Is it Okay to Use Vaseline on My Dog’s Nose?

Boxer dog with healthy nose sniffs tin of Natural Dog Company Snout Soother.

You should not use Vaseline on your dog’s dry nose because it can be toxic. Although sometimes recommended by veterinarians, petroleum jelly will not heal your dog’s poor nose, either. Vaseline isn’t a death sentence in small doses, but it can cause lipoid pneumonia, and if dogs ingest too much, 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, since dogs lick their noses impulsively.

Common Reasons People Apply Petroleum Jelly to their Dog’s Nose:

  • Dry nose
  • Cracked or peeling nose
  • Allergic reaction
  • Nasal hyperkeratosis

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. 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.

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

Three bulldogs with Snout Soother stick.

All-natural Snout Soother is bulldog-approved!

There’s a far safer and more effective option than Vaseline to treat all the above and more. Snout Soother is the ideal remedy for healing and soothing dry, cracked, or scaly snouts. In addition to nourishing your pup’s sensitive sniffer, this balm heals cracked or broken skin, skin overgrowth, and hyperkeratosis. Alleviate pain, protect their snout, and heal nose woes with Snout Soother!

Our award-winning dog nose balm is a synergistic blend of organic, plant-based ingredients working together to treat, heal, and moisturize your pup’s sniffer! No more dry, cracked, bleeding, or infected noses in your house thanks to natural anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-bacterial properties present in this balm. And an added bonus? This balm’s ingredients work as a natural SPF to protect Scout’s snout in the sun.

4 Steps to Soothe a Dry Dog Nose: our guide to dog nose woes

Vaseline for Dog’s Nose versus Snout Soother

French Bulldog puppy with stick of Snout Soother

Snout Soother is more effective and safer for your pup than Vaseline!

Snout Soother does not contain Vaseline nor any chemicals. The only thing it has in common with Vaseline is that dog owners often turn to it when their dog has a dry, cracked, or crusty dog nose. However, unlike Vaseline, Snout Soother is 100% natural, safe, and effective. Here are five things that set Snout Soother apart from Vaseline for dog noses.

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

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

3. Vaseline does not cure dry dog noses. — Snout Soother’s blend of natural ingredients was developed by a master herbalist specifically to heal dog noses!

4. Vaseline is not safe to ingest — Petroleum jelly can cause upset stomach, diarrhea, and even lipoid pneumonia. Snout Soother is 100% safe to ingest.

5. Vaseline does not add moisture to your dog’s nose — Petroleum jelly simply seals in any existing moisture, so it won’t be helpful on a dry nose. Snout Soother is specially formulated to add moisture while sealing in existing moisture as well.

Real Results for Dry Dog Noses with Snout Soother

The reviews speak for themselves! You owe it to your pup to let Snout Soother restore their healthy, wet nose.

Photo collage showing detail photos of a Pom mix's crusty nose and nose healed after using Natural Dog Company Snout Soother

Furby was diagnosed with Hyperkeratosis and the vet recommended me to use Vaseline or hydrocortisone cream 1%. After using both the petroleum jelly and cortisone cream, Furby’s nose wasn’t showing very much improvement, if any, so I decided to do some research of my own via the internet and found Natural Dog Company. Within a week of using this product 2 times daily (morning & night) I saw a huge difference. Furby’s nose looks great now and I am very happy with the effectiveness of this product. —Rachel and her Pomeranian mix, Furby

Photo collage showing detail photos of a Weimaraner's crusty nose and nose healed after using Natural Dog Company Snout Soother

These are before and after pics of my 11 year old Weimaraner’s nose. Her name is Corkey and we’ve been having trouble with her nose drying and cracking for almost two years. I’ve had her to the Veterinarian for it and all they tell me is to put Vaseline on it. Vaseline was ok, it kept the cracking away but it never got rid of the heavy crusty dryness that seemed to always be on the top part of her nose. I know it hurt her and was uncomfortable for her (she’d pull away from kisses).

Desperate for something to help her poor nose, I ordered your product. I was so happy to see the natural ingredients too! That is very important to us. As you can see in the second pic, that nasty heavy crustiness has gone! I use your product two to three times a day faithfully and I’m so happy that I can give Corkey kisses now without it hurting her anymore. Love this stuff!! Thank you for a wonderful product.   — Stacey and her Weimaraner, Corkey