Winter time is tough on your pet’s paws. We’ve recently gotten some snow and ice here in North Carolina and our neighborhood had the streets salted. I noticed after walking our pups, they kept licking their paws so I took a look at them. I could see the salt residue on their paws. I know how much salt can dry out my skin so I thought I’d search out a recipe to help soothe their obviously irritated paws.
This homemade “Paw Balm” is super easy to whip up and will protect your pup or feline friend from the harsh winter conditions. For the below recipe, I use these ingredients and get them from Amazon: Coconut oil, shea butter, beeswax and lip balm tins.
- 21-24 standard lip balm tubes OR 6 1-oz. tins
- a small digital kitchen scale, optional
- small pot or double boiler
- 2 oz. (approx. 2 tbsp.) olive, sunflower, or sweet almond oil
- 2 oz. (approx. 2 tbsp.) coconut oil
- 1 oz. (approx. 1 tbsp.) shea butter
- 4 tsp. beeswax
- In a small pot or double boiler over low heat melt the oils, shea butter, and beeswax. Stir continuously until all is melted and well blended.
- Carefully pour the mixture into lip balm tubes and/or tins.
- Let them cool on the counter until hard.
- Cap and label.
- Keep away from extreme heat.
- Apply the balm as a preventive treatment or to help soften dry paw pads or noses. Use within 1 to 2 years.
OTHER PAW PROTECTION METHODS
Booties: Yes, your dog might look a little silly, but dog boots are actually quite effective at protecting his feet from snow and ice as well as de-icing products, which can make your dog sick if he licks it off his paws. These products can also burn pads and the sensitive skin between their toes, causing great pain and distress.