A view weeks ago I noticed that my dog’s paws were getting kinda dry and chappy. We spend a lot of time outside, going for walks in the woods, in fields or around town and it seems that the cold weather has left behind its traces on Moby’s paws.
Around this time of year the streets are covered in salt and dirt so it shouldn’t be surprising that my pup’s paws need a little extra care right now. You can buy simple dog paw balm in pretty much every pet store but before spending loads of money on some fancy looking stuff, I decided to try and make some myself.
I stumbled upon this awesome recipe when searching for something that might work. I slightly changed the combination of ingredients because I didn’t have everything at home but it turned out to work just fine. What I love about this balm is that I know exactly what it contains. Moby is rather sensitive and his skin can react badly to certain artificial ingredients so I really prefer making stuff for him myself.
What you’ll need:
- 1/2 cup natural beeswax
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tbsp. shea butter
- Small containers for the balm
- A pot
- A Mason jar
1. Fill a pot about one-third full with water and heat to medium-low.
2. Set a standard or large-sized mason jar inside of the pot. This creates a double boiler effect. You could use another pot instead of the mason jar, but keep in mind that it will be very hard to clean after you’ve used it to create the mixture.
3. Put the beeswax in the jar and heat, stirring often, until it’s melted. This took about five minutes.
4. Add the coconut oil, olive oil and shea butter. Heat until melted, stirring often.
5. Pour the mixture into storage containers. I used smaller glass jars but any kind of container works here. If your dog has quite small paws consider getting a container with a large opening, so that you can simply put the dogs paw into the container to cover it with balm. Unfortunately Moby’s paws are way to large to do it that way 😉
6. Let it sit for an hour or so until it hardens.
And that’s really all there is to say about this quick dog DIY 😉 I’m really happy how the balm turned out. We now apply it on his paws every evening and they already look a lot better. Plus, it also seems to taste quite good because Moby loves licking the container while being groomed 😉