Benefits of making your own dog nose balm
- You know what’s in it. You have full control and knowledge of the ingredients. There are no secret ingredients or fragrances when making these balms at home.
- It’s customizable. You can adjust the recipe depending on your dog’s needs. If your dog is sensitive to certain ingredients, it’s easy to use an allergy-friendly substitute. And you can always ask your veterinarian which ingredients might be best for your pup.
- It’s multipurpose. Nose balms are safe to use on your pup’s paws, too! These balm recipes are multipurpose and can be used on their nose, paws, and even ears, where some dogs experience dryness.
👉 Nose balms aren’t necessary if your dog has a healthy, smooth nose. Dogs that live in dry, cold climates tend to benefit most from this kind of product, especially in the winter.
What to include in a DIY nose balm
Below are a few of the ingredients we used in our recipes, all of which are safe, effective, and can provide your dog with relief from their dry, cracked skin.
- Beeswax. Used as a moisturizer since Egyptian times, beeswax is a natural exfoliator and is often used in cosmetics and baby products.
- Vitamin E oil. Among its many positive properties, vitamin E promotes skin health by protecting your dog from sun damage.
- Shea and cocoa butter. Both options are packed with fatty acids that help to lock in moisture.
- Oils (sunflower, olive, coconut, sweet almond). These oils are full of healthy vitamins (like D, E, and K) and absorb nicely into the skin.
What to avoid in a dog nose balm
Since it’s common for dogs to lick their noses, it’s especially important to include only safe and nontoxic ingredients in a nose balm. Below are a few ingredients that are harmful to dogs and should never be used.
- Alcohol. Using a harsh product like alcohol can actually delay the skin’s healing.
- Parabens. These chemicals are often used in cosmetics for preservation.
- Phthalates. This chemical is used in products like cosmetics and plastics and has been shown to cause harm to dogs’ kidneys and reproductive systems.
- Artificial fragrances. Chemicals that go into artificial fragrances are toxic to dogs and can cause them serious harm. Essential oils can also be dangerous for pups, so it’s best to leave them out.
Recipes to try
In addition to the ingredients listed above, you’ll also need measuring spoons, a pot or glass jar, a spoon, and a small container to put the finished balm in. You can either heat the ingredients in a small pot on the stove or in a glass container in the microwave.
For each of these recipes, you’ll follow the same basic instructions. First, combine all of your ingredients in a pot or glass jar and heat the mixture slowly until melted. Next, mix everything together with a spoon until well-combined, and then pour the mixture into a tin container. Finally, allow the mixture to cool and harden. These recipes each make about 6 ounces of product. Store the balms in a cool, dry place, and they’ll last for one to two years.
The American Kennel Club recipe
This balm from the American Kennel Club (AKC) is a smooth moisturizing cream and a great starting point when creating your own nose balm:
Rich and creamy
Like the AKC balm, this version contains beeswax as a binding ingredient but uses cocoa butter and sunflower oil rather than shea butter. It’s similar in color to the AKC balm but has a sweeter smell.
Smooth and glossy
Unlike the previous two recipes, this balm doesn’t contain beeswax, so it’s a bit softer and runnier than the others. It still dries hard but warms up easily between your fingers and goes on smooth and clear.
How to apply a doggie nose balm
Applying any kind of balm or cream to your dog’s skin can be a challenge. Follow these steps for an easy application:
Use their favorite treat or toy as a distraction — Most dogs are unbothered when it comes to a nose balm, but a special toy or yummy treat can encourage them to stay put for a few minutes during application.
Clean their nose first with water — Never use rubbing alcohol or hydrogen peroxide, which destroys healthy skin cells and delays healing.
Use your fingers — You can also use a cloth to apply a protective layer of balm to your dog’s nose.
Rub the balm into the skin until absorbed — Some balms might dry instantly, while others take 20-30 minutes. Try not to leave your pup unattended during this time in case they want to lick the balm off.
Reward your pup — Once all is said and done, give your dog a well-deserved treat!
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Frequently asked questions
What can I put on my dog’s dry nose?
Nose balms are a safe and effective way to treat your dog’s dry and cracked nose.
Can I put cocoa butter on my dog’s nose?
Yes! Cocoa butter is safe for dogs.
Can I put olive oil on my dog’s dry nose?
Yes, olive oil is also safe to use in small amounts and can be used in place of any of the oils in these recipes.
Can I use paw butter on my dog’s nose?
In most cases, yes. Always double-check the label to make sure it doesn’t include any harmful ingredients, like alcohol, parabens, phthalates, and more. Alternatively, you can also use a DIY nose balm on your dog’s dry paw pads.
Why does my dog have a dry nose?
Dehydration, sunburn, and allergies are a few things that cause nose dryness in dogs.