RHODESIAN RIDGEBACK NOSE BUTTER® CONDITIONING TREATMENT FOR YOUR DOG'S ROUGH, DRY NOSE
The Rhodesian Ridgeback is a quietly confident dog. They don't have to make a big fuss about just how calm, cool and utterly fabulous they are. From the sheen of their red coat, to the unwavering fearlessness in their eyes, to the athleticism of their build to the distinctive ridge, these dogs are the epitome of canine confidence.
Unfortunately, many Ridgebacks also struggle with a dry or crusty nose. It can range from a bit of dryness all the way to an extreme version of dog nose dryness, called Nasal Hyperkeratosis, in which the nose tissue actually grows wild in layers of crusty skin.
YOUR RHODESIAN RIDGEBACK HAS A CANINE SUPERPOWER
Your Ridge’s sense of smell is his SUPERPOWER. Not only was the Ridgeback bred to track and contain LIONS, they also have one of the best sniffers in the dog kingdom. Ponder that…your dog's ancestors were specifically bred to chase LIONS down and keep them at bay until their people caught up with them.
If their nose is dry, those info-packed particles won’t adhere to it as well and your dog will miss out on all the scoop. A moist dog nose acts like flypaper, grabbing all the info that floats by easily giving your dog info. Rhodesian Ridgeback NOSE BUTTER® keeps your dog in the know!
RHODESIAN RIDGEBACK HISTORY
The Rhodesian Ridgeback traces his lineage back to dogs in South Africa. The early settlers of the Cape Colony in South Africa crossed their dogs with the local hunting dogs of the Khoikhoi which had the distinctive ridge.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback was called Van Rooyen’s Lion Dog, the African Lion Hound orAfrican Lion Dog—Simba Inja in Ndebele, Shumba Imbwa in Shona in honor of its lion hunting prowess. The Rhodesian actually kept the lions at bay until the human hunter could catch up with them.
The Rhodesian Ridgeback’s distinguishing feature is the ridge of hair along its back, running in the opposite direction to the rest of its coat. It consists of a fan-like area formed by two whorls of hair (called “crowns”) and tapers from immediately behind the shoulders down to the level of the hips. The ridge is usually about 2 inches (5 cm) in width at its widest point. It is believed to originate from the dog used by the original African dog population, which had a similar ridge. The first depiction of a Ridgeback is a wall painting describing the life of the Boers, housed in South Africa in the Voortrekker Monument. From Wikipedia.
RHODESIAN RIDGEBACK NOSE BUTTER® AVAILABLE IN TINS, TUBES & COMBOS
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.