Why Is My Dog’s Nose Dry? 4 Things You Should Do If Your Dog Has A Dry Nose

When you touch your dog’s nose, is it smooth and moist, or rough and dry? A dry nose doesn’t always mean your dog is sick, but left untreated it can lead to crusty scabs that flake off and bleed. Dogs also can’t smell as well without a wet snout. Difficulty smelling can cause them to become agitated, and possibly even nervous.

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Your dog’s dry nose needs immediate treatment to reduce discomfort and improve their sense of smell.

If you notice your dog’s nose is frequently dry, here are four steps you can take to help make the right diagnosis and care for your furry friend.

Step 1: Keep Track Of When Your Dog’s Nose Is Dry And Wet

There are many different reasons your dog might have a dry or crusty nose, and most of them aren’t an immediate cause for concern. The first thing you should do is start taking detailed notes whenever you notice your furry pal’s snout feels a bit parched.

Is it only during certain times of the day or year? How often does it happen? How long does the dryness last? As you investigate, consider the most common reasons for a dry dog nose to help you pinpoint the cause and improve your pet’s health.  

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Your dog might be a beach babe but his or her nose is not immune from sun damage! A sunburn can cause a dry, flaky and red dog nose.

Common reason’s your dog’s nose is dry

  • Exposure to the elements or dry air. When it’s hot and sunny, it’s possible for a dog’s nose to get sunburned. During the cold winter months, it’s easy for their skin (and nose) to dry out — especially if your dog spends time in front of a heater or source of warm, blowing air.
  • Your dog has allergies. Like humans, dogs can develop allergies to all sorts of things, including specific types of food, plastic water dishes or toys, and household cleaning products.
  • Your dog has trouble licking its nose. Brachycephalic breeds like Pugs and Bulldogs have difficulty licking their noses because their snouts are so short. Other breeds, like Poodles and Lhasa Apsos, are prone to blocked tears ducts, which can also dry the nose out.
  • Your dog just woke up. Dog’s don’t lick their noses while they’re asleep. Without any other symptoms, a dry nose after waking up from a cat nap (yep, we said it) is nothing to worry about.
  • Your dog is dehydrated. Dehydration is often the result of strenuous exercise — especially when it’s hot outside. Keep fresh water available at all times. Remember: dogs should drink approximately one ounce of water per pound every day

Your Dog’s Gums Are A Great Place To Check For Dehydration

Paying attention to your dog’s gums is an important habit to make — especially if you and your pup lead a particularly active lifestyle. Whenever you observe a dry nose, also check the gums. If they’re shrimp-colored pink and moist to the touch, it’s a sign of proper hydration. If they’re dry, tacky, and pale, your dog is likely dehydrated.

Gums can also be an indication of other serious medical conditions, including low blood pressure, anemia, and cyanosis. Consult with your veterinarian if your dog’s gums turn dark purple or beet red.

Step 2: Remove Potential Allergens

The tricky thing about allergies is different dogs have very different sensitivities. There are a few key contributors you can remove to see if it makes a difference. Plastic is a typical dog allergy that can cause a dry, crusty dog nose. If your dog has a plastic dish for food or water, switch it out for a stainless steel bowl.

Certain dog treats and household products can also spark your dog’s allergies. Try and pinpoint any changes to the environment around the time your dog’s nose dried out and became chapped.

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Sophie once suffered from a very dry nose. Here she is pictured before (left) and after (right) using Snout Soother.

Step 3: Soothe Your Dog’s Nose With A Balm

Whether your dog needs temporary relief or a regular regimen of balm (we’re looking at you, Pugs), a balm like Snout Soother® can help moisten your dog’s snout — and keep it that way.

A sensitive dog is more prone to a dry nose, which is precisely why we carefully source every last ingredient that goes into our vegan, all-natural dog products. You can rest assured that no matter how sensitive your sweet canine, our products are 100% safe. Try snout Soother® risk-free today!

Step 4: Watch Out For Other Symptoms  

Most of the time, all it takes to fix a dry nose is a few good habits and some Snout Soother® balm. But if you don’t begin to see any improvement after making a few changes, consult with your veterinarian to explore allergy testing and get a checkup.

Take note of other symptoms like fever, dry eye, lethargy, vomiting or diarrhea, or changes in appetite. In combination with a prolonged dry nose, symptoms like those could be a sign of more serious medical conditions, such as autoimmune conditions like discoid lupus erythematosus or pemphigus.

Dry Dog Nose FAQs

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Remember that dry nose from the beginning of the article? Well it’s not dry anymore – thanks to Snout Soother!

Can I put Neosporin on my dog’s nose?

The short answer is no. You should avoid putting Neosporin anywhere your dog can easily reach with its tongue — like its nose — and use a dog-specific balm instead.

Dr. Danel Grimmett, a veterinarian with Sunset Veterinary Clinic in Oklahoma, told the AKC that while “small amounts of Neosporin are not harmful,” the main concern is the potential to impact healthy gut bacteria, which can result in vomiting and diarrhea. Grimmett also explained that “a second potential cause of GI upset would be the lubricant base, which could also give them diarrhea, etc.”

Is baby oil safe for dogs?

Baby oil is safe to use on fur, but it should be applied conservatively. Because it often contains chemicals and fragrances that aren’t digestible, you should keep it away from the mouth or areas of frequent licking. As always, consult your vet about home remedies ahead of time.

Is coconut oil safe for dogs?

The benefits of coconut oil can be just as helpful for dogs as they are for humans. Organic coconut oil (a key ingredient in many of our products) offers powerful moisturizing qualities for your dog’s skin and hair. But if you’ve just decided to introduce coconut oil to your pet, do so slowly and sparingly at first to find the right balance — it can be a bit messy.

Why is a dog nose dry?

There are many reasons a dog’s nose can be dry, like dry air or sunburn, but most are easily treatable with nose balm and good habits. However, prolonged dryness, along with other symptoms, can indicate a more serious health issue.

 

8 Everyday Products That Are Toxic For Your Dog

Dog owners know better than anyone how their furry little four-legged children can get into anything and everything. As a result, smart puppy parents will dog-proof their home early and often to prevent curious, wet little noses getting into places they’re not supposed to. However, even the most diligent dog owner might not know just how many everyday household products are actually toxic to their pets. Here’s a list of eight of the most common products that you absolutely need to keep out of reach of your furry little friend.

What Household Products Are Toxic To Dogs?

1. Pesticides

Whether it’s ants in your kitchen, mice in your basement, or hornets in your attic, you’re likely to need to hit your home with some pesticide from now and again, but the majority of pesticides can be highly toxic to dogs or any other pets who decide to investigate them. Use care, and try to stick to organic or all-natural options when it comes to pest control. The safest option may be to not keep them around your house if you’re not actively using them.

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2. Chemical Cleansers

Bleach is bad news when it comes to pets. Cleansers similar to bleach – the types of bottles you keep underneath your bathroom sink to help keep your place clean – contain the types of chemicals that can give both you and your dog a really bad day. Keep them up out of reach if you can – or switch to organic, non-toxic cleansing agents instead.

3. Antifreeze

Antifreeze is incredibly dangerous. It doesn’t take much to cause the kind of kidney damage in your dog that can lead to lifelong problems; at the same time, any more than that can easily lead to fatal poisoning. It’s recommended to switch to a mixture that’s made with propylene glycol. While it’s not non-toxic, it’s much safer than antifreeze mixes made with ethylene glycol; changing your antifreeze brand could spell the difference between life and death for your pet.

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Your dog may be snooping around in the garden when you’re not looking!

4. Fertilizers

Fertilizers and plant food can be a huge help when you’re trying to grow a nice crop of heirloom tomatoes for the summer or even just encourage those azaleas to grow. However, as much as you love getting your own paws dirty out in your backyard, if you have a dog you need to be very careful. Also, when it comes to treating your lawn with weed killers or fertilizers, make sure you keep your dog away for a while to minimize his or her exposure to any toxic chemicals. Instructions should be included to tell you how long it will take to be safe, if necessary.

5. Plants

Of course, dog lovers would never plant azaleas in your backyard anyway – they’re incredibly toxic for your dog. The same goes for many other common plants like mistletoe. Do your research to ensure you’re not going to be planting trees and other plant species that could potentially poison your pet if he or she eats them. Many plants are pretty and not dangerous to us humans, but make sure to keep your furry friend in mind when gardening!

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Definitely not candy…

6. Medications

Most people just tend to think about how they can keep their children out of the medicine cabinet, but you need to make sure that you don’t have any medications in places where your dog could get into them either. Any sort of medication can have a deleterious effect on a dog, whether it’s a simple aspirin or if it’s your grandmother’s heart medication, so keep those pills off the floor and out of reach. Small dogs, like small children, are especially susceptible to medications because they won’t be able to handle as much.

7. Vaseline

While it’s not strictly a medication and it’s certainly not a food item, Vaseline is something that some pet owners think might be good for their pups even though it’s absolutely not. It’s gratifying to know that you want to help your dog’s skin issues by applying Vaseline to their cuts, scrapes, and wounds, but it’s a completely synthetic material, and it’s no good for them. Considering how most dogs will immediately try to lick off any petroleum jelly placed on their skin, all you’re doing is succeeding in giving your dog diarrhea. Instead, choose an organic, all-natural topical Skin Soother if your pup needs it.

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Foods that seem harmless to us can have a very different effect on our pets.

8. Food

Finally, it’s time to talk about food. Yes, it’s adorable how your pup will beg for table scraps, but you could be making life harder for your dog depending on what you give them. Food items like grapes (and raisins), onions and chocolate are highly poisonous to dogs, as are substances high in alcohol and salt. Also, any foods high in calories may not be immediately toxic, but their effects can add up over time on dogs smaller bodies!

 

 

 

 

Sources: http://huskydogblog.com/seven-common-household-items-that-are-poisonous-to-dogs/

http://dogskintreatments.com/five-good-reasons-why-vaseline-does-not-work-for-demodectic-mange-on-dogs/

 

Pink Dog Nose? Snow Nose is Not Just A Winter Condition

Why Is My Dog’s Nose Turning Pink?

Is your dog’s nose turning pink? Pink dog nose occurs when a dog’s normally dark nose loses pigment and becomes noticeably lighter in color. A dark dog nose can become brown or pink. Sometimes lighter dog noses may still have a darker stripe across the nose. The outer edges of the nose, however, will remain dark.

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Not so true to its name, Snow Nose seems like a solely winter condition. In reality it can actually change your dog’s nose year-round.

Does your dog have a pink nose at times? Or does her dark nose become lighter in winter and fade to brown? These are common signs that your dog has a condition called “snow nose.”

What Is Dog Snow Nose?

Snow nose affects white dogs and lighter colored dogs most often, but other dogs may also lose nose pigment. It occurs most often during winter months, causing some people to theorize that the condition is related to sunlight. Because snow nose often occurs in winter time, it is sometimes called “winter nose.”

The effects of the condition are temporary. If your dog’s nose becomes paler in the winter then it will usually become dark again in the summer months, though as they get older some dogs will keep their lighter colored noses year-round.

It has also been suggested that changes in nose pigment may be related to a dog’s thyroid levels.

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Even when your dog is freezing he can still get a sunburn, use Snout Soother for its SPF.  Thanks to our friends at Pugs and Kisses for this adorable photo!

Some dogs naturally have lighter colored noses from birth. If your dog is brown or liver-colored, then his nose may be fur colored at all times. This is not the same as a snow nose. His brown nose is genetic and not related to sunlight or other changes in his environment.

Some dogs can lose nose pigment as a reaction to eating from plastic bowls. Luckily it’s easy enough to test this theory! If you suspect that your dog is losing nose pigment because of eating from a plastic dish just switch him to a metal or ceramic dog bowl.

How To Treat Pink Dog Nose

Snow nose does not cause any health problems for dogs. Because there is little risk no definite treatments are available or really needed. However, if your dog does have snow nose you will need to protect his nose from sunburn until normal pigment returns.

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No need to worry about your dog licking at this soothing balm, Snout Soother is an all natural dog product made with responsibly sourced ingredients.

Natural Dog Snout Soother provides a natural sunscreen for use on a dog’s nose and can prevent sunburn if your dog has snow nose. Snout Soother contains Kukui Nut Oil, Shea Butter, and Natural Vitamin E. It has an estimated SPF of 9.

Even if your dog tries to lick off Snout Soother, the ingredients are 100 percent natural and will not harm your dog. As long as you continue to apply the product, it will keep your puppy protected! Snout Soother also helps dry, chapped and cracked noses, prevents windburn, heals rashes and skin irritations, and helps with many other nose conditions.

So if your dog’s dark colored nose suddenly starts fading to a pink dog nose, rest assured he’s not turning into Rudolph, and trust us, he’ll be just fine. All your old pal needs is an all natural soothing dog balm to cure his snow nose– Snout Soother to the rescue! Our mission is simple: Soothe, Heal, Wag.

Bulldog Tail Infections: How To Treat & Prevent

Help! My bulldog’s tail pocket is infected!

Bulldog tail infections are classified by itchy, red or stinky skin, as well as any other signs of irritation. Bulldogs have adorable little screw tails covered in wrinkles. As cute as their wrinkly tails may be, these creases and folds open up their little back doors to a number of potential infections. If your dog’s tail blocks his or her anus in any way the infection can be made worse by anal sac fluids and feces—which can create a terrible (and thankfully curable) stench. Some dogs develop a yeast infection in their tail pocket, which then causes them to lick and chew at their behinds with no shame. Yeast infections tend to come with a pretty icky stench as well.

How To Treat Bulldog Tail Infections

bulldog tail infectionClip the fur surrounding the infected area. Fur is a breeding ground for infectious materials. Your best bet is to get rid of it so that it doesn’t increase the risk for further infection. This will also make it easier to treat the infection.

Wash the area with an antiseptic soap and blot dry.

If the wound is already open use a clean napkin or gauze to gently press out any pus, which will be absorbed by the gauze. This should only be done if the wound is already open and draining pus.

Soak a washcloth in warm water and apply it over the area. Warmth draws out blood antibodies and white blood cells that help fight off infection. Apply the hot washcloth to your dog’s skin for 5 minutes on and 5 minutes off until the cloth cools. Repeat this process 2-5 times a day until you notice it healing. This can also help soften and remove scabs as they form, helping to reduce the risk of abscess formation.

If your bulldog’s tail infection is bad enough to warrant serious concern don’t hesitate to take your dog to the vet. He or she might need an antibiotic.

How To Heal A Bulldog Tail Infection Faster

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In order to help relieve discomfort and promote faster healing, apply all natural Skin Soother or Wrinkle Balm to the area.

Wrinkle Balm is specially formulated to help treat and soothe a number of skin infections, including tail infections. Wrinkle Balm is made with all natural, organic and vegan ingredients that are 100% safe—even if your dog happens to consume an entire tube.

Wrinkle Balm is proven to treat and prevent skin fold dermatitis, yeast and bacterial infections, red, chaffed and inflamed skin, crusty buildups, foul odors, hair loss, baldness, scabbing, sores and pimples. Wrinkle Balm is gentle enough to use on your dog’s face, but effective enough to be used on their tail as well. Learn more about Wrinkle Balm.

Need Something Stronger For Severe Bulldog Tail Infections?

For more intense infections you’ll want to apply Skin Soother to the affected areas. Skin Soother is also made from carefully sourced all natural, organic and vegan ingredients but it is a little stronger than Wrinkle Balm. Skin Soother is packed with healing herbs that naturally fight off bacteria, fungus, yeast and inflammation. Learn more about Skin Soother.

How To Prevent Future Bulldog Tail Infections

Wrinkles provide a dark and moist space where bacteria, yeast and other infections thrive. Daily cleaning is key to preventing infections. Always make sure the area is completely dry when you are finished cleaning. You should be able to keep your puppy’s tail healthy all the time!

Wrinkle Balm is an effective treatment method as well as preventative measure. You’ll want to continue applying Wrinkle Balm even after the area improves. Daily cleaning followed by application of Wrinkle Balm will help prevent future infections from forming. Giving your bulldog the greatest chance at a healthy and happy life full of endless tail wags.

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What Causes Dry Dog Ears & How to Help Your Pup Find Relief

Dry dog ears can result in itching, infection, and/or scaly patches. It’s not uncommon so there’s no need to panic. BUT, it is important to get to the bottom of the underlying issue because a variety of factors can contribute to your dog’s dry ears. Not to mention, dry ears can be irritating and itchy, leading to compulsive scratching, cuts and sores with the potential to become infected.

Common Causes of Dry Dog Ears

1. Allergies

Are your dog’s dry ears seasonal? Did you recently change his or her food? Have they been put on any new medications from the vet? Allergies to food, medicine, environmental factors, or even something as simple as plastic bowls can spark an allergic reaction that causes drying out of the ears and scaly patches.

2. Poor diet

A lack of essential nutrients, such as omega 3 fatty acids, can cause dry and unhealthy skin conditions.  Certain fillers found in many dog foods can also contribute to the problem; corn and pork are common culprits. Investing in a high quality dog food that meets the individualized needs of your dog can make a big difference in their skin and overall health.

3. Fleas

Is your dog on a flea medication? Fleas can cause dry and itchy dog ears. They can also cause an allergic reaction leading to swelling and redness or oozing, crusty skin.

Dog Ears and Yeast Infections

The inner folds of your dog’s ears are dark and moist, aka the ideal spot for bacteria and yeast to flourish. If your dog is constantly scratching at his ears, the problem might relate to an underlying infection. Continuous scratching can cause dryness and scaly bald patches to form, hence why the problem may seem to begin and end with dry ears when there’s something more going on.

How to Heal Dry Dog Ears

Give your dog several baths each week. Use a medicated shampoo bar for dogs on and around the ears. The Silky Soft Shampoo Bar is a great option because it is formulated to moisturize and soothe dry, flaky or chapped skin.

Post-bath, apply Skin Soother to your dog’s ears. This vegan, organic and all-natural balm is packed with just the right combination of ingredients, many of which contain anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. Skin Soother is used to treat a variety of ailments—from wounds to inflamed bug bites, and dry dog ear too. It can also treat yeast and bacterial infections.

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Give your dog a skin and coat supplement to help hydrate skin from the inside out and prevent scaly patches. Skin & Coat Supplement helps treat and even prevent skin allergies, while also promoting healthy fur. It has a variety of important ingredients like Alaskan salmon oil, rich fatty acids, Biotin, and essential vitamins that may otherwise be lacking in your puppy’s diet!

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Keep an eye out for possible allergens or irritants. There’s no shortage of potential allergens for dogs. Your dog could be allergic to certain foods, plastic food dishes, pollen or cleaning products. If you think the problem relates to allergies, it’ll likely take a process of elimination to uncover the exact cause but it’s totally worth it.

Should You Go to the Vet for Dry Dog Ears?

Yes, especially if the issue persists, appears to worsen, or doesn’t clear up right away with at-home remedies. Your vet can identify underlying issues that might be to blame, such as bacterial or systemic infections, or a more serious medical condition. In most cases, vets look over your dog’s ears while asking about diet, lifestyle and allergies. They may also take a culture of your dog’s ears.

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How To Naturally Treat Dog Hyperkeratosis: Why Do Dogs Get Dry, Crusty Noses?

To naturally treat dog hyperkeratosis you need an understanding of your dog’s condition and what’s causing it to occur in the first place! Hyperkeratosis sounds scary but it’s simply a condition that causes your dog’s nose or paws to thicken and become excessively hard.

When your pet produces too much keratin, the fibrous proteins that make up the outer layer of skin, it causes excessive skin growth. As a result, you’ll start seeing a build-up of hard, thick, dry and calloused skin. If left untreated this brittle skin can crack, bleed, and even become infected.

Dog Nasal Hyperkeratosis Vs. Dog Foot Pad Hyperkeratosis

Hyperkeratosis is broken down into it’s two most common types: nasal hyperkeratosis and foot pad hyperkeratosis.

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Example of Nasal Hyperkeratosis in Dogs

Nasal hyperkeratosis impacts your dog’s nose and muzzle area, while foot pad hyperkeratosis impacts your dog’s feet.

Both types of hyperkeratosis can be incredibly uncomfortable and even painful. Nasal hyperkeratosis prevents your dog from fully using their most valuable sense, their super powered snout. Dogs can smell with far greater capacity than humans, which is why they rely on their sense of smell to investigate the world and stay safe. Yet, in order for the magic to occur their snout must be wet. If your dog’s nose is dry and crusty it no longer functions the same way.

Foot pad hyperkeratosis causes its own sets of issues. Your dog walks around all day on his or her paws, and when paws are tender and sore it makes life more difficult. Dogs often spend a lot of time outdoors in dirt and other unclean surfaces, so dry, cracked paws could easily become infected. Some dogs even develop a limp as a result.

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An example of foot pad hyperkeratosis

What Causes Dog Hyperkeratosis?

Most dogs could develop hyperkeratosis at any point. Certain dog breeds have a genetic predisposition to developing it more often, including Golden Retrievers, Irish and Bedlington Terriers, Labradors, and Dogues de Bordeaux. In most cases, if your dog’s genes caused the formation of hyperkeratosis it’ll show up within the first year of his or her life.

Idiopathic hyperkeratosis develops for unknown reasons and more commonly affects older dogs.

Dog Hyperkeratosis can also occur as a symptom of one of the following underlying issues:

  • Canine Distemper: A rare virus that can be avoided with proper puppy immunizations. Dogs with distemper develop a variety of symptoms, including nasal hyperkeratosis.
  • Leishmaniasis: A parasite-induced illness often related to sandflies that can cause hyperkeratosis. There are medications available to treat this illness.
  • Pemphigus Foliaceus: This is one of the most common autoimmune skin diseases in both cats and dogs. It causes hyperkeratosis to form on paw pads and is diagnosed with a biopsy.
  • Zinc Responsive Dermatosis: If your dog does not properly absorb Zinc they may develop zinc responsive dermatosis, and as a result hyperkeratosis. Zinc supplements are often prescribed as treatment.

How To Naturally Treat Dog Hyperkeratosis

There is no exact treatment regimen for hyperkeratosis, which leaves many devoted dog owners feeling rather helpless. Before you throw your paws up in defeat, there are 2 breakthrough products proven to soothe, heal and prevent the formation of hyperkeratosis.

How To Naturally Treat Nasal Hyperkeratosis

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The hyperkeratosis “spikes” fell off to reveal a healthy, moist nose underneath

Snout Soother is specially formulated to effectively treat dog hyperkeratosis of the snout. No matter how dry, cracked, bloody or damaged your dog’s nose may be, Snout Soother is your dog’s superhero.

The moment you apply the dog-approved balm to your pup’s nose, they should feel a sense of relief. Sort of like when you have really dry lips and you apply Chapstick, it just feels so much better.

As your dog experiences relief, Snout Soother goes to work treating and healing the skin. Regular use of Snout Soother can help prevent reformation of nasal hyperkeratosis.

Learn how every last ingredient in Snout Soother works to soothe, treat & prevent a crusty dog nose.

How To Naturally Treat Dog Foot Pad Hyperkeratosis

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Treat foot pad hyperkeratosis naturally with organic Paw Soother

Paw Soother is specially formulated to effectively treat dog hyperkeratosis of the paw pads. The 100% all-natural balm soothes and heals thanks to a perfect blend of herbal-based plant oils and butters. Every last ingredient plays an important role. For instance, organic coconut oil provides intense moisturizing as well as anti-inflammatory properties, while Vitamin E grants the skin a much-needed boost of collagen production and cell regeneration.

Learn more about Paw Soother’s pawesomely powerful ingredients.

Why Natural Treatments Are So Important For Your Dog

Dogs that develop hyperkeratosis tend to be more sensitive, which is why we are adamant about using the most gentle, all-natural and carefully sourced ingredients. Our products are so safe that even if your dog ingests the entire tube you have nothing to worry about.

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Healing hyperkeratosis results with all-natural Snout Soother

Dog Paws Rough and Cracked?

Help! Why are my dog’s paws rough and cracked?

We hear this question throughout the year. It’s common for dog paws to become dry, rough, or even cracked for a variety of reasons. And that can leave your canine friend compulsively nibbling and licking its paws for relief — often making the problem worse.

If you notice your dog has rough or dry paw pads, the best thing you can do is provide natural, moisturizing relief. All-natural ingredients are vital because dogs often lick their paws. If your dog ingests toxic ingredients, he or she could become agitated or sick.

Meet Paw Soother®: An all-natural remedy for rough paw pads

Your dog’s paw pads play an essential role in their everyday life. They’re made specifically to protect canine paws against the elements. But that doesn’t mean they can stand up to everything.

That’s why we developed Paw Soother®: a specially formulated, herbal-based treatment meant to soothe, moisturize, heal, and protect your dog’s paws from the elements. Try Paw Soother® risk-free!

Take a look at the all-natural ingredients found in Paw Soother:
Organic Cocoa Butter, Organic Shea Nut Butter, Grape Seed Oil, Organic Hempseed Oil, Candelilla Wax, Organic Jojoba Oil, Organic Sunflower Oil, Organic Sweet Almond Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Natural Vitamin E, Rosemary Extract.

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Dogs depend on their paws to get everywhere, what do your dog’s paws feel like?

What Causes Dry Paw Pads?

Most of the time, dry dog pads can be traced back to four environmental causes: hot pavement, wintery conditions, exposure to chemicals, and allergies.  

Hot weather (and pavement)

During the summertime, the heat of the concrete can damage the skin on the bottom of your dog’s paws. To avoid blistered paws, walk your dog before the sun has a chance to heat the concrete, or after the sun has cooled down. If your dog loves running on the beach, sand and salt water are two other elements that can damage paw pads.

Cold weather and dry air

The cold air and low moisture that often results from heating our homes can dry out your dog’s paws. According to Cesar Milan’s blog, “Winter can be tough on our dog’s feet, but good grooming and protecting the paws by using a balm or booties will go a long way to keeping your dog’s feet healthy.”

Exposure to irritating chemicals

In winter, roads and sidewalks may be covered with de-icing salts. In summer, gardens abound with fertilizers. Even household cleaners can contain questionable ingredients. Not only are some of those chemicals toxic to your dog’s skin; they’re also ingested when your dog licks its paws. Remember: Make sure to wipe off your dog’s paws after a walk to remove potentially harmful chemicals.

Allergies

Just like humans, many dogs suffer from environmental and food allergies. These allergies can make their paws itch. And then the scratching and nibbling starts, which can cause cracks, open wounds, and sometimes infections.

A Dog’s Pads Are An Important Indicator Of Overall Health

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Veterinarian Dr. Donna Raditic told PetMD says that a dog’s paw pads can also be an important indication of your dog’s overall health.

“The cells in a dog’s paw pads have a high turnover rate. They require a lot of nutrition and a lot of blood supply. If something isn’t perfect in the body it can show up there first. But we tend not to think that way. It can take something drastic before we notice there’s something wrong with our dog’s health.” — Dr. Donna Raditic, DVM, DACVN, CVA

If you regularly moisturize your dog’s paws without seeing any improvement, it’s time to call your vet. Certain types of liver disease, dermatologic issues, and metabolic issues could be at play.

Dry paws can be a symptom of hyperkeratosis

Cracked paws can be the result of a condition called hyperkeratosis. Hyperkeratosis occurs when the skin produces too much keratin. That makes the skin on the paw pads, as well as other parts of the body, thick and callous-like.

Dry Paw FAQs

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All breeds of dogs are prone to rough, cracked paw pads. Thankfully, Paw Soother is here to help!

Are dog pads supposed to be rough?

It’s entirely normal for a dog to develop rough paws, but they shouldn’t stay that way. Instead, a healthy paw pad should be smooth to the touch and free of all abrasions.

Over time, dog paws build up a tolerance and become stronger. But once paw pads are rough and dry it’s hard for them to heal if they are routinely exposed to the same irritant.

Can I put Neosporin on my dog’s paw?

Neosporin is technically safe for pets, but we don’t recommend using it anywhere your dog is likely to lick, including the paws. Ingesting small amounts of Neosporin won’t do any permanent damage, but it can kill healthy gut bacteria. The result: Your dog might vomit or have diarrhea. Use a natural moisturizer instead, like Paw Soother®.

“A second potential cause of GI upset would be the lubricant base,” says Dr. Danel Grimmett, a veterinarian with Sunset Veterinary Clinic in Oklahoma. Ingesting that “could also give them diarrhea, etc.”

How do I treat a yeast infection on my dog’s paws?

For serious infections, veterinarians usually prescribe oral and topical antifungal medications. But in many cases, natural treatment is a great place to start.

Is it normal for dogs paw pads to peel?

A little bit of peeling is nothing to worry about — it’s part of a paw’s normal wear. Paw moisturizers are great for this type of scenario. But if your dog doesn’t want to put weight on the paw, or licks it obsessively, take a closer look for lacerations, burns, or signs of infection (redness and swelling). Those types of injuries may require cleaning and antibacterial treatment from your vet.

How To Heal Skin Dermatitis In Dogs

Is your dog constantly itching and scratching? Have you noticed any redness, flaky skin, or scabs while brushing? If so, he or she could be suffering from a skin disease called atopic dermatitis.

Atopic dermatitis is the most common cause of itching in dogs. Without treatment, it can be incredibly stressful for both you and your pet. The good news is that there are simple ways to relieve your pet’s symptoms and stress. Regular care can even help prevent crusty scabs or sores from forming.

What Causes Atopic Dermatitis In Dogs?

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Canine atopic dermatitis is an inflammatory skin disease. In simple terms, it causes your dog’s immune system to overreact to allergens. (Even normally harmless allergens like dust, house mites, and grass can cause problems.) Because atopic dermatitis is a chronic disease, it won’t ever disappear, and symptoms flare up periodically.

Here are a few breeds that are genetically predisposed to atopic dermatitis:

Labradors, English bulldogs, French bulldogs, Golden Retrievers, Westies, Jack Russels, Beaucerons, Shar-peïs, Yorkshires.

What Allergens Are Most Commonly To Blame?

A number of allergens can negatively impact your dog. Some of them persist all year long, like mold, dust mites, and house dust. Others are more potent at certain times of the year, such as pollen.

The skin works as an outer layer of protection against allergens. But when your dog experiences dermatitis, the skin breaks down. Excessive scratching and skin injuries can trigger more severe reactions. Sadly, the body’s natural immune response makes things even worse.

Symptoms of Atopic Dermatitis In Dogs

Symptoms generally start between one and five years of age. In some cases, symptoms may start off mild and remain unnoticed. Remember: Dogs will not “grow out” out of allergies. The only way to stop the discomfort is through treatment.

Here are a few of the most common signs your dog may be suffering from atopic dermatitis:

  • Constantly itching, scratching, biting
  • Skin appears red or inflamed
  • Frequent ear infections
  • Frequent skin infections
  • Runny-nose or eyes (less common symptoms but do appear sometimes)

Checking For Signs Of Skin Dermatitis

The most common areas a dog shows signs of atopic dermatitis include:

  • Ears
  • Ankles
  • Muzzle
  • Wrists
  • Underarms
  • Groin
  • Face (especially around the eyes)
  • On paws & in between toes

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How To Remedy Your Dog’s Dermatitis

There are all sorts of treatments for atopic dermatitis: Colloidal oatmeal baths, antibacterial and antifungal medications, essential oils, medicated shampoos, anti-inflammatory drugs — some dogs even undergo immunotherapy.

We hear from people again and again that have tried everything with no lasting results or relief for their dog — until they try our all-natural products, that is. Wrinkle Balm© and Skin Soother© are both specially formulated with unique proprieties to treat dogs suffering from atopic dermatitis, as well as many other skin conditions.

Wrinkle Balm© is designed to be gentle enough to use on the face and other sensitive areas, while Skin Soother© is a much stronger formula to combat tougher issues in less sensitive regions.

So, how do you know which remedy to use on your dog?

Skin Soother© VS. Wrinkle Balm©: It’s Time For A Doggone Showdown!

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Skin Soother©: Best for open cuts and infections

Skin Soother© is a one-of-a-kind organic healing balm used to treat everything from rashes and burns to itchy, irritated skin. The magic is all thanks to the anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-fungal properties packed inside. These carefully sourced ingredients work together to treat the underlying cause and promote a faster recovery with reduced visibility of scarring. Plus, the balm creates a layer of protection that helps keep out allergens.

Skin Soother© treats countless bacterial issues, including hot spots, atopic dermatitis, impetigo, allergic dermatitis, acral lick dermatitis or granuloma.

Skin Soother© Is Best For Treating:

  • Wounds, cuts, scrapes, and burns
  • Rashes and other skin irritations
  • Post-surgery treatment
  • Yeast or fungal infections
  • Bacterial infections

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Wrinkle Balm©: Best for redness, inflammation, and chaffing

Wrinkle Balm© is a gentler formula used to treat skin irritations impacting your dog’s most sensitive areas, including his or her face. While incredibly soothing and gentle, Wrinkle Balm© is still strong enough to combat yeast, bacteria, and crusty buildup.

Since dogs with wrinkly skin are prone to developing skin conditions between wrinkles, this is an especially beneficial product. Dogs with wrinkly faces often develop “stinky face,” which is really a build up of icky bacteria that creates a foul odor.

Thanks to the gentle strength of this product, it can be applied to your dog’s face to soothe and treat issues without creating further irritation.

Wrinkle Balm© Is Best For Treating:

  • Skin fold dermatitis
  • Yeast and bacterial infections
  • Redness and inflammation of the skin
  • Chaffing
  • Crusty building
  • Sores, scabbing, pimples
  • Itchy, flaky skin that leads to hair loss
  • Stinky face, or unpleasant odors on skin

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Stinky Face Dermatitis

Is Your Dog Licking Paws Uncontrollably? Here’s What You Can Do About It

Dogs groom themselves multiple times throughout the day. So while paw licking can be annoying, it’s generally nothing to worry about. However, if your dog’s licking paws until the skin is red and inflamed, it’s probably a sign that something else is wrong.

So, what makes a dog lick paws until they’re raw? And what can you do to stop it?

Why Is My Dog Licking Its Paws?

Here are the four most common reasons that dogs lick their paws more than usual:

Dry Skin or Allergies

Hyperkeratosis is a common skin condition in dogs that results in thickened skin on dog paws. (It usually comes on in the first few years of your dog’s life.) All the excess keratin makes the paw pads extremely thick and dry to the point that even walking can be painful.

Weather and the elements can also put a beating on your dog’s paws. Without treatment, burnt or dry paw pads can crack or bleed over time. And when your dog licks itself, the injury could become infected.

When it comes to allergies, most anything is fair game. Food, chemicals in the yard, mold, pollen, certain types of carpet — you name it. When exposed, a dog’s skin can become red and extremely itchy. (According to BMC Veterinary Research, beef is the number-one allergen for dogs.)

And don’t forget fleas and ticks. Both can cause extremely itchy sores, especially if your dog is allergic.  

Yeast Infections

Yeast dermatitis is a common skin condition in dogs that causes the skin to overproduce oil and become extremely itchy. Then, when your dog scratches and starts licking paws, the yeast spreads. It’s a vicious cycle that often requires antifungal medication to control.

Besides itchiness and inflammation, one of the key symptoms of a yeast infection is rancid, rotten-smelling skin. (It smells really bad.) Dogs with a lot of skin folds, like Bulldogs and Pugs, are predisposed for this type of infection.

Pain and Arthritis

Dogs have a strong instinct to lick and clean their wounds. Even if the pain is somewhere other than their paws, they may lick them as a comforting mechanism. If you notice your dog is also reluctant to play, losing weight, or generally more grumpy than normal, take a trip to the vet.

Anxiety

If your dog is anxious or stressed, it might lick itself similar to the way humans bite nails when they’re nervous; it gives them relief. Take note if your pup starts licking at its paws around the same time every single day, like right before a nap or going to bed. That’s a big sign that the licking is behavioral. As long as there are no signs of injury (redness, swelling, hair loss, etc.), anxious licking isn’t a major cause for concern.

Consider your own stress level too — you might be the problem. A study from 2019 confirmed what most dog owners always knew to be true: Dogs can read non-verbal cues and empathize with owners’ anxiety.

 

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How to Stop Your Dog From Constantly Licking Its Paws

Before you can truly help your dog, it’s important to figure out what’s causing all the licking. Here are a few steps that will help you identify the underlying problem and determine if you should consult with your vet.

 

Check for injuries, debris, and bites

The first thing you should do is to inspect your dog’s paws. Do you see any glass or debris? Is a burr stuck between its toes? If the paw pad is cut or bleeding, then your dog is probably licking to clean the wound. If the paw pad is cracked or inflamed, it’s likely your pup is suffering from either dry skin, allergies, or a flea bite.

 

Treat symptoms with an all-natural balm or soaking bath

Chewing on irritated paws can make the problem worse, so it’s important to help your dog manage the symptoms while you investigate the root issue.

A soothing balm is one of the best ways to reduce itchiness and start the healing process. Once applied, try brushing or distracting your pup for about five to 10 minutes so that most of the balm soaks into the skin. Remember: Make sure to choose an all-natural balm that’s safe to consume when your dog’s licking paws.

A 15-minute soaking bath is another great option. Here are three all-natural recipes to try:

  1. Colloidal oatmeal. Yep, the same thing you bathed in as a kid with chicken pox works well for dogs too. We recommend using an oatmeal shampoo that’s hypoallergenic or labeled for dogs with sensitive skin. Very few shampoos are all natural, but those usually have the least amount of lower quality ingredients, like formaldehyde.
  2. Epsom salt. Salts can raise your dog’s natural pH level, which can help to kill bacteria that causes inflammation. Follow the directions on the product to determine the appropriate amount of salt and soaking time.
  3. Baking soda. Like salt, baking soda can impact skin pH and acts as an anti-inflammatory to soothe the skin. Plus, it’ll help freshen your dog’s coat as well!
 

Consult your veterinarian

If the paw licking hasn’t improved after a week or so, consult with your veterinarian. Some conditions, like allergies or hyperkeratosis, can be easily managed with good habits, soothing balms, and a limited ingredient. But others, like arthritis or GI diseases, require more intensive care and can be far more uncomfortable for your canine friend.

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All About Our Dog Dietary Supplements

We introduced dog dietary supplements!

We hope you’ve heard by now that Natural Dog Company now offers four varieties of vet-approved dog dietary supplements! While a dog’s food likely provides a well-rounded diet day in and day out, sometimes dogs experience joint pain, loss of fur, an upset stomach or may just need a daily multivitamin to round out their vitamin and nutrient intake. So, you spoke and we listened. We worked to bring you daily dog supplements made with the finest organic ingredients that are safe and beneficial for your dog — and tasty, too! Unlike all of our other products that are in fact, vegan, our supplements contain dog-approved ingredients like wild alaskan salmon, chicken, chicken liver and duck, complemented with spices and vegetables that create a flavor profile your dog will truly enjoy! 

 

Reasons you might consider giving your dogs dietary supplements: 

 

1. You dog has been diagnosed with a specific vitamin-deficiency disorder

If your dog’s vet has identified a weakness in your dog that is caused by a specific vitamin or mineral deficiency, it’s wise to give your dog a daily supplement to fulfill that need.

2. You cook your dog home-cooked meals

If you cook your dog home-cooked meals, they may lack well-rounded nutrition, just like we might if we aren’t getting all the minerals and nutrients we need each day from the food we eat. For this reason, it might be a good idea to include a dog multivitamin supplement like this one, to ensure your dog is receiving the proper amount of necessary nutrients.

3. You dog isn’t eating much or has a poor diet

If your dog doesn’t have much of an appetite, it might be necessary to introduce a daily supplement. A poor diet or loss of appetite can come with a dog’s old age, but  a multivitamin and other specific supplements can still ensure the dog is getting the proper nutrition that it needs.

 

Four Varieties to Choose From 

 

Skin and Coat

  • This dog dietary supplement contains rich fatty acids, DHA, wild Alaskan salmon oil, biotin, organic hemp seed, coconut oil and a blend of other essential vitamins.
  • What does all of this mean for your dog? These intentional ingredients can help prevent common dog skin allergies, as well as skin and fur irritations. These ingredients can also help boost a dog’s immune system and improve brain, vision and nervous system development.
  • How many chews should your dog take? Serving size is dependent on body weight.
    • Up to 25 lbs – 1 chew per day
    • 26-75 lbs – 2 chews per day
    • 75 + lbs – 3 chews per day

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Probiotic

  • This dog dietary supplement contains both prebiotics and probiotics, as well as vitamins and other necessary nutrients  — like pumpkin, vitamin C, vitamin E and a probiotic blend — that support healthy digestion in dogs.
  • What does this mean for your dog? These ingredients improve the absorption of dietary calcium, iron and other nutrients and help improve the digestion of particularly tough foods. If your dog has digestion problems, the daily Probiotic supplement might help.  
  • How many chews should your dog take? Serving size is dependent on body weight.
    • Up to 25 lbs – 1 chew per day
    • 26-75 lbs – 2 chews per day
    • 75 + lbs – 3 chews per day

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Multivitamin

  • This dog dietary supplement is chock full of premium organic ingredients like turmeric, hemp seed, cod liver oil, a multivitamin blend and a special enzyme blend to ease digestion.
  • What does this mean for your dog? The nutrients packed into the Multivitamin chew promote overall holistic dog health. The same ingredients provide anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and immune-boosting properties.
  • How many chews should your dog take? Serving size is dependent on body weight.
    • Up to 25 lbs – 1 chew per day
    • 26-75 lbs – 2 chews per day
    • 75 + lbs – 3 chews per day

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Hip and Joint

  • This dog dietary supplement contains wild Alaskan salmon oil, New Zealand Green Lipped Mussel and organic turmeric to relieve inflammation and digestion.
  • What does this mean for your dog? The ingredients included in this chew keep joints strong and provides joint relief for more mature dogs by reducing inflammation.
  • How many chews should your dog take? Serving size is dependent on body weight.
    • Up to 25 lbs – 1 chew per day
    • 26-75 lbs – 2 chews per day
    • 75 + lbs – 3 chews per day

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8 Summer Safety Tips for Dogs

The dog days of summer can be RUFF — especially for, well, your dog! They’re members of the family, too so it’s only natural that they tag along for all the summer fun. But as they do, it’s crucial as dog owners to make sure your four-legged friend is safe all summer long — from the heat, the insects, potential sunburns and more! So before the temperatures really start rising, become well-versed in all of our summer safety tips for your dog.

 

Tip #1: Water and shade

All summer long, inside or out, make sure your dog is getting plenty of water. Dogs warm up and become dehydrated quicker than we do, so having plenty of water around at all times is crucial. If you think your dog might be a bit dehydrated, look for dry gums, excessive drooling, bright red gums and wobbliness.  

 

Tip #2: Protect the paws

Sidewalks and asphalt get hot in the summer — hot enough that we likely couldn’t walk on them barefoot and be comfortably. So why would think dogs could? Their paw pads are thick, because they serve to protect, but they still experience wear and tear from heat, fertilizers, sand, sharp rocks and pebbles and more. Natural Dog Company’s PawTection can help protect their paws all summer long.

 

Tip #3: Don’t forget them in the car

This is a no-brainer. Don’t leave your dog in the car. Even when you think it’s not too hot outside, the inside temperature of a car is exponentially warmer. On a sunny, 70 degree day, a car’s internal temperature can reach 104 degrees within 30 minutes. Imagine how warm it would get in 85 degree weather or warmer. So all in all, don’t forget the pup!

 

Tip #4: Take them for walks in the morning and the evening

Heat strokes in animals during the summer is a real thing. There are many measures you can take as a dog owner to prevent heat stroke all together. Being strategic about when you take your dogs for longer walks is a great start. Take them for walks and exercise in the morning or in the evenings when things start to cool down. It will be a more pleasant, and safer experience for both of you.

 

Tip #5: Be mindful of sunburn

Just because your dog has fur doesn’t mean they are exempt from catching a painful sunburn. Find a pet sunscreen you can trust and slather it on areas that are more exposed to the sun like their ears, belly and nose. If their skin does look a bit red from the sun, soothe the skin with Natural Dog Company’s hydrating and soothing Skin Soother.

 

Tip #6: Maintain your dog’s grooming and haircuts

Keep the fur short and tidy to keep your dog cool! Every little bit of effort helps. Make those grooming appointments regularly during the hot summer months.

 

Tip #7: Protect them from mosquitoes and ticks

Mosquitoes and ticks come out to play in the summer, and unfortunately are another thing to worry about when trying to keep your dog safe all summer long. Check for ticks or unusual bite marks regularly and apply Natural Dog Company’s Skin Soother to irritated areas.

 

Tip #8: Keep them away from the 4th of July fireworks

Many dogs are incredibly afraid of fireworks. Some become so startled, they react by running away from home. For that reason, it’s best to keep the dog inside during Independence Day celebrations.

 

Be mindful of your dog being present along side you this summer and take measures to make him or her comfortable and safe!

How To Heal Paw Pad Hyperkeratosis, And What Causes “Hairy Dog Feet” In The First Place

Hyperkeratosis is a skin condition that makes your dog’s paw pads thick and crusty. It’s often referred to as “hairy dog feet” because it causes your dog’s paws to look like they are growing an abnormal layer of hair. (The same thing can occur to your dog’s nose but is known as nasal hyperkeratosis.)

As silly as that sounds, canine hyperkeratosis can be very painful for your dog and requires immediate attention.

There is no known cure for hyperkeratosis, but there are things you can do to make your pup’s life much more comfortable. For instance, Paw Soother® and PawTection provide your dog with all natural relief while reducing or eliminating the side effects.

What Causes Paw Pad Hyperkeratosis?

Hyperkeratosis is a condition (usually genetic) that makes a dog’s body produce too much keratin. It usually develops within the first year of a dog’s life, and it’s often the symptom of a more serious medical issue. Here are a few of the most common causes of paw pad hyperkeratosis:

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Paw Pad Hyperkeratosis

  • Leishmaniasis: This disease, usually spread by sandflies and other parasites, can affect a dog’s skin, abdominal organs, and fur. It can be treated by special medication that’s available from the CDC.
  • Pemphigus Foliaceus: A common autoimmune disease that often causes scab-like blisters. It can be diagnosed with a biopsy and treated with immunosuppressive drugs.
  • Zinc Responsive Dermatosis: Dogs with this disease can’t properly absorb zinc. This condition is treated with regular zinc supplements.
  • Canine Distemper: This virus is incredibly serious, and the survival rate is less than fifty percent. Fortunately, canine distemper is rare because most puppies receive vaccinations.

Here are a few breeds that are genetically predisposed to canine hyperkeratosis:

Golden Retrievers, Labradors, Dogues de Bordeaux, Bedlington Terriers, and Irish Terriers.

How To Treat Paw Pad Hyperkeratosis

There is no known cure for canine hyperkeratosis but there are simple steps you can take to help reduce symptoms and make your dog comfortable.

Step 1: Consult with your veterinarian

Canine hyperkeratosis is often the symptom of a more serious medical condition, like a nutritional deficiency or infection. If think your dog is suffering from hyperkeratosis, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian to investigate.

Hyperkeratosis is usually a secondary condition to another which may include infections (like distemper), nutritional deficiencies, inflammatory disease, and genetics, among other causes. Softening the paw pads with a lubricant and bandaging may help; however, you should visit your Veterinarian to see if there is a root cause which may be found to help with treatment. — Dr. Callum Turner, DVM

Excess keratin can be removed by professionals

In some cases, your vet will decide to cut away the excess keratin every few months or so. Without that layer of crust, walking is easier and your dog is much more comfortable.

Remember: It’s best to leave hyperkeratosis removal to the professionals.

Step 2: Reduce paw pad hyperkeratosis symptoms with a balm

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Paw Soother & Pawtection

Your next step is to reduce symptoms as much as possible so that your dog can walk comfortably. Paw Soother® is an all-natural balm that provides soothing relief right after you apply it on your dog’s paw pads. The rich and powerful ingredients go to work healing and moisturizing your dog’s skin, reducing symptoms of paw pad hyperkeratosis.

Once the symptoms are under control, we recommend PawTection: It’s a gentler formula used to maintain smooth and healthy paws. PawTection can be used as a first resort for more sensitive dogs or for less serious cases of paw pad hyperkeratosis.

See for yourself how the powers of Paw Soother® & PawTection go to work on your dog’s hyperkeratosis!

 

Is Tea Tree Oil Bad for Dogs?

Tea Tree oil is a very popular essential oil used in all sorts of products and for many purposes. It has natural antibacterial properties making it an effective solution for treating minor infections of the skin for humans, but what about the use of tea tree oil for pets? Using tea tree oil on dogs and cats has been linked to toxicity, but some pet products still include the essential oil in trace amounts. This is actually believed to safe. So is tea tree oil toxic or is it safe? There are two beliefs, but it basically boils down to how its used and how much of it is used on pets. Toxicity can occur if tea tree oil isn’t used with plenty of caution, but veterinarians assert that tea tree oil used in pet products in very trace amounts (.1% – 1%) is actually safe.

 

What is Tea Tree Oil?

Tea Tree Oil, also known as melaleuca oil, is an essential oil that comes from the leaf of the Australian tea tree. The oil is often applied topically to the skin to treat a variety of skin infections. Its antibacterial properties allow it to kill bacteria and fungus and heal certain skin issues. It can be effective in treating acne, nail fungus, athlete’s foot, other fungal infections and even lice. Tea tree oil, for the most part, is safe for humans, but you should never take it orally. It can be toxic when ingested. Although it’s totally safe to be used topically on humans, tea tree oil can sometimes cause minor skin irritation, stinging, redness, burning or dryness.

 

Tea tree oil has been used in certain products for pets like topical ointments. There is even tea tree oil shampoo to treat skin irritations the same way it does for humans. However, many wonder if it’s safe for pets in any amount.

 

Is Tea Tree Oil Safe for Dogs?

When diluted correctly, tea tree oil can be safe for dogs. The recommended amounts of tea tree oil deemed safe for dogs is 0.1-1.0 percent strength. If it’s in a pet product, it’s usually intended to treat minor skin irritations, hot spots, or bug bites and stings. However, tea tree oil becomes dangerous and toxic for dogs when used in high concentrations. High or pure concentrations should never be used on dogs or other pets, even though humans can usually use it with no glaring consequences.

 

With its growing popularity, consumers are more likely to purchase 100 percent tea tree oil and attempt to dilute it on their own. Often times the oil isn’t actually properly diluted and can be harmful to pets’ skin. This is especially dangerous if a cat or dog licks it off of their skin. Tea tree oil is extremely toxic to both humans and pets if ingested.

 

How is Tea Tree Oil Toxic to Dogs?

There are certain natural chemicals in tea tree oil called terpenes. Terpenes are the chemicals that give tea tree oil its antibacterial and antifungal properties, but they also are what can cause tea tree toxic. When terpenes come in contact with skin, they absorb very quickly. Tea tree oil applied to skin in high concentrations can result in the same toxicity as if it were ingested. For this reason, many pet owners decide to completely avoid the essential oil all together.

 

Side Effects of using tea tree oil on dogs

If a dog accidentally consumes tea tree oil, or if pure tea tree oil gets on a dog’s skin, he or she may experience minor side effects like drooling or vomiting. More severe cases of ingesting or absorbing tea tree oil can cause dogs to have seizures, tremors, or difficulty walking. If your dog experiences any of these side effects symptoms could last up to 12 hours and a veterinarian should be contacted immediately.

 

What to do if your dog experiences tea tree oil toxicity

In mild cases of tea tree oil toxicity, you can wash your dog’s skin with mild soap to relieve irritation. If your dog gets any severe symptoms we recommend consulting a veterinarian or a poison control center right away.

 

What is Natural Dog Company’s take on tea tree oil for dogs?

 

Some of our all-natural balms for dogs used to contain one tenth of a percent of tea tree oil.

 

Because the amounts used in our formulas were so miniscule, they never put dogs at risk. However, we stopped the use of tea tree oil in 2017 because some of our valued customers were concerned about the ingredient affecting the health of their dog. So, as always, we listened to the feedback and removed it from all of our formulas.

 

  

Key Takeaways

  • Undiluted tea tree on dogs is never recommended.
  • Natural Dog Company removed tea tree oil from our formulas in 2017 as customers expressed concern. None of our products contain tea tree oil.
  • Tea tree oil isn’t the only essential oil that can treat minor skin issues on dogs. Natural Dog Company products contain several other premium, organic ingredients that soothe, heal and protect dogs’ skin.

Dog Dry Skin and How to Treat It

Does your dog have dry, irritated and itchy skin? It can be quite frustrating and uncomfortable when it happens to us, humans, and although they can’t speak and express the same frustrations and concerns, dogs often experience dry skin issues, too. 

 

Lucky for us, when we notice our skin is a bit dry, we simply reach for healing lotions, creams and even exfoliants; or perhaps we take an oatmeal bath. But when dogs experience similar skin problems, they can’t just slather on lotion like we can. Because of this, we must pay close attention to the tell tale signs that let us know our dog is experiencing dry, itchy and irritated skin.

 

What is the underlying cause of a dog’s dry skin in the first place? And how can you fix it quickly and safely? You love your four-legged friend as if they were your child, so you obviously want the best for them and their health. If you have an itchy dog on your hands, it shouldn’t go ignored. While dry skin doesn’t seem like a huge concern, it can certainly allude to greater issues, like allergies, parasites, fleas or even more serious medical conditions. So before you can fix your dog’s dry skin, you must first determine the cause.

 

Dog dry skin: What causes it? 

 

Allergies

Dogs get allergies, too, just like we do. Their skin may have an allergic reaction to the food they eat, different grasses, fleas and flea saliva, chemicals on the ground or pollen during particularly difficult months for seasonal allergies. And all of these reactions can lead to skin issues, and dry, dehydrated skin in particular. An allergy to dog food is less common, while allergies to fleas and flea saliva is more prevalent, and can certainly be the reason your dog has dry skin. Flea saliva usually creates an allergic reaction as it enters the dog’s skin as the flea feeds. If you can actually see that your dog has fleas, this could explain why your dog’s skin is dry and itchy.

Skin Infections

Sometimes, skin, bacterial and fungal infections are to blame and those types of conditions should first be diagnosed by a veterinarian. Other initial causes of dry skin can lead to bacterial infections as the dog scratches and breaks the surface of the skin. This can easily allow bacteria to enter scratches and wounds they create, leading to a more serious skin condition or infection that requires medical attention from a veterinarian. Ringworm is one type of fungal infection that can cause your dog to have dryness and itchiness. A sign of a larger type of infection, made apparent by dry skin can be identified by redness, hot spots, inflammation, rashes and more.  

Parasites

If you’re noticing dry or flaky skin on your dog, unfortunately, parasites can’t totally be ruled out. Check with your dog’s veterinarian to make sure your dog doesn’t have parasites. After they cause dry skin, parasites can also cause mange or canine scabies — just another reason why seemingly simple skin issues shouldn’t be disregarded.

Cold, dry weather

Colder weather usually means drier skin. This is true for us, humans, and it’s also true for our dogs. While this isn’t as serious as some of the causes we discussed earlier, it can still create an extremely irritating and uncomfortable situation for your furry friend. Their skin simply dries out like ours does in the cold, dry winter months. It’s itchy and uncomfortable, and if left untreated, can lead to other skin conditions and issues like the bacterial and fungal infections mentioned earlier. For dry skin caused by wintery weather, there’s a quick, easy and natural fix. It’s Skin Soother brought to you by Natural Dog Company! Natural Dog Company’s Skin Soother contains organic coconut oil, cocoa butter, sweet almond oil, lavender, chamomile and other natural, nurturing ingredients that possess hydrating, healing and anti-inflammatory properties.

Irritating shampoos / soaps

Did you know that a dog’s skin is actually much more sensitive to random bath and body products, shampoos and soaps than ours? This is especially true when products used on your dog’s fur and skin contain harsh chemicals. Some of those chemical ingredients may do a good job of cleaning your dog’s fur, but they can be incredibly drying to their sensitive skin. Has your dog ever needed a bath and all you had to use was your human shampoo? If so, never use human shampoo on your dog again. The soaps and shampoos we use on or hair and body can be extremely irritating and harmful to dogs, even if they don’t show signs of that irritation right away — avoid using human shampoos and soaps on your dog altogether, even if it means a smelly pup has to wait for that much-needed bath. When desperate times call for desperate measures, settle for a warm water rinse until you can get your paws on dog grooming products that won’t irritate their skin. 

Yeast infections

Yeast often lives on dogs’ skin and can be the reason why their skin is overly dry and itchy. Yeast infections in dogs can cause them to scratch, experience hair loss and cause affected areas to be red and inflamed. Our specialty product, Skin Soother can also help yeasty paws and infections on dogs’ skin.

 

These causes are typically the most common for why dogs itch and have super dry skin. There are certainly less common causes as well, such as age, diet and certain autoimmune diseases. Older dogs, dogs who aren’t quite getting the proper nutrition they need and those with certain autoimmune diseases like Canine Lupus and Pemphigus are often more susceptible to dry, itchy and irritating skin.

 

Symptoms to look for if your dog has dry skin

  • Constant scratching
  • Rubbing up against furniture to relieve an itch
  • Visible dandruff and skin flaking on your dog and in their fur
  • Visible redness and and irritated skin
  • Scaly skin  
  • Hair loss
  • Inflammation and/or scabbing

 

How to treat your dog’s dry skin

Treating your pup’s dry skin depends on the cause. A proper diagnosis of why your dog’s skin is dry and itchy is important in treating the condition the right way. Does your dog need flea medicine? Do they need extra attention from their vet? Do they need an antibiotic to treat a more serious skin or bacterial infection? Determine how to treat the root of the problem and then use Natural Dog Company’s Skin Soother to further nurture, hydrate and heal dry skin on dogs. If the root of the dry skin is just dry, winter air or something less severe, a few applications of Skin Soother can do the trick to totally transform the area that needs a little TLC in the form of moisture and deep hydration.

 

 

Some immediate treatment options and tips for your dog with dry skin

 

Get rid of the fleas with medicine or treatment advised by your dog’s vet.

If you bathe your dog, use warm water, not hot. Hot water only dries a dog’s skin out more.

Soothe irritated, dry dog skin with Skin Soother.

 

So what should you actually use to provide relief for your dog? What’s the best dry dog skin remedy of them all? Instead of reaching for home remedies to treat and heal your dog’s skin, trust the soothing power of Skin Soother. It’s a special, hydrating balm specifically formualted for dog’s dehydrated skin — it’s safe for their skin that is significantly more sensitive than ours, and effective at transforming their dry, irritated skin in just a few applications. Healthy skin for your dog is on the horizon in no time with Skin Soother.

You may find research that suggests whipping up concoctions with apple cider vinegar, olive oil or giving your dog fish oil to protect or treat your dog’s dry skin — but why do that when you can have the perfect blend of soothing ingredients in one little container? Packed with vitamin E, organic coconut oil, organic sweet almond oil, organic safflower oil and other purposeful ingredients that will provide quick and comfortable relief for your dog’s dry skin, Skin Soother is a bestseller that dog owners reach for time and time again to provide quick comfort their best furry friends.  

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Why Does My Dog Lick Its Paws So Much?

You pay close attention to your dog because you love them. You’re obsessed and enamored and delighted with everything they do because they are your pride and joy, and with each and every move, your adoration just grows deeper and deeper. As you hang onto their every move, it’s important to know which habits and behaviors are normal for your pup and which ones could be signs of more serious issues. One such habit that we get lots and lots of questions about is the constant licking and chewing of their paws:

“Why does my dog lick its paws so much?!”

 

Is it a normal grooming habit? Is it a normal behavior in dogs that may just suggest boredom? Or is it a more serious issue that needs to be properly addressed? While dogs and cats naturally groom themselves, all four paws included, excessive licking of their paws actually isn’t so natural after all. If you’ve noticed that your dog has started licking their paws, and well, hasn’t really stopped since, it’s worth the read to find out the cause, whether or not a visit to the vet is required and the treatment.

 

More often than not, the constant, excessive licking of paws is due to extreme itchiness. Unbearably itchy paws and paw pads cause your dog to seek relief by licking and chewing nonstop. To protect your pet’s health, it’s important to determine what exactly is causing the your dog’s itchy paws in the first place. Then you can treat the root cause of your dog licking paws.

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7 Reasons For Your Dog Licking Paws

 

Yeast infections or food allergies

Yeast infections or food allergies can occur from dog food not containing enough meats and proteins that dogs, natural carnivores, need in their diets. Many types of dog foods don’t contain adequate amounts of meat, and are instead filled with grains, carbs, chemicals, preservatives and vegetables. The lack of protein and meat, paired with harmful fillers and artificial ingredients can cause dogs to lick their paws excessively. Why? Yeast infections are the probable cause.

 

Dogs’ bodies, like all of ours, contain yeast in their guts. The yeast remains balanced when their immune systems are strong and healthy, and fueled by the foods that their bodies truly need. As mentioned earlier, a dog needs meaty proteins like beef and chicken, but sadly, many popular and affordable dog foods don’t do a great job of providing that for man’s best friend. So often times, the yeast in a canine’s gut tract is thrown out of balance and causes them to itch. If a dog has “yeasty paws” our number one solution is Skin Soother, which possesses powerful yeast, fungal and bacteria fighting properties. 

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When they do get yeasty paws, dogs can experience intense itching on their paws and between their toes, and naturally develop the urge to lick them. It’s really the only way they know how to temporarily relieve itch or pain on their paws. Obviously, one might assume that the constant licking does more harm than good — and they’d be correct.

 

Excessive paw licking and chewing can cause redness and swelling, raw skin, bleeding, red and irritated skin between toes and even changes in a dog’s fur. When yeast is out of whack in dogs, the pH levels of their saliva actually changes too, which is why you might notice pink or red-ish fur on their paws as they continue to lick and chew.

 

Allergies

Dogs are very similar to us in that they suffer from a lot of the same things that we do! Take for instance — allergies. Their paws could be itchy and irritated from allergies to grass and pollen from various outdoor plants. And while it’s rather impossible to prevent their contact with grass altogether, there is a simple way to relieve their itch from outdoor allergies. The Itchy Paw Pack has everything you need to protect,  prevent and treat dry, itchy and irritated paws. PawTection, in particular, creates a protective barrier against outside elements, pollen and allergens that can potentially irritate dogs’ paws. 

 

I Am In Utter Shock! He Stopped Licking Within the First Day!

I am in utter shock! Odin suffers from environmental allergies and since we have moved to Washington his paws have gotten really bad probably from the constant wet ground here. I noticed he had been licking them and decided to check them out and they were bad! Missing hair, really red and inflamed, and oozing. The worst I had ever seen them get. I had seen before and after pictures of dogs with inflamed paws, so I figured I would give the Skin Soother a shot (next step was to a vet). I noticed he stopped licking within the first day. So I kept at it. Applying it at least 3-4 times a day. It’s been just about three weeks since we started using it and figured I would do another exam and was shocked to see the hair had almost grown back completely and no redness or ooziness. This stuff is amazing and saved us a costly trip to the vet!

-Kayla Conner, Tacoma, Washington

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Anxiety or Boredom

It’s true — dogs experience bouts of anxiety, too. They tend to become anxious when they are left alone for long periods of time, when they are bored, feeling depressed or are becoming ill. Licking their paws is often a way that dogs comfort themselves. However, excess licking can cause eventual irritation and possible bacterial infections of the skin.

 

Bacterial infection

Whether your dog is licking its paws because they itch, hurt or because he or she simply feels like it, constantly licking can cause secondary skin issues for them, like bacterial infections. Typically, this type of skin issue is a medical problem that should be examined by your dog’s veterinarian. He or she might prescribe antibiotics and then suggest ways to prevent irritation in the future. Additionally, Natural Dog Company’s Skin Soother, which possesses powerful and effective bacteria-fighting properties, can soothe and heal skin infections that develop on dogs’ paws due to excessive licking.

 

Pain

Dogs tend to pay obvious attention to areas of their bodies that are injured and in pain. Scratching, licking or chewing injured paws can make them temporarily feel better. So, simply check your dog’s paws and paw pads for injuries, cuts, cysts or even foreign bodies that don’t belong — like splinters, glass or thorns, and be sure to observe your dog for limping. Too much licking due to pain can even cause “lick granuloma”, painful ulcers that appear on the skin, so look out for those types of sores, too. Even if you can’t see any objects causing pain, look for red or swollen areas and seek veterinary attention if necessary.

 

Dry Skin

Just like our skin becomes dry, cracked and irritated, so can a dog’s. Reasons for dry skin varies, and dog’s are affected in many similar ways. The heat in our homes, the cold, dry outdoor weather and certain products can dry out a dog’s skin and paws. Avoid excess bathing and especially avoid products that contain harsh chemicals and preservatives — they have no place in a dog’s grooming routine. For overly dry skin, apply Paw Soother once per day. To reduce the chances of this nourishing paw protection rubbing off on carpets, beds and rugs, apply it at night when your dog is naturally settling in for a night’s sleep. This will allow the product to penetrate deeply and reveal desirable results after just a few applications.

De-icing Salts, Pesticides and Other Outdoor Chemical Elements

Dogs’ paws come in contact with a lot of things. (Don’t think about that for too long — we’re here to discuss why your dog won’t stop licking his or her paws, after all.) If your dog is licking his paws and they look irritated and itchy, they may have come in contact with chemical or abrasive irritants like lawn pesticides, deicing salts on the sidewalk, fertilizer, sand from the beach and more. Some of these chemical elements can be irritating and drying to a dog’s delicate skin and paw pads, and may be the reason why he or she won’t stop licking.  

 

Prevent and Treat Dry, Itchy, Irritated Paws

Stop your dog’s paw itchiness and relieve the irritation that all the licking and chewing has caused with one of Natural Dog Company’s best selling solutions — Paw Soother. It’s an organic, vegan and natural product that heals, soothes and treats dry, irritated dog paws regardless of the cause — weather, allergies, diet, harmful elements or infections or injuries.

 

Dogs will continue to lick their paws until they are treated with a product like Paw Soother, that can bring their paws back to a healthy, hydrated and spongy state. So first, determine the cause of all the excessive paw licking. Next, apply Natural Dog Company’s Paw Soother to bring their adorable paws back to life and restore comfort to your four legged best friend!

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For added protection and prevention of dry, irritated dog paws, try PawTection, a blend of natural oils and waxes that create a safe and natural barrier between your dog’s paws and elements that can irritate and dry them out.

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Is Your Dog Suffering from Stinky Lip Fold Dermatitis? Here’s Why & What You Can Do!

A serious case of lip fold dermatitis is often distinguishable by smell alone—it can smell terrible! It’s not uncommon for dog owners to mistake the stench for bad breath. If “bad breath” persists even when your dog’s mouth is closed, and/or you take good care of your dog’s oral health, lip fold dermatitis might be the issue. Not only can inflamed and irritated skin folds around the mouth start to smell bad, but also, this condition can be painful to your dog. Without treatment, the issue will likely get worse and turn into a more serious condition such as pyoderma, which is a bacterial infection and skin disease.

Skin fold dermatitis can show up on several parts of your dog’s body. Lip Fold Dermatitis shows up around the mouth in between folds, wrinkles and saggy skin. Be on the lookout for:

  • Persistent moisture or discharge
  • Red, inflamed or otherwise irritated skin
  • A foul or musty odor

Does Your Dog Have Saggy Lips, a Droopy Muzzle, or a Wrinkly Face?

lip fold dermatitisShar Pei, Basset Hound, Bulldog—just about any dog breed with an adorably smushed-up face is prone to lip fold dermatitis. While saggy skin or a droopy muzzle make your dog’s face uniquely adorable, they also put your dog at a predisposition to lip fold dermatitis.

The deeper the creases and saggier the lips, the more likely dirt, debris, water, and food are to get caught in folds. These dark moist places are ideal for bacteria to thrive, especially when you add food and debris to the mix—did someone say there’s a feast on the side of Fido’s mouth?

Just imagine all the things your dog’s mouth encounters each day. From food, to dirt, to his own drool, so much stuff can get caught in lip folds. Regular cleaning can help keep debris out of skin folds, thus reducing the risk of infection, irritation, and foul odors.

But even top-notch cleaning practices can fail to solve all potential issues. This is especially true for extra deep creases, when the upper tooth sits directly on the lower lip, and for dogs that drool a lot. In some cases, hygiene has nothing to do with the issue. Instead, the stinky trouble can result from an allergy to a certain food or a plastic dish—just to name two potential culprits.

So, What Can You Do About It? Lip Fold Dermatitis Treatment

Regularly cleaning out your dog’s lip folds and other facial wrinkles is key to preventing an accumulation of materials that are irritating and serve as food for bacteria. The problem can become painful, causing your dog to shy away from you when you try to clean the area. If the problem is severe, it’s important to visit your veterinarian because an antibiotic may be necessary to combat the underlying infection.

  • Shave the area around your dog’s mouth so it’s easier to clean, medicate, and keep track of progress.
  • Apply a gentle dog-friendly ointment such as Wrinkle Balm to the area on a regular basis.

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What is Lip Fold Surgery?

If nothing works and the inflammation, irritation, and stink persist, your veterinarian may suggest lip fold surgery.

Lip fold surgery is an option when nothing else works and you simply can’t manage the issue on your own. The goal of the surgery is to eradicate lip folds altogether. It can also be used to prevent drooling for cosmetic purposes, but that’s a story for another day.

The procedure entails snipping and removing a part of the lip fold and then stitching it back up. After all is said and done, it should form a normal lip with no folds. While this may sound terribly painful, it’s not as bad as you might be imagining. Dogs can typically eat food the day after surgery. Still, they can’t chew on anything for around a month and must resist rough-play for several weeks.

Wrinkle Balm Treats Lip Fold Dermatitis in Dogs

Wrinkle Balm helps keep dirt, grime, and muck out of lip folds so that your smush-face pup can get close to you all the time without you hollering: “EWW, what’s that smell!?” As mentioned before, lip fold dermatitis can be rather painful, so treating the issue also helps provide relief to your dog.

Wrinkle Balm is specially formulated to reduce irritation and infection of wrinkles—including the folds around your dog’s mouth. It is made from 100% all-natural and safe ingredients so you don’t have to worry about your dog licking it or ingesting some.

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How to Know if Your Dog Has a Tail Pocket

We’ve written extensively about tail pocket infections and how to naturally clean tail pockets, but today we are going to explain how to tell if your dog has a tail pocket. After all, the first step to keeping tail pockets clean and free of infection is knowing that your dog has one. Dogs who appear to have no tail, a very small stub of a tail, or a corkscrew tail, may have a tail pocket hiding back there. English Bulldogs, American bulldogs, French bulldogs, and some pugs are the most common breeds with tail pockets. Yet, not all bulldogs have one so you’ll have to check for it.

What is a Tail Pocket?

tail pocketBulldogs, pugs and other wrinkly dog breeds have sweet little folds from their nose to their paws. While facial wrinkles are incredibly noticeable, the tail pocket can be a more discreet wrinkle. In fact, many owners don’t realize their dog even has a tail pocket until it develops a stinky infection or the dog shows signs of irritation. This does not make you a bad dog owner—that little tail pocket is great at hiding out!

A tail pocket is a dimple or indentation located beneath (or on top of) your dog’s tail. This well-hidden wrinkle collects all kinds of dirt and debris as your dog goes about his day rolling in the dirt, climbing under dusty furniture (whose furniture is dusty?! Not mine!), and so forth. By overlooking this area, dirt and debris mix with moisture and next thing you know the tail pocket is irritated, inflamed, and infected. It can even develop a terrible smell, easily blamed on your dog’s nearby butthole—but it’s really the tail pocket to blame.

How to Find Your Dog’s Tail Pocket

Puppies may not develop a tail pocket until they reach 6 months or older, around the time they start to fill out. That’s why it’s important to re-check for a tail pocket after your dog is fully grown.

To find it, gently stick your finger beneath your dog’s little tail/stub and you’ll know right away if there’s a pocket for your fingers to fit inside. Most dogs find it rather ticklish and will get a little squirmy on you. If you rub your finger around in there you’ll notice some hair and other debris will come off. That means it’s time for a good cleaning! We recommend reading our blog about how to clean your dog’s tail pocket.

What’s That Brown Stuff?

Do you notice stinky brown stuff coming off your dog’s behind, perhaps even leaving stains on your furniture and floors? This may indicate a minor infection of the tail pocket so you want to act quickly to resolve the issue. There is a chance it is anal gland fluids, but you should know after you locate the tail pocket and put your fingers inside (oh the joys of being a dog parent!).

The first step is to clean out the tail pocket, but simply giving your dog a bath won’t do the trick. The tail pocket requires special attention, daily cleanings, and some type of soothing anti-bacterial balm or medicated wipes.

What About Surgery to Remove the Tail?

tail pocketIn some cases, the tail pocket is so tight that no matter what owners do they can’t keep the tail pocket truly clean and free of infection. If this is the case, your vet may recommend surgery to remove the tail. I have heard some success stories from doing this, and it’s a rather common practice in the bulldog world. It won’t get you out of regularly cleaning your dog’s bum, but the persistent infections typically come to a halt without a deep and tight space for debris and bacteria to congregate.

Who doesn’t want to avoid surgery if they can? So, before putting your dog under the knife, give Wrinkle Balm a try….

Wrinkle Balm to the Rescue!

Wrinkle Balm is gentle, effective, and made from all natural ingredients with anti-fungal properties that work against bacteria, crusty buildup, and yeast. It is specially formulated for sensitive areas like your dog’s tail pocket. After you clean your dog’s tail pocket, apply a generous layer of the balm into the crevice to keep your pup feeling (and smelling) fresh and clean.

Did we mention Wrinkle Balm was voted a 2016 Fave Find by Modern Dog Magazine?

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Dog Ear Irritation & Ear Fungus: A Simple Solution to a Common Malady

Is your dog constantly scratching at his or her ears? Dog ear irritation is common and can be sparked by a variety of things, including a fungal or yeast infection of the ear.

Signs of dog ear irritation include:

  • Scratching and pawing at ears
  • Head shaking
  • Red or swollen ears
  • Unusual odor coming from ears

What Causes Dog Ear Irritation & Dog Ear Fungus?

Most dog ear infections are caused by yeast and bacteria. Ear mites are another common problem (especially with puppies) that may need to be eliminated. Your vet can swab your pet’s ears for a sample to view under a microscope and determine the type of microorganism to blame.

Dogs who spend a lot of time swimming are more prone to ear issues because water can become trapped in the ear. Moisture from grooming or bathing may also be to blame. Any type of moisture in the ear canal creates an ideal environment for microorganisms to thrive. It’s important to clean ears and remove moisture on a regular basis.

Another possible cause of dog ear irritation is an allergy to something in your dog’s environment, for instance certain plants, pollen, mold, dust mites, and even certain foods can spark ear infections.  Dogs that are predisposed to ear infections may undergo a reaction to allergens in which microscopic inflammation of the skin occurs, creating an ideal environment for bacteria and yeast, which are naturally present in the skin, to overproduce and create irritation and infection.

#1 Home Remedy for Dog Ear Irritation & InfectionDog Ear Irritation

No matter if your dog’s ear infection is caused by an allergy or moisture exposure, the first step is to clean out their ears using a gentle cleanser. Be prepared for the fact that this can be rather painful. Fill the ear canal with the solution and then use a cotton ball to massage the ear at the base. The cotton allows the liquid to move throughout the ear canal, absorbing debris and excess solution. Once the ear is clean, let it dry for about 10 minutes. Once dry, you can add a medicated ointment or drop, such as Wrinkle Balm.

Wrinkle Balm is made from all-natural ingredients that are carefully sourced for the love of dogs.  Apply a generous amount of Wrinkle Balm to the affected area and your pup’s ears will improve. It’s safe to apply on the underside of the ear, but avoid applying the balm inside the ear canal.

Products to avoid using on your dog’s ears:

  • Small Q-Tip swabs
  • Rubbing alcohol—this will further irritate and inflame skin

If your dog’s ears do not improve or seem to be getting worse, make an appointment with your veterinarian as soon as possible.

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Dog Bath 101: How Often Should I Wash My Dog?

“Dog bath time!” you say, just as your pup darts away at full-speed. Not all dogs enjoy bath time, and not all humans enjoy giving their dog a bath. After all, the process can get rather wet and messy. As fellow dog owners, we get it… but as tedious as this chore may be, it’s still necessary. So, just how often is often enough for a dog bath? And, is there such thing as giving too many dog baths?

Wash Your Dog Enough, But Not Too Much

Dogs groom themselves with their tongue on a regular basis, a process that helps facilitate the growth of hair follicles while supporting skin health. Still, that doesn’t mean your dog is in the clear when it comes to bath time. Bathing can help supplement the self-grooming process when done right. Bathing your dog with the wrong shampoo, or even too frequently, can have negative drawbacks.

Indoor dogs with healthy skin typically require as little as a few baths per year. On the other hand, dogs with skin allergies or other medical conditions may require more frequent baths. A dog who spends a lot of time outdoors getting down and dirty is going to need more time in the tub than a dog who spends most of his days sleeping on a clean couch.

Other factors that influence how often your dog needs a bath include:

  • Their breed
  • Coat and skin condition
  • Activity level
  • Natural environment where they spend most of their time

Dog Bath Specifics Depend on Breed

Dog breed influences how often to give a bath and even what processes to use. For instance, a dog with a thick shedding coat requires a lot of brushing prior to soaking and moisturizing. They need to be brushed again post-bath, and may also need a dog conditioner.

Conduct a quick Google search or talk to your veterinarian about the best bathing practices for your dog’s specific breed; taking their health, lifestyle, and other conditions into consideration as well.

Signs Your Dog Needs a Bath

  • He or she smells
  • Your dog is covered in mud or dirt after rolling around outside (brush first before bathing)
  • Dog skin is dry or irritated, baths help remove allergens that promote irritation
  • He or she comes into contact with a known allergen or irritant

Can You Bathe Your Dog Too Much?

Yes, it is possible (and rather common) to give too many dog baths. For the most part, dogs don’t need more than one bath a month. Too many baths can cause your dog’s natural coat oils to strip away, leaving their skin irritated and their coat lackluster.

Using the Right Shampoo for a Dog Bath

The soap or shampoo you use to bathe your dog can make all the difference. Human shampoos should not be used on dogs because humans and dogs have unique pH levels. As a result, using human shampoo on dogs can leave pH levels out of whack, leading to issues.

Even if a shampoo is made for dogs, it doesn’t mean it’s necessarily a good option for your dog. Always read the ingredients and search for dog shampoos made from all natural ingredients. Avoid shampoos with artificial colors or scents, as these can irritate dogs.

Dry, flaky dog skin?

Natural Dog’s Silky Soft Shampoo Bar is exactly what your dog needs to combat dry and flaky skin. This all-natural organic dog shampoo is specially formulated to deeply nourish your dog’s skin, promoting a silky-smooth coat.

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Itchy, inflamed, or irritated skin?

Natural Dog’s Spruce Up Pup Shampoo Bar is the perfect option to help combat certain skin issues. Made from a combination of organic essential oils, this dog shampoo offers cleaning properties, as well as anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and antibacterial qualities. The result? A pleasant-smelling soap that soothes on contact and helps heal and hydrate dog skin. All while leaving your pup’s coat smooth and delightfully scented.

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6 Tips for Dog Bath Success

  1. Use lukewarm water to bathe your dog.
  2. Instead of filling up the bathtub, use a handheld detachable shower head to make things easier, and a little less messy.
  3. Never use human shampoo on your dog—even if it’s all natural.
  4. Massage shampoo into your dog’s fur for a couple minutes before rinsing. This is more effective than simply leaving shampoo to sit.
  5. Brush your dog before and after a bath.
  6. Cushion the bath area with plenty of towels to limit mess and to have something readily available to dry your dog post-bath. You know, before he has a chance to scamper away and make a wet mess out of your house.

 

Stinky, Red, or Irritated Dog Wrinkles? It Might Be Skin Fold Dermatitis

Are you in love with a pug, English bulldog, French bulldog, or any wrinkly dog for that matter? If yes, you pawsitively need to know about Skin Fold Dermatitis. As its name suggests, this skin condition impacts skin folds—from facial wrinkles to tail pockets. Wrinkly dogs and brachycephalic breeds with short, flat faces and skin folds are more prone to this condition. Fortunately, this common canine skin disease can be prevented with proper wrinkle cleaning and care.

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Signs & Symptoms of Skin Fold Dermatitis

  • Skin Irritation, hair loss
  • Red or raw-looking skin between creases
  • Foul odor
  • Secondary skin infection (pyoderma)
  • Scratching, licking, or chewing

While wrinkly faces are commonly impacted, so too are folds near tail pockets (tail fold dermatitis), as well as on the belly near private areas in female dogs (vulvar tail fold dermatitis).

What’s Lurking In Between Your Dog’s Wrinkles?

Think of all the things that can get trapped in dog wrinkles throughout a normal day. Every time your dog eats or drinks, tiny particles of food and water can dive between wrinkles and lead to irritation or infection. Not only are wrinkles great at trapping things, but also, your dog’s adorable wrinkles offer the perfect dark, moist, warm, and isolated space for bacteria to thrive.

Fight Back Against Skin Fold Dermatitis

The first step to resolving infected or irritated wrinkles is to clean them out and apply a topical antimicrobial medication. Repeat this process at least once a day even after you see improvements.

If your dog is itching, chewing, or licking the affected area, it only makes the problem worse. A soothing balm made specifically for dogs can help reduce discomfort so your dog stops messing with the area long enough for it to start healing.

Visit your veterinarian if your dog is not getting better or if their condition worsens. In rare and extreme instances, abnormal skin folds may be removed via surgery.

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Clean Wrinkles are Healthy Wrinkles

To maintain healthy and stink-free wrinkles, clean them often—we’re talking one to two times each day. This will help prevent the buildup of debris, dirt, and bacteria that lead to infection and irritation in the first place.

To clean wrinkles:

  • Use a clean moist towel to gently clean out wrinkles and remove debris.
  • Go back through using a clean dry towel to remove any moisture left behind.

Moisture increases the risk of irritation and infection, so it’s important to keep wrinkles clean and dry. If your dog tends to splash more water than she consumes, you may need to wipe down her face more often throughout the day. The same goes for messy eaters and dogs who love to roll in the dirt.

How to Naturally Treat & Prevent Skin Fold Dermatitis

Wrinkle Balm was specially formulated to treat Skin Fold Dermatitis. Natural Dog Company’s all-natural balm soothes on contact while offering powerful, yet gentle, anti-fungal properties to battle bacteria, yeast, and crusty buildup. Packed with vitamins and antioxidants, Wrinkle Balm improves skin fold condition while preventing future outbreaks. Because dog wrinkles are too doggone cute to stink!

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How to Help Your Dog Heal from an Interdigital Cyst (Furuncle)

An interdigital cyst, technically known as an interdigital furuncle, is a painful lesion or growth found between dog toes.  These irritating growths tend to represent pyogranulomatous inflammation and are generally not cystic, which is why they are properly known as interdigital furuncles.

If your dog is chewing his paws or limping check out each paw pad to see what’s going on. The earlier you catch these lesions, the better. Signs of interdigital cysts (furuncles) include:

  • A red bump/fleshy welt between toes
  • A hairless bump
  • An ulcerated sore

What Causes Interdigital Cysts (Furuncles)?

interdigital cystsThere are many factors that may contribute to the development of interdigital furuncles. The most common cause is a deep underlying infection. Although, the cause of the infection can relate to a variety of things. Everything from allergies and mites to ingrown hairs and poor foot conformation can contribute to the issue.

Certain dog breeds are more prone to the development of interdigital cysts, such as the Chinese Shar-Pei, Labrador Retriever and English Bulldog. While any dog can develop one, it is more common in dogs who have short hairs between the webbing of their toes and/or protuberant interdigital webbing. These short hairs can easily become pushed down into hair follicles. This can lead to inflammation of the skin and the potential for a secondary bacterial infection. It is less common, but possible, for a foreign material to become lodged into the skin.

Reoccurring interdigital furuncles may be a result of Atopic Dermatitis or demodicosis (mange).

What is the Treatment Process?

Your vet may extract cells from the lesion to send off to a lab for further testing. This can help confirm the issue is not cancer, and identify the type of bacteria present. Your vet may also scrap the area checking for demodex mites.

The treatment process can take up to 12+ weeks! Don’t let it frustrate you—and keep in mind, in most cases, it is not beneficial to go with exploratory or invasive surgery. You can surgically remove the webbing between your dog’s toes but this doesn’t necessarily address the underlying issue and can create further paw troubles.

Before resorting to extreme measures, give the interdigital furuncle plenty of time to heal naturally. In almost all cases, and especially when caught on time and properly treated, interdigital cysts eventually subside and heal.

There are different treatment measures available based on the underlying cause, including:

  • Soaking paws in Epsom salts 2x each day
  • Allergy testing followed by removing allergens from environment
  • Regularly cleaning and shampooing paws
  • Visiting a veterinary dermatologist specialist
  • Checking for thyroid disease—and treating accordingly if this is the issue
  • Using an E-collar to reduce chewing
  • Reducing your dog’s weight
  • Apply Skin Soother 2-3x per day

Skin Soother for Interdigital Cysts (Furuncles)

Skin Soother is well-suited to help tackle these irritating growths between your dog’s toes. The all-natural balm is packed with healing herbs that soothe on contact while providing antibacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.

The Skin Soother stick makes it easy to apply 2-3x per day. Within no time, your pup’s paws should start to feel better. Even after the interdigital cyst heals, Skin Soother can be continually applied to help prevent and minimize future occurrences.

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Is There an All Natural Tear Stain Remover for Dogs?

Looking for an all-natural tear stain remover? You’ve come to the right place!

Dog tear stains are a common problem—I see so many dogs with the classic reddish-brown streaks staining their otherwise picture-perfect faces. Wrinkle Balm is an all-natural tear stain remover that provides additional soothing benefits to your dog’s precious face. Plus, it’s made from carefully sourced ingredients that are safe for sensitive pups.

What Causes Dog Tear Stains?

Your dog’s eyes are outfitted with tiny holes intended to drain away discharge down the throat. If your dog is constantly looking at you with a tear stained face, the natural drainage system is not properly doing its job. But why?

Most commonly tear stains result from improper tear drainage or allergies/irritants in your dog’s environment that cause eyes to produce excess discharge. In addition, there are certain conditions of the eye that can lead to excess drainage, such as eye infections, issues of the eyelashes or eyelids, and glaucoma. A past eye infection or injury may also be to blame, as scar tissue can develop over portions of tear duct passageways.

Even the shape of your dog’s eyes and face can impact tear drainage functionality, hence why certain breeds are more prone to this pesky issue. For instance:

  • Dogs with long hair on their face (especially around the eyes) are more prone to a buildup of discharge.
  • Dogs with shallow eye sockets lack the depth to absorb tears, allowing moisture to spill out onto the fur.
  • Eyelids that turn inward are prone to blockages of drainage holes.

You are more likely to notice tear stains on a lighter colored dog. Short-nosed breeds are more prone to excessive tearing. Facial wrinkles, shallow eye sockets and facial hair can all contribute to the issue as well.

Tear Stain Treatment for Wrinkly Dog Faces

Wrinkly dogs tend to be more prone to a buildup of tear stains because of their face shape. Tears can seep into wrinkles, adding moisture to an environment already prone to infections that can stink worse than your dog’s anal glands! It’s important to clean between wrinkles several times per day to remove moisture and debris and reduce the risk of irritation and bacterial or yeast infection. Wrinkle Balm soothes sensitive skin on contact, simultaneously helping to combat yeast, bacteria, and crusty build up.

Your dog doesn’t have to possess a wrinkly face to benefit from Wrinkle Balm.

Wrinkle Balm to the Rescue! The All Natural Tear Stain Solution

Wrinkle Balm is an effective all-natural tear stain solution. Originally patented to treat irritated, dry, infected, or stinky wrinkles, Wrinkle Balm is also champion at reducing tear stains. Wrinkle Balm helps wipe away pesky tear stains so your pup’s face regains its fresh puppy-like glow. Since tear stains are around the eyes, and the eyes are sensitive, it’s important to apply Wrinkle Balm no closer than ½” from the eye.

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French Bulldog Wrinkles: How to Prevent Foul-Smelling, Irritated Infections

French bulldogs are SO stinking cute—at the very sight of one I drop to the ground and squeal. Those wiggly round bodies and uniquely adorable faces, made even cuter by their wrinkles… until their wrinkles start to stink. If you think about it, wrinkles are kind of like caves—or rather, a shelter for the microscopic world of bacteria all around us. Every time your dog eats, drinks or sweats, food, moisture, and debris fill  the “cave” and bacteria feast. Without regular cleaning, it’s easy to see how French bulldog wrinkles are so prone to infection and irritation.

How many times a day should you wash French bulldog wrinkles?

The first step to preventing stinky or infected wrinkles is to wash and dry them often. Not washing French bulldog wrinkles puts dogs at risk of real health problems, and discomfort too.

Most veterinarians agree you should clean out your dog’s wrinkles at least once a day. Exact frequency depends on your dog, for instance if your dog is a messy eater or slurps water, they may need their face and wrinkles cleaned more often.

Some of the best times to clean your dog’s wrinkles:

  • After eating a meal
  • When your dog comes in from a walk or playing outside, or whenever they’ve had their face in the dirt
  • Before your dog goes to bed at night

How to clean your dog’s wrinkles

It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3!

  1. Use a clean moist washcloth to remove dirt and debris between wrinkles. Pay close attention to each wrinkle, especially deep ones.
  2. Gently run back through using a clean, soft and dry towel to remove any lingering moisture.
  3. Apply a soothing wrinkle cream for dogs to help reduce discomfort and promote healing.

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Long Lasting Natural Dog Chews: Here are 4 Things to Look Out For

Are you trying to find healthy natural dog chews you can feel good about giving your pup? Naturally, you want something with quality ingredients that doesn’t present a choking hazard, cause digestive upset, or stain all the rugs, furniture, and blankets in your home.

It’s no secret that many chew treats out there are not good for your dog’s health. In fact, some can even put your dog’s life at risk. At Natural Dog Company, we are all about treating dogs like family, and that includes providing them with quality natural dog chews they can enjoy and benefit from. You can help protect your dog from low quality dog chews by looking out for these 4 things!

1. Does it contain rawhide?

Natural Dog ChewsWhile rawhide has been a well-known go-to dog chew for years, it’s terrible for dogs. Rawhide is not dehydrated meat, instead it is made from the skin of an animal, which means it’s really a leather chew. Dogs cannot digest rawhide, which can lead to digestive issues and choking. In serious cases, abdominal surgery is necessary to extract chunks of rawhide from the intestines or stomach. Unresolved blockages can lead to death.

2. Does it contain artificial dyes or flavoring?

Dog chew treats are often coated in artificial dyes and flavors. “They can even be painted with a coating of titanium oxide to make them appear white and pretty on the pet store shelves,” reports whole-dog-journal.com.

Always check the ingredients and if there’s something you’re unsure about, give it a quick search before feeding it to your dog.  Steer clear of treats that don’t specify what type of protein (or animal) is used, as well as treats packing high levels of salt, or any artificial colors or flavoring.

3. Does the dog chew offer any health benefits?

Sure, a yummy dog chew can keep your dog distracted enough to ignore your new loafers, but why not expect something more?  Look for natural dog chews with a little something extra. For instance, Himalayan Gnawer, our all-natural dog chew, actively improves dental health, reduces plaque and tarter build up, and strengthens teeth.

4. Is it going to make a mess? (because we gotta look out for you too!)

Your dog might not care if his or her coat is stained an odd shade of yellow or brown from a dog chew… but you’re going to mind when it’s all over your new white pants or sofa. As you likely already know, a lot of dog chews leave behind stains. Always check to make sure the dog chews you invest in are advertised as stain and mess-free.

Long Lasting All-Natural Dog Chew: Himalayan Gnawer

We are proud to report, our all-natural Himalayan Gnawer dog chews meet all the requirements outlined above, and more!

  • Made from all natural ingredients—no grains or gluten; no preservatives; no chemicals
  • Proteins come from free-range animals raised without the use of chemicals, GMO feeds, hormones, or antibiotics
  • 100% digestible
  • Improves dental health
  • Mess free—no stains!
  • Long lasting, available in different sizes to accommodate unique breeds

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How to Treat Dog Eczema So Fido Stops Scratchin’

Eczema creates irritation and inflammation of the outer layers of skin. Some of the most common signs of dog eczema include itching, redness or irritation, hair loss, and pustules—just to name a few.  Overall, it can cause a lot of discomfort and lead to constant licking and chewing, which puts your dog at a greater risk of secondary bacterial, yeast, or viral infections.

Typically, there is an underlying cause that contributes to an eczema outbreak–hence why it is often a seasonal condition. Eczema tends to worsen in dry, hot, or humid weather. Dogs are at a greater risk if they spend a lot of time outdoors.Dog Eczema

The First Step to Treating Dog Eczema: Reducing Discomfort

The number one goal for successful dog eczema treatment is to ease discomfort as much as possible. For one, this helps reduce chewing, licking, and biting of the affected area, allowing skin to better heal while reducing the risk of secondary infections.

But, how do you reduce your dog’s pain and discomfort if you don’t yet know what’s causing eczema in the first place? Applying a soothing topical balm to your dog’s skin can provide almost immediate relief. Nothing compares to the soothing and healing powers packed into Skin Soother, an all-natural antibiotic topical treatment specially formulated to soothe irritated and inflamed skin.

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What’s Causing Your Dog’s Eczema?

The next step to treating dog eczema is to find and remove the underlying cause. Check your dog’s environment for anything that could cause eczema, such as fleas, tics, mites, etc. The cause could also relate to your dog’s diet, and may require a food allergen test. Eczema can also be brought on by inhaling allergens, such as environmental chemicals, perfumes, household cleaners, etc.

Dog Eczema Treatment Options

With so many potential culprits, it’s easy to see how several types of medications or regimens are often necessary to effectively treat and heal dog eczema. Applying topical treatments can ease inflammation and irritation, as well as secondary skin infections. If your dog is not getting better with topical treatments alone, a veterinarian may need to prescribe oral antibiotics or antihistamines. In more serious cases, steroid or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs may be prescribed.

For the most part, dogs with eczema go on to lead normal, happy, and healthy lives. You can almost always identify the cause of the condition, as well as find ways to reduce discomfort and restore healthy skin.

7 Types of Canine Dermatitis You Should Know About If Your Dog Has Itchy Skin

Is your dog itchy, covered in red patches, or developing odd lesions or sores? The culprit could very well be canine dermatitis. It is very common for dogs of all breeds and ages to develop skin issues. There are different types of canine dermatitis including atopic dermatitis, sarcoptic mange, and hot spots. Knowing what type of canine dermatitis your four-legged pal is suffering from can help determine the best treatment option.

Here are some of the most common types of canine dermatitis. Plus, learn how to naturally give your pup the relief they deserve.

1. Contact Dermatitis

As its name suggests, contact dermatitis is caused by contact with an irritant. For instance, if your dog develops an itchy rash right where his collar sits. It can also include things like contact with certain floor cleaners, deicers, or anything else your dog is allergic to and comes into direct contact with.

2. Atopic Dermatitisextreme scratching

This is the most common cause of itch-provoking dermatitis in dogs. It is the result of an allergen in your dog’s environment—but it might not occur directly at the point of contact, as with contact dermatitis. It’s important to identify the allergen and remove it from the environment. It also helps to apply a topical anti-inflammatory treatment like Skin Soother to the affected area. Ear infections are common in dogs with atopic dermatitis.

3. Acral Lick Dermatitis

Acral is a term used to define “on the extremities,” and dogs with this type of dermatitis lick one area on their leg, tail, or foot. Excessive licking leads to wounds. It originates from one of several conditions that cause itching of the skin, such as atopic or contact dermatitis (explained above), painful joints or bones, stress, boredom, or OCD. Licking can also become an addictive pastime for your pet, at which point it’s more difficult to stop.

Usually, this issue presents itself on the front lower paw, base of the tail, or part of the legs. Initially, the area will appear red and irritated with thickened skin.

4. Flea Allergy Dermatitis

An allergic reaction to fleas results in canine flea allergy dermatitis. It isn’t the bite itself, but rather flea saliva that causes the adverse reaction. This issue causes excessive itching that can lead to hot spots.

5. Sarcoptic Mange

Caused by the Sarcoptic mite, sarcoptic mange is highly irritating to dogs. It generally impacts the belly, ears, legs, and chest.

6. Hot Spots, also known as Pyotraumatic Dermatitis

When dogs constantly lick, bite, and scratch, the skin cannot properly heal. This results in an overgrowth of bacteria, and ultimately the development of hot spots.  Usually, an underlying skin issue is to blame. German Shepherds and Golden Retrievers are more prone to this than other dog breeds, but no breed is immune. Signs include hair loss, red and inflamed skin, as well as the potential for sores that pus.

7. Malassezia Dermatitis

Malassezia is generally a harmless type of yeast or fungus that resides on your dog’s skin. Problems can arise if malassezia populations get out of control. This is more likely in dogs with a predisposition to skin allergies or seborrhea. Skin may appear greasy, red, scaly, thickened, and dark; skin sores may release a stinky discharge. It is most commonly spotted near the legs, neck, and armpits, as well as the feet.

Skin Soother Offers Relief from Canine Dermatitis

With so many different types of canine dermatitis, it can take some time to find the culprit. In the meantime, your dog needs relief to help reduce discomfort and deter itching (as much as possible).

Skin Soother is the all-natural and affordable solution to many different types of canine dermatitis. Not only does it provide instant relief, but thanks to the fact it’s packed with anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties, it also goes to work healing the skin.

Skin Soother treats & heals:

  • Wounds, cuts, burns
  • Skin irritations, rashes
  • Hot spots
  • Yeast and fungal infections
  • Allergy symptoms
  • Post-surgical wounds
  • Inflamed bug bites
  • Lick granuloma
  • Bacterial infections

 

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3 Home Remedies to Stop Dog Scratching and Give Your Pup Relief

How do you stop dog scratching? As much as your dog loves to scratch, it clearly doesn’t help the problem. And there’s almost always an underlying problem that causes dogs to itch in the first place. Dogs typically start scratching and biting at areas that are irritating, say for instance they are suffering from allergies or are infested with fleas.

Excessive itching can lead to bald spots, sores, and secondary infections. Luckily, there are ways to find natural itch relief for dogs in the comfort of your home. Starting with…

1. Find the Culprit to Stop Dog Scratching

First thing’s first, you must figure out why your dog is compulsively scratching, licking, or biting. It might take some time, careful consideration, and a process of elimination. You might also need some help from your veterinarian to narrow down the cause. Some common reasons for itchy dog skin include:

  • Allergies

Allergies to your dog’s food or environment can result in nonstop itching. Certain exposures to soaps or pesticides can result in a condition known as contact dermatitis.

  • Fleas or Other Parasites

Scratching is often caused by an infestation of fleas, mites, or even ticks.

  • Dry Skin

Just like you and I, your dog can also suffer from dry skin. Dry winter weather or a lack of fatty acids in their diet can result in dry skin that is itchy or irritated.

  • Hormonal Issues

Skin issues can arise if your dog’s hormones are out of balance.

  • Boredom/Anxiety

Dogs who are left alone a lot of the day can develop boredom or anxiety, thus causing them to chew or scratch.

  • Pain or Discomfort

Any type of pain or discomfort, from joint pain to skin sores, can cause your dog to lick, chew, and scratch uncontrollably.

2. Bathe Your Dog with Natural Dog Shampoo

Give your dog regular baths to help remove residues and allergens that could be making issues worse. Cleaning your dog’s problem areas can also help reduce the risk of infection. You should never use human shampoo on your dog. The best dog shampoo for itchy dogs is Spruce Up Pup Shampoo Bar. It’s specially formulated to help itchy dogs find relief. Plus, it contains just a few simple, natural and organic ingredients.

Additionally, spot clean your dog in between baths, paying close attention to paws and other areas that encounter surfaces you can’t control. For instance, when it snows, deicers on sidewalks can get stuck between your dog’s paws. Deicers can cause skin and paw issues and are toxic to your dog, especially if he or she eats them by licking uncleaned paws.

3. Provide Relief with a Soothing All Natural Balm

cold weather caused dry & irritated skinNonstop scratching leads to inflammation, red or chapped skin, and sores; as well as secondary infections. The best way to deter your dog from licking and scratching is to help relieve discomfort or irritation. You can do this by applying an all-natural balm like Skin Soother over the problem area.

Think about it like this: When your lips are dry, it’s annoying and makes you want to start licking and biting at them—even though you know this only makes things worse. Adding a layer of Chap Stick helps deter you from biting your lips, simply because they feel better and aren’t bothering you as much. The same is true for dogs when you apply a comforting product like Skin Soother over troubled areas.

Skin Soother is a leading all-natural product used to instantly soothe and treat itchy dog skin caused by a variety of conditions including dermatitis and allergies. Learn more

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When to Visit the Vet for Itchy Dog Skin

It’s important to visit your local veterinarian if:

  • Your dog’s condition is not improving or appears to be getting worse.
  • Scratching has led to a secondary infection that is getting worse or simply not improving.
  • The problem goes away only to return shortly thereafter
  • You cannot figure out what’s causing the issue, and therefore it won’t go away.

 

What is the Best Dog Paw Moisturizer for Sensitive Pups?

Hands down, the best dog paw moisturizer for sensitive pups is Paw Soother. For one, it’s made from 100% all-natural and organic ingredients. This is helpful when dealing with a sensitive dog who will most certainly lick his/her paws after you apply any type of dog paw balm. Plus, it has been proven to soothe and heal more serious cases of dry dog paws, like hyperkeratosis.

More on that later. First, what causes dry dog paws in the first place?

The Most Common Causes of Dry Dog Foot Pads

Cracked or dry paw pads are incredibly common. So common that people often ignore rough paw pads and assume it’s normal—or a sign of ‘tough’ paws. In truth, dry pads are more susceptible to irritation, soreness and abrasions. Plus, dogs love to lick at irritated or dry paws (kind of like you want to lick your lips when they’re dry)—which can lead to a host of secondary issues.

Some common reasons your dog’s foot pads are dry and rough:

  • Allergies

If your dog is allergic to something in their environment it can result in dry paws. Allergies may relate to something seemingly innocent, like your dog’s food, or the products you use to clean your floors. Or, they could relate to something more serious, such as contact with harsh chemicals.

  • Hyperkeratosis

Hyperkeratosis is a condition in which the paw pad produces too much keratin, causing paws to become dry and cracked.

  • Natural Wear

Dog paws are tough but they aren’t invincible, and they certainly aren’t designed for manmade surfaces, like hot concrete or asphalt. From running on sand, to walking through the snow, there are countless surfaces that can naturally wear away at your dog’s paw pads.

  • Zinc Deficiency

If your dog is not getting enough zinc in his diet, it can lead to dry and cracked paws. Some breeds that are more susceptible to zinc deficiencies include Great Danes, Beagles, German Shepherds, Poodles, and Huskies.

  • Paw Chewing

If your dog chews at his paws on a regular basis, it’s only a matter of time before paws become dry and damaged.

  • Sensitive Paws

Some dogs have overly sensitive paws that are prone to drying out, cracking, etc.

What Happens if You Ignore Dry Paw Pads?

You might be ignoring the issue, but is your dog? If your dog is constantly licking and chewing at his dry paws, he’s most certainly not ignoring it. Instead, he’s busy making things worse.

Even if your dog isn’t a chronic paw chewer, dry paw pads are more susceptible to injury. Plus, cracks can become so bad that they peel and form crusty or bloody sores. This can cause your dog quite a bit of discomfort, and even lead to infection.

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Paw Soother can be used to treat:

  • Dry, chapped, rough paws
  • Peeling or cracked paws
  • Hyperkeratosis of the paw
  • Allergies
  • Wear & tear from extreme weather conditions
  • Shiny show dog paws
  • + More!

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How to Protect Healthy Paws

Once your dog’s four paws are healthy and whole, you’ll want to keep them that way. That’s where PawTection comes into play. While similar to Paw Soother, PawTection is specially formulated to provide a thicker barrier between your dog’s paws and ground surfaces. As opposed to soothing and healing, PawTection is focused on protecting paws. It also locks in moisture to help support all-around paw health.

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5 Signs Your Pup Should See a Dog Dermatologist

How do you know when it’s time to take your pet to a dog dermatologist? Some veterinarians will openly recommend visiting a specialist if they feel stumped about your dog’s condition. In other cases, you may have to make the decision on your own.

I like to think that my regular veterinarian can handle everything related to my dog’s health, but the truth is that sometimes you need to see a specialist. There are countless skin infections and issues that a regular vet cannot diagnose. In which case, your dog may require the specialized eye of a veterinary dermatologist.

What is a Dog Dermatologist?

A Dog Dermatologist, more specifically known as a Veterinary Dermatologist, is a veterinarian with specialty training and expertise in diagnosing and treating skin, ear, nail, hoof, and mouth ailments.  Not all veterinary offices have a dog dermatologist on staff. You may need to visit a specialty pet hospital to make an appointment. Ask your veterinarian if he or she has any good recommendations.

Veterinary dermatologists can perform allergy tests on dogs to uncover exactly what your dog is allergic to. A dog dermatologist is also trained to diagnose underlying infections and rare conditions. Which leads us to the first sign your dog should visit a vet who specializes in dermatology…

1. Your Regular Vet Doesn’t Have the Answers

Have you tried everything your veterinarian has recommended without any sign of improvement? Is your vet still unsure what the underlying cause of the issue relates to? If you answer ‘yes’ to either question, you might want to consider visiting a dog dermatologist.

2. Your Dog’s Condition is Not Improving

If your pet’s skin condition is not getting better or appears to be getting worse, it might be time to visit a dog dermatologist. Keep in mind, skin irritations and infections can cause discomfort, which leads to itching, breaks in the skin, and a greater likelihood of secondary infection. In other words, the longer you wait, the worse the problem could become.

3. The Problem is Reoccurring or Chronic

If ear, skin, or paw problems reoccur again and again, or have been diagnosed as a chronic condition, it might be worth investing in a visit with a dog dermatologist. They may have new insight, solutions, and treatment methods that could help.

4. Your Dog Has Been Diagnosed with A Rare Disease

If your regular veterinarian has limited experience working with your dog’s condition, it might be worth visiting a specialist to learn more about how you can better your pup’s situation.

5. Your Dog Has Allergies But You Don’t Know What They Are Allergic To

Veterinary dermatologists have the tools to test for specific allergies in dogs. While there is some controversy over the consistent accuracy of these results, testing for allergies can still offer valuable insight.

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Avoid These Dog Shampoo Ingredients for a Happy Pup with Healthy Skin

When it’s time for Fido’s next bath, be sure to avoid the following dog shampoo ingredients or else you could negatively impact your pup’s health.

The last time I took my dog to a fancy groomer, he came home looking (and smelling) pawsitively fabulous… for about 10 minutes. As soon as I let him outside his whole $45 bath went out the window. And that’s why most of my dog’s baths occur right here in the home. Which means I need a good dog shampoo that nourishes the coat and skin, while leaving my dog smelling and looking like a million bucks—without spending it!

There are certain dog shampoo ingredients I’ve learned to steer clear of to avoid adverse health effects like irritation, itching, and so forth.

Avoid Using Human Shampoos on Your Dog

First and foremost, don’t use your human shampoo on your dog. Shampoos are formulated for average pH levels and using the wrong balance can throw off skin health. Dogs and humans have different natural pH levels of the skin. Each species’ respective shampoo should therefore contain a unique combination of ingredients.

It’s not just human-grade shampoos you need to watch out for. Some shampoos made for dogs contain controversial ingredients like

1. Fragrance

If scents come from natural sources chances are it will say so on the packaging. After all, it’s a good selling point. So, if you see “fragrance” listed under dog shampoo ingredients, it’s good to get suspicious. Fragrance can signify hundreds of thousands of unnatural ingredients you don’t want to put on your dog.

2. Methylchloroisothiazolinone

Say what? A rule of thumb is to avoid dog shampoo ingredients you can’t pronounce, and methylchloroisothiazolinone makes a perfect example of that. It may already be banned in Japan and Canada, but it’s not extinct in the dog shampoo industry just yet. Methylchloroisothiazolinone is added as an anti-fungal and a preservative… but it’s a carcinogen that’s associated with organ poisoning. Yikes!

3. Artificial Colors

That bright blue dog shampoo might look cool but it could contain potentially harmful and unnatural dyes.

4. MEA/Cocomide DEA

Yes, this product derives from coconut. And yes, coconut offers AMAZING healing properties for your dog (and you). But to make Cocomide DEA, coconut must be chemically altered to the point it becomes a “moderate cancer causing” agent. It has been associated with disruption of the hormone and thyroid, and is considered an organ toxin.

5. Mineral Oil

Mineral oil is a by-product of “distilled gasoline made from crude oil.” It coats anything it touches with a thick impenetrable layer that doesn’t allow for the skin to naturally eliminate its own oils and toxins. Essentially, it traps everything inside.

Other dog shampoo ingredients to avoid:

  • Propylene glycol
  • Sodium laureth sulfate (or any sulfates for that matter)
  • Phthalates
  • Parabens
  • Methylparaben
  • Formaldehyde
  • Cocamidopropyl Betaine
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Isopropyl (SD-40)

Quick Tip: Always check what kind of shampoo your groomer uses. No shame in your game if you ask to see the ingredients—more power to ya dogmom/dad of the year!

The Best Natural Dog Shampoo: Spruce Up Pup Shampoo Bar

Once a limited edition item, the Spruce Up Pup Shampoo Bar is back by popular demand. You can officially buy the fan-favorite natural dog shampoo all year long. Spruce Up Pup Shampoo is made from 100% natural ingredients that’ll leave your dog smelling and feeling amazing.

Each carefully selected ingredient offers unique healing benefits. In fact, this shampoo can help treat wounds, cuts, burns, dry or flaky skin; hot spots, yeast infections + so much more. Experience the difference offered by a truly all natural dog shampoo. Your dog is sure to thank you!

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5 Tricks for Treating Dog Allergies

Dog allergies are incredibly common but the ways and reasons they pop up may vary. Allergies can impact your dog’s eyes, skin, ears, and even daily habits… like scratching. In fact, incessant itching and scratching is one of the leading signs of dog allergies.

What are Dog Allergies?

Dog allergies come in all shapes, sizes, and forms—there are skin allergies, food allergies and environmental allergies. No matter what, an allergy is an overreaction of the body’s immune system to a foreign substance. It might be your dog’s food, the plastic bowl they eat out of, or a certain chemical they encounter on daily walks. Heck, even the products you use to clean your floors can spark dog allergies; as can perfumes, cigarette smoke, dust mites, mold, and the list goes on.

Here are some tips and tricks for getting to the bottom of dog allergies and successfully finding relief for your four-legged pal.

1. Allergy Relief for Dogs Starts with Finding the Underlying Cause

Dog allergy treatment begins with identifying the cause of the outbreak. This may involve visiting your veterinarian to cross out any serious issues. Next, you’ll need to conduct a process of elimination to determine what your dog is allergic to.

Allergic dermatitis, or allergies of the skin, are the most common type of dog allergies. They are typically caused by one of three things: allergies to food, allergies to environment, or flea allergy dermatitis (an allergic reaction to fleas).

Some things you can do to identify the cause of dog allergies include:

  • Check for fleas, tics and other bugs and resolve/treat if necessary
  • Try switching up your dog’s food. It might take several weeks to notice any changes so give it time. Pay close attention to the main ingredients on the label of any food you give to your pet.
  • Switch your dog’s food bowl to glass or stainless steel. Some dogs are allergic to plastic food bowls. 

2. Soothe Irritated Skin with All-Natural Ingredients 

While you’re trying to identify the cause of dog allergies, Natural Dog offers several all-natural skin balms that make the best home remedies for dog allergies. Certain plant-based ingredients and oils have the power to reduce inflammation and combat yeast and bacteria, all while soothing and healing irritated skin.

Furthermore, dog balms, such as Skin Soother by Natural Dog, provide a layer of protection against potential contaminants to help reduce the severity of future outbreaks.

If dog allergies surface on the belly, face, ears, or other parts of their skin, Skin Soother offers the powerful yet gentle solution necessary. Plus, it includes yeast and bacteria-fighting properties to help ease secondary skin infections caused by an irritating allergic reaction.

Does your wrinkly pup have irritated, raw, stinky, or otherwise abnormal skin in between wrinkle folds? For wrinkly pups try Wrinkle Balm!

3. Don’t Forget About Your Dog’s Paws

Don’t forget to check your pup’s paws for signs of dog allergies. Allergies can cause your dog’s paws to become irritated and itchy, leading to constant licking and chewing; as well as inflammation, redness, and the possibility for secondary infections. Paw allergies may relate to food or environmental factors, as well as seasonal issues like toxic salts poured on streets and sidewalks during winter.

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4. Give Your Dog Regular Baths

Grooming is an important step to resolve and reduce dog allergies. Regular baths can help remove potential contaminants from the skin and leave your dog feeling so fresh and so clean.

The shampoo you use on your dog matters. In fact, using human-grade shampoos and conditioners can lead to more harm than good. It’s important to use a specially formulated dog shampoo to reduce the risk of further dog allergies.

Spruce Up Pup Shampoo Bar is formulated especially for irritated and itchy skin, as well as your dog’s specific pH levels. Plus, it’s 100% all natural and contains gentle yet powerful organic essential oils. For best results, use in combination with Skin Soother or Wrinkle Balm.

5. Watch Out for Secondary Skin Infections

When your dog’s skin is irritated he/she may lick and scratch to no end, causing sores and open wounds to pop up. As a result, your dog is more susceptible to infection from bacteria, yeast and so forth. Keep a close eye on hot spots and treat as necessary. The great thing about Natural Dog’s skin products is that most are packed with all-natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.

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Is Your Dog’s Stinky Breath Caused by a Skin Infection?

Did you know your dog’s stinky breath could actually relate to a stinky face instead? Dogs with wrinkles around their mouth are more prone to skin infections on the face; some of which can really smell, take yeast for example. You might think your dog’s stinky breath is the problem, but really you could be smelling a skin infection near or around the mouth.

So, how do you know if your dog’s stinky breath is coming from bacteria in their mouth or on their face? The first step is to take a closer look at your dog’s mouth area to see if you notice any signs of redness, chaffing, blisters, sores, or other skin abnormalities. You may also notice the smell is worse when you touch and move apart wrinkles.

It’s Not Your Dog’s Stinky Breath, It’s Your Dog’s Stinky Face!

Pugs, bulldogs and other brachycephalic breeds are at a greater risk of bacteria-infested facial wrinkles that disguise themselves as stinky dog breath. That’s because wrinkles offer the perfect place for bacteria, yeast and other intruders to thrive. Just think about it: wrinkles are dark, moist and often left untouched for days on end. And wrinkles around the face are best of all, they offer ample access to moisture and food debris for feasting.

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The Importance of Cleaning Your Dog’s Wrinkles

Bacteria can make your dog’s skin sore and stinky, you may also notice rashes or pimple-like lesions.  By the time your dog’s stinky breath persists even when their mouth is closed, it’s long past time to inspect between wrinkles. Cleaning wrinkles on a regular basis is a must. We are talking at least 3 times a day and after every meal. The key is to prevent food and moisture from sitting inside wrinkles and beckoning all forms of bacteria.dog's stinky breath

The All-Natural Way to Cure Your Dog’s Stinky Face

After you clean out wrinkles, use a dry soft cloth to remove any moisture left behind. For best results, follow it up by applying a layer of Wrinkle Balm. This all-natural and soothing balm can be used to treat skin fold dermatitis, yeast and bacterial infections, crusty buildup, pimples/sores, interdigital cysts, and unpleasant odors to boot. Wrinkle Balm also helps prevent future outbreaks of stinky face syndrome—aka wrinkles crawling with yeast and bacteria.

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Can You Use Coconut Oil on Dog Nose? The Benefits of Snout Soother

Q: Can you put coconut oil on dog nose or are there health risks?

A: You can put coconut oil on your dog’s nose, but it’s more beneficial to use a product like Snout Soother that is specially formulated to soothe and heal everything from dry dog noses to hyperkeratosis of the nose.

It’s normal to get a little worried about putting something on your dog’s nose. For one, dog noses are sensitive; and two, anything you put on your dog’s nose will unquestionably end up in their mouth. Coconut oil has soothing, healing and moisturizing properties; plus, it’s all natural and poses little to no health risk to dogs if they eat it. In fact, many pet nutritionists recommend adding coconut oil to your dog’s diet.

Coconut oil offers a lot of benefits. It’s super moisturizing, a proven analgesic, and contains anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties. Hence why coconut oil is one of the first ingredients in Snout Soother, a leading all-natural dog nose balm.

Coconut Oil Vs. Snout Soother

You can use coconut oil on dog nose, but Snout Soother is by far the better option. For one, it’s made especially for your dog’s nose right here in the USA. Secondly, it contains the perfect combination of organic ingredients to work alongside coconut oil and enhance healing. For instance, Organic Shea Nut Butter offers a natural sunscreen to help protect your dog’s nose against future damage.

The #1 Reason Coconut Oil on Dog Nose = Ineffective

By nature, coconut oil is oily and tends to rub off quickly, as soon as your dog licks his nose or rubs against you for kisses. For coconut oil to work it needs to sit on your dog’s nose for more than 10 minutes, which can be rather difficult to make happen.

Snout Soother is specially formulated to help reduce this issue. It includes several key ingredients that help penetrate skin faster and stay on longer, such as Kukui Nut Oil, which acts as a carrier oil to penetrate skin, and fast-penetrating Organic Grapeseed Oil.


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Snout Soother can be used to treat:

  • Dry, chapped dog nose
  • Crusty, cracked noses
  • Hyperkeratosis of the nose
  • Dry skin on or around the face, lips, ears
  • Discoid Lupus

Additionally, Snout Soother offers protection against:

  • Windburn
  • Sunburn
  • Extreme weather conditions

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Is it Okay to Use Vaseline for Dog’s Nose? Snout Soother Vs. Vaseline

You should not use Vaseline on your dog’s nose because it can be toxic. Vaseline isn’t necessarily a death sentence in small doses, but if dogs ingest too much petroleum jelly it can cause an upset stomach and diarrhea. Putting petroleum jelly on your dog’s nose makes it even more likely to end up in your dog’s tummy.

Common Reasons People Use Vaseline for Dog’s Nose:

  • Dry nose
  • Cracked or peeling nose
  • Hyperkeratosis of the nose

Warning: Vaseline Can Cause Lipoid Pneumonia

Prolonged exposure to Vaseline puts your dog at risk for additional issues due to a buildup of toxins in the body. As we’ve shared before, there are documented examples of lipoid pneumonia caused by Vaseline. While somewhat rare, it is a serious condition that impacts the lungs following prolonged exposure to fat-based substances like petroleum jelly.

Read: 8 Surprising Everyday Products That Are Toxic For Your Dog

So, What Should You Put on Your Dog’s Dry or Cracked Nose?

There’s a far safer and more effective option than Vaseline to treat all the above and more. Meet Snout Soother, the all-natural dog nose balm specially formulated to soothe, heal and prevent some of the most common dog nose problems, from dry noses to discoid lupus.

Vaseline for Dog’s Nose Vs. Snout Soother

Snout Soother does NOT contain Vaseline. The only thing it has in common with Vaseline is that dog owners often turn to it when their dog has a dry, crusty or cracked nose. BUT, unlike Vaseline, Snout Soother is 100% natural, safe, and effective. Below you can see 5 things that set Snout Soother apart from Vaseline for dog’s noses.

1. Vaseline is a synthetic product. Vs. Snout Soother is made from all-natural and organic ingredients.

2. Vaseline cannot cure yeast or fungal growth, although it can cause bacteria to grow because of its tendency to clog pours and lock in oils + dirt. Vs. Snout Soother is a breathable balm that contains a variety of anti-fungal and antibacterial properties.

3. Vaseline does not cure dry dog noses. Vs. Snout Soother heals dry dog noses every doggone day!

4. Vaseline is not safe to ingest and can cause upset stomach, diarrhea, and even lipoid pneumonia. Vs. Snout Soother is 100% safe to ingest. The all-natural ingredients are just as good for your dog’s insides!

5. Vaseline does not add moisture to your dog’s nose, it simply seals in any existing moisture. Vs. Snout Soother is specially formulated to add moisture while sealing in existing moisture as well.

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Is it Okay to Use Human Shampoo on Dogs?

Many good-hearted mortals make the mistake of using human shampoo on dogs. While it doesn’t always cause an instantly negative reaction, your dog’s skin is much more sensitive than yours and your favorite soap might cause itching, burning or irritation. Even if it doesn’t appear to cause any harm, it’s silently throwing off your dog’s Ph levels and that will eventually cause a problem. The more frequently you use human shampoo on your dog the more likely it is to build up and cause an adverse reaction.

Your Skin Vs. Your Dog’s Skin

Your dog’s skin is similar to yours, but it’s far from the same in terms of Ph balance. The average Ph level for dogs is somewhere between 6.2 and 7.4 (more neutral), while the average Ph level for humans is between 5.5 and 5.6 (more acidic). Soaps, shampoos, and conditioners made for humans are created to provide the right Ph balance for human skin, not canine. As a result, regularly using human shampoo on your pup can throw off your dog’s Ph balance.

Dogs have a wide range of possible Ph levels based upon breed and genetics. This helps explain why some dogs are more sensitive to human shampoos than others.

There are 3 things that can happen after using human shampoo on dogs

  1. When you use human shampoo on dogs it offsets the Ph balance of the top protective layer of skin technically known as the acid mantle.
  2. When the acid mantle isn’t up to its job, your dog becomes more susceptible to viruses, bacteria, and parasites.
  3. With the top layer of skin all out of whack, your dog’s skin may become itchy, flaky, or dry. Any of these things can cause dogs to itch and chew to no end, resulting in open sores and potential infection.

You can avoid a spiral of negative events and protect your four-legged pal’s skin by using a shampoo made especially for dogs.

The Best Organic Shampoo for Dogs: Spruce Up Pup Shampoo Bar

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Spruce Up Pup is a uniquely effective all-natural shampoo for dogs of varying skin types. Conveniently shaped like a bar of soap, it offers easy one-step application for even the wiggliest of pups.

Specially formulated with your dog’s unique pH levels in mind, Spruce Up Pup Shampoo is filled with organic essential oils that sanitize and enrich fur, leaving Fido fresh, fluffy and oh-so-wonderful smelling. To make things more pawesome, it contains natural anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that soothe common skin issues in dogs.

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Common Causes of Dog Skin Infections and How to Give Your Dog Relief

From allergies to infections, there are a variety of reasons dog skin infections rear their ugly, and terribly itchy, head. One of the leading causes of skin infections are allergens in your dog’s diet or environment. Oftentimes, it’s not the allergy itself that causes the infection. Instead, it’s the fact that your dog can’t stop itching and biting the affected area, resulting in teeth and nail trauma that leads to secondary infections.

Other common causes of skin infections in dogs:

  • Fleas or mites
  • Chronic dermatitis
  • Fungal or yeast infection
  • Wound
  • Inadequate grooming
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Underlying disease such as Cushing’s (hyperadrenocorticism)

How to Diagnose Dog Skin Infections

From your dog’s ears down to the tip of his tail, a skin infection can impact just about any part of the body. Furthermore, so many different factors could be the culprit… so, how do you get to the bottom of the doggone mystery? You’ll need to pay a visit to your veterinarian.

Before your scheduled appointment, make note of any changes to your dog’s environment or diet that may have caused the onset of itching, irritated or infected skin. Keep in mind, it is possible for your dog to develop an allergy to something that previously appeared to cause no harm.

A vet will provide a full physical exam in which he/she looks for any noteworthy signs and goes over your dog’s medical history. Blood and urine tests can help pinpoint the underlying cause. Additionally, cell cultures may be obtained from the skin to observe under a microscope and identify what type of bacteria you’re looking at.

Itchy Dog Skin Infections

Nearly half of all people who visited the vet because of a dog skin infection listed their primary complaint as nonstop itching. Unfortunately, all that itching leads to open wounds, secondary skin infections, and hair loss. Act fast when you notice your dog itching at an irritated area to help prevent worsening of the problem.

What Can You Do About It?

Skin Soother starts soothing the moment it’s applied to your dog’s irritated skin. The powerful yet gentle all-natural balm contains antioxidant, antiseptic, disinfectant, antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, + so much more. Not only does it soothe irritated skin, it goes to work healing right away. Plus, it’s 100% safe to ingest. Because we know it can be a full-time job preventing your dog from licking.

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Stinky or Irritated Dog Skin Infections Between Wrinkles

Wrinkly dogs melt our dang hearts, but those adorable creases are a breeding ground for bacteria. Bulldogs and other wrinkly breeds commonly suffer from yeast or bacterial infections between wrinkles.  That’s because the dark, moist, and often ignored crevice wrinkles create offer sanctuary for all kinds of icky germs to populate.  Is your dog’s face stinky as all hell? Even more reason to suspect an underlying skin infection.

What Can You Do About It?

Wrinkle Balm is specially formulated to soothe irritated and infected dog wrinkles. Each all natural ingredient plays a role in offering a variety of anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antifungal, antimicrobial and antibacterial properties, plus more!

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Coconut Oil for Dogs Vs. Paw Soother: What are the Differences?

Question: Can I use coconut oil for dog paws that are dry or cracked? How does it differ from Paw Soother?

Answer: While coconut oil is pawesome, and a key ingredient in Paw Soother, it is far from the only ingredient. The all-natural balm for paws contains a variety of organic oils, vitamins, butters, and waxes to enhance soothing and healing properties. It is also easier to apply and stays in place longer than plain coconut oil.

The Pros & Cons of Coconut Oil for Dogs

There’s a reason coconut oil is the first listed ingredient in Paw Soother —it has a lot of great properties. It’s a deep penetrating moisturizer, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and an analgesic—that means it can help reduce pain. Coconut oil is not only good for your dog’s skin; some veterinarians recommend adding it to your dog’s food. When added to a dog’s diet, coconut oil has been shown to improve cognitive function, increase energy levels, enhance skin and coat, reduce allergies and improve digestion. While adding coconut oil to your dog’s diet is a great idea, you might want to reconsider applying it directly to paws.

Since coconut oil is so moisturizing, it’s common for people to consider applying it to their dog’s dry or cracked paw pads. It’s certainly better than applying nothing, aka ignoring the problem. BUT, Paw Soother offers a better chance at healing, soothing and restoring your dog’s paw pads to health for several key reasons.

3 Reasons Paw Soother is the Best Option for Dog Paws

1. Coconut oil for dogs is messy

Trying to apply coconut oil straight out of the jar to your dog’s paws may prove more challenging than expected. The consistency of coconut oil makes it difficult and messy to apply. Since it’s an oil it’ll stick to everything, attract hair and may even leave oily patches on your floors. Paw Soother’s carefully selected ingredients create a balm as opposed to a slippery oil, this makes it more workable and easier to apply without as much mess.

2. Coconut oil is quick to rub off

Coconut oil will rub off after your dog takes a few steps or gives a swift lick to his paws. As soon as it rubs off, it can no longer do its job healing and soothing. Paw Soother is specially formulated to stay in place much more effectively than coconut oil. That’s because, unlike coconut oil, it is made to be directly applied to paw pads. Yet, just like coconut oil, it is perfectly safe for your dog to ingest. After all, we know how hard it can be to keep dogs from licking their paws.

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3. Coconut oil isn’t as powerful at healing dry dog paws when compared to Paw Soother.

Coconut oil is an essential ingredient in Paw Soother, but it’s far from the only ingredient tasked with soothing and healing your dog’s paws. Each all natural and organic ingredient was hand-selected for its healing and moisturizing properties. Other essential ingredients lovingly packed inside include:

  • Organic Cupuacu Butter
  • Organic Hempseed Oil
  • Organic Jojoba Oil
  • Cajeput Essential Oil
  • Natural Vitamin E
  • Chamomile
  • Rosemary Extract

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How to Maintain Healthy Dog Paws This Winter

Healthy dog paws are smooth to the touch and free of abrasions. Unfortunately, harsh winter weather can create a storm of issues for your dog’s paws. By using the right dog paw wax and a few simple precautions, you can protect your dog’s paws against cold surfaces, deicers and more of winter’s harshest side effects.

But first…

Why is Winter So Hard on Your Dog’s Paws?

From the cold weather to deicers, here are the most common reasons your dog’s paws suffer during winter.

Cold Weather = Dry Skin

Winter’s cold and dry air dries out your dog’s skin just like it does yours. A lack of moisture leaves your dog more susceptible to rough or damaged paw pads.

Frost Bite + Hypothermia

Dogs can suffer from frost bite and hypothermia.

Ice Balls

Walking around outside, especially with long nails, can cause ice, snow and debris to painfully clump up between your dog’s toes.

Salts & Deicers are Toxic

Most salt and deicers used on roadways are toxic to dogs. If your dog goes out for a walk he might end up with toxic deicers on his paws, which can cause burning or irritation. Dogs then lick and chew at their paws, ingesting the harmful chemicals.

Pre-Winter Prep to Maintain Healthy Dog Paws

Before the first winter storm ever arrives, do these three things:

  1. Trim back your dog’s hair all around his or her paws to prevent ice balls from building up and causing painful damage.
  2. Trim your dog’s nails; this is an important activity all year round, but even more-so in the winter. Long nails cause your dog’s paws to splay out, making it easier for snow, ice and debris to build up in the paw.
  3. Invest in a good dog paw wax (more on that later).

After winter arrives, do these three things to maintain healthy dog paws:  

  1. Take more frequent shorter walks, as opposed to 1-2 long walks a day. This helps limit the risk of frost bite and hypothermia. Signs of hypothermia include shivering, as well as acting lethargic or anxious.
  2. Always clean your dog’s paws with a warm moist towel after walking outside. This removes any deicers or other chemicals that may be attached to your dog’s paws and prevents further irritation while keeping your dog from licking toxins. It also allows you to remove ice balls that may have formed between your dog’s toes.
  3. Protect your dog’s paws against harsh winter elements by applying an all-natural dog paw wax before you go on a walk. To restore moisture, apply a moisturizing dog paw balm after you return and clean paws.

What can I put on my dog’s paws to protect them in the winter?

We can all agree dog boots are great for a funny Instagram video, but dogs don’t usually love wearing shoes as much as we do. Plus, they are annoying to get on and off and often end up forgotten about in a drawer while your dog’s paws remain unprotected. Dog paw wax offers a barrier protection against harsh winter elements, like dog shoes but without all the doggone fuss.

Nothing beats Natural Dog’s unique organic and all-natural dog paw products. To make it even more pawesome, we have two options:

One to Soothe & Heal: Paw Soother

Paw Soother is specially formulated to soothe and heal dry, irritated, red, peeling, crusty or rough paw pads.

& Another To Protect: PawTection

PawTection is specially formulated to protect paws against future damage while locking in moisture to keep paws smooth and hydrated.

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How to Naturally Get Rid of Dog Tear Stains

Dog tear stains, or the reddish-brown streaks beneath your dog’s eyes, are caused by an overproduction of tears. Tear stains are incredibly common, especially in certain breeds such as the Shih Tzu, Lhasa Apso, and Maltese. It is more visible on dogs with light colored coats, especially white dogs. In most cases, dog tear stains create an ugly eyesore with the potential to become irritated or infected. But, in some cases, tear stains can be a sign of a more serious eye issue.

Why are tear stains a rusty-brown color? Why do some tear stains smell? And how do you help treat and prevent them? You’re about to find out!

Common Causes of Dog Tear Stains

Epiphora is the technical term for an overproduction of tears, aka tear staining. While your dog may naturally produce more tears than necessary, it’s always best to rule out the possibility of an underlying health condition. The most common health-related causes of epiphora or tear stains include:

  • Eye infection
  • Ingrown lashes
  • Glaucoma
  • Yeast buildup
  • Brachycephalic syndrome
  • Certain medications
  • A low quality diet
  • High stress
  • Abnormally small tear duct openings
  • Inverted eyelid (entropion)
  • Ear infection
  • Second hand smoke, or other allergens
  • Plastic food bowls (another potential allergen)
  • Teething

Why Do Tear Stains Turn Reddish-Brown?

tear stainsFor one, dog tearstains usually contain porphyrins, a naturally occurring iron-rich molecule that is a waste product produced when red blood cells break down. While porphyrins are usually removed from the body through poop, dogs and cats can excrete it through their tears, saliva and urine. When porphyrins sit on your dog’s light-colored fur, it turns a reddish-brown color. And you’re not imagining it, stains can darken after exposure to sunlight.

If stains are more brown than red, it may signal a yeast infection, a common side effect of constantly moist surfaces. Another sign of a yeast infection is a foul odor. So, if your dog’s face smells, there’s a greater chance it’s turned into an infection that requires additional treatment.

If you think your dog’s tear stains have morphed into a yeast or bacterial infection, Wrinkle Balm can help! This gentle, organic and 100% all-natural balm includes anti-fungal properties that can knock out bacteria, yeast, and nasty smells too. It can also be used as a protective barrier for skin when applied along tearstain tracks.

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Avoid Tear Stain Products that Contain Tylosin Tartrate

In early November 2014, the FDA warned U.S. manufacturers to stop selling tearstain products containing Tylosin Tartrate, an antibiotic that is not approved for dogs or the treatment of tearstains. The FDA said if the antibiotic was not removed from products, they would be seized or have an injunction filed against them. Carefully read product labels and make sure you know and understand every ingredient before giving it to your pup.

Tips to Prevent and Get Rid of Dog Tear Stains

  • Clean and wipe dry your dog’s face and eyes several times throughout the day to prevent moisture from causing bacterial or yeast infections.
  • Use an all-natural product like Wrinkle Balm to treat secondary infections or skin ailments associated with tearstains. Apply a small layer of Wrinkle Balm along tear stain tracks to help reduce irritation and inflammation of the skin.
  • Use a natural dog shampoo to wash skin twice a day until your dog starts to heal
  • Switch your dog to filtered water; tap water may contain higher levels of iron and other impurities.
  • Ditch allergy-provoking plastic food bowls and invest in glass or stainless steel.
  • Make sure your dog gets a high-quality diet with all the nutrients they need. The less ‘fillers’ your dog’s food contains, the fewer impurities the body has to filter out.
  • Visit your veterinarian to ensure dog tear stains are not related to a more serious issue.

Why Tear Stains Often Impact Brachycephalic Dogs

Brachycephalic dog breeds range to include all dogs with short noses (including the pug, Lhasa Apso, Maltese, Pekingese, Boston terrier, French bulldog, and many more). Due to their facial structure, brachycephalic dogs are more prone to certain issues, often related to breathing. They can also be prone to tear stains, especially if they have buggy eyes that are more exposed to the elements, dry eyes, corneal ulcers, or trauma—all of which can lead to tear stains.

Moisture attracts bacteria, hence why tear stains are associated with skin inflammation, irritation and infection. Wrinkle Balm is the perfect product for brachycephalic breeds who are more prone to tear stains and subsequent skin infections. It soothes and heals irritated skin while combating yeast and bacterial infections. Plus, it’s safe enough to use on your dog’s face and all the way down to their cute little tail pocket.

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Organic Wrinkle Balm: Before and After Reviews With Pictures

There’s only one organic Wrinkle Balm by Natural Dog Company–nothing else compares.

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Dog wrinkles are notorious for smelling bad as well as becoming inflamed, irritated and infected. That’s because your dog’s wrinkles provide a safe sanctuary space for all types of bacteria to thrive. As your dog plays in the dirt, slurps from his water dish and munches on kibble, all kinds of moisture and debris slip between wrinkles and provide a feast for microscopic colonies of bacteria. Without regular cleaning and care, a buildup of moisture, food, and other debris will cause wrinkles to become irritated, itchy, infected and stinky.

Aside from hygiene, there are other reasons dog wrinkles can border on the icky side, when they should simply be cute. No matter what, organic Wrinkle Balm is here to help! It is gentle enough to use on sensitive faces, but naturally tough enough to combat bacterial infections.

Natural Dog’s organic Wrinkle Balm can be used to treat:

  • Skin fold dermatitis
  • Redness, itching, inflammation and irritation
  • Crusty sores, puss-filled scabs
  • Stinky face
  • Interdigital cysts
  • Hair loss, flaky skin

Bowser the frenchie no longer has itchy, stinky wrinkles on his face thanks to organic Wrinkle Balm

irritated dog wrinkles

Bowser the frenchie had a terrible yeast infection that was secondary to his food allergy. Before trying Wrinkle Balm, he was constantly rubbing his face on the grass and bed, causing his wrinkles to become raw, itchy and stinky.

One week of using Wrinkle Balm his infection has cleared and his wrinkles are no longer itchy and stinky! We use wrinkle balm 3 times a week on @kingb0wsers face to keep him fresh and yeast free! Glad to have found a product that is easy to apply, smells great and is an alternative to harsh chemicals / medications – thanks to Natural Dog Company!”

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Give your wrinkly pup something to smile about

Organic Wrinkle Balm Helped Heal Laila’s Belly Rash

skin dermatitis

Wrinkle Balm isn’t just for facial wrinkles. It can be used from the tips of your dog’s ears all the way down to their tail. Laila is a Staffordshire terrier with very sensitive skin. Her humom Natasha said Laila used to suffer from skin dermatitis, including a terrible rash on her tummy.

“Most of my dog’s issues are yeast infection based from ear infections to skin rashes. For three months her skin got a horrible rash. Not only was she on antibiotics twice (both didn’t help) and a food change to a very high protein/ sensitive skin food; nothing helped her skin dermatitis.”

Like any devoted dog mom would, Natasha worried how she was going to give her dog relief… that’s when she discovered Wrinkle Balm, which she used in conjunction with Skin Soother.

“Only after 1 week of using the amazing smelling Natural Dog products did her rash go away!! thank you Natural Dog Company for your great products!! I will forever be a customer and recommend it to everyone for all their dogs skin irritations!!”

Sugar’s irritated wrinkles practically healed overnight

Sugar is an English bulldog living in Pueblo West, Colorado with his humom Heidi, who knows good and well the importance of cleaning up dog wrinkles. “As any English Bulldog owner knows, it is so important to keep your dog’s wrinkles clean or they can get ugly – quick,” she writes.

As soon as she noticed Sugar’s wrinkles looking red and irritated she tried to find something to help. Unfortunately, “I tried lots of ointments and nothing worked.”  That was until Heidi ordered Wrinkle Balm—her last-ditch effort before taking Sugar to the vet.

“I ordered the Wrinkle Balm and almost overnight I saw results. I continued to put the product on every day in Sugar’s wrinkles and it no longer looks infected. The product smells great and doesn’t seem to bother Sugar one bit. I have already told my friends who own dogs about this product and cannot wait to purchase more.”

Give Your Dog Organic Relief from Irritated Wrinkles

(and give yourself relief from stinky dog wrinkles!)

There’s one reason Natural Dog Company exists… to help as many dogs live their most pawesome life. To this day, our hearts still soar every time we receive testimonials, so keep them coming! Send us before and after pictures of your dog for a chance to be featured on our blog or social media.

But first… you must give it a try! You have nothing to lose, Wrinkle Balm is backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If you’re not satisfied with results, we’ll refund your purchase.

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What Should You Do To Treat Irritated Dog Wrinkles?

Pugs, bulldogs, and other wrinkly dogs are at risk for developing infections between their adorable skin folds. Irritated dog wrinkles are common but they shouldn’t be considered the norm. It’s important to treat your dog’s condition as soon as possible to reduce discomfort and prevent the infection from getting worse. One of the first signs of irritated dog wrinkles is often a musty or stinky odor. As infection sets in, your dog may develop red inflamed skin, crusty sores or scabs, or slimy skin.

What Causes Irritated Dog Wrinkles?irritated dog wrinkles

Infected or irritated wrinkles can impact any part of your dog’s body, from their squishy face to their wrinkly tail pocket.  Wrinkles are easily infected because they are dark and moist, aka the perfect environment for bacteria to grow.

That’s why it’s crucial to clean out your dog’s wrinkles as much as several times per day. Every time your dog eats or drinks, moisture and food particles splash up and collect in wrinkles. When they play outside, other types of debris can squeeze in between wrinkles. If this mixture of moisture, food and debris is not regularly cleaned it’ll help foster bacterial life.

Stages of Wrinkle Infections

There are different stages of wrinkle infections, generally beginning with skin fold dermatitis, a fancy term for inflamed skin. Untreated dermatitis can develop into a more serious skin disease such as a pyoderma infection. Pyoderma literally translates to “pus in the skin,” so at this stage you will see bumps that might be oozing icky stuff. Wrinkles are also susceptible to staph infections. Irritated or infected wrinkles will not heal on their own. In almost all cases, the problem will worsen without treatment.

How to Prevent Irritated Dog Wrinkles

irritated dog wrinklesFirst and foremost, visit your vet if your dog’s wrinkles appear infected. Additionally, clean your dog’s wrinkles with a moist towel several times a day, especially after they eat or drink. Go back over wrinkles with a dry towel to remove any moisture. Finish the job by applying organic Wrinkle Balm in between your dog’s wrinkles. Don’t forget to clean your dog’s water dish daily and clean bowls between each feeding. Food and water dishes quickly develop bacteria that can cause infected or irritated wrinkles.

The All-Natural Wonders of Wrinkle Balm

Wrinkle Balm is all-natural, easy to apply, and gentle enough for sensitive bullies, while packing naturally powerful anti-fungal properties that combat yeast, bacteria and crusty skin. Furthermore, every all-natural ingredient in Wrinkle Balm is packed with antioxidants and vitamins specially selected for their ability to improve skin fold conditions and help prevent future outbreaks.

Try Wrinkle Balm on your pup to see why so many bulldog and pug owners swear by it.

Bye-Bye Smelly, Infected & Irritated Skin!

Kiss your dog on the face without cringing over the smell. Say bye-bye stinky, infected and irritated dog wrinkles, and hello to smooth, healthy and odor-free wrinkles you’ll love smooching on again!

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We offer a money back guarantee if you’re not 100% satisfied.

How to Heal Dry Dog Skin the Natural Way

Itchy dry dog skin can be a serious source of discomfort for your pup, it can also indicate an underlying condition that requires treatment. Itching is the most common sign of dry dog skin, but other signs include noticeable hair loss, and/or flaky, scaly skin that may appear red or irritated. Most dogs with dry skin can’t stop itching, leading to further irritation of the skin, as well as sores and cuts with the potential for infection.

Why is My Dog’s Skin Dry and Itchy?

Dry skin can be caused by so many different things. Your dog’s skin may dry out at certain times of the year, after exposure to an irritating shampoo, or because of an underlying condition or disease that requires medication. Some common causes of dry dog skin include:

Allergies

Your dog may be allergic to mold, fleas, shampoos, smoke, certain medications, perfumes, cleaning products, pollen, dust, and the list goes on. Aside from dry skin, allergies may cause runny eyes, sneezing, and/or paw irritation.

Cold Weather

It’s not uncommon for dogs to develop dry skin during the winter, just like us humans. Even if the problem goes away with the arrival of warmer weather, you should still treat dry dog skin to prevent irritation, sores, infections, etc.

Lack of Nutrients

If your dog’s diet lacks the right nutrients it can lead to dry skin. Talk with your vet about better food options and consider incorporating essential fatty acids into your dog’s diet.

Fleas, Mange or Mites

If parasites are constantly biting your dog it’s not unlikely he/she will develop an allergic reaction that results in dry and irritated skin. Fleas tend to congregate around the back and tail area, while mites are associated with dandruff and scaly skin. Ear mites might be to blame if your dog shakes his head around a lot. Mange typically causes hair loss, scabs and sores.

Thyroid Disease

Thyroid disease is an example of a more serious underlying condition that can dry out your dog’s skin due to a lack of essential hormones. Other signs of thyroid disease include lethargy, weight gain, changes in behavior, dull coat, excessive shedding, and thickening of skin. If your dog’s skin condition does not clear up, it’s important to visit the vet so you can rule out any underlying conditions that require medication.

How to Naturally Soothe & Heal Dry Dog Skin

The goal is to soothe irritation while healing underlying infections, cuts or sores. Your dog’s skin needs something that:

  • Adds natural moisture and hydration
  • Reduces swelling and inflammation
  • Addresses bacterial, yeast or fungal infections
  • Provides a protective barrier against the elements so skin can heal

Skin Soother offers all that and more. The all-natural vegan and organic balm is used to treat a variety of underlying conditions associated with dry dog skin, including hot spots, yeast and fungal infections, rashes, wounds, cuts, and allergies. It soothes on contact while healing the skin and providing antifungal, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

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If you’re not 100% satisfied we offer a money-back guarantee 

What about dry, irritated or stinky dog wrinkles?

Wrinkle Balm was made with pugs, bulldogs, and all other wrinkly pups in mind. Try Wrinkle Balm

What about a dry dog nose?

Snout Soother is the all-natural option for dry dog noses. Try Snout Soother

Before & After PawSoother Reviews Show Pawsome Results For Dry Paws

Does PawSoother really work to heal dry and damaged paw pads?

Millions of dog owners around the world are facing the same predicament—why are my dog’s paws rough, dry, or crusty? And how do I fix it?  You do some research or get a recommendation from a friend to check out PawSoother by Natural Dog Company, but how do you know if it really works before you spend $17.95 on a stick of it?

Before we go any further, you really have nothing to lose because Natural Dog offers a money back guarantee if you’re not 100% satisfied with their products. Still not sold? Meet Bently.

Before & After PawSoother Review: Bentley

Bentley, a beautiful golden retriever from Brick, New Jersey, had paws that “were rougher than sand paper,” to quote his humom. I have two golden retrievers myself and so I know firsthand how much these active pups tend to wear out their paws, and Bentley was no exception.

“This is the before and after photos of my golden retriever Bentley’s paws after using PawSoother for 7 days.”

Before and after photos: 

sand paper

Before

no more sand paper paws!

After

Why PawSoother?

  • PawSoother is made from all natural, vegan and organic ingredients that are carefully sourced.
  • Contains natural but powerful antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, disinfectants, and anti-bacterial properties to help heal a variety of conditions related to dry dog paws.
  • Provides a layer of protection against the elements while paws heal
  • It’s perfectly safe to eat—because , as we all know, dogs love to lick their paws
  • Helps heal and reduce Paw Allergy Symptoms
  • Treats paw pad hyperkeratosis “hairy paw”

Before & After PawSoother Review: Knalla

Knalla is a 5-year-old lab mix who used to live with dry rough paws that became especially bad during winter. “Wisconsin winter, salt, and ice have dried out her poor feet,” writes Knalla’s humom. “I’m worried about them cracking and can’t imagine that it is very comfortable for her. Thanks to Natural Dog Company we are repairing YEARS of damage.”

Before and after photos: 

Repairing years of paw damage

Before

Repairing years of paw damage

After

Are Dry Paw Pads Really That Bad?

Dry or cracked dog paws are often a source of irritation, leading to licking, chewing and an increased risk of bacterial infections. If your dog is constantly licking and chewing at his paws it’s likely a secondary infection could develop. Additionally, small cuts that form on dry paw pads can lead to pain, limping and reduced activity levels.

Before & After PawSoother Review: Maci-Grace

“My dog Maci-Grace had the roughest paws, and they feel as though they’re ready to crack at any minute,” writes Kassidy about her beloved pup. Kassidy and Maci-Grace officially kissed their paw worries goodbye after discovering PawSoother.

“I’m a sold customer for good because it was every bit worth it! I only apply it 2-3 times a week to my dogs paws and it took about 2 weeks to see a difference. Not to mention, it soothes her all the way to a nap when I apply it. Love the product!”

Before and after photos:

roughest paws healed with Paw Soother

Before

roughest paws healed with Paw Soother

After

Give Your Pup Some Pawsome Relief

Before and after PawSoother reviews and pictures can only show so much. The real magic sparks when you watch and feel your dog’s rough and damaged paws transforming.

Try Paw Soother on your pup to see and feel the difference just a few applications can make!

4 Ways to Naturally Soothe & Treat Dog Allergy Symptoms

Dog allergy symptoms can surface as hot spots, hair loss, or irritated paw pads. The causes of dog allergies are just as varied as the symptoms. Depending on where your dog’s allergies surface, there are different all natural solutions you can try.  The first step to naturally treating dog allergy symptoms is to identify the cause. Have you changed your dog’s diet recently? Are allergies seasonal; do they coincide with high pollen levels or some other change in environment? Reducing your dog’s exposure to allergens is the best way to decrease the chance outbreaks persist or return.

The area your dog’s allergies appear can also help reveal the cause of the problem. For instance, allergic reactions on the face, ears or mouth-area, often relate to food or the bowls your dog eats/drinks out of. Along with identifying the cause, it’s important to treat irritated skin to reduce inflammation, infections, or other issues commonly resulting from dog allergies. The following all-natural products offer the perfect way to reduce your dog’s discomfort and heal damaged, stinky, flaky, dry or overall irritated skin. Bye-bye dog allergy symptoms, hello relief!

1. Paw SootherDog Allergy Symptoms

Best Used to Treat: Allergies that surface through your dog’s paws, resulting in sore, dry, crusty, flaky, rough, discolored or damaged paw pads.

Dog allergy symptoms can show through your dog’s paws. Paws should not be rough, dry, peeling or discolored. Walking over a variety of contaminants or allergens, including deicers or household chemicals, can dry out and irritate your dog’s paws. If your dog is constantly licking and chewing at his paws, or her paws look and feel worn out, Paw Soother offers rich moisturizing, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and antibacterial, as well as collagen and cell boosting properties. It also provides a layer of protection to help limit reoccurring exposure.

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Dog Allergy Symptoms2. Skin Soother

Best Used to Treat: Hot spots, hair loss, and other skin conditions spread across your dog’s body.

Dry, itchy, irritated skin is no match for the healing power of Skin Soother. The combination of healing herbs packed inside provide anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. The balm also provides a layer of protection against future irritation. It is used to soothe and treat hot spots, irritated bug bites, allergic dermatitis, and so much more.

Give your dog all-natural relief, try Skin Soother today!

3. Wrinkle Balm

Best Used to Treat: Ultra-sensitive pups, and allergies that impact your dog’s wrinkles, from facial wrinkles to tail pockets.

Wrinkle Balm is ideal for wrinkly dogs, especially because they tend to be some of the most sensitive breeds and this is a gentle yet effective product. Voted a 2016 Fave Find by ModernDogMagazine!, Wrinkle Balm is highly recommended for sensitive dogs and dogs with adorable wrinkles. You should clean your dog’s wrinkles 2-3 times a day, leaving no moisture behind. Adding Wrinkle Balm post-cleaning can combat and prevent skin fold dermatitis, yeast and bacterial infections, sores and scabs, itchy and irritated skin, as well as unpleasant odors.

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4. Spruce Up Pup Shampoo BarDog Allergy Symptoms

Best Used to Treat: Most skin conditions; a great way to safely and effectively clean your dog before using the products mentioned above.

You shouldn’t use any old soap on your dog. The wrong soap/shampoo can make your dog’s skin more irritated or cause an allergic reaction. That’s why it’s so important to use all natural soap made especially for sensitive pups. Natural Dog’s Spruce Up Pup Shampoo Bar is the all-natural solution to bathing your dog. When paired with Skin Soother or Wrinkle Balm, it helps reduce allergies and improve your pet’s coat. Plus, it helps take away that wet dog smell!

“We are now on 3 months using this bar… I previously spent hundreds on products, vet visits, medications and recommendations none have compared to what this has done for my pup. He is a happy boy with relief to his very dry skin, his fur has maintained its beautiful self. I am happy using this product because I know I am not using any chemicals on him, I myself have sensitive skin so using some of those other harsh products even affected my skin by contact so it bothered me to even try it on him. I continue to stand by this product it has truly changed our lives!” —Roxanne 

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Yeast Infections in Dogs – How to Naturally Treat & Give Your Pup Some Relief

Is your dog’s skin itchy, irritated, red or inflamed? Yeast infections in dogs are rather common, especially for wrinkly pups. The Malassezia species of yeast is the responsible culprit. This type of yeast is normally found on the skin and ears of your dog, but when yeast populations bloom out of control it leads to irritation, infection and yeast dermatitis. So, while yeast is harmless in small quantities, overproduction of yeast causes irritation and inflammation of the skin. It’s not always clear why yeast overproduces but suppressed or imbalanced immune systems are often to blame.

Other common causes or contributing factors for yeast infections in dogs include:

  • Living in a hot or humid environment, conditions that help spur the overproduction of yeast.
  • Immunosuppressive drugs
  • Allergies to fleas
  • Exposure to contact allergens, including food, chemicals in the air, etc.
  • Prolonged usage of steroids or antibiotics
  • Hormonal imbalances related to disorders such as hypothyroidism or Cushing’s Disease
  • External parasites

Yeast Infections in Dogs with Skin Folds

Dogs with wrinkles and skin folds (hello all you adorable brachycephalic breeds!) are more likely to develop yeast infections. These skin folds provide the perfect environment for yeast to develop, especially if folds are not regularly cleaned and wiped dry.

Are Yeast Infections Contagious Amongst Dogs?

Simply put, no. Your dog cannot spread his infection to another dog and he didn’t develop it due to exposure to his four-legged friend next door. Instead, canine yeast infections of the skin are caused by an underlying allergy or skin condition.

When One Thing Leads to Another

Reoccurring bacterial skin infections put your dog at an increased risk for developing a yeast infection. The production of yeast can lead to increased oil production, causing dogs to itch and bite at the area, thus creating secondary sores that give yeast an even better shot at survival. So, while yeast infections in dogs are not contagious, they are sure to get worse without treatment.

How to Naturally Treat Yeast Infections in Dogs

There are two excellent all-natural solutions for treating yeast infections in dogs, one of which is made specifically for wrinkly pups—in fact, bullys all over the Internet are swooning over it!

Wrinkle Balm

Dogs with wrinkles are more likely to develop yeast infections. That’s because those adorable wrinkles are dark, moist, and likely under-cleaned; creating the ideal environment for bacteria and yeast to flourish. Wrinkle Balm gets to the root of the issue, because it is packed with all natural ingredients that contain anti-fungal properties proven capable of eradicating yeast. Plus, added vitamins and antioxidants improve skin fold condition and reduces risk for future infections.

Try Wrinkle Balm, risk-free! If you’re not 100% satisfied, we offer a money-back guarantee.

Skin Soother

Skin Soother is a natural antibiotic topical treatment that can be used to treat and soothe a variety of skin conditions, including yeast dermatosis. It’s filled with herbs that contain antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties. Skin Soother is the pawesome solution to yeast infections of the ears, tummies and other skin surfaces.

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Dog Breeds More Likely to Develop Yeast Infections

It’s believed that Certain dog breeds are more genetically prone to the development of yeast infections, including:

  • Australian terrier
  • Maltese terrier
  • West Highland white terrier
  • Silky terrier
  • Lhasa apso
  • Dachshund
  • Shetland sheepdog
  • Poodle
  • Chihuahua
  • Cocker spaniel
  • Basset hound

The PawTection Challenge Continues: Learn How To Protect Dog Paws

Want to pawtect your pup’s paws?

PawTection is the all natural way to protect dog paws!

The PawTection Challenge Continues with three more pawesome Instagrammers, @lifeofscout_, @bellethenewfie, and @eddthepug! Our mission is simple: Help protect as many dog paws as pawsible. Our all natural, vegan and organic PawTection does just that, providing a protective barrier against the elements and your dog’s paws.

Go ahead, call your dog over and take hold of his or her paw. Is it smooth to the touch or rough and cracked—like your heels after you miss a few months of pedicures? Your dog’s paws are tough but they are not tough enough to stand up to hot pavement on a summer’s day, or long runs on sandy beaches. Hence why your dog’s paws are rough and damaged. If you don’t protect dog paws, rough paws can become painful, cracked and infected.

While dog shoes are great for a hilarious Instagram video, they’re not exactly practical nor do dogs tend to like wearing them. No shoes necessary, PawTection provides seamless protection against:

  • Hot surfaces
  • Harsh elements (salts, ice, snow, rough terrain, etc.)
  • Contact allergens (mold, pollen, grass, etc.)

As part of our PawTection Challenge, we sent PawTection to some of the doggone biggest Instagram stars out there. Here’s what happened when these 3 cutie-pies gave PawTection a try!

Edd of @eddthepug

With over 100,000 Instagram followers and a little French bulldog brother (@archie_thefrenchbulldog) to look after, Edd the Pug lives a rather busy life. This popular pug spends a lot of time at the beach, and as we’ve said so many times before… sand is ruff on paws. It’s important to protect dog paws or else they are sure to get cracked and “scaly,” just like Edd’s.

Edd’s humom Andrea writes, “PawTection is amazing, we walk mainly on the beach where there is a lot of shingle, sand, salt and stones that are rough on a dogs paws, but pawTection is soothing and moisturizing. We have been using it before our walk and as you can see the difference it’s made in a few short weeks. The feel of the paw has changed too, it’s not dry or cracking and doesn’t feel scaly now. We will be using it to pawtect our paws from now on!”

Edd’s “scaly” paws before and after:

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Scout of @lifeofscout_

Scout is a future therapy dog and beloved golden retriever with 27,000 followers to paw! Golden retrievers are ACTIVE and Scout’s paws showed clear signs of her nonstop activity. In fact, Scout’s rough paws led her humom Korrin to reach out to us.

“We originally reached out to The Natural Dog Company hoping to find a product that would help the roughness of Scout’s paws. Every time she pawed at us it felt like sand paper. I fell in love with the natural ingredients and the amazing reviews about the company. A cruelty free, veterinarian recommend, all natural and organic product… sign us up! It smells amazing and we didn’t have any issues getting it on her paws. A very thin layer is all you need. We loved the consistency because she wasn’t able to lick it off like a cream and it settled extremely fast unlike a liquid. After the first day we noticed how much healthier her paws looked and how much it protected her paws while we were outside. Having something that is preventative is so important with all of the adventures we go on. Thank you Natural Dog Company for helping our little girl have healthy paws again!” —Korrin, Scout’s humom

Scout’s rough paws before and after:

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Belle of @bellethenewfie

Belle is an up and coming Instagram superstar and we can’t get enough of this massive Newfoundland—she’s so dang cute! Prior to using PawTection, Belle’s young paws were already starting to wear out. They become so irritated Belle was constantly licking and chewing at her paws.

“Her paws have always been dry and rough due to always going from in and out of water to dry land… I would always watch her bite her paws and I never understood why she did that. Ever since applying the product [PawTection] I haven’t seen her bite at her paws once! I would not hesitate in recommending these products to our friends and followers.” -Angel Saucedo 

Belle’s rough paws before and after:

PawTection Challenge

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Protect Your Dog’s Paws: Try PawTection Risk Free!

Give your dog the gift of protected paws. If you are not 100% satisfied with the results, we offer a money-back guarantee. You have nothing to lose and your dog has healthier paws to gain—a win-win worthy of a barking ovation! Buy PawTection

The PawTection Challenge: Protecting Paws, One Pup at a Time

I can’t tell you how many dogs I meet with rough paw pads. It’s as if the world has decided rough paw pads are fine, in fact normal…but they’re not. Walking on hot asphalt or running like an animal along the beach, there are SO many different reasons dogs end up with rough, dry and damaged paw pads. Most can be avoided by adding a layer of protection between your dog’s paws and the ground.

PawTection is an all-natural vegan and organic balm that acts as a protective barrier agains the elements, including sand, snow, hot asphalt, and so forth. We are on a mission to protect as many paws as we can, that’s why we launched The PawTection Challenge!

We asked some of the world’s most beloved dogs to give PawTection a try, and they doggone LOVED the results. The pawesome pups that participated in our challenge experienced smoother healthier paws within just 7 days. We’ll be sharing their before and after images over the next weeks, starting with @maska_the_husky, @SpottedAngels, and @rubytheboxerdog.

Maska @maska_the_husky

With over 95,000 Instagram followers, it’s clear to see the world has fallen paws over tail for Maska, an adorable husky that lives in Toronto, Canada. With so many Instagramers just waiting for their daily dose of entertainment, Maska stays very busy. Since he spends a lot of time on his paws, we knew he was the perfect Canadian candidate to join our PawTection Challenge.

Maska’s humom Nancy writes:

We had great experience participating in the 7-day PawTection challenge”. The improvement to Maska’s right paw really impressed us after continually applying PawTection before heading outdoors for walks, adventures, etc. these past 7 days. On day 8, his right paw is noticeably – and I’d say even dramatically – softer and more moisturized than the left paw, which we didn’t apply PawTection to.

–Nancy & Maska

Maska’s paws after using PawTection for 7 days:

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Ruby @RubyTheBoxerDog

Meet Ruby, a fun-loving boxer causing chaos in the English countryside. Take one look at Ruby’s Instagram and it’s clear to see just how active this pup truly is. She loves playing fetch on the beach, in the mud, or just about anywhere, which causes her paws to wear out. “This was the perfect test for Ruby, as she loves to run and climb which leads to her pads becoming rough and worn.”

Ruby’s rough paws before & after:

“We applied this [PawTection] only to her right paws and noticed quite the difference. The paws that were left untreated looked dry and cracked whereas her right paws became soft and appeared much smoother.”

“We have used various paw soothers in the past and they tend to leave a greasy mark on the furniture. We’ve not had this problem and after sure the PawTection soother is rubbed into her pads, they absorb quickly leaving a soft waxy appearance. Not only do we love this soother but the stick applicator is so easy to use and is no fuss!”

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Rocky @SpottedAngels

Rocky is a rescue Great Dane living in Texas. The toughest thing about this gentle giant was his “big old scratchy paws,” and so we invited him to join our PawTection Challenge. Rocky spends a lot of time doing charity work, visiting local hospitals, schools, nursing homes, and so forth. Not only did Rocky’s paws soften and heal, but as a bonus, “he didn’t slide as much on the hard floors when we visited the hospital as a therapy team.”

Rocky’s rough paws before:

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Rocky’s paws after using PawTection for 7 days:

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“My first impressions after using the roll on stick are that this stuff is GREAT! It smells wonderful, he enjoyed the process of rubbing it into his pads, it didn’t feel overly greasy on my own hands and it definitely made his big old scratchy paws softer.”

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Let your dog experience the all-natural pawesome power of PawTection! If you are unsatisfied for any reason, we offer a money back guarantee.

How to Heal a Dry & Crusty Dog Nose

Contrary to popular belief, a dry or crusty dog nose is not a sure sign your dog is sick but it can give hints to things going on in your dog’s body. To find out why your dog’s nose is dry or crusty, try and pinpoint when the issue originated and if it’s a reoccurring thing. By finding out the cause you can prevent it from reoccurring in the future.

Your dog relies on a moist nose to smell the surrounding world and analyze their environment. If your dog’s nose is dry they cannot smell as well, so not only is it uncomfortable but it can be debilitating as well. The goal is to get your dog’s nose looking and feeling better as soon as possible.

As soon as you notice your dog’s nose is dry or crusty, do these three things: 

#1. Clean Your Dog’s Nose

Wipe your dog’s nose clean using a soft clean cloth.

#2. Apply Snout Soother

Snout Soother can help soothe, heal and treat the problem. Snout Soother is effective on so many canine nose conditions, from allergies to hyperkeratosis. Regularly applying Snout Soother hydrates the nose and helps prevent the condition from returning.

#3. Determine the Cause

It’s important to find out what caused your dog’s nose to dry out in the first place. That way you can work to prevent it from happening in the future. The following common causes of dry and crusty dog noses can help guide you in the right direction.

Dry or Crusty Dog Nose Caused by Dehydration

Is your dog drinking enough water? Does their nose tend to dry out only during hot summer months? Dehydration can cause a dry dog nose, and it can also impact your dog’s kidneys and other vital organs. Make sure your dog always has plenty of clean drinking water available.

Your Dog’s Nose is Sunburned

crusty dog noseIf your dog spends a lot of time in the sun, a sunburn can cause his or her nose to dry out or become crusty. Snout Soother contains natural sunblock to help prevent future sunburns.

Your Dog’s Nose is Overheated

In the winter time, it’s common for dogs to sleep in front of heaters. While it’s nice and cozy for your pup, the constant puff of warm air causes their nose to dry out and become crusty over time. Preventing access to the area around the heater may cure your dry nose dog.

Allergies Could Also be to Blame

Allergies to food, chemicals, plants, or even the bowl your dog eats out of can cause a dry, crusty dog nose. It’s important to remove the allergen, although you’ll need to go through a process of elimination to identify the culprit. Switch out plastic food bowls for glass or stainless steel, as plastics commonly cause allergies in dogs. Avoid using sunblock, lotion or other products that are not made for dogs, as they can cause a serious negative reaction to your pup’s sensitive nose.

When to Visit Your Vet for a Crusty Dog Nose

When is a dog nose so dry and crusty that it’s cause for concern? If your dog’s dry nose is accompanied by other symptoms, such as cracking, bleeding, or changes in mood or behavior, you should see your veterinarian as soon as possible.

When to see the vet: 

  • Your dog’s nose is producing colored and/or thick discharge
  • Your dog’s nose is bleeding
  • There are lumps or bumps
  • The nose is excessively cracking
  • Your dog won’t stop scratching, licking or rubbing at their nose
  • Your dog’s personality, mood or demeanor has changed

Snout Soother remains an ideal product for treating and healing cracked or bleeding dog noses. It is used to treat and prevent the following conditions:crusty dog nose

  • Dry, chapped nose
  • Crusty/cracked nose
  • Hyperkeratosis
  • Windburn (prevention)
  • Sunburn (also offers natural sunscreen)
  • Canine dry eye
  • Extreme weather conditions
  • Discoid lupus
  • Dryness/other issues commonly associated with brachycephalic breeds

Try Snout Soother risk free today! If you’re not 100% satisfied we offer a money-back guarantee.

My Dog Has A Rash, What Should I Do?

There are so many reasons a dog rash can appear on your pup’s delicate skin, and allergies are one of the most common reasons why. Interestingly, according to VPI Pet Insurance, skin conditions such as dog rashes are the number one reason dogs visit the vet, with the average visit costing $183.

While allergies are a common culprit of dog skin rashes, there are many other potential causes including dry skin, yeast infection, mange, dandruff, hot spots, infections, ticks, or fleas. Almost all skin conditions result in lots of licking, chewing and itching, which only makes the problem worse.

How to Find the Cause of Your Dog’s Rash

The first step to helping your dog find relief is to diagnose the cause of the rash, so how do you do that?

  • Check your dog’s rash carefully, looking for signs of fleas, bite marks, etc. Inspecting the site may provide clues to what’s irritating your dog’s skin.
  • Next, compare the symptoms of the dog rash with common symptoms of skin ailments. Here’s a great blog that provides the most common symptoms of potential skin conditions.
  • At what age and time of year did symptoms originate? Did you change your dog’s food or do something out of the ordinary before the dog rash appeared? The answers to these questions can help you determine the cause. These are all things your vet will want to know as well.

One All-Natural Product Relieves Most Dog Rashes

Dogs love to scratch, lick and chew at rashes, which can lead to hair loss, infection, and additional irritation. The best thing you can do is provide some relief to your dog to help reduce licking, chewing and scratching. Even if you’re not 100% sure what’s causing your dog’s rash, there is one product that can help heal and prevent dog rashes caused by everything from allergies to yeast infections.

skin dermatitis

Before

Skin Soother offers a vegan, organic and all-natural solution to irritated skin by providing instant relief. Not only does the easy to apply balm sooth irritated skin, it also simultaneously goes to work fighting bacteria, yeast, and fungus. Skin Soother has even helped dogs find relief from bacterial skin issues such as atopic dermatitis, bacterial folliculitis, acral lick dermatitis, allergic dermatitis, seborrhea and some types of alopecia.

While it’s still important to find the cause of your dog’s skin rash, Skin Soother combats a wide variety of issues that can cause a rash to develop, including:

  • Acne and other skin irritations
  • Dry skin
  • Hot spots, yeast and fungal infections
  • Bacterial infections
  • Irritated bug bites
  • + so much more!
skin dermatitis

After

Even if your dog continues to lick the area after you apply Skin Soother, you can rest assured it’s 100% safe for your dog to consume. Plus, it provides a barrier of protection to reduce the negative side effects of licking and chewing. Within a few applications, you should notice your dog’s skin improving. If Skin Soother does not work, we offer a 100% money back guarantee—that’s how confident we are in this pawesome product. Witness the power of Skin Soother firsthand, your dog is sure to thank you!

 

SOURCES:

http://www.dog-care-knowledge.com/dog-skin-conditions.html

http://www.dog-care-knowledge.com/dog-skin-conditions.html#symptoms

https://phz8.petinsurance.com/healthzone/pet-health/health-conditions/top-10-reasons-pets-visit-vets

How To Get Rid Of Dog Acne The Natural Way

No one wants to be covered in pimples, not even your dog. At the first sign of dog acne, it’s so important to take the right steps to clear it up. Dog acne, chin pyoderma, puppy dermatitis, muzzle folliculitis, no matter what you call it, it’s all the same thing—pup pimples!

Outbreaks are most commonly found on dog chins, muzzles, and lips, but can also show up around private parts too.  Mild acne outbreaks in dogs are not usually painful, but more serious cases can cause a great deal of discomfort and agitation.

What causes dog acne?

Causes of dog acne include genetic predispositions, hormones, as well as trauma/stress. Bulldogs and other breeds with wrinkly skin are more prone to acne because bacteria become trapped between skin folds, the perfect environment for pimples to bloom.

What researchers and veterinarians know about dog acne is that it is fairly similar to the zits on teenage faces around the world. It even impacts most dogs at the same stage of life; in dog years that’s around 5 to 8 months old. Acne typically clears up after dogs turn 1.

Generally, pimples originate as blackheads or raised areas on hair follicles that become infected with multiplying bacteria and result in pus-filled white heads. Dog acne doesn’t always look like your classic pimple outbreak, so how do you know if that’s what you see on your dog?

Symptoms of dog acne include:

  • Blackheads
  • Red bumps
  • Pus-filled pimples
  • Redness, inflammation,
  • Irritation/pain
  • Your dog is rubbing on carpet, itching or scratching

You want to treat your dog’s acne as soon as possible, especially if they react with pain when you touch the area, or have scars from previous outbreaks.

How to get rid of your dog’s acne for good

From creams to laser-beaming zit-killing machines, humans have manufactured a wide range of products to get rid of acne. Thankfully, it’s a lot simpler when it comes to getting rid of your dog’s skin condition. Wrinkle Balm is like nothing else out there. It originated to help prevent and treat stinky, irritated or infected dog wrinkles, but it’s equally powerful on pimples!

Despite all the power packed into each tube, every ingredient is all natural, vegan and organic. It’s super safe for dogs—even if they decide to eat it, because as we know, dogs will be dogs.

Along with pimples, Wrinkle Balm is used to treat:

  • Skin fold dermatitis
  • Yeast and bacterial infections
  • Redness, chaffing, inflammation, sores, crusty or scabby skin
  • Itchy, flaky skin, hair loss
  • Bad odors/stinky face

Ignoring dog acne puts your dog at risk for irritation and infection. Wrinkle Balm offers an affordable, all natural solution with no-mess easy application. If it doesn’t treat your dog’s acne, we offer a money-back guarantee. Try Wrinkle Balm risk free today!

How to Heal Burned Dog Paws

The best way to treat burned dog paws should relate to the severity of the burn. Here are some helpful tips to determine the best form of treatment for your sweet pup.

“Shake,” you command, extending your hand out for your dog to take. When your dog responds, placing his paw in your hand, you notice

dry paws to moist paws with paw soother

Before

something isn’t right. Perhaps your dog is acting like their paw is sore. Or, maybe the paw pad doesn’t look or feel like it should; it’s rough, overly warm, or extremely red, raw or otherwise damaged. Your dog’s paw pads are at risk of burning from so many things, from household chemicals to walking on hot pavement. When the thermostat reads over 80°F, man-made ground surfaces become painfully hot and can reach well over 100°F.

If your dog swims a lot, their paw pads are at a greater risk of burning. Water softens paw pads and so when dogs walk on hot asphalt or other surfaces after getting out of water their paws are ultra-sensitive and more prone to burning or cracking.

Signs of Burned Dog Paws

  • Rough or dry paw pads—a sign that your dog’s paws are wearing out or repeatedly exposed to overly hot asphalt or other surfaces.
  • Your dog won’t stop licking and chewing at their paws—a clear sign that paws are causing them discomfort or pain.
  • Paw pads are darker than usual
  • Part of the paw pad is missing
  • Paw pads are blistered or red
  • Your dog is limping, refusing to walk or reluctant to go outside

How to Treat Burned Dog Paws

The second you notice your dog’s paws are burned or your dog is showing signs of discomfort, run paws under cool water or use a cool compress.

If entire chunks of the paw are missing or your dog appears in pain, visit your veterinarian as soon as possible. Your vet can identify more serious or deep burns as well as prescribe antibiotics or pain medications as needed.

dry paws to moist paws with paw soother

After

If your dog remains in good spirits but their paws are mildly burned, it’s time to start treating the problem before it gets worse. Dogs love to lick burned paws, but licking only makes the problem worse and can lead to infection. You can wrap your dog’s paws to prevent licking (which is easier than it sounds), or you can apply a soothing balm like Paw Soother to reduce discomfort, speed up healing, and help deter licking—a win-win-win! Even if your dog continues to lick at paws, it is perfectly safe to consume Paw Soother, after all it’s made from all-natural and organic plant-based materials. You should still do your best to distract your dog from licking by playing games, brushing your dog, or busting out his favorite chew toy.

Made from plant-based ingredients, Paw Soother is infused with moisturizing and soothing qualities that expedite the healing process. It also reduces the risk of infection thanks to its anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties.

Prevention is Key: How to Prevent Burned Dog Paws

If you use a product like Paw Soother to heal your dog’s paws, you’ll notice how soft and smooth they become. While this signifies a healthy paw, it also means your dog is at greater risk of burned paw pads again. You should never walk your dog on hot asphalt, concrete, or other surfaces if you couldn’t stand to walk barefoot on them too. Use the palm of your hand or the sole of your foot to test temperatures. If the ground feels hot, your dog needs protection.

Aside from strapping your pup in bulky shoes that make him walk like the neighborhood rodeo clown, how do you protect your dog’s paws?

PawTector is the sister product to Paw Soother, it’s made from all natural, organic and vegan ingredients, but it is more wax-based to provide additional protection against hot surfaces. The easy to apply balm glides over paws and protects against hot surfaces and harsh elements, as well as contact allergens such as grass or pollen.

Enjoy the power of healing + protection with the PAWdicure pack!

Healthy Paws, thanks to the protection of PawTection

What To Pack When Traveling With Your Pup

Traveling with your pup—yahoo, how exciting! But first, what do you need to pack for your four-legged travel companion? He doesn’t need sunglasses or numerous pairs of panties. Dogs are simple compared to us, with our overloaded carry-ons and barely-zipped luggage. That’s not to say your dog needs nothing. Here are 10 essential items you don’t want to forget when traveling with your pup.

1. A Leash

Some regions have leash laws, so even if your dog doesn’t usually go on a leash you should still bring one. Plus, it’s always best to play it safe in an unfamiliar location.

traveling with your pup2. Pet Identification

Secure an ID tag on your dog’s collar to be worn at all times. On the off chance your dog gets lost in a foreign location, this tag could change the outcome and reunite you both.  Tags should be marked with a number you can be reached at while traveling.

3. Doggy Sunscreen

If you’re going somewhere sunny you remember to pack your sunscreen; don’t forget to pack something to protect your pup’s skin too! All natural Skin Soother provides natural SPF, as well as windburn prevention, and protection against extreme weather conditions. Sometimes, your pup’s skin will act different in an unknown climate. Skin Soother doubles as a soothing ointment for dry, chapped, cracked or irritated skin. With one compact tin of Skin Soother, you can protect your pup in numerous ways.

Skin Soother comes in travel size! 

4. Travel Carrier

If you’re traveling with your dog by air, it is mandatory that they go inside of a carrier. You might need a carrier for other reasons while traveling, so it’s best to bring one with you. Don’t forget little food and water dishes that’ll fit inside of the carrier. Make your dog’s carrier cozier by adding blankets, towels, your pet’s favorite toys, etc.

5. Paw Protection

Traveling to new places sometimes means walking across unexpected surfaces, like ultra-hot asphalt, sandy beaches, or icy pavement. If you bring some form of paw protection, your pup remains safe no matter what. PawTection is the perfect thing to pack when traveling with your pup.  It easily glides over paws and provides a barrier against hot and abrasive surfaces. It also protects paws from harsh elements, like deicers, and reduces the effects of contact allergens, like mold, pollen, etc.traveling with your pup

PawTection comes in travel size! 

6. Health Certificates & Proof of Rabies Vaccination

If you are traveling across national borders, you may need a health certificate or proof of rabies vaccination. Check with your destination’s health department to uncover everything you need ahead of time.

Some states impose breed restrictions, check ahead of time to ensure your dog is welcome.

7. Comforts From Home

A beloved chew toy or your dog’s favorite blanket can go a long way to making your dog feel more at home.

8. Poop Bags

The pooping doesn’t end on vacation!

9. Flash Light

Speaking of poop, your dog might have to go potty in the middle of the night. At which point, you’ll be glad you brought a flashlight.

10. Medications

Bring any medications or supplements your dog gets on a regular basis. Even if it’s medication you only use sometimes, bring it in case your dog needs it.

Additional Tips For Traveling With Your Pup:

  • If you are traveling by plane, feed your dog 4-6 hours before takeoff.
  • If you are traveling by car, feed your pet a light meal 2-3 hours before you leave.
  • If your dog hasn’t spent much time in a carrier, start practicing with positive reinforcement before you leave.
  • Make an appointment with your veterinarian at least 1 month before you are scheduled to leave. That should give you enough time to schedule any vaccinations your dog needs regarding the area you are traveling to.

Hot Dogs & Hot Paws! These Summer Essentials Can Protect Your Dog’s Paws

Hot dogs get hot paws, luckily there are some things you can do to protect your dog’s paws from the heat this summer. Did you know that even if the temperature is under 100 degrees F, asphalt surfaces can still reach well over 100 degrees F? It’s true, and it hurts your dog’s paws to walk across scorching hot surfaces. Your dog’s paws are naturally tough, but they are not designed to walk across man-made surfaces that heat up way faster than natural surfaces.

Can Dog Shoes Protect Hot Paws?

Dog shoes are one option to protect hot paws, but most dogs aren’t the biggest fans of shoes. It’s not uncommon to use dog shoes a few times, get a few chuckles out of them, and then forget about using them altogether. For one, it takes a lot of work to strap on 4 shoes every time you go outside with your dog. Secondly, most dogs don’t like wearing shoes.  If your dog is one of the few that enjoys prancing around in new kicks—by all means, go for it! But, if your dog prefers to go all natural, there’s a way easier option…

Hot Paws Need PawTection

Instead of strapping on bulky and expensive dog shoes, PawTection offers a less invasive way to protect your dog’s paws from hot surfaces. The all-natural organic and vegan balm glides over the bottom of your dog’s paws, providing protection made from a blend of herbal-based butters and special plant oils.

Each carefully selected ingredient plays a crucial role in nourishing your pup’s paws while guarding them against the elements. Your dog won’t even know he is wearing anything, and yet his paws will feel so pawesome.

PawTection is proven to protect your dog’s paws against:

  • Hot surfaces like sidewalks, asphalt, gravel, rocks, sand, concrete, stone, decks, and so forth
  • Cold surfaces like ice or snow
  • The effects of contact allergens like pollen, grass, or even mold
  • Harsh elements like deicers—which can cause serious complications without the proper precautions. If there are deicers on the streets, always clean your dog’s paws immediately after contact and before you both go inside. This helps prevent deicers from doing as much damage to paws. It also prevents your dog from licking toxic salts off their paws and getting sick.

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Signs Your Dog’s Paws Are Damaged from Hot Surfaces

Dog paws should not be rough or dry to the touch. Dry or rough dog paws are the first sign of paw pad damage, often caused by walking on hot surfaces. A healthy paw pad is soft and sponge-like, allowing dogs to run around and maintain good grip.

Some other signs of paw damage you shouldn’t ignore:

  • Hot paws, if your dog’s paws are abnormally warm to the touch they might be irritated
  • Your dog is constantly licking or chewing at his paws—a common act for dog’s with damaged, irritated or burned paw pads
  • Your dog’s paws appear discolored
  • Paw pads are peeling or showing any other sign of surface damage

Damaged Paws Need Paw Soother

PawTection protects your dog’s paws against hot surfaces. Plus, the soothing all natural ingredients help heal pre-existing damages. Paw Soother, PawTection’s sister product, includes additional healing properties to further restore damaged paws.

Paw Soother is made from carefully selected ingredients intended to restore moisture, flexibility and grip. Paw Soother is gentle enough for your dog to eat without worry, but it’s still tough enough to combat a wide range of issues including heat damaged paws, hyperkeratosis of the paw, peeling and cracked paws, allergy-impacted paws, and more.

See firsthand the dramatic difference Paw Soother and PawTection can make, your pup is sure to thank you with some pawesome high-fives!

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Can Your Dog’s Nose Get A Sunburn?

Q: My dog’s nose is pinkish-red, dry and sore to the touch—could it be a dog nose sunburn?

A: Yes! A sunburn on your dog’s nose is not only possible but rather common.

Your dog’s nose is extremely susceptible to sunburn, all it takes is spending too much time out in the sun for UV rays to impact the sensitive moist skin covering your dog’s sniffer. The nose is one of the worst places for your dog to experience a sunburn, simply because they depend on it to smell and assess their environment. When your dog’s nose is sore, cracked or dry, they may not be able to smell with the same vigor they are used to.

Applying an all-natural and soothing balm, like Snout Soother, can help reduce discomfort and promote healing. Additionally, it adds moisture back into the skin, helping your dog smell better while they heal.

How Do I Know If My Dog’s Nose has a Sunburn?

dogs nose sunburnA dog nose sunburn can be pink or red, just like a human sunburn. It may also appear dry, flaky or crusty. Your dog may be resistant to touch because their nose is sore. Additionally, your dog may continually lick at his or her nose when it is burnt, dry or irritated.

Other things besides the sun can burn your dog’s nose, such as cleaning chemicals, deicers, or sticking their nose on a hot stovetop. So, if your dog has not been out in the sun and their nose appears to be burnt, you should take them to the vet to ensure they are not having a serious reaction to something, especially if the burn seems to be getting worse instead of better.

How to Tell if Your Dog’s Nose Sunburn is Serious

There are three different levels of dog nose sunburns. The least severe is a Superficial Partial Thickness burn, which causes redness but no blisters. Next, a Deep Partial Thickness Burn goes beneath the first layer of skin covering your dog’s nose, impacting deeper layers. This is comparable to a third-degree burn in humans. With the right at-home care and sun protection, your dog should recover from mild to moderate burns without issue.

A Full Thickness Burn is the most severe type of sunburn, indicating all layers of your dog’s nose are burned, and possibly even tissues beneath the bottom layer. This level of burn causes a lot of pain and discomfort and requires veterinary attention.

How to Protect Your Dog’s Nose From the Sun

Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to help prevent your dog’s delicate nose from getting scorched by the sun.

Apply Snout Soother to your dog’s nose.

dogs nose sunburnNot only can Snout Soother help relieve sore or sunburned dog noses, but also, it provides all natural sunscreen thanks to the fact it is packed with Kukui Nut Oil and Organic Shea Nut Butter. Your dog’s nose is incredibly sensitive, so you don’t want to apply just any old sunscreen to it—especially not human grade sunscreen. Snout Soother is specially formulated for dogs. It is made from carefully sourced ingredients that are safe enough for your dog to eat, not that we recommend making a meal of it, but you can rest assured if your dog licks their nose after you apply it.

Make sure your pup doesn’t spend too much time in the sun.

Avoid leaving your dog in direct sunlight for prolonged periods of time. Make sure your dog has access to shade when they are outside.

Don’t Put Your Dog Outside During the Hottest Parts of the Day

Some dogs just love napping in direct sunlight, in which case you’ll need to apply Snout Soother to your dog’s nose before they go outside. You can further reduce the risk of sunburn by not letting your dog out during the hottest parts of the day when the sun is most intense.

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How To Naturally Soothe Irritated Bug Bites On Dogs

Your dog’s irritated bug bites are uncomfortable, itchy and annoying. If you’ve ever been bitten by a mosquito or stung by a bee you know how irritating the feeling can be. Dogs spend a lot of time outdoors, they love to chase after bees and they’ll roll on the ground without checking for blood-hungry bugs first, hence how they often become victims of bug bites.

It’s difficult to know what bit your dog unless you see it take place. Thankfully, most dogs can tolerate even the worst spider bites, including black widow and brown recluse bites. Even if your dog doesn’t display serious signs of distress, an irritated bug bite can cause issues of its own. Dogs will lick, chew and scratch at bug bites to reduce irritation, but as a result, this can cause more irritation and even infection.

Bug Bites on Dogs

“We believe this is a bite of some kind and didn’t want to take her to the vet because they always want your money. We have had terrible experiences, so the vet is our last resort. I applied Skin Soother for a few days and it cleared right up! Annie has a lot of skin problems and we are fighting one by one until they all are gone. She had two of these exact “bites” of some sort on her back, this picture is from the same place.”

Signs of Irritated Bug Bites on Dogs

  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Hives
  • Itching, scratching or licking

Signs Your Dog’s Bug Bite Requires Extra Special Attention  

The most common bug bites on dogs are caused by bees, hornets, wasps, spiders, mosquitos, ants, or flies. for the most part, these bites will heal and clear up on their own. If you notice your dog acting odd, lame, or showing systemic symptoms like vomiting, diarrhea, unsteadiness, or collapsing, your dog could be displaying a serious allergic reaction to a bug bite. Take them to the vet ASAP!

The following bug bites require more attention and care to prevent additional issues.

Fleas

Fleas are often the first thing pet owners check for when they notice bite marks on their dog. If fleas are to blame, you’ll likely find the little black culprits scampering around near the irritated skin. Fleas can cause hair loss, severe irritation, swelling, crusting and oozing. Your dog will require veterinary care to successfully remove fleas.

Ticks

Before you can treat a tick bite, you’ll have to remove the tick. Simply pulling on the bug can cause the head to detach from the body and remain inside of your dog, leading to a potential infection. Try covering the tick with petroleum jelly to prompt the tick to release its grasp before you carefully remove them using tweezers.

Mites

Mites are microscopic insects that burrow into your dog’s skin where they live and feed, causing a lot of damage, inflammation, hair loss, and so forth. Your dog will require veterinary care to successfully remove mites.

How to Relieve Your Dog’s Irritated Bug Bites

All it takes is one mosquito bite to send your dog into an itching frenzy. Your dog’s inflammatory response to a bug bite may cause him/her to itch for a few minutes or hours on end. What if we told you there’s a way to provide your dog with much-needed relief?

Bug Bites on DogsThe all-natural answer is Skin Soother! Skin Soother contains carefully sourced vegan and all natural ingredients proven to provide relief and treat a variety of skin conditions, including inflamed bug bites, dry and itchy skin, hot spots, fungal infections, yeast infections, rashes, and more!

Even the most serious bug bites on dogs, for instance tick bites and flea infestations, are soothed by this powerful skin balm.

When you have Skin Soother on hand, you have a permanent way to soothe irritated bug bites all summer long. Your dog is sure to thank you!

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Bulldog Essentials: 5 Things Bulldogs Need For a Pawesome Life

These bulldog essentials can help solve some some of the most common problems experienced by this loveable breed.

Bulldogs are sweet, adorable, and so much fun, but they tend to be more sensitive than other dog breeds and require extra special care to maintain optimum health. Bulldogs are a brachycephalic (or short-nosed) breed, which puts them at a greater risk for health issues. Certain bulldog essentials can help combat common issues and help your pup live the healthiest and happiest life pawssible.

Some of the most common health issues bulldogs face include:

  • Allergies
  • Skin infections, rashes and hot spots
  • Dry nose
  • Heatstroke
  • Dry, rough, red, or inflamed paw pads
  • Knee and joint issues
  • Tight tails or pocket tails

Many of the issues listed above link right back to number one—an increased sensitivity to certain allergens. Allergies can be sparked by food or something in your dog’s environment.

#1. Dry, Rough, Crusty, Red, or Damaged Dog Nose

Bulldog Essential Solution: Snout Soother

bulldog essentialsShort-nosed breeds are more prone to issues with breathing and their nose. Also, allergies can show up on your dog’s nose as well, say for instance they are allergic to their food or even the bowls they are fed out of. A dry or cracked dog nose is uncomfortable and prohibits your dog from utilizing their strongest sense, their smeller.

Bulldogs are extra sensitive, so you want to avoid applying just anything to their delicate noses. Snout Soother is safe, all-natural, and highly effective when it comes to soothing and healing dry, cracked or otherwise damaged dog noses.

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#2. Skin Infections or Rashes

Bulldog Essential Solution: Skin Soother & Wrinkle Balm

Bulldogs are covered in adorable wrinkles. As cute as they may be, wrinkles are the perfect place for bacteria to grow and flourish. This is especially bulldog essentialstrue with facial wrinkles, where food and moisture often settle in the folds of your dog’s skin. Daily cleanings are essential to keep your bulldog’s wrinkles clean, dry and free of irritants and infections.

Wrinkle Balm is specially formulated to treat irritated and infected wrinkles. The all-natural and vegan balm is made from carefully sourced ingredients and can be used all around your dog’s face. After all, it’s safe enough to eat—because we know how much dogs love to lick!

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Bulldogs are also prone to hot spots and skin irritations, often related to allergies. Skin Soother can calm and soothe inflamed skin, while simultaneously treating the underlying issue.

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#3. Tight Tail Pocket

Bulldog Essential Solution: Wrinkle Balm

Similar to your bulldog’s wrinkled face and body, they may have tight creases in their tail, especially if they have a tight tail pocket. Tight tails require regular cleaning to prevent infection. The tighter your dog’s tail, the greater the risk of infection because air circulation is prohibited.

After regular cleanings, apply Wrinkle Balm to your dog’s tail pocket to help prevent infections. The soothing all-natural balm can even help heal current infections thanks to its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties.

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#4. Rough, Dry, or Peeling Paw Pads

Bulldog Essential Solution: Paw Soother & Pawtection

bulldog essentialsHot asphalt, sand, snow, rough concrete; there are so many different surfaces that can cause severe wear and tear on your bulldog’s paw pads.  Additionally, allergies can cause your dog’s paws to become irritated. If your dog’s paws feel rough to the touch, are peeling, flaking, or irritated, he/she needs relief—and fast! Flaking and damaged paw pads can be very painful. If left untreated the issue will only get progressively worse as your dog licks, chews, and further irritates the paw and surrounding tissues.

Paw Soother can help reduce discomfort while providing much-needed moisture thanks to a special blend of vegan, organic and 100% natural herbal-based butters and plant oils. It is effective at treating dry, chapped or rough paws caused by extreme weather conditions, allergies, or hyperkeratosis.

PawTection is the sister product to Paw Soother, it is more wax-based to provide additional protection to paw pads. Sort of like slipping on a pair of socks, PawTection provides a barrier between your bulldog’s paws and ground surfaces.bulldog essentials

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We know how much dogs love licking their paws! Thankfully, Paw Soother and PawTection are made with 100% natural ingredients that should not cause any health issues if your dog ingests them.

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Lipoid Pneumonia & Dogs: Why You Should Never Use Vaseline On Your Dog’s Dry Nose

Lipoid Pneumonia can be caused by applying Vaseline / petroleum jelly to your dog’s nose, especially after regular use. Dry dog noses or cracked paw pads are often lathered up in Vaseline, after all, most people have the common household product sitting around.

Wait! Before you apply petroleum jelly, be warned that it is not good for your dog. There are documented cases of Vaseline leading to lipoid pneumonia in dogs and humans. It’s relatively rare, but it is possible to develop lung problems after inhaling fat-based substances (lipoids), like petroleum jelly, over long periods of time.

What is Lipoid Pneumonia?

Lipoid pneumonia can impact humans and dogs. It is a particular form of lung inflammation (pneumonia) that is caused by lipids entering the bronchial tree.

What are the Symptoms of Lipoid Pneumonia in Dogs?

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Persistent cough
  • Discharge from nasal passages
  • Weakness, fatigue
  • Rapid breathing
  • Increased heartrate

Since this condition is rare in dogs, it might be difficult to find the correct diagnoses. Make sure to tell your veterinarian if your dog has come in contact with petroleum jelly.

Why You Should Never Use Vaseline On Your Dog’s Dry Nose

#1. Vaseline can cause lipoid pneumonia after long term use.

Fat-based substances (lipoids), like petroleum jelly, can cause lung problems if they are inhaled over a long period of time.

#2. Your dog is guaranteed to eat it and it’s not safe for consumption.

If you lather your dog’s dry nose or rough paw pads with Vaseline, there are sure to eat it via licking.

#3. Vaseline does not provide additional moisture.

Vaseline does not provide any additional moisture, instead it simply provides a barrier that traps in moisture that’s already there. Dry dog noses, paw pads, and other canine skin conditions respond much better to products specially designed for dogs with added moisturizers.

#4. It can cause yeast and fungal growth.

Vaseline can clog skin pores, locking in oils and dirt in a moist and warm environment perfect for yeast and fungal growth.

#5.  It’s not approved for internal use.

Not only does this mean it shouldn’t be consumed, but also, it means it shouldn’t be placed inside of your dog’s ears, nose, etc.

#6. Vaseline does not cure most canine skin conditions.

In other words, you’re taking a risk that isn’t worth taking.

#7. There are different grades of petroleum jelly.

While the Vaseline brand claims to be free of carcinogenic contaminants, many other brands are loaded with toxins. That doesn’t mean you should use Vaseline on your dog, but it is better than other, more potentially dangerous, brands.

#8. Large quantities of Vaseline act as a laxative.

If your dog licks large quantities of petroleum jelly, watch out because it can cause diarrhea.

Avoid Lipoid Pneumonia: How to Safely Treat Your Dog’s Dry Nose

Snout Soother is safe, effective, and specially formulated to soothe and heal dry dog noses. It is made from all natural ingredients and includes moisturizing, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Plus, it’s 100% safe to eat, because we know how much dogs love to lick! You can apply as much Snout Soother as you like without fear of your dog developing a life-threatening condition like lipoid pneumonia.

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How to naturally protect your pet from mosquito bites

Mosquito bites are extremely aggravating, itchy and can even cause different infections and allergic reactions. Mozzies bite our skin in order to obtain our blood which is crucial for mosquitoes to breed. But, we, humans, are not the only ones suffering from these irritating insects. Pets and other animals are also often surrounded by huge mosquito swarms because their blood is just as good as human blood in the eyes of mosquitoes. And often it is simpler for them to bite an animal than a human. Hence, during the summer season, we should not only concentrate on protecting ourselves against mosquitoes but also think about how we can prevent mosquitoes from biting our pets. Unfortunately, many mosquito repellents aimed at animals contain chemicals which can cause health problems to our beloved pets, therefore, let’s look at some effective and natural ways, how we can control mosquitoes and stop them from attacking our furry friends.

mosquito bitesThere are numerous natural mosquito repellents that can be used on fur and skin of animals, which are quite similar to those containing chemicals in terms of efficiency. The only difference between natural bug sprays and artificial ones is the lasting power of the mosquito repellent. Natural insect repellents tend not to last as long as DEET, Permethrin or Permethrin-based sprays do, however, as long as we remember to re-apply the repellent no matter if we use it on ourselves or our pets,  the bug spray will work just as good. Add that to the fact that by using a natural repellent we won’t be exposing our pets to harmful toxins and there are more reasons to use a natural product than one that contains chemicals. But bug spray isn’t the only way to ensure that our pets aren’t bothered by mosquitoes.

Another great way to ensure mosquito-free time for our pets as well as ourselves is to use natural insecticides in our backyards or in the areas where our pets spend the most time. We can either opt for a natural ready-made mosquito spray, or use a green insecticide with an insect fogger, because both of these methods will make sure that our outdoors areas are ready for our pets to be enjoyed without getting bothered by annoying insects. And if you worry about these natural yard sprays being harmful or dangerous to your animals in any way then don’t. They don’t leave any scent or residue on the grass or plants, just rid our outdoors space of insects.

Although, using natural mosquito repellents and yard sprays is a great and effective choice, there are many other ways how we can ensure that mosquitoes won’t be bothering us and our pets. Planting mosquito repellent plants in our gardens is another green alternative. On top of that it also is a very decorative way on how we can minimize the number of mosquitoes living in our backyards. There are numerous mosquito repellent plants to choose from. For example citronella, marigolds, catnip, peppermint, basil and lavender are the most common choices, which means that these plants will not only deter mosquitoes but they can even be used as medicine and in culinary, providing fresh greens for our meals and natural remedies for various illnesses. So, having mosquito repellent plants in our backyards has several amazing benefits.

Lastly, if you want decrease the overall number of mosquitoes in your backyard, which will minimize the chances of our pets getting bit, there also are several mostquito bitesnatural options on how we can do that. Firstly, we should keep our gardens clean. We should pick up any old grass and keep our compost under a lid because mosquitoes like to hide in these types of environment. Secondly, since mosquitoes breed in standing water, we should dump and drain our rain gutters, buckets and any other container which might collect rain water. In addition, keeping your grass closely cut in the summer season will also minimize the number of mosquitoes in our backyards because, mosquitoes also like to live in the grass, which protects them from wind, rain and other elements. Finally, adding a misting systems is also an effective way on how to keep our grass and plants hydrated and decrease the number of mosquitoes in our space. Mosquitoes cannot fly in rain, and since misting systems create artificial rain, the mosquitoes naturally won’t come into the area and won’t bother us.

Overall, the best way to protect our pets against mosquitoes is by taking good care of our backyards. On top of that we can also use one of the many different insect repelling products to even further ensure that mosquitoes don’t bother our animals and ourselves. And you don’t even have to chose products that are filled with chemical components, because there are plenty of natural mosquito deterring products that will be just as effective at keeping the mosquitoes away.

 

Author: Karen Thompson | InsectCop.com

Infected Bulldog Tail Pocket? Here’s How to Clean Your Dog’s Tail Pocket the Natural Way

A bulldog tail pocket require extra special attention to prevent uncomfortable infections from developing. Not all bulldogs have a tail pocket, or rather a little pocket that their tail comes out of. It can be difficult to tell if a puppy has a tail pocket. You might need to wait until your pup grows a little to know for sure. It is not uncommon for even the most devoted dog lovers to not notice their dog’s tail pocket until after it becomes infected and uncomfortable.

Think about how nasty a belly button smells if it’s never cleaned. Now imagine if your belly button was located near your bum and you didn’t wear any clothes to cover it… one can only imagine how dirty it would get! The same goes for your bulldog’s tail pocket, this tiny space is a welcoming pit stop for dirt, grime, and sweat. When left uncleaned, build up results in inflammation, irritation, and infection.

You can prevent painful inflammation, yeast, and bacterial infections by simply remaining proactive and cleaning your dog’s tail pocket on a regular basis.  Here are three tips for success:

Bulldog Tail Pocket Cleaning Tip #1: Clean the area, carefully remove all dirt and debris

Use a moist clean rag or paper towel to gently clean the area, removing dirt until the area is clean. Bulldog tail pockets are sensitive so proceed with extreme caution and a gentle touch. Clean your dog’s tail pocket daily until the infection heals. Thereafter, you can clean your dog’s healthy tail pocket a few times each week to prevent future infections.

Bulldog Tail Pocket Cleaning Tip #2: Thoroughly dry your dog’s tail pocket

After you clean the tail pocket, use a dry cloth to pat dry any moisture that is left behind. If your dog’s tail pocket is wet or even slightly damp, it’s the perfect recipe for bacterial growth and infection. That’s why it’s so important to keep your dog’s tail pocket clean and dry.

Bulldog Tail Pocket Cleaning Tip #3: Apply Wrinkle Balm to prevent future irritations and infections

Bulldog tail pockets are easily infected, that’s why we recommend adding a protective all natural balm to your dog’s tail pocket every day after you clean and dry the area. Wrinkle Balm is the perfect all natural product for the job. It contains antioxidants along with anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties.

An infected bulldog tail pocket can cause a great deal of discomfort for your dog. Thankfully, Wrinkle Balm not only helps combat existing and future infections, but also it provides soothing relief the moment it is applied.

Each all-natural and vegan ingredient packed inside of Wrinkle Balm is hand-selected with sensitive bulldogs in mind.  Try Wrinkle Balm risk free today!

 

Dry Cracked Dog Paws Were A Serious Issue For Our Dog Until We Discovered This

Do dry cracked dog paws have your pup singing the doggone blues? There’s an all-natural solution you must try!

When 10-year-old Zoe started limping, her human parents instantly checked her paws to see what was wrong. They discovered Zoe’s paws were so dry she had developed cracks that ran deep into her paw pads. Zoe’s dad Hunter writes, “We knew they were rough, but we had no idea how dry they had gotten!”

dry cracked dog paws

Zoe with paw cracks

The adorable German Shorthaired Pointer from Denville, NJ enjoys roaming free over 17 acres every day, but as a result of running and playing over such vast terrain, she developed dry cracked dog paws so severe she was limping from the pain. Zoe’s parents knew they needed to find something to help her as quickly as possible.

dry cracked dog paws

Before

“We saw so many incredible reviews about Paw Soother and PawTection that it was a no-brainer. After only a few applications we were able to see a MAJOR improvement in her paws. Her cracks are almost gone and she is well on her way to being completely healed. You’ve got customers for life – thank you so much!!”

dry cracked dog paws

After

Just Like Zoe, Maddie The Golden Retriever Used To Have Dry, Cracked Dog Paws

Meet Maddie, a golden retriever that lives in Princeton, Texas, where she loves going on long walks and playing outside. As happy-go-lucky as Maddie’s life may be, her dry cracked dog paws needed some serious help—and fast!

Maddie’s mom Tara Thompson writes, “For some reason her pads are not tough enough for it. She always ends up with pieces of her pads ripping off, which leads to her licking and biting at them making it more irritated than before.”

instant results

Tara was at a loss what to do for her sweet Maddie. “When I found the Natural Dog Company on Instagram and saw their products, I thought I have to get this for Maddie.”

As soon as it arrived in the mail, Tara applied the soothing balm to Maddie’s dry cracked dog paws. “I absolutely love the instant results and can’t wait to see the long term affects,” she said.

dry cracked dog paws

How Does Paw Soother and Pawtection Heal Dry Cracked Paw Pads?

What Is Paw Soother?

Paw Soother is an all-natural balm specially formulated to soothe and treat dry, cracked, and damaged paw pads. It is made from a blend of herbal-based butters and special plant oils. Paw Soother contains a lot of moisturizing properties, which is so important when it comes to rehydrating dry and cracked paw pads.  That’s not all though, it also contains anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, disinfectant, and antibacterial properties—plus more! 

What Is PawTection?

PawTection, the sister product to Paw Soother, is made from an all-natural blend of waxes and oils. Every ingredient was handpicked to maintain smooth and healthy paw pads.  Paw Soother creates super smooth dog paws, and PawTection helps keep them that way by providing a barrier between your dog’s paws and the elements, all the while providing healing and moisturizing benefits.

Does Your Dog Need Paw Soother Or PawTection?

Paw Soother is ideal for treating:

  • Dry, chapped, rough paws
  • Peeling or cracked paws
  • Hyperkeratosis of the paw
  • Paw Allergy Symptoms
  • Shiny Show Dog Paws
  • Dry Elbows

Furthermore, Paw Soother helps protect your dog against extreme weather and can reduce the appearance of scars.

PawTection is ideal for:

  • Protecting your dog’s feet against hot asphalt, rough gravel, and other unforgiving surfaces.
  • Protecting your dog’s paws against harsh elements such as deicing salts or other chemicals they may encounter.
  • Helps reduce contact with allergies such as pollen, grass, mold, etc.

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Still Not Sold On The Healing Powers Of Paw Soother & PawTection?

Lucky the loveable Pitbull from Colorado Springs, Colorado is yet another success story we are excited to share. Lucky’s paws were dry and rough to the touch when his mom made the decision to give Paw Soother and PawTection a try.

dry cracked dog paws

And pup oh pup, is she doggone glad she did! Lucky’s mom Holly Moon writes: “Just rubbed it in once a night. 3 weeks later his paws are soooo nice!” She adds, “My dog actually enjoyed it. It smells great. I would definitely recommend this to anyone.”

dry cracked dog paws

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Dry Dog Lips: The Causes Of Dry Lips In Dogs & How To Naturally Heal The Problem

Dry dog lips need to be naturally treated as soon as possible to prevent worsening of the problem, such as crusting and cracking dog lips. Even if your dog’s dry lips have already progressed to this stage, there’s no need to worry. Snout Soother is one of the best all natural remedies for dry dog lips, and it can be applied one-week into the issue, or years after your dog first developed dry or cracked lips. Each organic, vegan and all natural ingredient packed inside plays a unique role, including moisturizing, healing, and anti-inflammatory properties.

When your lips get really chapped you need something to soothe the immediate discomfort and help the healing process move forward, hence the need for lip balm. Snout Soother is similar to applying an all-natural lip balm but perfectly pet safe!

By applying an all-natural balm to your dog’s lips, you help seal in good moisture and keep out moisture from your dog’s tongue. This is essential to the healing process because dogs love to lick and chew, especially at something that’s bothering them.

What Causes Dry Dog Lips?

There are a wide variety of reasons dogs develop dry lips, including (but not limited to): 

  • Certain health conditions can make your dog more prone to chapped lips, such as periodontal disease or canine atopy.
  • Low relative humidity can contribute to cracking and drying of your dog’s skin, just as it can your skin.
  • Certain allergies or irritants in your dog’s immediate environment can provoke dry lips; this is more likely to be the case if the sores, chapped or dry skin impact your dog’s nose.
  • Toys made of jute are thought to be plausible contributors to dry dog lips.
  • Vitamin deficiencies can cause the inner lips, especially near the corners of the mouth, to crack.
  • Dehydration, is your dog drinking enough water to remain hydrated on the inside and outside?

The only way to know what is causing your dog’s dry lips is to visit your veterinarian. It might take some trial and error to uncover the actual issue. Finding out why your dog’s lips are dry is key to preventing the problem from reoccurring.

Add Oil To Your Dog’s Food

Add 1 teaspoon coconut oil, krill oil, fish oil, or flaxseed oil to your pet’s food. This provides a healthy dose of essential fatty acids that can help moisturize and replenish dry skin. Talk with your vet to uncover any other types of supplements that might help naturally heal your dog’s dry lips.

Can You Use Vaseline On Dry Dog Lips?

We’ve heard people recommend applying vaseline to your dog’s lips, but don’t do it – not ever.  Your dog is going to end up ingesting it, and while vaseline is considered non-toxic to dogs, eating it is known to provoke diarrhea and vomiting. In fact, the ASPCA recommends keeping vaseline away from dogs.

Without fail, we all know dogs are going to lick and subsequently eat anything applied to their lips. You can rest assured, Snout Soother is 100% safe on every inch of your dog’s body, inside and out.

Try Snout Soother risk free today! Your pup is sure to thank you with plenty of soft-lipped kisses.

Dog Post-Surgery Wound Care: The Essential How-To Guide For Treating Your Dog After Surgery

Dog post-surgery wound care is so important if you want your pup to quickly bounce back after surgery of any kind, from standard neutering to something more complex, such as tumor removal. Here are 6 important post-surgery wound care tips to keep in mind for a pawesome recovery!

Dog Post Surgery Wound Care Tip #1: Keep Your Dog Isolated From Kids & Other Animals

Even the nicest dogs can get snappy post-surgery. It’s not worth taking any risks and it’s for the best. Keeping your dog isolated from other animals and small children can prevent him or her from getting injured. Young ones and hyper dogs may encourage your pup to move too quickly before they have healed, they could also lick or paw at your dog’s post-surgical wounds.

Dog Post Surgery Wound Care Tip #2: Go For Lots Of Bathroom Breaks The Day Of & The Day After Surgery

Take your dog out to use the restroom more often than you normally would the day of and the day after surgery. The IV fluids your dog received during surgery have to come out somehow! Dogs may urinate as often as every hour or every few hours; some dogs even pee in their sleep!

Dog Post Surgery Wound Care Tip #3: Provide Water By Hand

Your dog might not feel thirsty, but don’t let that fool either of you. Your dog needs fluids more than ever right now, so make sure to offer them water on a regular basis. Don’t leave them unattended with a water bowl though. It is possible for a groggy dog to pass out and drown in it.

Dog Post Surgery Wound Care Tip #4: Keep Wounds Dry

Avoid baths, swimming in the pool or any other contact with water following surgery. You should even take extra precautions before going for a walk in the rain. Talk to your vet to find out when exactly your dog’s post-surgical wounds can get wet again.

Dog Post Surgery Wound Care Tip #5: Don’t Let Your Dog Lick & Chew

If your dog licks and chews at their post-surgical wound they will open up stitches and create nasty infections. Unfortunately, just about every dog on the planet can’t resist licking and chewing their wounds. That’s why the dreaded post-surgical pet cone was invented! Make sure your dog wears it for as long as your vet recommends – don’t even think about giving into those big sad eyes.

Dog Post Surgery Wound Care Tip #6: Keep Wound Clean & Moisturized To Promote Healing

Dog Post Surgery Wound CareYour vet should provide dog post-surgery wound care instructions that detail how to clean the wound, drain it (if necessary), bandage it or whatever the case may be. Always talk to your vet first before applying any products to your dog’s post-surgical wounds. In most cases, vets tend to agree that applying Skin Soother to post-surgical dog wounds can help soothe, moisturize and heal post-surgery wounds.

Every carefully sourced all-natural and vegan ingredient inside of Skin Soother packs a powerful purpose. For instance, Vetiver offers anti-inflammatory properties, and Niaouli is a natural analgesic, bactericidal and antiseptic that helps relieve pain and kill bacteria. Learn about all of Skin Soother’s ingredients here.

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How To Heal Dry & Cracked Dog Noses: Before & After Reviews Of Snout Soother

A dry dog nose can be a big problem, especially if the dryness progresses to the point that your dog’s nose begins to crack, fall off in chunks, bleed, become discolored or show any other signs of irritation. Your dog relies on his nose to smell everything around, in fact your dog’s sense of smell is his greatest sense of all. If your eyesight suddenly started to go bad and you couldn’t process the world in the same ways you did before, how would you feel? This is how your dog starts to feel when their nose isn’t working right. That’s why it’s so important to heal a dry or crusty dog nose as it can actually lead to behavioral issues and additional stress for your dog.   

While a moist dog nose is so important to your dog’s overall health and wellbeing, there are many causes of dry dog noses, such as:

  • Overexposure to the sun – yes, your dog’s nose CAN get sunburned.
  • Allergies to anything from the plastic food bowl they eat out of to pesticides in the dirt they dig in.
  • Sleeping or lounging near a heater can dry out your dog’s nose.
  • Short-nosed dogs (Brachycephalic Breeds) are more prone to dry noses due to the natural shape of their facial structure.

If your dog’s nose is irritated for any reason at all, they are more likely to scratch and lick at it, causing further irritation. That’s why it’s so important to heal and address the issue as soon as possible. 

How To Heal Dry Dog Noses

Snout Soother is an easy, affordable and all natural way to treat cracked, crusty and dry dog noses. It is also used to treat hyperkeratosis, canine dry eye and discoid lupus. While it goes to work soothing irritated dry dog noses, the healing balm provides natural sunscreen, windburn protection as well as protection against extreme weather conditions.

Natural Dog Company originated with one single product: Snout Soother. Despite how much we have grown over the last few years, our goal with this all-natural vegan product remains the same to this day. We want to help heal as many dry, crusty, discolored and overall unhealthy snouts as possible. We’d love to introduce you to a few of our clients that walk on four legs and have seen great results from Snout Soother!  

Meet Jerry The Bulldog, He No Longer Has A Dry Dog Nose!

Jerry high-profile

Jerry is a high-profile bulldog that needs to look his best at all times, and a dog with a dry or crusty nose is certainly not camera-ready! Jerry is the Campus Ambassador at Arkansas Tech University. Jerry’s owner, Heather S., writes: “It is very important for Jerry to always look his best and Snout Soother has helped his dry, cracked bulldog nose. We love the product and have recommended it to numerous people!”

Here’s what Jerry’s nose looked like before Snout Soother:

Heal dry dog noses naturally with Snout Soother

Here’s what Jerry’s nose looks like after using Snout Soother: 

Tyler Durden The American Cocker Spaniel No Longer Has A Dry Nose!

Tyler Durden is a celebrity American Cocker Spaniel with quite the Instagram following. When you’re constantly in the public eye, people start to question why your nose looks so dry and crusty. Tyler’s loving parents, Paul and Tyler, decided to give Snout Soother a try.

Heal dry dog noses naturally with Snout Soother

Tyler’s parents write: “We have been using the product on Tyler’s nose for the past week and have begun seeing some great results. Putting Snout Soother on is one of Tyler’s favorite parts of the day. He thinks it’s a treat and always tries to lick the extra off my fingers. it’s a good thing it is all natural! Tyler said he recommends this product to all his animal friends because when you heal noses you get happy noses. Also, he said the ladies love a nice healed nose, and Tyler is all about the ladies.”

Jersey The Golden Has A Smooth And Healthy Dog Nose Now!

Jersey is a beautiful 8-year-old golden retriever from Spotswood, NJ. Jersey takes special medications to help with seizures, but the medicines enlisted to help her started drying out her nose even worse than it was before.

Annie, Jersey’s mom, writes: “My dog has had a dry, chapped nose for a few years now. No one could explain why. Then about a year ago my dog started having problems falling down and having seizures. She started taking medications that dried her out.  Her nose got worse, so bad in fact it was thick, dry, cracked, almost down to her nostrils.  I didn’t know what to do to help her heal…until I saw your website!”

Jersey’s dry dog nose before Snout Soother:

Heal dry dog noses naturally with Snout Soother

After trying Snout Soother for just one weekend, from Friday to Sunday, Annie started to notice a big difference.

Heal dry dog noses naturally with Snout Soother

Jersey’s healthy nose after using Snout Soother:

Heal dry dog noses naturally with Snout Soother

“I highly recommend Snout Soother for anyone with a dog. I opened the package on a Friday after work, and put the balm on her nose a few times a day. By Sunday evening at dinner the last of the dry skin just fell off! That’s it! Not even three days. Completely better – and you know I’m going to rub it in her nose to keep it from coming back!”

Annie adds, “Thank you so much for your wonderful product! My eight-year-old golden retriever, Jersey, is going to be much more comfortable from now on.  She once again has a warm, wet snout!”

Heal dry dog noses naturally with Snout SootherHelping Heal Dry Dog Noses One Snout At A Time!

Our pawesome testimonials routinely make our days brighter around here! We love seeing all of the dogs we are able to help with our full line of all natural dog care products. We’d love to help your dog receive the same healing relief as the dogs pictured above. Learn more about Snout Soother and try it risk free! Your dog is sure to thank you.

Dog Pad Moisturizer: How To Mend Scratchy Dog Paws & What Causes Them In The First Place?

Is your furry pal in need of dog pad moisturizer? The answer is more than likely yes if your dog’s paw pads feel scratchy or rough to the touch. Think about your feet, when your soles get rough and start catching on the sheets – you apply lotion. Your dog’s rough paws may be more cause for concern; common causes of dry dog paws are different than dry human feet. Dry and rough paw pads are often caused by exposures to certain toxins and underlying allergies, not just lack of moisture.

Causes Of Rough & Scratchy Dog Paws

  • Irritation from certain chemicals or toxins
    • Anything from garden sprays to carpet cleaners and deicers could be the culprit. Since dogs tend to chew on irritated paws they end up ingesting whatever chemicals they come into contact with, which is pretty scary if you think about it.
  • Allergies, dog allergies commonly cause itching of the skin, ears and paw pads.
  • Hyperkeratosis, especially in older dogs
  • Regular exercise or play on rough surfaces, hot asphalt, ice, sand, etc.

Treatment For Rough Scratchy Paws: The All Natural Dog Pad Moisturizer

Dog pad moisturizer can be used to help heal scratchy paws, but only if it’s packed with the right ingredients. After all, dry dog pads tend to be caused by more pressing things than just a lack of moisture. Paw Soother is an all natural yet effective way to treat and heal all types of rough, dry paw pads while providing an essential dog pad moisturizer. 

Paw Soother naturally soothes and treats:

  • Dry, chapped, rough dog paw pads
  • Peeling or cracking paws
  • Hyperkeratosis of the paw
  • Allergies

The best treatment measures used in conjunction with Paw Soother vary based upon the cause of scratchy paw pads. For instance, if you use any chemicals in your yard or when cleaning your interior floors, consider switching to less harsh eco-friendly products for at least a couple months. Through trial and error you can uncover what irritates your dog’s paws.

When your dog’s paws are dry and irritated they just can’t help themselves… they MUST lick, and lick they will. Even some of the smartest dogs will lick until they create infected wounds. In order to help treat even the most severely irritated dog paws, we added natural ingredients with antibacterial and antifungal properties. We also carefully source every last ingredient in order to ensure it is safe for your dog to ingest. For more severe wounds, including fungal and yeast infections, we strongly recommend our all-natural Skin Soother.

paw pad moisturizer

Paw Soother is great for healing existing damage, but how can you prevent it? PawTection, an organic balm made from natural waxes and oils, helps protect against extreme weather conditions and harsh ground surfaces. The ingredients help form a nourishing barrier on your dog’s paw pad to guard against damage caused by the elements. This barrier also helps to prevent drying by locking in moisture.

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Relief From Dog Skin Allergies: Before & After Reviews Of Skin Soother Show Shocking Results

It is possible to find relief from dog skin allergies, just take a look at these before and after pictures for proof. The dogs described below were all suffering from some form of skin allergen that created itchy dog skin, rashes, open sores and a number of other negative side effects. Unsure what to do in order to help their pal find relief from dog skin allergies, these owners decided to put their trust in the all-natural healing powers of Skin Soother. We are so doggone glad they did! See the results for yourself below.

Rambo

Irritation and dog Skin Allergies healed with Skin Soother

Rambo is a white pitbull from El Cajon, California. The sweet pup suffered endlessly from skin allergies. His owner Carlee writes, “We had recently bought a new harness for him, which unfortunately caused a serious irritation to his armpits, chest and belly.”

Carlee turned to Skin Soother for help, and within 2 weeks she was so glad she did. Within just a couple of weeks, all evidence of Rambo’s red bumps and rash were almost completely gone.

Rambo’s mom writes, “You can really tell his skin is so much more at ease!”

Zeus

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Adorable Zeus suffered from an irritating rash that just wouldn’t go away for around 2 months. His mom Stephanie writes: “I was browsing around trying to find something to help his rash. I landed on NaturalDogCompany’s Instagram and did some further investigation and heard that other pets have had amazing results.”

Still, Stephanie wasn’t positive Skin Soother would work on Zeus’ rash, but nonetheless she gave it a try. The results superseded all of her expectations. “I was amazed as to how quickly Skin Soother worked on my dog.” She adds, “It took no more than two days to see noticeable results. Just TWO days, his rash was almost completely healed up in a week.”

Kody

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Kody is an active rescue pitbull mix from Lompoc, California that enjoys spending his time in the dirt, water, sand and grass–all of which lead to dog skin allergies and itchy rashes. Marie D. didn’t want to take away Kody’s favorite pleasures, but she also didn’t want to see him suffering from dog skin allergies.

BEFORE:

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Kody’s dog skin allergies before using Skin Soother

Marie writes, “Now we have an awesome treatment for his skin ailments thanks to Natural Dog products… I bought the small travel size Skin Soother to test out on my pup’s irritated belly/groin and I am amazed at what a difference 3 days of using it has made!!!”

Prior to receiving Skin Soother, Marie had her doubts about how Kody would react to having any type of balm applied to his skin. Marie shares, “Usually he hates any sort of creams, ointments or sprays even near him!” Thankfully, “With this product he rolled right over and let me lather it on!”


AFTER:

dog skin allergies“Thank you, thank you, thank you,” writes Marie.

You are so welcome, Marie and Kody!

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Help Your Dog Find Relief From Skin Allergies

We are always honored to help dogs experience relief from irritating dog skin allergies. Our mission since day has always been to help as many dogs as possible from all around the world. In fact, if your dog is suffering from irritating skin allergies we’d love to help him/her find relief with our all-natural soothing Skin Soother.

Skin Soother can treat and heal:

  • Dry, itchy or flaky skin
  • Acne, rashes and skin irritations
  • Bacterial infections
  • Yeast or fungal infections
  • Hot spots
  • Inflamed bug bites
  • Post-surgical wounds
  • Cuts, scrapes and burns

Skin Soother is packed with carefully sourced ingredients, like organic coconut oil and natural vitamin E. Each ingredient plays a vital role in soothing, healing and maintaining healthy skin. Learn more about every last ingredient in Skin Soother. Plus, you can try Skin Soother risk free – if you are not completely satisfied with the results, simply send it back for a refund.

Stinky Dog Face Remedy: Two Things You Should Be Doing If Your Dog’s Face Stinks

A stinky dog is more than just smells. The cause of a stinky dog face is typically related to trapped moisture, bacteria, an infection or health disorder. With daily care and maintenance from Wrinkle Balm, your dog’s stinky face problems can become a thing of the past.

What Is Wrinkle Balm?

All-natural and organic Wrinkle Balm is safe on even the most sensitive dogs, while slaying bacteria, yeast and other skin issues that create foul odors. When paired with daily care and proper cleaning of your dog’s face, Wrinkle Balm actively destroys the source of bad odors. That means you can go back to smothering your dog’s face in kisses without gagging.

What Causes Your Dog’s Face To Stink In The First Place?

There are numerous causes of stinky dog faces, including…

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Wrinkles allow moisture to build up between the delicate skin folds. These dark and moist places become an ideal breeding ground for all sorts of bacteria or yeast infections—hence the smell.

Your Dog Experiences Excessive Tearing

If your dog has excessive tearing (epiphora) and drainage of the eyes, all of this moisture builds up on hair and skin and creates a nasty odor – indicative of bacteria. Dogs that commonly experience this issue include the Shih Tzu, Maltese, Poodle, and brachycephalic breeds (breeds with short noses) like Pugs and Bulldogs. Short nosed dogs are especially prone to this problem because moisture becomes trapped in their wrinkles, where it can really become infected and stinky.

Bacteria cause odors that bother dog owners, but they can also create a persistent itch that bothers your dog. If your dog is constantly scratching at his/her face, it only introduces more bacteria to the surface. Plus, excessive scratching can lead to your dog cutting and damaging the sensitive skin on his/her face or eye surfaces.

Your Dog Has A Secondary Skin Infection Caused By Allergies

If dogs are allergic to something in their environment, it can cause the skin on their face to become more sensitive to developing a secondary skin infection. The risk for this is even higher if your dog is constantly scratching at his/her face. Secondary skin infections often have a unique odor, sort of sweet but still repugnant, caused by bacteria. Along with a foul odor you may notice thinning hair, flaking skin, itchiness and/or redness.

Some skin infections require veterinary care in order to isolate and address the primary cause of your dog’s allergies. Often, inflamed, itchy and infected ears also plague dogs with allergic skin disease.

The 2 Most Beneficial Stinky Dog Face Remedies

No matter why the skin, hair or wrinkles on your dog’s face smell, there are two things you can do to clear up the issue:x

#1. Clean Between Wrinkles On A Regular Basis To Reduce Stinky Dog Faces

Dogs with wrinkly faces are more prone to developing foul-smelling skin infections. That’s why it’s so important to clean between your dog’s wrinkles multiple times throughout the day. Start by using a moist cloth to remove any dirt, debris, or food. Then use a soft dry cloth to remove any moisture left behind. By removing food, debris and moisture you make it much harder for bacteria and yeast to survive.

Even if your dog doesn’t have wrinkles, wipe their face clean throughout the day to help eliminate the source of the stink.

#2. Apply Wrinkle Balm Daily

After cleaning your dog’s face, apply Wrinkle Balm all over. You never have to worry about your dog licking at it, or even eating the entire container. That’s because every last ingredient lovingly packed inside is 100% safe for your dog—no matter if it’s applied to his/her face or orally ingested.

Wrinkle Balm is used to treat a wide variety of canine skin conditions, including:

  • Yeast and bacterial infections
  • Skin fold dermatitis
  • Redness, chaffing
  • Inflammation of the skin
  • Pimples or sores
  • Scabbing
  • Crusty build up
  • Hair loss/baldness
  • Itchy skin
  • Flaky skin
  • And of course, foul odors

You go to give your dog a big kiss on the face only to cringe with disgust—what’s that smell? Stinky face or not, you still love your dog, but a stinky face can be hard to kiss, cuddle and love on. Wrinkle Balm makes it easy to love on your dog again, while providing soothing relief to your best four-legged pal.

Try Wrinkle Balm risk-free today. If you are not completely satisfied with the results, simply send it back for a full refund. You have nothing to lose and a fresh-smelling dog to gain!

 

 

Help, My Dog Is Slipping On Floors! How To Provide Your Dog With Anti-Slip Traction

If your dog is slipping on floors on a regular basis, it can start to stress both you and your pup out. Forget the dog shoes and booties; there are easier ways to provide anti-slip traction for your dog. While the occasional slip might not cause much concern, and can even be a little comical, if your dog is slipping on a regular basis it presents the risk for serious injury.

It might sound crazy, but it’s not uncommon for dogs to require major surgery following an injury caused by simply slipping on slick floors. Even if your dog avoids major injury, enough slipping and sliding can make them fearful of walking on certain surfaces.

Is Your Dog Slipping On Floors? Here Are 4 Easy-Fix Solutions!


#1. Check For Dry Paw Pads If Your Dog Is Slipping On Floors

Dry paw pads are the most common cause for dogs having traction and slipping issues. When the skin is overly dry, it lacks the capability to grip and causes paws to slide across smooth surfaces. Think about when people are trying to count money or sift through papers…they will often lick their finger to get a better grip! Same concept, only dogs need a better long time solution.

Weathered paws healed with Paw Soother

Dry, chapped paws are a very common and largely ignored problem. Unprotected contact with pavement, snow, sand and many other surfaces can lead to the development of dry and cracked paws. Not only can this be uncomfortable for your dog, but also it causes your dog to lose grip and slip more easily.

Healthy paws are meant to be moisturized, flexible and almost spongy. This allows for their paws to get better and more secure contact with the surfaces they walk on. Paw Soother is the perfect, all-natural solution for moisturizing and healing paw pads. Within just a few applications you will notice a difference in the look and feel of your dog’s paws. As a result of healthier paws, your dog will enjoy better traction and grip, which ultimately means less slips. That’s why Paw Soother is the leading all-natural product specially formulated to treat some of the worst dry dog paws.

#2. All Natural PawTection Helps Prevent Dogs Slipping On Floors

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Protecting the health of your dogs paws when heading out in in-climate weather or long walks is important. Direct and prolonged contact with harsh surfaces can really take a toll on the paw pads, causing them to dry out and crack. PawTection is an easy to apply organic, all natural and vegan balm that smoothly glides over dog paws to guard against damage and lock in moisture. Unlike cumbersome dog shoes and booties, dogs don’t even know they have anything on their feet.

PawTection is often utilized by professional dog trainers to aid in traction when using agility courses and training. The added moisture to the paws helps to provide an anti-slip barrier between your dog’s paws and flooring. Great for use around the house as well to allow your dog to gain better traction while cruising around. Licking of the product won’t be a worry with PawTection, as each ingredient is carefully selected for their effectiveness and safety.

#3. Clip Your Dog’s Nails and Toe Fur for Added Anti-Slip Traction

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No surprise if these paws struggle with slipping!

Overgrown nails and/or toe fur can also contribute to a dog’s difficulty maintaining good contact with smooth surfaces and increased likelihood of slipping. You can help your dog gain more traction by simply trimming nails and fur around the feet.

#4. Keep Your Dog In Good Physical Shape and a Healthy Weight

If your dog is in good shape physically they are less likely to slip, fall and become injured. Make sure your dog gets regular exercise so that they have the mobility needed to stand up to slick floors. A physically fit dog goes hand-in-hand with weight management. Older dogs and overweight dogs are at a greater risk of slipping and suffering an injury.

#5. Non-Slip Floors For Dogsslipping-dog

If you have lots of dogs and/or older dogs, it might be worth investing in non-slip floor options. Instead of ripping out your current flooring, you could simply add large surface area rugs where your dog hangs out or plays the most. Be sure to secure rugs properly to avoid an entirely new form of slipping—yikes!

Save money by purchasing Paw Soother & PawTection in one pawesome set!

 

Does A Dry Dog Nose Mean My Dog Is Sick?

A dry dog nose can indicate that your dog is sick, but it doesn’t always mean that. A dry dog nose can signal sunburn, allergies or dehydration, as well as a number of other things.

The popular belief is that a moist nose signifies a healthy dog and a dry nose signifies a sick dog, but that’s not always the case. The temperature and moist qualities of your dog’s nose can vary throughout a given day. Drastic and persistent changes in your dog’s nose and overall demeanor may signal a more serious illness.

A dog with a nasal disease can still have a moist nose, so just because your dog’s nose isn’t dry doesn’t mean they are necessarily healthy. There are so many other important indicators of your dog’s overall health. But if your dog’s nose is always dry there’s an issue that needs to be addressed.

If left ignored, constant dryness will lead to additional issues, such as a crusting, scabbing, bleeding and pain. Plus, your dog uses the moisture on his or her nose to pick up smells. Sense of smell is one of the greatest superpowers your dog has, and if your dog can’t smell as well as he or she should it can lead to stress, depression and behavioral issues.

What Causes Dry Dog Nose?

While some canine illnesses cause dry dog nose, there are a number of other reasons your dog’s nose is dry.

#1. Your Dog Just Woke Up From A Nap

It’s perfectly normal for your dog’s nose to be on the dry side after waking up from a slumber. Your dog’s nose should become moist again around 10 minutes after waking up.

#2. Your Dog Is Spending Too Much Time Near A Heat Source

Dogs that like to snooze next to heating vents or other sources of heat often experience dry noses. The constant flow of warm air over a dog’s face causes the nose to dry out. It can become so dry that it cracks.

#3. Your Dog Has Allergies

Just like humans, dogs can develop allergies to anything in their environment. Allergies can be sparked by certain foods, plastic water bowls or scented sprays used around the house. Perhaps your dog is getting into something outside that they are allergic to. Many allergens cause the same result: a dry dog nose.

#4. Your Dog Is Dehydrated

Dehydration can lead to drying out of your dog’s nose. It can also cause kidneys and other body systems to malfunction or shut down completely. Make sure your dog has access to water at all times of the day. Take your dog to the vet if he or she isn’t drinking enough water.

#5. Your Dog’s Nose Is Sunburn

Dogs can get sunburn on their nose just as easily as you and I. If your dog is in the sun a lot they may need sunscreen to protect them against the elements.

Only use all-natural sunblock made specifically for dogs, like Snout Soother. For one, your dog is going to lick at it and end up eating it. Secondly, your dog’s nose is incredibly sensitive and can be damaged by a number of human products.

How To Soothe & Heal A Dry Dog Nose

Snout Soother is the fastest and safest way to heal your dog’s nose FAST. It is lovingly made from a specially formulated blend of all-natural oils and butters. Thousands of satisfied customers, both on two legs and four, are barking mad over this incredible product. After all, within just a few applications it has the power to transform and heal dry, crusty and badly damaged noses.

Check out just one of our many happy customer’s reviews after using on Snout Soother on her dog’s dry nose:

This is Bear. He is a 2.5 year old Pitbull / Lab mix. We live in the Central Valley in California. Since the beginning of this very dry, hot summer Bear’s nose has been also very dry and was starting to crack. I have tried several other natural creams and nothing was working. After about 6 months of having this problem I finally came across the Natural Dog Company’s Instagram. I was instantly sold on the fact that there were all natural ingredients. I applied the Snout Soother 2-3 times a day for 5 days and the results are amazing. I am so happy to have found such a great product!

– Angelica L. | Reedley, California

Each ingredient is picked for a very specific purpose. For instance, organic coconut oil is packed with moisturizing, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties. While Natural Vitamin E provides a boost to collagen production and cell regeneration, helping your dog’s dry nose heal faster.

Learn about every ingredient in Snout Soother and the purposes they serve.

Snout Soother can be used to soothe, heal and treat:

  • Dry dog nose
  • Crusty or cracked nose
  • Hyperkeratosis
  • Dry skin around your dog’s lips, ears or face
  • Canine dry eye
  • Discoid lupus

Snout Soother can be used as a protective measure against:

  • Windburn
  • Sunburn
  • Extreme weather conditions

 

PawTection: Essential Dog Paw Protection For The Great Outdoors

Paw protection is adamant to keeping your dog’s paws smooth and healthy if they spend any time outside. Call your dog over now and feel the bottom of his or her paw pads—what do they feel like? Are they soft to the touch or rough and scratchy? Visually inspect their paws; are they a healthy natural color, or showing signs of discoloration, dryness and irritation?

Healthy dog paws should be smooth to the touch and free of redness, abrasions, deep cracks or other signs of irritation. Even if your dog appears happy and healthy, irritated and dry dog paws are uncomfortable and, when ignored, have the potential to lead to limping, inactivity, pain, further injury and irritability.

The Importance Of Paw Protection 365 Days A Year

Winter paw protection needed from snow, ice, and salt.

Direct contact with deicer is dangerous to paws. It can burn the skin and is not safe to be ingested.

Even the most devoted dog lovers are often surprised to discover just how sensitive dog paws are to a variety of everyday outdoor surfaces. It’s true that dogs are naturally meant to walk barefoot, but only on natural surfaces such as grass or dirt.

Asphalt, concrete and paved sidewalks are all forms of unnatural surfaces that require additional paw protection in the summer and winter. During the summer, paved surfaces become incredibly hot—reaching temperatures well over 100℉, plenty hot enough to burn your dog’s paws. In the winter, deicers expose your dog to harsh salts and other chemicals that are very damaging to unprotected paws. While beach sand is a natural surface, running and playing on hot, course sand can also damage your dog’s paws.

How To Heal Damaged Dog Paws

Weathered paws healed with Paw Soother

Paw damage can be reversed by using Paw Soother, a natural herbal-based blend of butters and special plant oils. Not only does Paw Soother provide immediate relief, similarly to humans applying Chap Stick to very dry lips, but it also goes to work healing damaged, cracked and dry paw pads. Most of our customers report a noticeable difference within just a few applications, and that translates to happier dogs everywhere.

Along with applying Paw Soother, it’s important to check over your dog’s paws on a regular basis, especially after they come in from outside. If it’s snowing and there’s potential for deicers to get on their paws, make sure to use a warm moist cloth to wipe paws clean before they come inside.

What about paw protection for extra sensitive dogs? 

Sensitive dogs may develop allergies to the environment, provoking greater signs of paw damage. Paw Soother is proven effective on even the most sensitive dogs, and can heal and treat paw issues related to allergies, as well as hyperkeratosis.

How To Provide Paw Protection Against Future Damage

Paw Soother makes dog paws incredibly smooth, but how do you keep them that way? That’s where PawTection comes into play! PawTection is an all-natural blend of waxes and oils. The oils provide healing moisture, while the waxes create a barrier against the elements and your dog’s paws. Compared to putting your dog in doggy shoes, this is a much less invasive way to protect your pup from the elements.

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Healthy Paws, thanks to the protection of PawTection

Provide superior paw protection to your pup by purchasing Paw Soother & PawTection in our pawesome PAWdicure Pack!

Both Paw Soother & PawTection are sold individually as well

Clean Wrinkles & Skin Folds: How To Keep Your Dog’s Wrinkles Infection-Free

Bulldogs, pugs and other wrinkly-faced pups need extra special care and attention when it comes to maintaining clean wrinkles and keeping skin folds free of infection. Those wrinkles and skin folds are so dang cute, but they provide the perfect spot for bacteria, yeast and other infections to develop. If your dog’s skin appears irritated, red or stinky, chances are his or her wrinkles are already infected.

Infections are uncomfortable and can even impact your dog’s mood and overall wellbeing. They won’t get better on their own. Without proper treatment and continual care the problem will only get worse. The following tips will keep your dog’s wrinkles clean, healthy and free of infection.

#1. Clean Wrinkles & Take Care Of Skin Fold Infections ASAP

If your dog’s skin is infected, cleaning wrinkles alone won’t get rid of the infection. You’ll need to invest in a 100% natural anti-fungal or anti-bacterial balm to combat the infection. You don’t want to use any over the counter human products or anything too harsh as you risk making the problem worse and exposing your dog to unnecessary chemicals.

The Proven Power Of All-Natural Wrinkle Balm

Wrinkle Balm is the perfect all natural solution for even the most sensitive dogs. Each carefully sourced ingredient packed inside is specifically chosen for its gentle, soothing and healing properties. Wrinkle Balm is proven to treat and prevent skin fold dermatitis, yeast and bacterial infections, crusty buildup, itchy and flaky skin, stinky skin and so much more. It is a fantastic preventative that can be applied daily to keep skin folds healthy.

Use Skin Soother As A Long-Term Preventative Measure Against Wrinkle Infections

Skin Soother is another popular option, though is a much stronger formula designed for the toughest cases. Skin Soother heals your dog’s skin from fungus, bacteria, inflammation, bug bites, hot spots, dry skin and more. It is less mild than Wrinkle Balm, so it isn’t recommend for daily application around sensitive areas unless Wrinkle Balm hasn’t been able to completely treat the problem.

Save money by purchasing Wrinkle Balm & Skin Soother as a set!

#2. Clean Wrinkles Every Day

Use a soft damp cloth to wipe between your dog’s wrinkles as much as several times per day. This removes any lingering food particles or other debris that’ll find their way between your dog’s skin folds. Aim to do this after mealtime and/or after your dog plays outside.

#3. Keep Wrinkles As Dry As Possible

After you wash your dog’s wrinkles with a damp clean cloth, it’s so important to dry the area thoroughly. Any moisture left behind will lead to the development of fungus, bacteria and other icky issues. This is the perfect time to apply Wrinkle Balm to folds, keeping them clean and protected from buildup.

How Often Should I Clean Wrinkles?

Wrinkles should be cleaned and dried at least once a day, but some dogs need their wrinkles cleaned as much as several times a day. Frequency is dependent upon your particular dog. Try different things and keep a written record of your dog’s condition to see what works best.

Signs Of Wrinkle Infections

Example of irritated and infected skin folds

Some signs your dog’s wrinkles or skin folds are infected include:

  • A foul odor
  • Red, inflamed or irritated skin
  • Discharge from skin folds

Visit your vet if at-home treatments don’t work relatively quickly to clear up any signs of irritation or infection.

 

 

“Winter Is Coming…” Facing Real-Life Paw Problems with Pets

The overwhelming popularity of the HBO series, “Game of Thrones,” comes with an ominous warning, “Winter is coming…” This describes the onset of much harsher times approaching this fantasy land full of dragons and warlords. But here in the real world, there’s more of a clear and present danger when it comes to protecting our pets during these colder months.

Let’s face it, cold is cold! When it comes to frigid, winter months, we should take extra precautions with where our pets will be walking. Whether it be through paths of ice and snow commonly found in country setting or salty sidewalks of the cities, all of these situations present possible problems and health risks. Although socks, boots or other foot-related accoutrements are a possible solution, if you’ve seen some of the pet-friendly videos available on the internet, watching a cat or dog walk around in mittens or socks, is comical at best.

While not all animals react negatively to wearing “clothes,” some still do and even putting a protective layer of fabric on an animal’s feet may cause further problems. For example, depending upon the type of material these “shoes” are made from, they could soak up moisture and cause other issues from mildew and moisture. A well-soaked shoe could also freeze and this could lead to even bigger problems with frostbite.

Take A More Defensive Approach

For a much better approach, think about trying Pawtection, an all-natural, organic mix of waxes and oils specifically designed to create a barrier to protect their delicate paws from the elements. Not just ice and snow, but the chemicals that some cities, counties and other government agencies use to deter the buildup of ice on streets and sidewalks.

Aftermath Application

Even when we’re utilizing extra caution and care with our animals, sometimes winter can leave our pet’s paws dry, chapped, cracked and aching from exposure to the frigid elements. If your animal’s tender feet are needing some extra TLC, apply Paw Soother to ease these woes.

Similar to the protection available from Pawtection, Paw Soother is made with only 100% natural ingredients and perfectly formulated to help with issues associated with their paws. You might be thinking they’ll simply lick it off and this could pose even more threats to our pet’s health, but these organic solutions are also vegan and chemical free.

About The Author: Sloan McKinney is a journalist based in Southern California. After writing about pop culture for a number of years, she has recently begun writing for a new audience. Inspired by DeAnthony, her cat, as well as her dog Max, Sloan now hopes to help other pet owners guarantee their animal companions happy and healthy lives.

Merry Christmas From Natural Dog Company

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We hope your howli-days are full of love, belly rubs, and long lists for Santa Paws. After all, we treasure our customers and all of their furry friends.

From one pet lover to another…

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a dog-gon great New Year!