Nobody wants their dog to walk around with a bunch of mucus dried in their nose. But your pooch can’t clean it up themselves. Therefore, we must step in as responsible pet owners to take care of the problem. Luckily, cleaning up dog mucus is easy to do. The hard part is figuring out why your dog is producing mucus. Here’s everything that you need to know.
How to Clean Dog Nose Mucus (4 Simple Steps)
1. Clean With a Cloth
You can easily get rid of mucus buildup on and around your dog’s nose with the help of a clean, damp cloth or cotton pads. To sterilize the water, first boil it and then let it cool. Start by wetting the cloth with warm water, then squeeze out the excess. Use the cloth or pad to gently wipe the affected area until the mucus is gone. Start at the nostril and move out and away from the nose. You may need to rinse your cloth several times as you work to ensure that you don’t transfer mucus back onto your dog, or use a clean pad each time. You can use this cleaning method any time that mucus starts to build up. If the nose is very crusty you may need to gently hold the cloth a little longer on the crusts to loosen up the discharge.
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2. Utilize a Nasal Aspirator
If your pooch is noticeably having trouble breathing due to mucus buildup, you can utilize a nasal aspirator made for animals or babies. This will help clear mucus out of the nose so it does not end up running out onto other parts of the dog’s body. This will not treat the problem that is causing the mucus buildup, but it will provide relief to your pooch—and help ensure that mucus does not end up on your couch and other items in your home. It is more suitable for use in puppies than adult dogs.
3. Determine the Cause
Sometimes, a dog produces a little extra mucus that is gross but normal. However, if your dog’s mucus doesn’t seem to be going away or the mucus looks green or discolored, you must determine what the cause is to figure out how to treat the cause. Common causes to consider include the following.
4. Contact Your Veterinarian
If you cannot figure out why your dog is producing mucus or you have a clue about what the problem is, it is important to contact your veterinarian and talk to them about it. They should be able to provide you with advice and recommendations to ease your dog’s discomfort and diagnose the problem. As well as the problems listed above there are many others that your vet will consider. Most illnesses cannot be treated without an examination and medications from the vet so book in for a check-up to get your pooch on the path to good health.
A Quick Recap
Dealing with dog mucus is gross but necessary. Cleaning your dog’s mucus is important because it will help relieve their discomfort. Figuring out the cause of the mucus production is also crucial because without doing so, your dog can succumb to serious illnesses and infections that are tough and expensive to treat.
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