Nose Butter Info
Nose Butter Info for Your Dog’s Dry or Crusty, Cracked Nose
In Just 1-3 Days Your Dog’s Nose Can Be Healthy, Soft, Moist and Smooth
How do I use Nose Butter™?
It is super easy to use! If your Nose Butter™ is in a tin, just open the tin and scoop a bit out appropriate to the size of your dog’s nose and rub it on their nose. Tah Dah. That is it. You can rub it in if you wish, or not. Give a cookie, treat or toy to distract them if you wish to. Cookies always distract me. Yum, now I want a cookie.
If you purchased one of the twist-up tubes simple point the tube away from their eyes and apply a very small amount across the top of the nose. About as much as a light swipe of lipstick (men-imagine it). The tendency is to use too much, start with less and if needed add more. The tube version has a bit more beeswax, which keeps it in the tube, so it may take a bit longer to melt into your dog’s nose. Just FYI.
Repeat 2-3x a day, if your dog has crusty stuff on their nose or it is uber-dry. After 1-3 days, test the crusty stuff with a bit of tissue and see if it will rub off. If it does not easily come off, keep applying until it easily, without picking, comes right off.
Then use as needed for maintenance. Some dogs need daily, some weekly…each dog’s nose is different.
Tin or Tube? Is there a Difference?
Good question! The Butter analogy, it is an obvious one, but one that works. Hey, the whole “Butter” things is what got us started on this! Nose Butter in the regular, classic tin is like whipped butter in a tub. It is fluffier and melts after on your biscuit or oatmeal (ok, now I am really hungry-hot buttery biscuits-yum). When I make the Nose Butter I actually whip the product to give it more lift and lightness.
Nose Butter in the tube is a denser consistency like a stick of butter. Nose Butter in a tube may easier to apply for some people, but may take a teeny bit longer to melt into the nose. Hint: Use less of the tube product, just a swipe is enough! By the way, the Nose Butter in the slide-top tins, the little .25 and the .50 is the same formulation as the Nose Butter in the Tube. This recipe, the denser variation, is poured directly into the tubes and little slide-top tins.
My dog hates having her face touched? She fights when I do anything to her!
Oh, one of THOSE. Here are a few suggestions…sneak up on her when she is sleeping and gently tap it on her nose. If she wakes up, look away, be casual and act like you did not do anything. Or, give a cookie or highly coveted toy or chew and then quickly dab the Nose Butter™ on. My husband’s dog, Mudd, loathes having her face messed with, so we sympathize.
It is not dislike for the actual Nose Butter™ (geesh, I hope not-hahaha) or even having their noses touched that annoys some dogs as much as it is the fear or anger at being held closely and controlled. I think the flat-faced dogs stress a bit more because their breathing is already compromised, so nature tells them to move away from having their noses covered. Yet another reason not to use Vaseline, Baby butt stuff or any other super-thick product that does not “breathe” on their noses.
More Nose Butter Info – Is Nose Butter Safe? What if my dog licks it off?
Absolutely! There is nothing in our Nose Butter™ that can harm your dog. Even if they eat the whole tin, the worst it should do is give them, ummm, “pudding poo.” May we suggest you give them a cookie or toy or have a fun game of chase or tickle tummy right after you put Nose Butter™ on their nose and distract them for a bit and let it melt into their nose. Problem solved. Remember to rub any left-over Nose Butter™ into your hands.
If you have multiple dogs they may lick it off each others noses, give them each a cookie to distract them all long enough for it to melt in. Or dab it on before they go to bed, if you utilize sleeping crates.
Her nose looks all pink and weird after the crusty crud came off? What the heck?
That is new skin! I did a chemical peel on my face recently and it looked heinous for about 3-4 days, my husband averted his eyes when I walked in the room. But once all that dead skin was gone…I looked good! Your dog’s nose is the same way. When that crusty crud, which may have been on there for months (or years) melts away with the Nose Butter or is rubbed off, the new skin underneath may be tender and pink. In just a few days the pigment will fill in and look great again.
How long does Nose Butter™ last?
Shea butter has an un-refrigerated shelf life of 18-24 months. We sure hope you are using your Nose Butter faster than THAT. But if in doubt, use it up on your hands and feet!
My Nose Butter™ melted? What the heck!
As you may have guessed shea butter is well, a butter, and it will melt when it gets super hot. The melting temperature of shea butter is 89-95 degrees. As you also might guess, little metal tins of shea butter sitting in a postal vehicle will absolutely melt when it is super hot. The good news is that the heat will not affect the amazing effects of your Nose Butter™.
Just pop the tin into the fridge and let it harden back up. It may settle a little bit, just use a tiny bit less on your best buddies nose. On rare occasion, there may be some teeny, tiny fat bubbles in the shea butter, once again, it will not affect the way the Nose Butter™ works, it is purely cosmetic and a result of the melting! Think of them as little fat bubbles that melt and give extra goodness.
Hope this helps answer any questions about summertime shea butter!
Are the Nose Butters™ different for the different breeds? If I have a brindle French Bulldog and a fawn Pug do I need to get two different Nose Butters™?
As much as I would love for you to buy one for each dog, I have to tell you…the Nose Butter™ is the same product inside. That said, Paw Butter™, Elbow Butter™, Boo Boo Butter™ are each different from not only Nose Butter™ but each other.
Paws need more emollients and a different kind of support than elbows with pressure calluses. Boo Boo Butter™ is more of a salve and has a lot of healing, helpful herbal infusions that are not necessary for most noses.
Who makes Nose Butter™?
Actually I do! Every single tube, tin and batch of Nose, Paw, Elbow and Boo Boo Butter is handcrafted individually by ME. I know you may think it would be easy to toss the ingredients in a bowl and pop it into tins, but trust me…there is a lot more to it than that.
So many factors can affect the outcome of handcrafted, organic products from humidity to variances in the consistency of the various ingredients to a drought in some far away land. Since everything is organic there may be some very small change from one batch to the next. I actually age my products for a bit and test some of each batch on my own dogs (and me). So, I suppose I should state that my products are truly tested on animals!
Each oil and butter is chosen for a different property – some soak in faster than others, some have a larger molecule and act as a barrier to seal the ingredients and others have healing properties that help revitalize. Each ingredient was added for a very specific synergystic reason.
My husband finds it ironic that I do not cook (at all-ever), but I will tweak and ponder over and test my various butter recipes in a seemingly never-ending process. Honestly, I love working with my butters and is my skin soft-hahaha!
Hopefully this Nose Butter info was of help – as always, if you have a question, just ask!