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NOSE BUTTER® FAQS

How Does Nose Butter Work?

Nose Butter is an uber-moisturizer made to condition your dog's nose. First the lighter oils soak in and bring fast relief, next the medium weight oils are absorbed adding a layer of deeper moisturizing and then the heavy-duty butters melt into your dog's nose, bringing extra relief and moisturizing oomph.

This is why using any one of the ingredients helps…some, but not for long. The layers of complimentary oils and butters work together to make Nose Butter® moisturize like crazy, well, that and the magic we infuse into each batch. Now I feel like a Keebler elf.

Who Makes Nose Butter?

Each and every tin and tube of Nose Butter is made by The Blissful Dog, right here in far northern Minnesota. We individually handcraft every Nose Butter that leaves here. Every single tin and tube is hand-poured...one-by-one. And yes, it does get science fiction cold here in the winter.

What Ingredients Do You Use?

We use all natural and organic ingredients which we have sourced as ethically as possible. We openly share the ingredients; shea butter, almond oil, coconut oil, avocado oil, castor oil, olive oil, beeswax, and cocoa seed butter. Our lightly scented, original formulation also includes a dash of the essential oils; Cedarwood, Cypress and Ylang Ylang. Of course, the unscented version has no additional essential oils.

Why So Many Dog Breed Labels?

Nose Butter for your Pug is the exact same as Nose Butter® for your Poodle. It's the same recipe, identical formulation, just different labels. Having different breed labels is almost like being able to customize each and every Nose Butter for you. Plus, it lets my dog geek flag fly and I get to sniff out amazing images of all the different dog breeds.

What Size Should I Buy? Are the Tubes Better? Or the Tins?

What size you should buy will depend on the type of dog you have and how many dogs that need Nose Butter. If you have one 14-year old Chihuahua, we'd suggest the 1-ounce tin or either or the 3-pack of tubes. If you have 6 French Bulldogs that all need Nose Butter, you'll save big time by going with the 8 or 16 ounce tin. 

sizes of nose butter

How To Apply Nose Butter In Tins

  • Warm product before application for faster absorption
  • To warm; stick in your pocket, bra, or scoop some out & warm in palm
  • Open the tin
  • Scoop a bit out appropriate to the size of your dog’s nose (warm as above)
  • Dab it on their nose. Tah Dah!
  • You do not have to rub it in, it will melt, unless your dog licks it off (keep reading)
  • 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)

How To Apply Nose Butter in Tubes

  • Warm product before application for faster absorption
  • To warm; stick in your pocket, bra, or scoop some out & warm in palm
  • Point the tube away from their eyes
  • Swipe/dab across the top of the nose, like applying lip balm
  • Rub in if your dog has a tendency to lick
  • 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)

Tips for Distracting Your Dog After Application

  • Give a cookie or treat
  • Feed their dinner (with extra yummies)
  • Play your dog's fave game
  • Throw a ball
  • Go for a walk
  • Pet them, lavish praise 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.

For Extremely Dry, Crusty, Cracked Noses

  • 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
  • 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.

Nose Butter Safety

There is nothing in our NOSE BUTTER that can harm your dog, unless they have a sensitivity to a specific ingredient. If they lick some off, no worries. If they eat an entire container (it happens), no worries. The worst that may happen is a bit of um, puddin' poo.

There are no active ingredients in NOSE BUTTER®, it is made of non-toxic oils and butters.

More Tips for Application on Uncooperative Dogs

  • Scoop a dab of peanut butter on a big wooden spoon and let them lick at it while you dab Nose Butter on
  • Tag team 'em. Get someone to help. Have them be the treat giver while you dab the product on
  • Rub the product in the palm of your hand to warm it up before dabbing it on and the extra heat from your hand will allow it to melt faster
  • You don't have to rub it in PERFECTLY, as the product starts to melt as soon as it gets to body temperature
  • Catch 'em napping. Dab the product on while they sleep - sneaky one

When You Think Your Dog Doesn't "Like" the Nose Butter

Over the years we occasionally have a customer tell us their dog does not "like" the Nose Butter. It's not that dogs are finding the actual product offensive, but the process. 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. Nature tells them to keep their breathing open and unrestricted, so when they are controlled for you to apply Nose Butter, they resist.

Some dogs are 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 feel helpless. When we hold our dogs tightly they might remember that feeling and try to get away. 

Dogs have two ways to defend themselves when they feel threatened - fight or flight. When you hold your dog in a tight head lock you've taken away flight, so they may fight you. Apply their Nose Butter while they are standing. Hold their face/jowls on left side of face and quickly dab product on with right hand (reverse if left-handed).

Product Was Harder Than Expected

Occasionally someone lets us know they thought the product was denser or harder than they thought it would be. They were expecting something fluffier or softer like a cream or lotion.

For our products to work, they have to be dense enough to stay on your dog's affected area and get the job done. Plus, nose leather, paw pads and elbow calluses are thick, tougher tissue than our hands or faces (if you were thinking it would be like a fluffy face cream or lotion). We have enough beeswax in the recipe to also add more staying power. This makes it stiffer.

This one is an easy fix. Just use a spoon to dig a bit out and warm it in the palm of your hand. The products melt at body temperature, so rubbing it in your palm will warm it up and make it easier to apply.

I Stopped Using Nose Butter and the Crust Came Back

Well, yes, it will. Remember, this is a condition, which means there is no CURE for Nasal Hyperkeratosis. Think of it like moisturizing your own skin (or using sunscreen). You can't moisturize your face (or slather on SPF30) once and be set for life. Just as we have to keep using moisturizer to keep our skin in shape, so do we have to keep applying Nose Butter to dogs with this condition. Like cutting toenails...it's part of doing the best we can for our dogs.

My Dog Is Allergic to Your Stuff

We also cannot be responsible for an individual dog's sensitivity to an individual ingredient. The ingredients have no active ingredients, it is 100% oils, butters and fats. While most dogs (and people) are not bothered by any of these bland ingredients, of course there may be an exception. If your dog is having an issue with any product, stop using it.

Elbow Butter FAQs & Info

WhatCauses Elbow Calluses?

Your dog's overprotective ulna bone tries to protect the bony part of the elbow that hits the ground first. With every landing on a hard surface the ulna tells the skin to get thicker and thicker and pretty soon there is a callus. Enough hard landings can cause the callus to become cracked, bloody, infected or ulcerated.

Our large/giant breed dogs (not fat shaming) put more force/weight into their landing, which multiplies the effects. It's a vicious callus creating cycle!

What Can I Do About My Dog's Elbow Calluses?

Elbow Butter is our conditioning moisturizer that deeply penetrates the callus and softens and soothes it. We cannot guarantee Blissful Dog Elbow Butter will remove your pet’s callus, grow hair back and have them bring you the remote. We CAN promise it will moisturize and condition the calluses. We have a lot of testimonials sharing how Blissful Dog Elbow Butter helped remove the callus and the hair grew back, but we're keeping expectations real.

What Is In Elbow Butter?

Elbow Butter is non-toxic, contains no active ingredients and will not harm your dog if they lick or eat some. But it needs to be absorbed to work, so distract your dog after application (treats, feed dinner, go for a walk).

All Natural Ingredients

  • Shea butter
  • olive oil
  • coconut oil
  • castor oil
  • cocoa seed butter
  • avocado oil
  • beeswax
  • Infusions of Chamomile, Calendula, Comfrey and St. John’s Wort Oil
  • Dash of Essential Oils (Cedarwood, Cypress, Lavender and Orange)

 

Why Is Elbow Butter So Hard?

Blissful Dog Elbow Butter is VERY thick and dense to penetrate and condition the thick callus tissue. A fluffy cream would not be an effective dog callus treatment.

How To Apply Elbow Butter

 

  • Warm product before using for faster absorption
  • DAB on your dog's elbow
  • DISTRACT to keep them from licking it off
  • REPEAT 2-3x daily for 1-3 days or until improvement
  • Use as needed for maintenance (1-2x a week)
  • Non-toxic, no active ingredients & no harm is licked

Paw Butter FAQs

What's in Paw Butter?

  • Shea butter
  • olive oil
  • coconut oil
  • castor oil
  • cocoa seed butter
  • avocado oil
  • beeswax
  • Infusions of Chamomile, Calendula & Comfrey
  • Dash of Essential Oils (Cedarwood, Cypress, Lavender & Orange)

Why Is Paw Butter So Hard?

Blissful Dog Paw Butter is VERY thick and dense to penetrate and condition the thick paw pad tissue. A fluffy cream would not be an effective dog paw pad treatment.

How To Apply Paw Butter

  • Warm product before using for faster absorption
  • DAB on your dog's paw pads
  • MASSAGE into each pad
  • DISTRACT to keep them from licking it off
  • REPEAT 2-3x daily for 1-3 days or until improvement
  • Use as needed for maintenance (1-2x a week)
  • Non-toxic, no active ingredients & no harm is licked