Is Your Tibetan Spaniel's Nose Rough? Dry? Maybe Even Crusty of Flaky?
The Tibetan Spaniel is a loving companion, bred for centuries to sound an alarm and be the Little Lion at your side. Like his flat-faced cousins, the Pekingese, Lhasa Apso, and Japanese Chin, the Tibbie, as they are affectionately called, often has a dry or crusty nose. Having a dry nose can affect your Tibetan Spaniel in more ways than just cosmetically. It can inhibit their ability to capture smells and lead to anxiety.
Your Tibbie's Dry Nose
A healthy Tibetan Spaniel nose serves as smell-capturing flypaper. Floating scent particles adhere to the wet surface of a healthy nose and are sent to your dog’s scent glands for classification, storage, and decision making.
Enjoy my blog post on Tibetan Spaniel history here.
Little Noses Need Moisturizing, Too!
Little Dry Noses
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.
Small Nose...BIG Problem
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.
All Natural Nose Butter®
Since 2002 Nose Butter® has been individually handcrafted by The Blissful Dog in far Northern Minnesota using all-natural ingredients.
Complete info in tabs below. Pictured are our two residents mischief makers; Shann's Shamrock Jackpot! and Shann's Cinnabar at Jackpot!
How to Best Apply Nose Butter
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.
My cockers had badly chapped and cracked noses. One application of Nose Butter and problem solved. Now only need it once a week to keep things nice.
YES! That is the kind of news we love to hear! Cockers have more dry nose issues than is fair. We're thrilled yours are doing well. Thank you so much for taking time to leave us a review. We appreciate each one!
She loves it as much as i do
Charles B Taylor
Best there is!
We have been using this product for years. It is the best at keeping our dog’s nose from drying out. Can’t give this enough stars!
Thank you so much! We love hearing from our customers who have been with us for years. It reminds us that what we do matters, as dogs like yours look and FEEL better with our products! Thank you again and give your Swissie extra pets and maybe a treat ;-D from us!
seems to work
appears to work but the tins are so small I'm gonna use it up before the issue is healed. my fault since I ordered the sample tins. my dog appears to like as he licks it after applied
Glad to hear the products are working! The Combo kits are designed to be a trial run for bigger dogs or as a way to try most of the butter products. Smaller dogs will of course, get more applicationms. People always ask us why we offer eight size of Nose Butter, etc. and we tell them 'Because dogs come in all sizes.' For dry noses and elbow calluses we openly share that Nose Butter and Elbow Butter will relieve the symptoms, but there will have to be maintenance.
Hopefully you got a brochure in the container, it should cover all of the usage info. We do everything we can think of to share the sizes, etc in a reasonable way, but I will look at the Combo Kit listing again to be sure. What issue does your Lab have? Elbow Calluses?
Great product for my Golden Retriever's nose!
I have been using Nose Butter for several years now, and it made an immediate difference the first time I tried it. My dog's nose was falling off in little chunks due to dryness, and felt like 40 grit sandpaper. The nose butter quickly added needed mositure to his nose, and I used it daily without fear of using too much. His nose quickly became soft and grew back normally. Since there is no cure for his nose problem, I have been using nose butter ever since, and it does a great job.
You absolutely made our day! The 40 grit sandpaper is a new description for me, but I will be using it. Golden Retriever's are such classically beautiful dogs with those sweet, sweet faces, a dry nose is not allowed. I'm so glad you found us and your boy is doing well! Thank you again, this is the way I love to start my day! -Kathy
I doubt it’s going to get rid of the overgrowth on their noses but it is softening it, and the color has darkened back up. One or two licks, and they leave it alone to do it’s moisturizing.
Give it a few more days! From one dog to the next there will be different times as to how quickly they shed that nasty overgrowth. What we've noticed (not scientific) is the dogs with short/flat faces seem to get rid of it faster than dogs with classic nose lengths. Dogs like your Cockers with their elegant faces may take a wee bit longer. Keep at it and let us know how they do! - Kathy
My dog loves this and his nose looks great.
The vet recommended nose butter. I found your product online. Awesome stuff! It is definitely making a difference in his dry, rough nose.
Theresa M Manenkoff
The reluctant patient
Tanker, our Dalmatian, developed a very dry, cracked nose. It was gray and black. Your nose butter has really help him, but I usually have to chase after him to put it on him. Our other dal, Rookie, is more than willing to let me put it on him. He just doesn't need it. Works great.