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Nose Butter Info

NOSE BUTTER® INFO

Q: WHAT’S IN NOSE BUTTER?

A: NOSE BUTTER Ingredients: Organic Shea Butter (Fair Trade of course), Organic Castor Oil, Organic Olive Oil, Organic Almond Oil, Coconut Oil, Organic Beeswax, Organic Avocado Oil, Organic Cocoa Seed Butter, a Dash of Essential Oils and a Lot of Love.

Q: HOW DOES IT ACTUALLY WORK? 

A: NOSE BUTTER is an uber-moisturizer made of ingredients that soak into your dog’s nose using a layered effect. First the smaller molecules are absorbed, then the ingredients with medium molecules melt in and then the larger molecules bring up the rear to act as a protective barrier (while still being light enough to allow the nose leather skin to breathe). Bill Nye has nothing on us!

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Q: IS NOSE BUTTER DIFFERENT FOR EACH BREED? WHY SO MANY BREED LABELS?

A: Uh, no, it is all the same good stuff inside. Chihuahua NOSE BUTTER is the same as Great Dane NOSE BUTTER.

The labels are just for fun for us AND creating the different labels allows me to enjoy my Dog Geekness and have fun making all the various labels and Pinterest Boards.

But I do think your Frenchie and your Boxer each need their own tin of NOSE BUTTER®.

How to apply nose butterQ: HOW DO I APPLY NOSE BUTTER®?

A: NOSE BUTTER IN TINS

  • Open the tin
  • Scoop a bit out appropriate to the size of your dog’s nose
  • Dab it on their nose. Tah Dah!
  • You do not have to rub it in, it will melt
  • Distract to keep them from licking (see below)
  • Repeat 2-3x a day for 1-3 days or until nose is back in shape
  • Then use as needed for maintenance (usually 1-2x a week)

A: NOSE BUTTER IN TUBES

  • Point the tube away from their eyes
  • Swipe across the top of the nose. About as much as a light swipe of lipstick (men-imagine it)
  • Distract to keep them from licking (see below)
  • Repeat 2-3x a day for 1-3 days or until nose is back in shape
  • Then as needed for maintenance (usually 1-2x a week)

DISTRACT! DIVERT! BEFORE, DURING & AFTER

  • Give a cookie or treat
  • Feed their dinner (with extra yummies)
  • Give them their favorite toy
  • Play with them for a bit
  • Go for a walk

Distraction is the key! Cookies always distract me, so a treat may be best. Yum, now I want a cookie.

TIP! Not only does something positive (cookies) take their mind off having something done to them, it also build an association between GOOD STUFF and NOSE BUTTER application.

FOR EXTREMELY CRUSTY OR CRACKED NOSES

Follow the steps above for tin or tube.

After 2-3 days of multiple daily application, test the crusty stuff with a bit of tissue and see if it will rub off.

If it does not crumble right off (will look like black, greasy dirt), keep applying NOSE BUTTER 2-3x a day until it easily, without picking, comes off. Resist the urge to pick as tempting as it may be.

The crusty stuff is actually skin and it will hurt to pick it off, just like us pulling a scab off a skinned knee that is not ready to come off.

Q: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE IN NOSE BUTTER IN THE TIN OR TUBE?

A: Good question! It is the exact same fabulous product inside, just different containers or delivery systems.

Q: MY DOG FIGHTS AND WIGGLES WHEN I TRY TO APPLY ANYTHING!

A: 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 treat and then quickly dab the Nose Butter on while they are actually eating the goodie. Try holding the treat in one hand and dab with the other!

FYI: It is not dislike for the actual Nose Butter (geesh, I hope not) that annoys some dogs as much as it is the fear of 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 protect their breathing. Yet another reason not to use Vaseline, baby butt stuff or any other thick product that does not “breathe” on their noses.

Q: IS NOSE BUTTER SAFE? WHAT IF THEY LICK IT OFF?

A: Absolutely! There is nothing in our NOSE BUTTER that can harm your dog.  See Divert and Distract above to keep them from licking it off.

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.

Q: WHY IS THE NOSE PINK UNDER WHERE THE CRUST CAME OFF?

A: 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) is removed by the moisturizing of Nose Butter, the new skin underneath may be tender and pink. In just a few days the pigment will fill in and look great again. By the way, I used Boo Boo Butter on my face after that peel and it healed much faster than normal!

Q: HOW LONG DOES NOSE BUTTER LAST?

A: Shea butter has an un-refrigerated shelf life of 18-24 months. We sure hope you are using your Nose Butter faster than THAT.

Q: I LEFT MY NOSE BUTTER IN THE CAR AND IT MELTED!

A: 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.

HOT WEATHER TIP: if you live near the surface of the sun (AZ, TX, CA, NV, etc.) buy a screw top container or tube NOT a slider tin.

Every item is popped in a separate zip lock bag for mailing in hot weather months. But, if it is hot when your package arrives, don’t open it! Pop the tin into the fridge and let it harden back up.

Q: IS NOSE BUTTER DIFFERENT FROM PAW OR ELBOW BUTTER?

A: Yes, it is! All of the products start with the a base of organic good stuff: shea butter, almond oil, castor oil, olive oil, avocado oil, beeswax, cacao seed butter, coconut oil, a dash of essential oils and love. Then extra goodies are added, as needed for their healing and restorative properties.

Paws need more emollients and protection, so more beeswax is added, plus infusions of St. John’s Wort, Calendula Oil, and Comfrey Oil are added to the ingredients outlined above. Plus, a different blend of essential oils is used for PAW BUTTER.

Dog elbows with pressure calluses need even more healing and anti-bacterial oomph, so Chamomile and Pumpkin Seed Oil are added. Plus, a unique blend of essential oils is used for ELBOW BUTTER.

BOO BOO BUTTER is more of a salve and has a lot of healing, helpful herbal infusions that are not necessary for most noses. I add Argan Oil, Neem Oil and a different blend of essential oil. Neem oil is very powerful, but also has a stronger smell. Some dogs may find the scent of the Neem Oil used in BOO BOO BUTTER too strong for their noses, others seem attracted to it. It will be up to your dog if you want to use BOO BOO BUTTER on their nose.

Kathy making NOSE BUTTERQ: WHO MAKES NOSE BUTTER?

A: 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 making one crop of an herb different from the previous season’s yield.

That is part of the fun (and challenge) of working with organic products. I actually 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 has been 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. Like a Breaking Bad episode, but with legal stuff.

Hopefully this Nose Butter info was of help – as always, if you have a question, just ask!

Official Disclaimer: I only want the very best for you and your dog. Any info you find here is shared as information about The Blissful Dog products or information I have gleaned from reputable sources. If your dog has any other symptoms that suggest a vet check-up, or your guts says you should, please take your dog to the vet.