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My dogs nostril is slightly crusty on one side, around the

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My dog's nostril is slightly crusty on one side, around the outer edge. When I look inside his nostril there is a swelling, and a slightly pink area. I have made him an appointment at the vet tomorrow, but wondered if anyone could tell me what it might be? He isn't sneezing excessively, nor is he pawing at his nose, and he seems healthy in all other respects.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Lisa replied 7 years ago.

Hi Jacustomer-un0s0dyw~


Sounds to me as if your dog may have traumatized that part of his nose. It's not uncommon for dogs (who always lead with their noses) to go sticking their snouts into long grasses or branches and causing small abrasions either in the nose itself or around the outside edge.


Add to that the fact that dogs tend to get things stuck in their noses (like foxtails), and you've got a recipe for nasal irritation.


The good news is that your dog isn't acting like he has something stuck in his nose. The fact he's not sneezing or pawing at the nose tells me that there's nothing there really irritating the's most likely that he just got a little abrasion in there.


Your vet will give you a better idea of what is going on...however, I don't think I'd fret about it too much today.


I hope this helps.