Nose Butter Info
Nose Butter Info to Help You Make the Best Choice for Your Dog
Do the Different Breed Labels Mean the Nose Butter is Different for Each Breed?
In a word no, it is all the same good stuff inside. The labels are fun for us.But I do think your Frenchie and your Boxer each need their own tin of Nose Butter.
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.
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.
Give a cookie, treat or toy to distract you dog right after you apply the Nose Butter. Cookies always distract me. Yum, now I want a cookie. You can also feed them their dinner, take them for a walk, throw the toy – anything that is of high value to your own dog. Not only does this take their mind off the Nose Butter, it also build an association between GOOD STUFF and Nose Butter.
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. Resist the urge to pick as tempting as it may be.
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 faster on your biscuit or toast (ok, now I am really hungry-hot buttery biscuits-yum). 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 goes crazy when I touch her face. What now?
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) 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.
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Is Nose Butter Safe? What if my dog licks it off?
Absolutely! There is nothing in our Nose Butter that can harm your dog. See Divert and Distract above.
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. By the way, I used Boo Boo Butter on my face after that peel and it healed much faster than normal!
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.
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!
Is Nose Butter Different from Paw or Elbow Butter?
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. That is part of the fun 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 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. 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!