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What Are Dog Noses Made of?

Posted on: August 30th, 2013 by

By Dr. Marc, a veterinarian and blogger for pet insurance provider, Pets Best Insurance

Hi. My name is Marc Caldwell; I’m a local veterinarian working with Pets Best Insurance to answer some Facebook questions.

The next question is: What are dogs’ noses made of? Is it skin?

The short answer to this question is yes. It is comprised of similar skin cell layers, as is the rest of the skin on the dog. The outer layer of the nose is called the stratum corneum. It’s the layer that gives the nose its very unique characteristic, almost a dimpling-type process. In dogs, these can be very unique, almost individualistic like a fingerprint.

If you have any other questions, please post them below, or visit the Pets Best Insurance Facebook page.

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