Why Does My French Bulldog Have a Dry Nose?


The French Bulldog’s dry nose is actually the least of its problems. To even exist the breed has had to overcome quite a few long-odds due to the impracticalities around breeding it.

It can have many health problems and its problems with temperature regulation are well known and well documented. In fact, it’s probably fair to say that the only reason that this breed of dog is still in existence is due to its astonishingly kind, warm, affectionate, loving personality. I could go on. You only need to spend a few minutes with this dog to see the appeal.

But, you’re not here today to listen to me waxing lyrical about how great the French Bulldog is – you’re here to find out more about your French Bulldog’s nose and why it might be dry, so let’s get on with it.

If your French Bulldog has a dry nose it could well be nasal hyperkeratosis. This is a condition where too much keratin is created. Fortunately, this problem can usually be resolved from your own home.

Cause of a Dry Nose on a French Bulldog

Does the nose of your French Bulldog have a crusty appearance? If it’s dry and has been for a little while, then there’s a good chance it has.

If this is the case then your little Frenchie probably has nasal hyperkeratosis. But what is this? Well, ‘nasal’ obviously refers to the nose.

When anything has ‘hyper’ in front of it, it means there’s a lot of it (in Greek it means ‘over’) So when we say ‘hyperkeratosis’ we are saying that there is an overproduction of keratin.

Now then, we’re getting somewhere. So, it could be down to the overproduction of keratin. This is a protein that is used in the production of hair, claws and nails amongst other things.

Right, at this point we’re at the very edge of my knowledge. So, in simple terms – the cause of a dry nose on a French Bulldog might be down to an overproduction of a certain type of protein. Are you still awake?

Why does my French Bulldog have a dry nose?

When the volume of keratin reaches a certain amount, it will become flaky and some crusty bits may come off (sounds lovely, right?). This will need attention. There are some things you can do at home that usually work but if progress isn’t made it will need a veterinary practice.

If you don’t think it’s this though – perhaps there’s quite a nasty smell associated with it, the best advice is to always contact your vet. Regardless of what anyone says online, no point in taking any risks with your little one – just get a professional to check them out as soon as you can.

What’s special about the French Bulldog’s nose?

I’m not sure if ‘special’ is the right word here as it seems to cause them no end of problems. The nose on the French Bulldog can be a cause of all kinds of issues for this little breed.

The French Bulldog is brachycephalic, which covers all dogs that have short noses and a somewhat flat face.

Because of this they are actually not allowed on many flights as sadly, several have died during the journey. Unfortunately, dogs with these little stubby noses have problems breathing when they are stressed and their temperatures are elevated.

With no efficient way to regulate their temperature, they can quickly succumb to this relatively hostile environment in the aircraft’s hold.

Why does my French Bulldog have a dry nose?

Also, because of the above problem, it is recommended that the French Bulldog lives in an environment that is properly temperature-controlled, ideally with air conditioning but this obviously depends on where you live.

Care must be taken when you take them out on a sunny day for instance and regular breaks in the shade are required due to this inability to control their temperature.

Can the problems with their nose be serious?

A dry nose can cause problems yes as if left untreated it can bleed and infection can set in. Although, this usually be averted.

This could be said for many conditions though and comes back to the importance of regular checkups at your vet’s.

When you spend a lot of time with your Frenchie, it can be easy to miss problems as they can sometimes develop so slowly. It’s like a growing child, you don’t actually see them grow but all of a sudden they’re taller than you – how did that happen?

Nasal hyperkeratosis is not life-threatening in itself – so first things first, if you’ve just noticed it, don’t worry – you will most likely be able to treat this at home.

Can I cure a dry nose on a French Bulldog?

If you want to treat nasal hyperkeratosis from home – it’s quite easy. Let me take you through the simple steps that should make a positive difference.

  1. Firstly, we need to rehydrate the skin. So, with nice warm water (not too hot or cold as this will be unpleasant for your Frenchie) you should soak thoroughly their nose. How you choose to do this is up to you but as long as the water is warm that you don’t in any way scrub, your dog shouldn’t mind you doing this.
  2. After ensuring your hands are nice and clean, apply some petroleum jelly to the area. Again, this won’t irritate your French Bulldog and actually it may remove some of the unpleasantness for them in a short amount of time.
  3. Repeat this application of petroleum jelly, once a day for around a week and a half. However, if you’re finding the problem has worsened or not improved after this time – do give your vets a call to discuss other options.

In summary, though, most people treat a dry nose on a French Bulldog from home with very good results and in the vast majority of times, it is nothing to worry about.

Conclusion – Why Does My French Bulldog Have a Dry Nose?

Usually, you will find that with a bit of home-care the problem of a dry nose on your French Bulldog will quickly go. The key to this though and other problems is early detection and before any potential infection sets in.

Unfortunately, this is just one of those things with the French Bulldog that you may have to deal with during their little lives. They are more than worth it though!

Matt

I'm Matt Pettitt, joint founder of the Pets Knowledge Base alongside my wife, Jane. Since I was just 2 years of age I've had pets in my life - which I don't mind admitting is 47 years! I strongly believe that when you introduce a pet into your family you should do everything you can to give it the best life possible. I've learned a lot during the past (almost) five decades and this blog gives me a medium to share everything I have learned ( both good and bad) about pets. If you'd like to know more about us, and how to contact us - take a look at our About page here!

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