Snoutstik Nose Balm for Dogs Product Review

06 Feb

A dog’s nose is many times more sensitive than a human’s. Imagine how painful a dry or irritated dog’s nose can be! Many of us don’t even examine our dogs’ noses on a regular basis. We don’t notice when it’s dry or irritated until it’s uncomfortable for the dog. Snoutstik was created to help alleviate dry dog noses caused by exposure to the elements, allergies or heredity. The product contains a core combination of healing, natural sunscreens, Shea Butter, Sweet Almond Oil and Jojoba Seed Oil.

I liked the idea of the Snoutstik because my Irish Setter, like many, has a sensitive “liver” nose that occasionally gets hyperkeratosis (or “crusty nose”) across the top. Many older dogs get dry nose. Some social sites’ message boards revealed that dog owners had been using Bag Balm with some success. I had been using Vitamin E oil, which my veterinarian recommended. It works well, but my dog tries to lick it all off. I thought the Snoutstik might stay on better if it were thicker or waxier, like Chapstik.

I liked the language used to describe the Snoutstik formula: soothing, moisturizing, healing, hydrating, restorative, silky. I really wanted it to work. It did seem to cling better than oil, and Finnegan didn’t try to lick it off. However, he did not suffer it to stay on his nose any better. In fact, every time I put it on him, he went straight for the carpet, rolling onto his back and rubbing his head upside-down on the carpet. He eventually got a little abrasion above his nose, where the “nose” flesh becomes regular skin.

I think the fragrance was too strong for him. I tried the Lavender one. Perhaps the Rosemary or Pumpkin would be less strong. I tried an unscented natural lip balm and he seemed to tolerate it much better. However, it didn’t seem to make much difference in the granular flesh of his nose.

I’m back to Vitamin E oil.

Available for $3.99 in pumpkin, rosemary and lavender. Made in the USA.


Posted by on February 6, 2012 in Dog Product Reviews


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3 responses to “Snoutstik Nose Balm for Dogs Product Review

  1. Chris

    February 17, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    That’s a bummer that it didn’t seem to work. My dog’s luckily got a pretty strong nose, so he doesn’t encounter too much problems there. His tummy, however, could use some help. Always a trade-off!

  2. exs8nt

    March 28, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    We are discussing about this product and if this is truly needed by our dogs and I guess by reading this review this will definitely improve their most important body sense.

  3. Omi S. and Bender Oak

    June 12, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Oh wow! I didn’t know that dogs actually needed a product like this! I’ve always assumed that Bender Oak has a wet nose, and that means he’s healthy (as far as skin health or running a fever), and if it’s dry, he’s not feeling well. Thanks for letting me know that dogs could have skin concerns on their nose. Of course, now that I think about it, the Vitamin E oil or unscented/unflavored lip balm sounds like a good idea. I don’t think Bender would like essential Oil Lavender all over his nose either, lol!


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