment plan is easy to follow once you know what the underlying condition is. If your pup's vet has ruled out any serious root causes or treated any underlying disease appropriately, you can address the dryness of the nose with a high quality nose balm such as Pup Wax® that is made from organic, all-natural and clean ingredients.

The following tips apply if you have an otherwise healthy dog that tends to suffer from nose dryness. A severe dry nose that is excessively crusty, flaky or with sores will require a professional medical diagnosis first.

How to treat your dog’s dry nose step-by-step

1. Observe when their nose dries out

Identify the specific times when your dog's snout goes dry. Is it when they go out in the summer or when the chills of winter kick in? Does it only dry out when they sleep or is their nose simply too short to reach with their tongue?

A dry dog nose could be a sign of severe dehydration in your dog. Other signs of dehydration in your dog include:

  • Pale sticky gums (normal gums should be pinkish)
  • Laziness
  • Excessive panting
  • Body weakness
  • Dry sunken eyes

Giving your dog lots of water often solves the problem. You can also offer hydrating fruits like watermelon and cantaloupe. These fruits are sweet, refreshing, and have a 90% water content.

2. Identify allergens in your home

Sometimes the cause of a dry dog nose could be an allergen lurking in your home. Common environmental allergies include dust, pollen, and mold. Dogs are vulnerable to allergies just as humans are.  Pests like fleas and mites also fall in the category of allergen.

If your pup is sneezing and pawing at his nose a lot, he may be allergic to something in his immediate environment. The constant pawing of the nose contributes to its dryness. Identify and eliminate any allergens that are affecting your dog.

3. Use a soothing, toxin-free dog nose balm

Keeping your dog's nose moist prevents dryness and cracking. A lot of dog owners like to use pet-friendly lotions to moisturize the nose. The lotions may work temporarily, but without a wax base, they do not keep the nose moist for longer periods.  Wax such as beeswax or soy wax acts as a natural barrier that seals moisture in and irritants out.

toxin-free dog nose balm


Using Pup Wax® is a sure way of keeping your dog’s nose moist for extended periods. Go for dog-approved products like Pup Wax®that contain only healthy ingredients to help your dog soothe, nourish, and heal their dry cracked nose.  Avoid any ingredients that have questionable safety in dogs or that are what we call empty filler ingredients without any proven health benefit.  The ingredients in any product applied to your precious pup should work together to enhance your pup’s well-being.

Pup Wax® contains ingredients including organic virgin coconut oil, a holistic approach that is also used to fight fleas and ticks in dogs. The organic beeswax and organic coconut oil in Pup Wax® also carry antiviral and antibacterial properties that can help fight diseases like demodex mange and sarcoptic mange. 

Pup Wax® nose balm includes ingredients such as soy wax and virgin coconut oil to soothe and further moisten your pup’s snout. Coconut oil is a natural treatment for hotspots, itchiness, or inflammation that may afflict your dog’s snoot.

As your dog ages, you will have to help keep their nose moist. Applying Pup Wax® as an everyday nose balm can help your pup retain their ability to smell for a longer time and more effectively by preventing loss of moisture.

Tips for getting the most out of Pup Wax® as a nose balm

  • Apply Pup Wax® to your dog's nose after each bath or while grooming your dog
  • Apply a thin layer of Pup Wax® nose balm before going out in heat or snow (and watch out for those toxic ice melts!)
  • Pup Wax® is ideal for the dry noses of flat-faced breeds such as Pugs, Shih Tzus, Brussels Griffon, Chihuahuas, Miniature Bulldogs, English Mastiffs, and Boxers
  • Let Pup Wax® do double-duty for your dog to prevent and protect dry, cracked dog paws (in all seasons!) Learn more.

4. Check for other symptoms

If your dog shows no significant improvement after applying Pup Wax® nose balm, keep an eye out for other symptoms and make a log to discuss with your vet.  Vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, or dry sunken eyes are red flags.

Contact a professional vet if you notice anything unusual in your dog beside a dry snout.

In review... 

In the canine world, a wet dog nose is a true symbol of health and happiness. If your pup suffers from the occasional dry dog nose, a little TLC using Pup Wax® should solve the problem. Always consult your dog’s veterinarian if you suspect your dog’s dry nose is a sign of severe illness or an underlying condition.

Want to know more about the causes of dry dog nose and what to look out for?  Learn more.

Dry Dog Nose FAQ

1. Can I use petroleum jelly on my dog's dry nose?

  • We advise against it.
  • Your dog can suffer vomiting and diarrhea from licking excess petroleum jelly off the nose.
  • Petrolatum-derived ingredients such as mineral oils and paraffin wax are known to accumulate in dogs' bodies over time. Parrafin wax and mineral oils are often touted as "all natural" or labeled as "white oils," including by a dog balm market leader. In fact, mineral oil is by-product in the distillation of petroleum and used to produce petroleum-based products from crude oil.  It is not known what the long term health effects are of gradual accumulation of mineral oil and petroleum in dogs. Mineral oil and other petroleum-based products can be contaminated with a cancer-causing impurity called 1,4-dioxane. Studies show that this chemical readily penetrates skin. The National Toxicology Program considers it a known animal carcinogen.  Although companies can easily remove it from ingredients during manufacture, tests documenting its common presence in products show that they often don't, leaving their customers at risk for potential chronic and widespread exposures to this cancer-causing compound. These trace contaminants in petroleum-based ingredients often readily penetrate the skin according to government and industry studies, and their presence in products is not restricted by government safety standards — they are legal at any level.
  • Petroleum jelly has a high viscosity which may hinder nasal perspiration.

2. Why is my dog’s nose drying out when they are asleep?

If your dog sleeps close to a heater or fireplace for long, their nose may end up looking dry and cracked. But not to worry, a few snout licks will clear the problem when they wake up.

3. What can I apply to soothe my dog’s crusty or dry nose?

    Pup Wax® is a vet-approved and pet-approved nose balm loved by dogs everywhere that will soothe your dog’s dry nose. Pup Wax® contains blends of organic and all natural humectant and barrier oils and waxes that eliminate dryness and seal in the moisture.

    4. Does my dog’s dry nose mean that he is sick?

    Temporary nose dryness is normal in dogs. Apply a thin layer of Pup Wax® nose balm to keep the nose moist. If you notice other, more serious symptoms accompanying your dog's dry nose, contact your vet immediately.

    5. What about sunscreen?

    We recommend using hats or avoiding excess sun exposure during peak hours. In order to reduce exposure to chemicals, we would not apply sunscreen to the paw pads, which are generally facing down, and use a protective barrier balm like Pup Wax® instead. If lengthy sun exposure is inevitable, a good, safe sunscreen applied to the nose is probably a good bet. We always encourage our customers to read up on the ingredients in their dogs’ products. We also give complete transparency into our own formulas on our website. Existing pet sunscreens often contain oxybenzones which are banned for use near certain marine wildlife habitats and have been shown to interfere with the human and animal endocrine systems. They also trigger allergic reactions in some dogs. Other physical sunblocks (such as zinc oxide based) that we might use as humans are also known to be completely unsafe for dogs. We continue to explore safe ingredients for sun protection. We will only bring products to market when we are completely satisfied about the safety and effectiveness of our formula and each ingredient. Stay tuned for more developments!

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