We started our blog to connect with other pet parents and exchange information on what is healthy and safe for our fur babies. It is crucial, then, that we remain truthful to other pet parents on our experience with each product. We communicate to companies that we do not guarantee a positive review, or even a favorable one. What we do promise is an honest review that highlights the pros- and cons- (if any). If a product is inferior, then we will bluntly state as much.
With our first two dogs, we sadly made the mistake of not thoroughly researching the breadth and quality of what was out on the market. Today, our hope is that the information we provide will hold the pet industry accountable for its responsibility to produce quality food and products (dollar voting!).
So about a month ago, Bulldogge Nation took a risk when they mailed us a sample of their Miracle Balm.
Initially when they contacted me, I declined their product. I usually see these types of balm used on dogs living in colder weather conditions. We are fortunate to live in sunny Los Angeles. 1) I didn’t think I would use the product 2) Anmitsu has the softest puppy paws. However, Bulldogge Nation was adamant that we try their product. They must have known that the puppy paws would eventually fade.
Anmitsu has been exploring outdoors and the hot pavement/concrete has thickened the surface of her pads and created calluses. Some calluses are good for the dog, but when her skin started peeling I took immediate action! I started by rubbing raw coconut oil, but I noticed I needed multiple coats to alleviate her paws. We ended up trying the Bulldogge Nation Miracle balm.
These are the following ingredients (copied from their website):
coconut oil - coconut oil protects from microbial infections that can get into open wounds, strong disinfectant and antimicrobial properties
beeswax - fights bacteria, helps prevent growth of fungus, promotes hydration by attracting water naturally, unlike petroleum based products, it allows the skin to breathe, contains vitamin A which helps cell regeneration, hypoallergenic
aloe - has several properties that are effective in treating a variety of skin conditions, like flaky or dry skin, hair problems, useful in treating wounds and burns, minor skin infections, cysts
mullein oil - pain reliever, antioxidant, anti-arthritic, antiseptic, anti-microbial and muscle relaxant
oat oil - antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and moisturizing characteristics which soothe, smooth and nourish skin, especially sensitive and dry flaky skin
frankincence oil - speeds up the healing of cuts, acne, insect bites, and boils, anti-inflammatory, pain reliever
lavender oil - antioxidant, pain reliever, heals burns and wounds, acne, inhibits bacteria
helichrysum - inhibits microbial growth, makes the skin smooth, soft and helps it retain moisture, helps skin recover quickly, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-allergenic
micro silver - fast becoming a new way to treat wounds, bacterial infections, and skin problems as a long lasting, broad spectrum antimicrobial. Silver was used internally and externally as an antibiotic long before traditional antibiotics were developed. When silver ions are introduced to a single-cell bacteria or fungus, they interfere with cellular energy production and kill the organism. Only a very small amount of silver is needed to be effective (no ionic impurities).
The balm has made a huge difference on her paws…so much so, I use it on my own hands! It smells nice too (a hint of lavender)! Unfortunately, we have yet to try it on her bare skin… because Anmitsu doesn’t have any rashes or hot spots after switching to Stella and Chewy’s dog food (yay!!).
A lot of balms on the market have preservatives (especially ones sold at Petco and Petsmart) and this one is packed with all-natural ingredients. I feel comfortable using this product, as I am trying to use more natural ingredients in my own life! I'm glad we tried it; and now she gets a little paw rub before bedtime. SUCH A LUCKY PUPPY!
I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience