While most of the reasons why dogs lick their noses are innocent, others like irritation and psychological distress should cause you to worry.
Here are four worrying reasons why your dog licking its nose excessively is not okay.
When a dog is anxious or feels threatened, they will often lick their noses and lips a lot. This may be accompanied by other features of psychological distress including aggressive behavior, restlessness, and increased vocalization.
If your dog’s nose is tender, your dog may constantly lick it as a way to get some relief. The pain could be from anything from cracking as a result of dryness to injuries sustained during playing or fights with other animals.
An itchy nose is another common worrying reason why your dog may be licking their nose a lot. This is more often than not a result of issues like allergies.
If your dog is suffering from allergies, the excessive nose licking will be accompanied by:
- Generalized itchiness and scratching
- Rashes on the skin or the nose
- Red or puffy eyes
- Sneezing and a runny nose
Unpleasant Or Irritating Smell
Finally, your dog may be licking their nose a lot if they inhaled something unpleasant or irritating. More often than not this will be associated with excess production of saliva and mucus due to irritation of the oral and nasal surfaces.
The most common culprits in this case include smoke, strong perfumes, detergents, and household cleaning products. Dog grooming products with a lot of chemical additives could also irritate the dog’s nose and cause them to lick excessively.