Natural Recipes for Dog Paw Wax and Why it is Important
Especially during hot or cold weather times your dogs’ (and cats too) paws sometimes need a little tender loving care, just like your hands and feet do. You can buy small tins of different ones online or in a pet store, but if you like controlling the ingredients and quality for what you use on your furry friend, here are a couple of options we found on the internet. Both of them make 6 ounces, but you’ll probably want to break them up for ease of application. Empty lip balm tubes or small shallow tins with lids both work well as containers.
Herbal and Aromatic Option
- 4 tbsp. olive oil infused with calendula
- 2 tbsp. beeswax
- 2 tbsp. shea butter
- 1 tsp. carnauba wax
- Optional: 30 drops rosemary essential oil, 15 drops lavender essential oil, and ¼ tsp. vitamin E (this brings added protection to the paw)
- 2 oz. (approx. 2 tbsp.) coconut oil
- 2 oz. (approx. 2 tbsp.) olive, sweet almond, walnut, or sunflower oil
- 1 oz. (approx. 1 tbsp.) shea butter
- 4 tsp. beeswax
Instructions for both
- In a small pot – or double boiler – melt the oils, shea butter, and beeswax over low heat. Stir continuously until melted and well-blended.
- Pour the mixture into lip balm tubes or tins.
- Let them cool until hard.
- Cap and label.
- Store in cool to mild temps.
- Good for 1-2 years.
*This recipe will make enough to fill approximately 21-24 standard lip balm tubes or 6-1 oz. tins.
*Use any other herbs and oils that you feel would work well to adjust for your animals and climate. Some additional healing herbs include rose petals, chickweed, comfrey root, and marshmallow root.
Most ingredients can be found on Amazon.com.
When, Why, and How to Use Paw Wax
Whenever you notice your pet’s paws look dry, cracked, sore, or irritated, apply paw wax liberally. This is great when you dog runs on hot pavement, snow/ice, or with you in rugged rocky areas. You don’t want to use human ways to moisturize or heal the pads on your dog’s feet. But do take the time to rub into the pads, the toes, and up between each toe. If any problem is excessive or your dog won’t let you help, it may be time for a quit trip to the Vet.
Heated Situations and Otherwise
Obviously, you don’t want to put your pet in harm’s way, but sometimes avoiding hot surfaces like concrete, sand, or a parking lot, is not possible. If burning or blistering happens, use a gentle antibacterial soap and cooling water, dry, apply paw wax, and then wrap gauze loosely for a day or two.
When it comes to excessive cold, deicers, salt on the roads and sidewalks – if you see cracking and chapped paws (or even these possibly toxic items coating the paws), wipe or rinse their feet with warm water. Apply liberal amounts of paw wax or Vaseline (before and after walking the dog), or get some good doggy snow boots for their journeys in winter.
Whatever the reason, taking a few minutes a few times a week to tend to your pet’s needs and helping them find pleasure as you apply paw wax gently to their pads and toes can be therapeutic for both of you. Enjoy those moments!