Someone asked us at a recent AKC dog event why they can’t just use Vaseline on their dog’s paw pads and nose instead of Paw Balm or Nose Balm?  We get this question a lot and thought an explanation would be helpful.

 

What is Petroleum Jelly?

In the mid-1800s, a substance called “rod wax” would coat and foul oil rigs.  In 1859, Robert Cheesburg took this rod wax and through a process of distillation and filtration, created a product and company called “Vaseline”.

Today, you can look in almost any medicine cabinet and see a container of petroleum jelly, or as most people call it, Vaseline.

Why is Petroleum Jelly Potentially Harmful?

According to dermatologist Dr. Alan Dattner, the founder of HolisticDermatology.com, the components of oil removed during the making of petroleum jelly are, in some cases, canceer causing.  While Vaseline itself, is highly refined and purified and classified as non – carcinogenic, the same is not known about all other brands.  Dr. Dattner states: “Vaseline supposedly has all of these compounds removed, but there are probably plenty of imitators and one doesn’t know the extent that they’re removed.”

A study by a German watchdog group in 2015 found high levels of Mineral Oil Aromatic Hydrocarbons (MOHAs) in cosmetics that contained mineral oil, with Vaseline containing the highest levels of MOHA of all products tested.  The European Commission lists MOHAs as potentially genotoxic and carcinogenic.

Effects on Skin

Petroleum jelly provides an occlusive barrier that will seal in moisture already in the skin, but adds no moisture and does not allow moisture or oxygen to be absorbed from the atmosphere, essentially making skin drier over time.  When applied to your dog’s paw pads or nose, it does not allow the skin to breathe.  This can prevent healing and encourage an environment that encourages the growth of harmful fungi.

What Should I Use?

Our recommendation is to find a balm containing natural and non – toxic ingredients.  Some of the more popular paw waxes make the claim of being natural and safe, but do not list their ingredients.  It’s important to find one that does list their ingredients.

Our Natural Hound PAW BALM and NOSE BALM contain all natural and human grade ingredients and they’re listed right on the label.

Do Our Balms Work?

This is an email we received this morning:

“I received my order and thank you so much for throwing in a gift!  My poor German Shepherd pup, Chief, gets really itchy in the winter and chewed his paw raw.  I’ve been using the paw balm on him and noticed an improvement in only a couple of days!!  This stuff is amazing.  I’ve tried numerous other products that haven’t worked nearly as well.  I will definitely be purchasing from you again and will recommend you to friends and family.”

Thank you again,

Tami

For Our Furry Best Friends

Walks, romps in the yard, or just snuggling on the couch.  They’re all made so much better when we can share them with our furry family members.  They give so much and deserve the best in return.  That’s why we’ve developed a line of all natural products that you can use on your dog to help them feel and look their best.

Hot pavement, snowy salt filled streets, even dry indoor air.  They all contribute to dry, cracked paws, snouts, and elbows. Our dog balms offer quick relief and protection from the worst that life can throw at your dog.

Take a look at our all natural balms and find out more!

For Breeds Who Need Us Most.

All dog breeds can experience dry noses from time to time.  Dry air, hot sun or not drinking enough water can dehydrate the skin on your dog’s nose.

Some breeds, however, are genetically prone to persistent dry noses, or even a more extreme condition called Nasal Hyperkeratosis.  Most of these dogs are known as brachycephalic breeds, characterized by their flattened faces and smashed in noses.  This unique facial structure is the reason for their adorable appearance, but also make them more prone to develop dry, cracked and even crusty noses.

Popular breeds that fall into this category include Boxers, French Bulldogs, English Bulldogs, Boston Terriers, Pugs, Cavalier King Charles Spaniels, Shih Tzus.

Our Nose Balm soothes and moisturizes, getting your pup’s nose back to looking smooth and shiny fast!

Natural Hound Nose Balm is made from a synergistic blend of all natural human grade ingredients.

While most of us love scents, our dogs do not.  All our balms are scent free.

For Hunting and Working Dogs

Hunting and working dogs have unique needs when it comes to protection and healing.  They can put mile after mile on those hard working paws in the roughest terrain and weather conditions! We speak from experience as we’ve had the privilege to work and train many breeds, including Labradors, English Springer Spaniels and German Shorthaired Pointers in Minnesota’s harsh climate. Our friends in the musher community have been a crucial part of our product testing and have given us many suggestions on the needs of the dogs that compete in the ultimate test of canine endurance.

Paw Balm

Our Paw Balm was originally made in 1989 to prevent ice balls from forming between the pads of our English Springer during snowy conditions.  The harder waxes used in the Paw Balm form a protective, breathable barrier on the paws.

Nose Balm

Anyone who has had a hunting dog in the field for a day of chasing birds through switchgrass, cattails or thickets knows the beating the nose, face and other areas can take.  The anti-inflammatory ingredients in our Nose Balm eliminate discomfort and help your dog heal up fast.  Apply on the snout, around the eyes, and on the dog’s underside to bring relief.

Our Balms are Unscented and won’t interfere with your dog’s ability to scent!