Many dogs, purebred and mixed, have some degree of a dry nose. The dryness can range from a bit dry to the more extreme condition, Nasal Hyperkeratosis, in which the entire nose is covered with layers of crusty, scab-like tissue.
The good news is Nose Butter® has been helping dogs find their nose bliss for over 20 years. We've got info, images, and facts about dry dog noses to share. We've got this! Your dog will be looking and feeling their blissful fast SOON!
All Natural Good Stuff for Your Dog's Nose
Dry Dog Nose Info
Nose Butter is a rich, dense, very thick moisturizer that drenches your dog's parched nose in all-natural butters, fats, and oils.
To get your dog's nose back into shape apply Nose Butter 2-3x a day for the first 2-3 days (maybe a few days longer for exceptionally dry noses) or until their nose improves.
Then use as needed for maintenance. This was the quick overview, more scintillating dog nose info is waiting for you...keep reading.
All Natural Good Stuff
Nose Butter® is individually hand-crafted by The Blissful Dog in far northern Minnesota using all natural and organic ingredients.
Nose Butter has eight sizes of tins and tubes with over 125 different dog breed labels. That's our Tili with her "Littles" Larkan & Cinnabar.
• 1 oz • 2 oz • 4 oz • 8 oz • 16 oz
Tube Sizes • 15 oz (lip-balm sized) • .50 oz • 2.25 oz
The Scoop on Nose Butter
Using Nose Butter Tips
#1 Tip - Warm product before application for faster absorption • To warm; stick in your pocket, bra, or scoop some out & warm in palm • Open the tin or tube • Gently control your dog's face (jowls, side of face or under their chin) • Don't use a head-lock - that is a big trigger • Tag Team - have someone hold & you apply • (Tin) Scoop a bit out appropriate to the size of your dog’s nose • Dab it on their nose (doesn't have to be precise) • You do not have to rub it in, it will melt quickly, especially if you warmed it up a bit • Distract to keep them from licking or rubbing it off • 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)
• Give a cookie or treat before, during and after application • Cuddles, pets, repeat as needed • Feed their dinner (with extra yummies) • Play your dog's fave game • Throw a ball • Go for a walk • Pet them, lavish praise on them for their overall good dog-ness • 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.
• Apply as outlined above • 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 (it 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. • Apply 2-3x weekly or as needed
The crusty stuff is actually skin and hurts your dog if you pick it off, just like us pulling a scab off a skinned knee too soon.
Answers to Nose Butter Questions
If you stop using Nose Butter, the dryness and crust will probably come back.
The Bad News is there is no CURE for Nasal Hyperkeratosis, it is a condition.
The Good News is maintenance usage of Nose Butter keeps the Nasal Hyperkeratosis under control.
It's like using sunscreen. We can't slather on SPF30 once and be protected for life.
Just as we have to keep using sunscreen to keep from burning in the sun, we also have to keep applying Nose Butter to keep our dog's noses healthy.
Like cutting toenails...it's part of their health care regimen.
Ouch! That one stings! It's not that dogs dislike Nose Butter (we hope), they dislike being held tightly and restrained.
Bully and flat-faced breeds already have compromised breathing systems due to one of the very things that makes them so adorable...their flat faces.
So when they are controlled as you apply Nose Butter, they resist. They are trying to protect their breathing!
Toy breeds know they are small and will struggle if held too tightly.
Any dog can be triggered by being held tightly or controlled. This may come from puppy play, when they wrestle and play-fight. It's not fun for dogs (or us) to have siblings pile on and make us feel helpless. (I'm looking at my three sisters).
When we hold our dogs tightly they might remember that feeling and try to get away.
Also, keep the mood upbeat and fun. Make a game of applying Nose Butter and follow it up with treats and most dogs can be won over.
Most animals have two available methods of defense - fight or flight. Some instinctively prefer one to the other, but they like to have both options open. Gazelle try to run, as they can't fight a lion.
Many dogs will go for flight first. The good old "Run Away! Run Away." But our Bully and Mastiff breeds have generations of stand your ground and protect bred into them and they will try to keep that option open.
Also, the Bully temperament often has its own level of "I am the Bully Boss of All I Survey."If they feel you're making them submit, they may struggle.
Of course, not every Bully dog is that strong willed. Some will roll over on their backs and giggle.
If possible allow your dog to be standing when you apply Nose Butter (or any of the Butters). That gives them a sense of being in control and having options.
Think how a farrier shoes a horse. The horse thinks they are in control and can run, if need be.
Nose Butter® is the exact same formula or recipe whether it has a Pug or Poodle on the labels.
The different dog breed labels allow you to customize your product with any dog breed we offer. Plus, it allows us to celebrate the incredible diversity amongst dogs.
Basically, the different dog breed labels are to share our love for all dogs and hopefully a smile! Feel free to leave us your dog's breed if we don't currently offer that label and we'll take it into consideration.