A natural dry dog nose remedy

dog nose wax

Our pet dogs are our best friends. For many, they are more than that, they are part of the family. Our little fur babies with wagging tails and cold wet noses. But what happens when your pooches nose becomes dry? Worse still, cracked, crusty and sore. Read on to discover the best dry dog nose remedy.

The wonderful ability of a wet dog nose

A dog relies on it’s nose quite a bit more than we do. In fact, that’s an understatement. They endlessly sniff around with it, stopping here, there and everywhere at any given opportunity. And with good reason too.

A dog’s nose is a very important tool to how it perceives the world. It’s an instrument of precision that allows the dog to gather information about the environment around it, past and present. The nose unfolds an intricate story to the dog’s brain with just a few sniffs. Their sense of smell is their primary sense.

Let’s put things a little more into perspective. Humans have about 5 million olfactory receptors in the nose. These receptors detect the odorants in the air and give us the sense of smell. Dogs have a whopping 300 million! That’s an almighty difference. What’s more, the part of the brain that deals with the sense of smell, is 40 times larger in dogs than it is in humans. This makes a dog’s nose about 1000 – 10000 times more sensitive than our own. Now you are starting to see the bigger picture.

What can cause your dog’s nose to become dry, cracked and sore?

Basically, a wet nose works better than a dry nose. Scent particles stick easier to a damp surface than a dry one, so it makes sense for a dog to want a wet nose when it is trying to process the scent of its surroundings.

Breed of dog

Unfortunately, some breeds of dogs with short muzzles are predisposed to more of a dry nose than others, such as bulldogs and pugs. This sometimes means they cannot easily moisten their noses by licking.

Sleepy dog

As your dog snoozes, it’s nose will quite often become dry. That’s perfectly normal. While they are scampering around in dreamland, their tongues are tucked away and not helping to keep the nose moist. Upon waking, normal nose service should resume within ten minutes.

Your dogs age

As you dog approaches its older years, you may notice that more often their nose is drier.

The environment

Another major factor in a dog having a dry and often painful cracked nose is the environment. Winter can be harsh on a dog’s nose. Those cold howling winds can take its toll. Once a dog steps back into the warm cosy surroundings of home it can be just as challenging to keep its nose in tip top sniffing conditions.

The warm flow of air from our central heating keeps us nice and snug, but at the same time it can make our dogs nose look like a dried raisin if they sleep too close to the heat source.

In the summer sunshine we also need to remember that our dogs’ noses are exposed to the damaging UV rays from the sun.

A health related condition

Just like us, dogs can get certain conditions that affect their daily lives. One of them could be an auto-immune disease of some kind. This would contribute to your dog having a dry cracked nose.

If your dog seems to be feeling under the weather or just does not seem himself, get him checked out at the vet to see if there is an underlying issue.

Allergies in dogs

Again, just like us, dogs can suffer from allergies. One of the symptoms of this can be a dry nose.

Is there an easy way to help a dog’s dry nose?

Thankfully the answer is yes. Firstly, you want to first try to find out what is causing your dog’s dry nose and then take the necessary steps to prevent it happening. But even then, along with a healthy diet and plenty of fresh drinking water, your dog’s nose may still be dry and flaky. This is where a little TLC from you can help to provide relief.

Treating your dogs nose to a nose wax or balm

Using a specially developed natural moisturiser on your dog’s nose can have an immediate effect in soothing and healing the discomfort associated with having a cracked and flaky snout.  

A good natural dog nose wax, when gently rubbed into your dog’s nose will get to work in adding moisture and holding it there, giving it enough time to heal in a protective, hydrating environment.

What does a good nose wax balm consist of?

Not all dog nose wax balms or butters are created equally, so it makes sense to ensure your chosen dog nose balm consists of the best healing ingredients possible.

Usually a good dog nose butter balm will contain several key ingredients, specially added to do a job of moisturising and soothing. However, there are certain things it should NOT contain as well.

Your dog nose wax balm SHOULD contain:

  • All natural ingredients
  • Beeswax, which helps to form a protective barrier on your dog’s nose while also sealing in the moisture
  • Beneficial natural oils such as coconut oil or almond oil and shea butter to moisturise, soothe and help heal your dog’s nose
  • Vitamin E, an antioxidant will help protect against damage from free radicals and UV rays. It can also help to reduce inflammation

Your dog nose wax balm should NOT contain:

  • Highly processed ingredients
  • Artificial parabens or other artificial preservatives or chemicals
  • Petroleum Jelly, paraffin oil or any other multi-hydrocarbon oil
  • Any form of fragrance, including essential oils. 

Why should a nose wax balm be made from natural ingredients?

Nature knows best and provides us with all we need to keep us and our pets healthy. Also, it is highly likely that as soon as you apply the healing balm to your dog’s nose it will attempt to lick it off at the first given opportunity.

You need to know that the ingredients are safe and non toxic to your dog. Most healing nose balms are intended to be applied several times a day, so that could add up to quite a bit of potential nose licking going on. It’s best to be on the safe side and avoid anything that contains man made oils or chemicals.

With the addition of the shea butter and natural oils to the nose wax, it allows it to be soft enough to be massaged into your dogs nose, while the beeswax ensures that it still provides a protective film even after your dogs attempts at licking it off.

Do not buy any product that is fragranced. Not only is it an unnecessary addition, it is unfair to mask and deprive your dog the pleasure of the scent of what they are sniffing.

Our natural, healing and soothing dog paw and nose wax is the perfect dry dog nose remedy. We have lovingly made it using chemical free ingredients. Treat your dogs nose to some, they will love your for it.

organic Dog paw and nose wax tin

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