In case you’ve never heard of it before, paw balm is a great way to treat and protect your fur baby’s paws from salt and other unwanted substances they may come into contact with during your walks. There are various balms available in the market today. However, some may contain ingredients that are not safe for your dogs to lick. You should never use human products on your dogs – they may trigger allergic reactions.
The safest way to ensure that you are getting an all-natural solution is to make the balm yourself! Today, we’re showing you how to make a balm that is safe enough even if your dog licks his paws. It will not only protect their paws from hot pavements and icy roads, but also help heal their cracked pads.
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You only need three ingredients to make this paw balm. But to make it even better, we’re going to show you optional ingredients (don’t worry if you don’t have those on hand!) Don’t forget that you’ll also need a tin, a clean glass jar, or something similar, to store the balm. If you think there’s a need to warm the balm before using it, make sure to use a microwave-safe container.
If your dog has any allergies, please check with your vet before using this or any other paw balm.
Dog Paw Balm
- 6 Tablespoons of refined coconut oil
- 6 teaspoons of beeswax (or beeswax pellets)
- 3 Tablespoons of shea butter
Additional ingredients (optional):
- 3 Tablespoons of lanolin
- 1.5 teaspoons of Vitamin E oil
- 4 Tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 Tablespoon of oat flour
- Using a double-boiler, add the coconut oil, beeswax, and shea butter in the bowl. Keep stirring over low heat until everything is dissolved. (If you wish to use a microwave oven instead, you could heat the ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl in 10-second increments so that they don’t start boiling.)
- If you’re using the optional ingredients, add them at this point. Stir quickly until everything is combined.
- Pour the mixture into the container and leave it to solidify. You can place the container in the fridge to speed up the process.
- To use the balm, you can warm it up in the microwave for a few seconds or just rub it into your dog’s paws cold or at room temperature. It’s best used before bedtime so that the oils don’t stain any surfaces before they’ve absorbed into the skin.
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