Is My Dog’s Nose Dripping Because It Is Anxious?

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Some dogs may drip their noses when anxious even though there is very little scientific evidence to support this. But you should proceed with caution by making sure that the runny nose isn’t caused by anything else. If your dog’s nose appears blocked or infected look closely at it and up it.

In this research you will know the answer to the query “Is My Dog’s Nose Dripping Because It Is Anxious?“.

Do you have concerns about your dogs behavior? Would they seem a bit anxious or highly strung? 

Have you noticed that their noses run when they are in this anxious state? 

I hope to find out if a runny nose is a sign that your dog is stressed in this article. 

It could be a sign of something completely different. 

Ironically I am writing this research with a nasty cold and am appreciating how annoying it is to have a dripping nose right now! 

The first thing I want to do is define exactly what I mean by dripping nose.

What do I mean by a runny nose?

Its not breakfast or dinner time if you are reading this! 

I include watery discharge mucus thick pus and even blood in my definition of a runny nose. 

Typically dogs drip from their noses when they have a watery discharge. 

Our children have the same expression when they have a cold which is similar to the one we see on their faces! 

After describing a runny nose fairly precisely we’re ready to move on to the next section.

There we will examine the classic signs and symptoms of anxiety in dogs. 

6 signs that dog anxious are:

In order not to write a list that is as long as my arm I have narrowed my list down to six symptoms that are mentioned by two respected sources (here and here). 

  1. Urinating and defacating
  2. Panting
  3. Barking
  4. Pacing or restlessness 
  5. Compulsive behaviours
  6. Drooling

It is interesting to note that a “dripping nose” is not present. 

On the other hand excessive drooling licking and yawning are also problematic. 

The connection between the dogs mouth and nose is interesting because it is very similar to ours. 

We also know that some dog breeds are more susceptible to runny noses than others (more on that later). 

Could it be that some dogs who drool when they are anxious also have runny noses? 


If runny noses are not a symptom of anxiety in dogs then perhaps anxiety is one of the main reasons why dogs get runny noses. 

What do you think? Lets take a look.

3 reasons that dogs suffer from  dripping noses

A dogs nose is one of its most important tools. 

Dogs are inquisitive by nature so their nose has to work harder when they are curious. 

In every second that she is outside my eight-month-old puppy uses her nose to explore almost anything. 

There is almost relentless sniffing going on! 

So it should not come as a big surprise that dogs have problems with their noses. 

In order to keep things brief I will discuss the three main reasons why your dog may be suffering from a runny nose. 

  1. Allergies
  2. Blockage
  3. Infection


Runny noses in dogs are most likely caused by allergies. 

Allergies can affect dogs just like they can affect humans. 

The same thing happens to them with a nose that drips eyes that water and a bit of sneezing here and there. 

There are many types of allergies in dogs but those caused by food or the environment are the most common. 

A dust allergy or a pollen allergy are examples of environmental allergies. 


Regarding what I said earlier those of us with dogs who are constantly sniffing should not be surprised that sometimes a foreign object will get stuck up there… 

There will be dripping from the nose. 

When foreign objects get stuck in our vacuum cleaners why can not they get stuck up a dogs nose? 

Donot you think the two activities are very similar? 

Your dogs nose is likely to become blocked by a seed or blade of grass while exploring outdoors. 

Its likely that anything slightly bigger and more edible made its way into their mouth.


A runny nose is most often caused by some sort of infection. 

Bacteria viruses and fungi can cause infections. 

I compared the dripping nose of a dog with the nose of a small child earlier. 

Dogs do not get colds in the same way as humans. 

There is however a risk of kennel cough. 

Running a close second to a horrible cough as symptoms of this illness is a runny nose… 

As we have seen in previous articles dogs can have a dripping nose for a number of reasons. 

6 dog breeds that are most likely to have a nose that drips

In the same way that some breeds of dogs dribble and slobber more than others 

There are some dog breeds whose noses leak like a leaky faucet. 

No matter how anxious they are or whether they have an infection or not this has no bearing on their state. 

The shape of their faces has everything to do with it. 

It is the breeds of dogs with flattened faces that are more likely to have noses that drip. 

Among the breeds with a brachyephalic head are:

  1.  French Bulldogs
  2.  Bulldogs
  3.  Pugs
  4. Boston Terriers
  5. Shih Tzus
  6. Pekingese 

Breeds of dogs with shorter faces and noses are more prone to breathing difficulties than those with longer faces and noses. 

As a result of their squashed faces it is difficult for them to breathe because they have too much flesh in too small a space. 

Running a nose might be a knock-on effect of having breathing difficulties. 

As I close this research I want to discuss how you can stop a dogs nose from dripping. 

How to stop a dripping nose on an anxious dog

Some dogs may drip their noses when anxious even though there is very little scientific evidence to support this. 

But you should proceed with caution by making sure that the runny nose isnot caused by anything else. 

If your dogs nose appears blocked or infected look closely at it and up it. 

You should see your veterinarian if the discharge coming from your dogs nose resembles mucus pus or blood more than water. 

Your dog is experiencing more than just anxiety. 

You need to identify the cause of your dogs anxiety in order to stop the drip if the discharge is not concerning. 

Just wiping their noses would not solve the problem. 

If you want to read more about dog health tips read here: Dog Health Tips and Tricks.

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