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The 6 best dog nose balms

  1. Snout Soother by Natural Dog Company
  2. Nozzle Nectar by Quality Pet
  3. Hydro Snout by Doggy Dew
  4. 4-Legger Certified Organic Nose & Paw Pad Healing Balm
  5. Burt’s Bees for Dogs Paw & Nose Lotion
  6. Wrinkle Balm by Natural Dog Company

Our favorite doggie nose balms, reviewed

What we love: This nose balm contains a blend of some of our favorite vegan ingredients — grapeseed oil, hemp seed oil, jojoba oil, and vitamin E — to deeply moisturize your pup’s nose. It’s non-toxic and safe, even if your dog gets a little lick of it after application. Even better? It has natural SPF for sun protection!

What customers say: Pet owners who had tried many other options before said the Snout Soother nose balm was a game changer. Crusty, scabby, dry noses never stood a chance against this nose balm. And some dogs seem to enjoy the taste of it, so make sure to really rub it in when applying.

Ingredients: Kukui nut oil, grapeseed oil, coconut oil, chamomile, hemp seed oil, shea nut butter, jojoba oil, candelilla wax, natural vitamin e, and rosemary extract.

What we love: Quality Pet’s 100% organic formulation means you don’t have to be concerned about your dog absorbing or ingesting chemicals or other harsh ingredients. Pet parents can usually see results after just one use — and if you have any issues, they’ll refund your money right away!

What customers say: Customers are raving about the incredible results seen after just a few uses of the Nozzle Nectar. Some have even said their dog’s nose was so cracked it bled, but has turned soft and healthy after applying 1-2 times a day for a couple weeks. One other note is that it starts as a very hard wax, but if you rub a small portion of it between your fingers to warm it up, it spreads easily on your pup’s nose.

Ingredients: Organic safflower oil,organic beeswax, organic soy, organic avocado oil, organic cocoa butter, organic shea butter, and vitamin E.

What we love: Without the fillers or additives commonly found in moisturizers, this balm is safe and effective for all dogs. The formula is a natural antioxidant and contains vitamins and essential fatty acids for healing to improve your pup’s dry skin. And it’s a natural sunblock to protect their nose from future dryness.

What customers say: Customers LOVE this nose balm for their dog’s super dry, cracked noses. The suction cup peanut butter mat is an added bonus that helps distract the dogs while their owners apply the balm, and lets it absorb into their nose without them being tempted to lick it off. It’s super hydrating and has given relief to extra chapped noses everywhere!

Ingredients: Beeswax, candelilla, shea butter, castor oil, sweet almond oil, olive oil,  jojoba oil, avocado oil, moringa oil, and natural vanilla.

What we love: This balm from 4-Legger is made without petrochemicals and is a 100% natural ointment. The vegan wax formula is made to protect, nourish, and soothe your dog’s nose (or elbows, paw pads, etc.) by sealing in its natural moisturizer. We know you’ll love the ingredients like hemp oil, shea butter, calendula, carnauba wax, and St. John’s wort.

What customers say: Dog parents have seen extensive benefits since using 4-Legger on their dog’s nose and paw pads. Everyone loves how the ingredients are all-natural and human grade to ensure their pups are safe. The only downsides customers have seen is a little slipping on hard surfaces after using it on their paws, and they wish it was a larger jar for the slightly more expensive price tag.

Ingredients: Organic hemp oil, organic shea  butter, organic carnauba wax, natural vitamin E (tocopherol), organic rosemary extract, organic calendula extract, and organic St. John’s Wort extract.

What we love: The Burt’s Bees paw lotion is pH balanced to be safe for all dogs and puppies, made with high quality natural ingredients like olive oil and rosemary in the USA. It’s made without sulfates, parabens, phthalates, petroleum, fragrances, and colorants, making it highly veterinarian recommended and ready to moisturize your pup’s paws and nose.

What customers say: Customers love using this lotion for their dogs before long walks or cold winter days to ensure their pups are comfortable and happy. Some owners have even said their dog’s paws were healed in just one day after use — the only difficulty was getting the lotion on initially!

Ingredients: Water, glycerin, coco-glucoside, glyceryl oleate, xanthan gum, chamomile flower extract, rosemary leaf oil, jojoba seed oil, beeswax, honey, citric acid, decyl glucoside, potassium sorbate, and phenoxyethanol.

What we love: While this product isn’t technically a “nose balm,” the Natural Dog Company uses a blend of vitamins, antioxidants, and other nourishing ingredients that are great for moisturizing. Avocado oil, rosemary extract, and natural vitamin E all naturally heal and soothe your dog’s wrinkles (and noses!). Dog parents should see results in just a few applications.

What customers say: Some dog parents were skeptical this balm would actually help (after treatments like steroid shots didn’t), but were happily surprised when they saw results in their dog’s skin and nose right away! And while their dogs didn’t love the smell of the balm, it did deter them from licking it off of themselves.

Ingredients: Avocado oil, rosemary extract, olive leaf extract, niaouli, natural vitamin e, hemp seed oil, stearic acid, jojoba oil, shea butter, calendula, candelilla wax, and coconut oil.

Our methodology: How we picked our favorites

We reviewed popular nose balms on the market — We’ve chosen the top-rated balms with the best all-natural ingredients.

We triple-checked ingredients — We verified ingredients through using Paula’s Choice Skincare dictionary and EWG’s Skin Deep® to ensure they’re safe for your dog. We made sure to skip products with bad reviews or highly debated ingredients for dogs (such as aromatherapy oils, silicones, etc).

Our veterinarians gave their seal of approval — We double-checked our product selection with our team of veterinarians to make sure they’d recommend these ingredients and formulas.

Dry dog nose

Dry snoot

Nose balm basics: What pet parents need to know

  • If left untreated, a dog’s dry nose can lead to further problems — They can paw at their snout if it feels irritated, potentially leaving behind scratches and causing an infection.
  • Look for a nose balm formula that’s fragrance-free and doesn’t have any harsh ingredients — Bad ingredients could irritate your pet’s skin or cause GI problems if ingested.
  • You can use nose balms in multiple ways — Most nose balms can also be used on dry paw pads, skin wrinkles, or other skin irritations.
  • Don’t use your human moisturizer on your pup’s nose — These often contain ingredients that are toxic to dogs!

6 common conditions that doggie nose balms can treat

There are a variety of conditions your dog’s nose balm can help with.

  • Sunburn. Some breeds are more prone to sunburns. A balm can help protect against dry air and bring relief to an irritated, burnt nose. If applied to the paws, it can also protect against the hot pavement during walks.
  • Allergies. A dry, itchy nose can be caused by seasonal allergies. Nose balms can sooth the irritation or itchiness that comes along with them.
  • Minor scrapes. A lot of nose balms are made with aloe vera or vitamin E, both of which are known to have healing properties.
  • Hyperkeratosis of the nose. This overgrown, thick, dry, or cracked skin doesn’t have a cure, but a moisturizing nose balm can help bring some relief.
  • Dry nose. We aren’t the only ones who suffer from dry winter skin. Your dog needs to have a wet nose to best use their sense of smell! A nose balm will help prevent dryness, especially in cold weather.

Dog breeds that benefit from a nose balm

According to Dr. Alleyne, “Brachycephalic breeds such as bulldogs, Boston terriers, shar-pei” are most notorious for dry noses and can highly benefit from using a nose balm. “Older large breed dogs,” Dr. Alleyne says, also tend to develop dry, cracked noses as they age.

Ingredients to look for in a nose balm

It’s important to find a nose balm made with ingredients that help with moisture, such as:

  • Aloe vera. Humectants in aloe vera bind moisture to the skin.
  • Vitamin E. Strengthens skin barrier function with long-lasting moisture retention between skin cells.
  • Plant-based oil. Natural oils — such as coconut oil, jojoba oil, shea butter oil, and olive oil — have been used for skin care for centuries.
  • Shea or coconut butter. Both have great moisturizing properties, but shea butter is more deeply penetrating and is also an anti-inflammatory.

Make a DIY dog balm from home

If you aren’t loving any of the six nose balms we reviewed, no worries! If you’re a DIYer at heart, you can easily make a doggie nose balm at home. Just make sure you test any balms on your own skin before your pup’s.

Supplies

  • 21-24 standard lip balm tubes OR six 1-oz. tins
  • A small pot
  • A small digital kitchen scale (optional)

Ingredients

  • 2 oz. olive, sunflower, or sweet almond oil
  • 2 oz. coconut oil
  • 1 oz. shea butter
  • 4 tsp. beeswax

Directions

  1. In a small pot, melt your choice of oils, shea butter, and beeswax. Stir continuously until it’s all melted and blended.
  2. Once melted and mixed, carefully pour the mixture into your lip balm tubes or tins.
  3. Let them cool until hard and place caps on top.

👉 Remember to keep your balms away from extreme heat to prevent melting. It’s best to use them within 1 to 2 years.

How to apply balms to your dog’s nose

  1. Use their favorite treat or toy as a distraction.
  2. Clean their nose first with water or a vet-prescribed cleanser (NEVER use rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide which destroys healthy skin cells and delays healing).
  3. Use your fingers or a cloth to apply a layer balm.
  4. Rub the balm into the skin until absorbed.
  5. Reward your pup with the treat or toy!

Remember:

  • Apply 2 to 3 times daily to best results
  • Always apply in the evening to help prevent them from licking it off throughout the day

Does your pup have dry paws? Try your nose balm

Doggie balms, whether designed for the nose or paws, tend to have many of the same ingredients — vitamin E, jojoba oil, coconut oil, shea butter, etc. If you’ve noticed your dog’s paws seem dry or cracked, especially in the winter, rub some the nose balm on their paws. For frequently dry paws, it may be worth investing in a paw balm to save your nose balm just for the snoot.

👉 Learn more about the benefits of dog paw balms and our eight favorites!

Frequently asked questions

What can I put on my dog’s chapped nose?

Soak your pup’s nose with a warm, damp towel and then apply a nose balm to help keep their nose nice and soft.

What do nose balms do for dogs?

They are a great treatment for healing and soothing dry, cracked, or scaly dog snouts.

Is it safe to put Vaseline on my dog’s nose?

No, Vaseline shouldn’t be used on your dog’s dry nose because it can cause an upset tummy if ingested. Since dogs usually lick their noses, it could cause an upset stomach and lead to diarrhea or vomiting.

Is it safe to put coconut oil on my dog’s nose?

Coconut oil is generally safe to use on your dog’s dry nose since it isn’t toxic if they ingest small amounts. However, it’s likely not to be as effective as a balm.

If my dog licks off the nose balm, will it make them sick?

Our recommended nose balms are made with natural ingredients that are safe for dogs. If they lick some off, they should be just fine!