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My dog’s nose is quite dry. The vet has checked him out and said it’s nothing to worry about, but a friend mentioned that we could put a dab of balm on in cold weather. What type of ‘balm’ can we use? Would it be the same type of balm as you can use on dry pads? Wouldn’t he just lick it off and make the nose even drier? Do you have any suggestions? 

Stuart Simons advises…

Lots of dogs have problems with their noses in cold weather, especially brachycephalic (short-nosed) breeds like Bulldogs and Pugs. I always try to stay as natural as possible when it comes to any product to help combat dryness if it’s in a lickable area! I use cold-pressed, raw, extra virgin coconut oil. You can purchase this online or from health food shops. It is important to get the raw, unrefined oil, as I believe that the ordinary type has chemicals in it to help keep its white colour. The less that this product is tampered with, the better, in my humble opinion.

Used regularly, it works really well and certainly does the job intended, and I haven’t met a dog yet that doesn’t like it. It might also be worth checking with a vet to make sure that there is no underlying reason why the nose would be so dry.

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