Redness around snout

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Aug 13th, 2009 16:36
New Jersey
Jazmin
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My dog has been licking her snout a lot lately. I recently noticed that it is red and irrataded. Also today when I came home it looks like there is some scabbing. What would cause this and what can I do to help couteract this. It doesnt seem like she is in pain but as you know they cant tell us if they are or not
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Aug 14th, 2009 16:39
Florida
johannah
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There are a lot of reasons why your dog would lick her nose. She may have developed an allergy to something in her food. Plastic bowls are also sometimes a cause of problems with snouts. So if you are using plastic bowls for feeding or water try switching to high quality stainless steel or clear pyrex type glass bowls. I use the clear glass baking bowls and get them at Targets. They are reasonable priced, come in different sizes and have lids.
   
Also sometimes the dog has a minor irritation and starts licking. Then it becomes a vicious cycle as the irritation grows the licking becomes more pronounced. You might try smearing a very small amount of vaseline on your dog's nose. Do this when you are able to distract her from licking it off, maybe when you're are just ready to go for a walk or distract her with a toy.
   
If it is just an irritation that has gotten out of hand the vaseline should clear it up in a week or so. If it continues or starts to get worse a trip to the vet is the best thing to do.
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Aug 15th, 2009 14:17
California
SusanMB
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There is a natural balm you can find in most pet stores called Snout Soother that may help your dog.
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