CHINESE SHAR-PEI NOSE BUTTER® SMOOTHES & MOISTURIZES YOUR DOG'S ROUGH, DRY NOSE
Let's start with a super-quick Chinese Shar-Pei history lesson. In the late 1970s/early 1980s the Shar-Pei was the rarest dog on earth and was thiiiis close to extinction. Thanks to a passionate band of breeders and breed supporters the Chinese Shar-Pei was saved from disappearing forever. Matgo Law, from Japan, was instrumental in saving the breed and we thank him to this day.
Of course, this means the genetic pool wasn't even a pond…it was a puddle. Which led to a variety of issues that the dedicated Chinese Shar-Pei community is still working to eliminate or improve.
Chinese Shar-Pei lovers know all about the immune system issues this breed suffers from. A chronic dry nose may be a symptom of this slightly depressed immune system, but that does not mean it cannot be helped! If the nose has a more marked level of dryness or layers of crust your Chinese Shar-Pei may have Nasal Hyperkeratosis aka crusty nose crud (that is my technical term for it). For more on that condition click HERE. The good news is any level of dry nose issue can be easily treated and a healthy balance maintained with routine NOSE BUTTER® usage.
YOUR CHINESE SHAR-PEI'S SENSE OF SMELL IS HIS SUPERPOWER
Your Shar-Pei may not be flushing birds out of brush or tracking lost children, but he still wants to sniff out the scoop. As you know, dogs have noses that are a bazillion times more powerful than ours. Well, maybe not a bazillion, but a lot.
WHY A HEALTHY, MOST NOSE IS A MUST FOR YOUR SHAR-PEI
A healthy dog nose has a moist surface which acts like sticky smell gathering flypaper for dogs. Scent particles, packed full of fun info for your Shar-Pei, float through the air. If their nose is dried out, those juicy smells won't stick. Then your Shar-Pei licks that dried out nose (and licks it and licks it) in an attempt to regain moisture.
Plus, not being able to do his job, guarding the family and property as his oriental ancestors have done for thousands of years, is stressful for your dog. The Chinese Shar-Pei has been hardwired for thousands of years to guard and protect the property of their hard-working farming families. Even now, his DNA tells him to be on alert and aware of what is going on, just in case he needs to call upon his guard dog roots.
CHINESE SHAR-PEI NOSE BUTTER® moisturizes the nose leather, getting it back into info-gathering shape FAST. Not only does your Shar-Pei look better, he is also able to breathe more easily and he will be more confident and secure. Now his nose is working properly and he is able to snag all the info-packed smells that float his way. Happy, healthy Chinese Shar-Pei!
The Chinese Shar-Pei, an ancient and unique breed, is thought to have originated in the area around the small village of Tai Li in Kwangtung Province, and has existed for centuries in the southern provinces of China, apparently since the Han Dynasty (c. 200 B.C.).
Statues bearing a strong resemblance to the Shar-Pei have been discovered and dated to this period. More recently, a Chinese manuscript of the 13th century has been translated; it refers to a wrinkled dog with characteristics much like those of the Shar-Pei. –From the CSPCA
For more info on the Chinese Shar-Pei visit the CSPCA
The name Shar-Pei means sand-skin but a truer translation would be rough, sandy coat or sand-paper-like coat. There are two main coat types in the breed, the horse-coat (rough, short) and the brush-coat (longer, but still coarse). There is a bear-coat variety which, like the black tongue, hints at the Shar-Pei’s relation to the Chow.
Of course, after you use NOSE BUTTER® on your Chinese Shar-Pei dry nose, you can use it on your itchy skin ;-D
A thousand years ago aka the late 1980s, I shared my life with a few lovely Shar-Pei. I will always treasure the friends I made from that association and the crazy adventures I had. Yep, that is me in the 1980’s with Krinkle Dog. I was working those 80s leg warmers in the Dallas summer. Krinkle Dog was a patient and loving dog and I still remember his sweet nature and big heart.
CHINESE SHAR-PEI NOSE BUTTER® AVAILABLE IN TINS AND TUBES
INGREDIENTS + INFO ON CHOOSING & USING NOSE BUTTER®
USING NOSE BUTTER®
HOW TO APPLY NOSE BUTTER
- Complete tips, hints & directions brochure is included with every order
- TIN Scoop a bit out with finger or spoon
- TUBE Point away from dog's eyes
- DAB on dog's nose
- DISTRACT to keep them from licking it off (give treat, feed dinner, go for walk)
- REPEAT 2-3x daily for 1-3 days or until nose improves
- THEN USE AS NEEDED for maintenance (1-2x a week)
- TIP: Use a spoon to scoop a bit out of tin and warm in your palm before application, if needed
- TIP: Many dogs do not like being controlled tightly and will try to get away, apply FAST
- TIP: Flat faced dogs especially don't like having their faces messed with, dab and go. Bribe liberally!
- TIP: Treats BEFORE, DURING & AFTER really works!
- MORE TIPS HERE
NOSE BUTTER® INGREDIENTS
NOSE BUTTER® is individually handcrafted here in far northern Minnesota by our dog obsessed team using the following all natural and organic good stuff.
- Shea Butter
- Cocoa Seed Butter
- Almond Oil
- Coconut Oil
- Avocado Oil
- Castor Oil
- Olive Oil
- Scented Formulation: Cedarwood, Cypress and Ylang Ylang Essential Oils
- Or Unscented.
- More info on ingredients here.
CHOOSING NOSE BUTTER®
WHICH NOSE BUTTER DOES YOUR DOG NEED?
NOSE BUTTER is the same formulation for all the dog breeds. The breed labels celebrate the incredible diversity among dog breeds and the people who love them. Don’t see your breed? Check out JUST A NOSE (label has uh, Just A Nose) and MIXED Breed Dog labels. Dogs come in all sizes, so we offer a variety of sizes of tins and tubes.
WHICH IS BEST FOR YOUR AND YOUR DOG - TINS OR TUBES?
- NOSE BUTTER® is same formula in tins and tubes, difference is only the container
- TINS - better value per ounce
- Screw top tin - better for hot climates
- Slider top - better for those with grip issues
- TUBES - ez to use
- Tubes - no mess
- Tubes - great for travel
- FYI: Tube is like a chapstick, glue stick or deodorant tube NOT a toothpaste tube
- Toy dogs - lip balm sized tubes for tiny noses
- Larger size better value per ounce
- Larger sizes save on postage
- Older dogs need more frequent applications
- Some individual dogs need more frequent applications
- Shelf life is 3 years when stored in dry, cool conditions
NASAL HYPERKERATOSIS INFO
NASAL HYPERKERATOSIS AKA CRUSTY CRUD, BARNACLE NOSE
Is your dog’s nose EXTREMELY dry? Does it look like barnacles are growing on it? Are there layers or chunks of crust that crack and bleed? If your dog’s nose could be described as extremely dry, or looks like the BEFORE noses in the image above, it may be Nasal Hyperkeratosis. Rest assured, it is not caused by diet, genetics, playing in the dirt or anything you can control.
Nasodigital or Nasal Hyperkeratosis is an idiopathic condition, which means unknown cause ¯\(°_o)/¯ that is marked by the excessive formulation of nose crust that vets call keratin, (vet-speak for protein). It actually IS layers of skin tissue that has grown wild over on the nose. This condition isn't life-threatening and most veterinarians consider Nasal Hyperkeratosis cosmetic. But there are medical, cosmetic and mental health reasons that this dry nose condition can affect your dog's well being. It has to be uncomfortable for your dog. Your dog cannot breathe as easily. It’s unattractive, of course.
Most importantly, your dog is not getting the scents and smells they ned to feel secure and confident. A healthy moist nose snags good smells that float by and provide your dog with info. A dry nose is not going to capture the info packed smells. This can lead to frustration and a lack of self confidence. Your dog knows info is out there, but he cannot get it. Like us looking for a gas station in a sketchy neighborhood with ZERO bars on our phone. MORE INFO HERE.