It’s important that we care for our dog’s paws and skin. However, it is even more so for dogs with skin folds or irritated skin, and the All About George organic dog balm is a great way to help their skin to help reduce skin itchiness and pain.

The All About George dog balm is Australia’s only dog balm which is Australian Certified Organic. It was created by Torquay-based ‘dog mum’ Jo Hakarai as a moisturiser and healing balm for her Bulldog George who had a lot of issues with his folds, hot spots, dry nose, dry feet and elbows.

The ingredients in the dog balm have been selected for their natural and organic healing and soothing properties and, even better, the products are made in Australia and are the only dog balm products certified by the not-for-profit Australian Made Campaign as genuinely Australian made.

Jo’s passion for producing her own Australian organic dog balm came from her own search for something natural to help George.   Whilst she was able to find something in the USA, by the time it was converted to Australian dollars and postage was added on top, the cost became very high, so she started looking into how to make it herself.

After months of research of what she wanted to include as ingredients and consulting some experts in this field, she found it quite alarming to see what ingredients go into other products. So, after testing on herself and her human friends (that makes a nice change to testing on animals!) Jo started her trial on George and some of his doggy pals to great success.

The ingredients in the All About George organic dog balm include coconut oil, shea butter, hemp seed oil end more yummy organic ones.  Jo also chose to use a more sustainable option to bee’s wax, known as Carnauba, as it is equally as beneficial, but better for our ailing bee population. How cool is that?

I asked Jo a couple of questions about her product so you can learn a little more too.

What are the benefits of using a dog balm?

The seasons can play havoc on our dog members of the family. Dry noses, paws, skin spots can happen any time of the year. Being able moisturise ongoing is extremely important for our doggy buddies – not dissimilar to ourselves. The dog balm can be used all year round, but is particularly useful when heating is on a lot during the Winter and can dry out their skin, whilst in the Summer paw pads can be a bit more exposed to the heat and sun, so can help soothe them if they have been burned or are cracking.

Do bulldogs or other breeds have more need for it?  

The balm can be used on any animal and any person – George and I have our own tin each!

I use it as a lip balm. We donate to a number of charities and shelters for dogs of all breeds. However, we do have someone in Queensland who uses the balm on kangaroo pouches with their joey’s just to keep everything moisturised in the warm conditions.

Any tips for applying the dog balm?

Sometimes there can be a trick to putting it on their noses! With George, I have to bribe him when I am putting on his nose as he tries to lick it off or eat the tin, so I need some peanut butter at hand as a distraction.

If I put on Georges feet he knows when he sees the tin he can jump up on the couch, roll over with his feet in the air ready for a foot massage and a snooze.

How people can order?

People can order the All About George dog balm through our website  or find us on Facebook at All About George and Instagram @fatgeorgethebulldog

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About the Author: Lara Shannon is co-Host of Pooches at Play and has completed a Certificate III in Dog Behaviour & Training with the National Dog Trainers Federation. Lara also runs her own dog training, minding and walking business in Melbourne’s Bayside area.