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Any sneezing or coughing?
Any discharge from the eyes or nose? If so, please describe it?
How is her appetite and activity level?
Any vomiting or diarrhea?
What breed of dog is she?
Thanks. What did that discharge look like?
Thanks for the information. At this point, there isn't anything that would suggest anything more than an allergy. A dry nose doesn't really mean that anything serious is going on. If the nose is cracked or scabbed, there could just be a condition called hyperkeratosis, or there may be an immune system issue, but just a dry nose doesn't have to be anything bad. I would probably want to rule out onset of "dry eye" by testing tear production (usually there is a thick, greenish discharge but may not appear very early in the disease), get eye pressures check to rule out early glaucoma and stain the eyes to look for any corneal ulcers (less likely if both eyes affected), but she may just benefit from an anti-inflammatory eye medication or just put on anti-histamines. Benadryl is usually safe for dogs at 12.5mg per 10-15 lbs every 8-12 hours. The exception would be certain heart conditions, prostate problems (not in her case) and glaucoma. That is why it would be a good idea to just have your vet check before starting something like that. I would try something like an artificial tears ointment that you can get over the counter first. Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. Hope this helps.
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Yes. Try a warm compress on the nose to help remove the scabs and apply some Neosporin on it for now. You can use petroleum jelly in the meantime if you do not have any Neosporin. It may just be dry due to allergies, but if not looking better after a couple days of doing that, then definitely have your vet check it out. Please let me know if you have further concerns.
Hello. I was following up to see how Ella is doing and to see if you have any further questions.