Although my beagle and I enjoy walking throughout the year, Northeast Ohio winters are brutal on a dog’s paws. All that snow, ice and salt can be very painful when it becomes lodged between paw pads. Instead of stopping frequently to wipe off my pet’s feet, I’ve discovered a safe way to protect paws from cold weather elements. I just apply a coating of homemade dog paw wax before venturing outdoors for a stroll in the snow.
This allows us to take longer walks without dealing with the hassle of cold, sensitive or icy paws. Best of all, the natural ingredients make it safe to use on dog’s that suffer from allergies.
Benefits of Using a Homemade Dog Paw Balm
This natural recipe for dry, cracked dog paws is simple to make and takes virtually no time at all. The hardest part is gathering all of the ingredients together. While you may not initially have all the items in your kitchen, purchasing them and making your own is more economical than buying a commercial brand of dog paw wax.
Pet owners whose dogs frequently lick at their paws won’t have to worry about them consuming this all-natural remedy. My beagle will eat almost anything, so making my own non-toxic balm seemed like the smartest option. In addition to preventing damaged or chapped dog paws, this moisturizing salve also helps to soften a dog’s paw pads.
Although some people dress their dog in cute boots or socks to keep paws warm, my beagle is definitely not a fashionista. Dressing him in any type of clothing is like trying to bathe a cat. This easy-to-use canine paw wax works great to protect paws from snow, ice and chemicals, allowing both me and my pet to enjoy a safe, stress-free walk without the doggie boots.
Non-Toxic Homemade Dog Paw Wax Recipe
Paw Wax Ingredients
Use your imagination with paw wax tins, jars or molds to hold your creation. I like to keep some at home in a mason jar for neighborhood walks, and I also have a convenient tin which is ideal for carrying along to the park or on a winter hiking getaway.
You can even find decorative holiday tins to fill with homemade dog paw wax for all your canine-loving friends. Use this recipe to fill several 1-oz. tins or pour it all in a larger container for everyday use.
In a small pan, melt the beeswax, oils and shea butter over a low heat. Stir mixture frequently to blend oils. When thoroughly melted, transfer liquid into chosen container.
After wax has hardened, seal tin or jar and decorate if desired. You want to be sure the mixture is fully cooled and dry before sealing. Forget to do this and you may end up with a funky residue underneath your container lid.
Though it is optional, I prefer to add peppermint oil to my recipe. It has a nice, fresh smell and is also an anti-inflammatory and analgesic agent. You can always select a different oil for your dog paw balm, just check to be sure that it’s safe for canines.
&Tips for DIY Paw Wax Success
To optimize the benefits of your homemade dog paw wax, be sure to keep the hair between your pet’s toes trimmed. Long hair between the pads tends to collect ice and other harmful objects more readily. I can always tell when my beagle’s fur is getting too long because he will lick between his paw pads.
For those who don’t have the time or inclination to make their own paw protection wax, Musher’s dog paw wax is the next best alternative. This is the brand I used before I started making my own. Although it does cost more, it is non-allergenic and doesn’t contain any harmful ingredients. Whatever method you choose, your dog will tolerate the cold better and appreciate the extra pampering.