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The Blissful Dog
50534 235th Avenue
Clearbrook, MN 5663
Call us 1.855.DOG.BLISS
An ancient breed, with a history rooted in the Far East and Tibet, the Shih Tzu is known for its flowing coat, elegant good looks, and delightful personality. Loving, sweet, yet full of personality and spunk! If you've ever spent time with a Shih Tzu it is easy to see why they are so adored by the people lucky enough to share their lives with them.
Many toy breeds and most of the flatter-faced dog breeds have a marked tendency toward having a dry or even crusty nose. The Shih Tzu ticks both of those boxes...toy breed and flat face (an adorable flat face, we must say).
Just because our smaller dogs have little noses and probably aren't in demand to track bears doesn't make their nose needs any less important!
Dry dog noses can range from a bit dry to the severely dry condition, Nasal Hyperkeratosis. (More info on Nasal Hyperkeratosis below)
Your little dog's dry nose can be caused by dry climate, lack of humidity, some illnesses, even medications or stress. Yes, breed or breed type can also be a major contributor.
The Good News is Nose Butter® works on ALL levels of dog nose dryness from a bit dry to acute cases of Nasal Hyperkeratosis. We've glad you found us! Keep reading to learn the whys and how-tos.
While any dog can have Nasal Hyperkeratosis, our research shows a strong correlation between dog breed or breed type and a predisposition to Nasal Hyperkeratosis. There may also be an immune system factor.
Dogs with extreme body types seem to be the most affected.
• Extremely flat-faced
• Extremely small
• Extremely large
• Extremely bully-bodied
• Extremely loose jowls
• Extreme amount of facial folds
More breed tendency info in FAQs below.
Since 2002 Nose Butter® has been individually handcrafted by The Blissful Dog in far Northern Minnesota using all-natural ingredients.
• Shea butter
• Almond oil
• Olive oil
• Coconut oil
• Castor oil
• Cocoa seed butter
• Avocado oil
Complete info in tabs below. Pictured are our two residents mischief makers; Shann's Shamrock Jackpot! and Shann's Cinnabar at Jackpot!
The Nose Butter Basics
#1 Tip - For quicker absorption warm Nose Butter prior to using
• To warm; stick in your pocket, bra, or scoop some out & warm in palm (see image)
• Open the tin or tube
• Gently control your dog's face (side of face or under their chin)
• Avoid holding them too tightly - that's a trigger for many dogs
• 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
• Rub it in a bit, you do not have to rub it in completely as it melts quickly, especially if warm
• 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)
Applying Nose Butter isn't rocket science...BUT
Until you've tried to hold an uncooperative, frightened8-pound dog with the strength and flexibility of a Cirque de Soleil acrobat, Piranha teeth, and an eardrum rupturing scream and dab something on their nose, you haven't experienced true frustration.
Our littles know they are small and put on a big tough front. But they are well aware of their small size and how easily they can be injured.
Dogs are often triggered by being held tightly. This may come from when they were puppies. Puppy play involves a lot of wrestling and play-fight. It's not fun for dogs (or us) to have siblings pile on, hold us down and make us feel helpless. (I'm looking at my three sisters).
If your little dog is also flat-faced, they may fight and struggle to protect their already hindered ability to breathe.
Tossing out some additional tips!
Gently wrap your dog in a blanket or towel to control their legs. Then apply.
Complete opposite is to let them stand and dab it on. Like shoeing a tiny horse, they can keep their flight or fight instincts intact.
Stay relaxed and positive and be very generous with treats and your dog will soon enjoy, or at least tolerate, Nose Butter time.
• Apply 2-3x a day (do the best you can, 2-3x a day is a good goal)
• After 2-3 days of using Nose Butter multiple times daily, gently rub the nose with some tissue and see if any of the crust easily crumbles off
• If it does not EASILY 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 temptation to pick. We get it, you just want it gone. Stay strong!
The crusty stuff is skin tissue and hurts your dog if you pick it off, just like us pulling a scab off a skinned knee too soon. OUCH!
We babble on about distracting your dog to allow easy application of their Nose Butter. The thing is...it works!
Remember, warm Nose Butter up a bit so it is absorbed quickly! #1
• 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 (like cookies) take their mind off having something done to them, they soon equate Nose Butter with treats.
The Bad News is there is no actual CURE for Nasal Hyperkeratosis, it is a condition.
A Medical Condition is a health impairment resulting from a disease or injury or of idiopathic origins. Some condions can be cured, the majority can be managed or controlled.
If you stop using Nose Butter, the dryness and crust will probably come back.
The Good News is maintenance usage of Nose Butter keeps the Nasal Hyperkeratosis under control.
When our hands are really cracked and dry we can use lotion to get them in shape, but we can't slather lotion on our hands once and be moisturized for life.
Like cutting your dog's toenails...Nose Butter is part of their health care regimen.
Which is Best? Tin or Tube?
• Tubes allow for no-mess application.
• Tins offer hands-on application
The .15 oz lip-balm size tube of Nose Butter® is the perfect size for small noses, travel or to try out. It is .63" across, so a bit over ½ inch.
The .50 oz tube is .87" across, so over ¾ but not an inch.
What Size Should I Get?
Nose Butter is available in five sizes of tins and three tube sizes. Why so many? Dogs come in all sizes from Chinese Cresteds to Tibetan Mastiffs, so choose accordingly.
If you only have one small dog decide if you prefer the tin or tube and go from there.
If you have several small dogs who need Nose Butter, consider the 3 pack of lip-balm sized ones or at least a -ounce tin.
Why So Many Dog Breed Labels?
Nose Butter® is the exact same product no matter the label. The dog breed labels celebrate canine diversity and our dog geekness.
Don’t see your breed? Every Dog Nose or 3 Cute Puppies are general labels.
Very happy! His nose looks so much better🙂
I applied it 1-2 times a day for just a few days and my dog's nose it nearly all better. He does lick it off as soon as I put it on him so now I put it on and then give him wet food right away and it stays on. Excellent product!
The ease of this product is amazing. My dogs feet, and nose are protected from the harsh New England weather. Thanks for creating The Blissful Dog.
This has worked miracles on my Walker’s nose. I was using vitamin E before and it didn’t work near as well as this. I would highly recommend this product.
Our dog had issues with their nose cracking to where part of their nose would peel off. The nose butter has made their nose so much better and feeling better too.
My dogs nose has been excessively cracked, dry, and in some spots peeling from whatever is happening. We had a bleeding issue that resulted in a emergency vet visit. Luckily, she had a cut in her nose where all the swelling was occurring. We have used the nose balm for three weeks and what an improvement. He nose is still dry but with the nose balm, the other issues have subsided. I can even apply the balm without incident any longer. I am thankful for this product. It has been a wonderful relief for our Aussie!
The Vet told me Teddy had colly nose, thought I would try the Blissful Dog nose butter. After a few applications on his nose and snout & some sores on his ears they looked good, now I only apply the nose butter every couple of days. During this hot weather I noticed him nipping at himself which caused quite a few scabs and welts all over his body, I thought why not try the nose butter, I applied the nose butter to the scabs & sores, it helped decrease the itching and scabs, they are almost all gone by now.