Leonbergers are glorious, regal dogs. From their massive heads and magnificent coats to their easy confidence, they attract attention everywhere they go. Leos are the result of Heinrich Essig crossing Saint Bernards + Newfoundlands + Pyrean Mountain Dogs/Great Pyrenees during the mid 1800s. He lived in Leonberg, Germany and wanted a dog to serve as a mascot for the town. He was quite the marketer, as his Leonbergers soon became the darlings of German aristocracy.
Leonberger Dry Noses...What Causes It? What Can You Do?
On to modern day Leonbergers! Like many of their mastiff-type relatives, the Leo often suffers from a dry or crusty nose. In some instances, Leos have an extreme version of dog nose dryness called nasal hyperkeratosis in which the nose leather forms layers of crusty, scab-like tissue.
Basic dry noses can be caused by a dry climate, lack of humidity in the air, to a degree-breed disposition. Nasal Hyperkeratosis is a condition of unknown origin that can be controlled, but not cured.
Nose Butter Moisturizing Goodness For Your Big Dog's Dry Nose
Is Your Dog's Nose Dry?
When a big dog has a dry nose it can look even worse because, well, it is a lot of dry, crusty nose.
Dry dog noses range from a bit dry to the acutely dry nose condition-nasal hyperkeratosis. Of course a dry nose is not life-threatening, but it must be uncomfortable, it inhibits their gathering scents properly and it looks awful. Not only do you have to answer the inevitable, "How much do they EAT?" question, you get "What's wrong with their nose?" every time you take your dog anywhere.
This dryness can be caused by a dry climate, low humidity, illness, medications, stress, breed pre-disposition or immune system issues.
The extreme dry nose, Nasal Hyperkeratosis, is an idiopathic condition (medical speak for don't have a clue) that causes nose tissue to grow uncontrollably, covering the nose in layers of scabby, skin crust.
More detailed info below
Propensity For Dry Noses
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 large • EXtremely flat-faced • Extremely bully-bodied • Extremely loose jowls • Extreme amount of facial folds • Extremely small
Many dogs have more than one of the factors mentioned above, which leads to an even greater chance of having Nasal Hyperkjeratosis. For example, a Dogue de Bordeaux is a large breed, with a somewhat flat face and heavy, loose jowls.
More breed info is in the FAQs below.
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These large and giant breeds are more prone to Nasal Hyperkeratosis.
You can see the Large Breeds with heavier heads, somewhat chunkier or shorter noses and more pendulous jowls are more prone to Nasal Hyperkeratosis.
In over 20 years we've had a scant few customers with many oif the larger Terriers request labels.
Bigger Bully Breeds
• American Bulldog • American Staffordshire Terrier • Boxer • Bulldog • Olde English Bulldoggee • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
• Bernese Mountain Dog • Bullmastiff • Cane Corso • Dogue de Bordeaux • Fila Brasileiro • Great Dane • Great Pyrenees • Leonberger • Mastiff • Neapolitan Mastiff • Newfoundland • St. Bernard • Tibetan Mastiff
Note from Kathy: Some on the list are not what I consider Large or Giant, but then my Tili is 170#. I included Large-ish Breeds also.
#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 head-locks - 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)
• Apply 2-3x a day (do your best) • After 2-3 days of 2-3x daily usage, gently rub their nose with tissue and see if the crust crumbles off easily • If it doesn't immediately crumble off without much effort, keep applying Nose Butter 2-3x a day and testing until it crumbles off • It will look like greasy, black dirt • One last caveat - Do NOT Pick! It will be tempting, but don't give in • One more - TREATS!
The crusty stuff is actually skin and hurts your dog if you pick it off or at it. Plus, it's annoying to them and you want this to be as pleasant as it can be.
• Give a cookie or treat before, during and after Nose Butter application • Shower your dog with cuddles, pets, repeat as needed • Feed their dinner (with extra yummies) • Play your dog's fave game • Throw a ball - if that's their jam • Go for a fun walk • Pet them, lavish praise on them for their overall good dog-ness • You know your dog better than anyone, find their hot button (why do I suddenly crave oatmeal raisin cookies?) • TIP! Not only does something positive (like cookies) take their mind off having something done to them, they soon equate Nose Butter with treats.
Ouch! That burn is gonna leave a mark! It's not that your dog loathes Nose Butter (we sure hope not), but they probably DO hate being controlled while being held tightly.
A Hulk Hogan (oops, aged myself) WWE style head-lock is a huge trigger for most dogs. If possible, allow them to stand freely while you apply Nose Butter and be fast, a quick dab will do it.
Additionally, flatter-faced dogs will fight and struggle to protect their already compromised breathing.
This fear trigger of being held tightly may come from when they were puppies. Puppy play involves a lot of wrestling, holding each other down and play-fighting. It's not fun for dogs (or us) to have siblings pile on, hold us down and make us feel helpless while they tickle your feet. (I'm looking at my three sisters).
Stay relaxed and positive and be very generous with treats and your dog will soon enjoy, or tolerate, Nose Butter time.
The Bad News is there is no CURE for Nasal Hyperkeratosis, it is a condition and usually life-long.
Nose Butter can heal the dry nose, it doesn't cure the condition. Yes, it's semantics, but we believe in keeping expectations real.
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. Experiment a bit, your dog may need Nose Butter 1-2x a week for maintenance or daily.
As our dogs get older the frequency will rise. They will probably need daily applications as they get into senior years.
When our hands are really cracked and dry we apply 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.
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.
Kate Dreher Wells
Nose Butter for Golden
Wonderful Service and Wonderful Product! Best Wishes for continued success!
Soft nose now!
So easy to use and great all natural product. His nose is perfect now.
This has been amazing for my Cano Corso her nose is so much better!