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FAQs Nose Butter

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 Chihuahua is the exact same as NOSE BUTTER® for your Mastiff. 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.

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 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. MORE TIPS HERE

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 c ream or lotion.

For our products to work, they have to be dense enough to stay on your dog 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 face cream). 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.

Sometimes when an issue is getting better it goes through what is called a "Healing Crisis" in which the problem gets worse before it gets better. As if the body is actually getting rid of all of the "bad stuff." Your dog may be experiencing this action. You know your dog, use your own good judgement. Of course, consult your veterinarian if you feel it is warranted.

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