Bag Balm Ointment

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Dec 14, 2000 (Updated Dec 14, 2000)
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Pros:Great for dogs, cows and horses.

Cons:Approved for animal use, and not human, although many humans use it.

I first found out about this product about 7 years ago. My dog was not quite a year old at the time and was just full of energy. My sister and I wanted to play tennis and we thought that my dog might have fun running around the tennis court chasing balls. It was all fenced in so I didn’t have to worry about her running off. Well she certainly did have a great time. She tried to get every ball and when she got one she would bring it to one of us. It was really cute, until we got home. After we got out of the car my dog was limping terribly, and not just avoiding stepping on one leg. It appeared that she did not want to use any of her legs. I had her lay down so I could take a look at her. What I saw nearly broke my heart. The bottoms of her paws (pads) were ripped to shreds. She was bleeding on all four of her feet. I called the vet immediately and thank goodness the vet had not yet gone home for the night. She said to bring her in and I did so rite away. The vet wrapped up all of her paws and told me to leave the bandages on for 24 hours and then go to the pet store to get some Bag Balm. Then she wanted me to apply the Bag Balm to each paw two to three times per day.

What’s In It

Bag Balm Ointment has a similar consistency to Vaseline. It is a bit thicker, and doesn’t come off as easily. In my opinion it has a vanilla like smell, but it is very faint. It did not seem to cause any pain to my dog when I put it on her opened wounds. It did seem to keep her paws nice and moist. The reason this product seems like Vaseline is because it actually is made with petroleum jelly. But it does also have the extra added benefit of Lanolin. This is a main ingredient used in most lotions. The active ingredient is 8-hydroxyquinoline sulfate (no I could not have spelled that if I wasn’t looking at the container). My dog's feet healed completely in about 2 weeks which if you had seen them you would not have believed. The vet also told me that it was a good thing to frequently check a dogs paws in the winter time and if the pads seem at all dry begin to add Bag Balm. It will prevent the pads from becoming dry and chapped.

Product Background

I find it kind of ironic that this product is listed under the beauty heading since it was a product originally designed to put on the utters of cows. So that their bags did not dry up and get chapped. It is also used on the hooves of horses in order to protect them. But I have seen more and more that people are using this product for their own personal use, and I don’t really see why not. It does not seem to contain anything that products that are meant for us don’t. I myself have used it on blisters on my feet. It is very soothing and helped to make the blisters heal faster.

Other Human Uses

Other than on my foot and once on a minor burn I have not personally used the product on myself. But I have heard from many different people that they use it for many different things including: As a lip balm, hand lotion, diaper rash,for minor skin irritations, sun burns, and wind burns. I have also heard that some women use it as a facial moisturizer, but I personally think that it is way to greasy for that. And the product was made for animals and not humans. I don’t think I would risk my facial skin by using it. I would definitely not ever use it on a child. So even though some people have used it for diaper rash I don’t think that I would. Baby’s bottoms are just to sensitive. I think it is better to use a product that was created specifically for them. I guess what I am saying is that personally I would stick to just hands and feet when using this on humans.

Value

Bag Balm comes in a small metal container about 2 inches by 2 inches and contains 1 oz It costs between 4.50 to six dollars. Even though the container is small just a little of this product goes a long way. I always try to keep some around the house just in case my dog hurts her paws and to prevent chapping in the winter. There is also a 10 oz size, but I don’t think that the average 1 or 2 dog family would need that much. The small container is plenty it usually lasts for almost 2 years.

Conclusion

Despite weather or not you wish to use this product for your self and the rest of the humans in your family I would highly recommend keeping a jar around if you are a dog owner. Winter is tough on the pads on dogs feet and this product really does do a great job when it comes to preventing and healing chapping. It does not harm the dog and it has just enough of an unpleasant odder that they don’t feel that tempted to lick it off. But if they do lick at it won’t hurt them. As I said my dogs feet were extremely injured and the bag balm was gentle and did not cause her further pain. And it helped to heal her very quickly. It’s very simple if you have a dog, a cow, or a horse do them a favor and get Bag Balm.

I have to just say again that I think this product is placed in the wrong area it should be posted under pet care or skin care and not lip color. Just my two cents.



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