Make sure you’re not using any pet store products, as they may contain harsh chemicals that can actually harm your pet’s paws.
You can use a heating pad or heater to keep their feet warm during the colder months. They can also get a little frost bite if the temperature drops too low.
Paw balm can help keep your dog’s paws protected during the cold weather. It can be made from a variety of items such as coconut oil, olive oil, olive oil based products and even almond oil.
How DIY Dog Paw Wax Can Help Your Dog’s Paws
Dogs can be hard on their paws in the cold, snowy weather so it’s important to take good care of them. This homemade dog paw balm recipe helps heal and soothe wounds on a dog’s paws and helps to reduce any inflammation that the paws might have due to harsh winter conditions.
This DIY dog paw wax recipe can help to hydrate most dogs paws and it will also offer relief and protection for dry paws.
Using it on their nose is a cool thing, but it works on their nose if it’s dry and cracked!
Here’s the DIY paw balm recipe to help relieve sore paws in your pet dog. It’s especially helpful during the summer months when temperatures are high.
Supplies Needed For DIY Paw Wax For Dogs
- Shea butter
- Lavender oil (optional)
- Vitamin E oil
- Olive oil. Pure. Organic. Extra Virgin
- Coconut Oil
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Recipe For Homemade Paw Wax
- 4 tsp. of beeswax
- 2 TBSP of shea butter
- 2 TBSP olive oil
- 1 TBSP coconut oil
- 1 tsp of Vitamin E oil
- 5- 10 drops of lavender oil (optional)
If you’re looking to make a DIY paw wax without beeswax you can substitute soy wax. ( FYI: I have NOT made this recipe with soy wax)
Instructions For DIY Paw Wax
- Fill a pot or pan about 1/3 – 1/2 with water.
- Heat on medium heat until the water gets warm
- Place a small glass mixing bowl or measuring cup in the water creating a double boiler.
- Add beeswax inside the glass measuring cup stirring often for about 10 minutes
- When the beeswax is melted slowly add in shea butter, olive oil, and coconut oil.
- Mix until well blended.
- Remove from heat and add vitamin E oil and lavender oil. (be careful removing as the glass will be hot)
- Mix well.
- Pour the mixture into storage containers
- Allow mixture to cool (Usually about 1-2 hours)
- Cover with cap and label as needed
Storing DIY Paw Balm
You can use any type of container that you would like such as Mason jars, small metal gift card boxes or even metal lids.
I used a lid to our joint supplement tub because it’s big enough to rub a Newfie’s paw in or you could use the lid to one of your Bath and Body 3 wick candles.
The above recipe fills 1 tin so if you using this paw wax recipe for gifts, adjust the recipe accordingly.
For beeswax, I recommend getting the pastilles rather than a block of beeswax.
I had the block and had to grate it so I just think that the pastilles will be easier to work with but I couldn’t find them locally.
You can decorate your container any way you choose or you don’t have to decorate it all. I used ribbon and little paw stickers that I picked up a local craft store but you can make your own labels, do a little drawing or tie some ribbon it.
The DIY paw wax makes a great gift or stocking stuffer to give for the holidays and it works out to be cheaper than the paw balm that you buy at the store.
Not only is this DIY paw balm good for paws but you can also use this as a nose balm for dry, cracked noses!
This DIY paw wax is mostly used for winter but it can also be used to protect your dog’s paw from hot pavement in the summer months.
Paw wax for dogs is mostly used to help prevent snowballs from forming on the underneath of a dog’s paws in the winter but it can help to prevent accidental slips on the ice.
If you’re going to apply the balm to your dog’s paw inside the house I would recommend that you do so by a door with a rug so that they aren’t slipping and sliding all over the floor.
How Often Should I Put Paw Wax On My Dog’s Paws?
You don’t want to use paw balm or paw wax too often on your dog’s paws because you don’t want to make them overly soft.
Really soft paw pads can cause a dog to lose traction and slip and slide on floors or ice.
Our vet recommends using paw balm about once a day and no more than twice.
Speak to your vet if you have any questions on how often to use it.
Other Ways To Protect Your Dog’s Paws In The Winter
Dog Boots are an excellent way to protect your dog’s paws from snow and ice.
They may feel a little funny to your dog at first, but most will get used to them in no time.
For bigger dogs like the Newfie, I use MuttLuks dog boots.
Keeping the hair on your dogs trimmed will help snowballs from forming on their paws and trimming their nails will help them have a better grip on slippery surfaces.
Always make sure that you are carefully trimming the hair on the underneath of the paws too.