What is 'Collie Nose' and can you heal it? - McDowell's Herbal Treatments

'Collie Nose' problems may result from either one of two causes (and don't target just Collies!). Discoid Lupus Erythematosus is an autoimmune disease, which can eventually lead to squamous cell carcinoma if untreated. Nasal Solar Dermatitis is a lack of pigment at birth that can then lead to a gradual ulceration of the nose cells...

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What is Discoid Lupus Erythematosus?

Discoid Lupus Erythematosus (DLE) is an autoimmune disease, Lupus. that creates a skin condition of dogs that typically causes a loss of color (discoloration) on the hairless part of the nose. A black nose may fade to gray or pink. The discoloration can be accompanied by ulcers and bleeding. The surrounding skin may also be affected. The symtopms can be missed and remain undiagnosed until the disease has reached an advanced stage. Two types of lupus occur in domestic dogs - discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE) and systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).

Symptoms of collie nose

  • Paleness of the skin on the nose
  • Skin redness
  • Skin scaling and flaking
  • Skin erosions (sores
  • Skin ulcerations
  • Skin crusting
  • Scarring
  • Painful to touch

What is Nasal Solar Dermatitis?

This type of collie nose is caused by too much sun exposure, worsening during the summertime. This dermatitis condition can creates a weepy, crusty skin on the nose. It mainly affects Collies, Australian Shepherds, Shetland Sheepdogs, and related breeds. If left untreated it can start on the end of the nose but travel up over the bridge and mouth and eyelid area. The first step to preventing and treating is to keep the dog out of very bright sun and cover the area with a dog-safe SPF suncreen. 

McDowells Herbal Treatment Program

  1. Collie Nose External Oil - includes Hypericum, Calendula, Elecampane, Maritime Pine Bark, Celandine and Thuja, as well as the Bach Flowers Crab Apple, Clematis, Cherry Plum, Chestnut Bud. This may be mixed with Skin Magic or aqueous, Vitamin E or sun cream of your choice.
  2. Collie Nose Internal formula - includes Maritime Pine Bark, Equisetum, Elecampane, Hypericum, Vervain and Golden Seal along with the Bach Flowers Crab Apple, Chestnut Bud, and Oak. This mix supports the immune system, protects from sunrays, removes infection while accurately replacing nose pad cells.
  3. Maritime Pine Bark - is a powerful antioxidant Maritime Pine Bark is a natural antioxidant. It is an excellent source of flavonoids and has anti-inflammatory properties that work to protect the body from harmful free radicals, helps boost the immune system and strengthens blood vessel walls and capillaries. This specialist antioxidant is nearly 25 times more powerful than Vitamin C! It also boosts how the body uses Vitamin C.
  4. Collie Nose Ointment - Made in a paw paw base that includes Hypericum, Calendula, Elecampane , Pine Bark, Chamomile and Thuja along with the Bach Flowers Walnut and Rescue Remedy that will heal and strengthen the dogs ability to rejuvenate the cells of the nose.


Feeding your dog the raw food improves the whole digestive system. When you’ve got the dogs stomach working the way nature intended, everything improves. Improving the digestive health and removing what shouldn't be in dog food is a sure what to improve coat and skin. We’ve seen amazing results with our recommended diet in dogs who have had skin conditions for years. 

Any canine affected with Collie Nose benefit from being fed a natural, raw fed diet, with no packaged or tinned or containing preservatives.





(1) Collie Nose in Dogs By Jane Meggitt


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