Doggy paws are sensitive things.
They can become dry and cracked in the summer’s scorching heat or they can get frostbite in the cold.
Imagine walking on a hot driveway or sidewalks on your hands — without gloves?
It doesn’t just soothe painful cracked paws, it actually can prevent them and provide important protection in the wintertime when it’s cold and in the summertime when it’s hot.
IMPORTANT! DIY Paw Wax can help protect and soothe your dog’s paws, but you still need to be careful in extreme weather temperatures. Hot blacktop can burn a dog and ice and snow if it’s very cold or if there is prolonged exposure can cause frostbite.
Homemade Paw Wax
This homemade paw soother can be used in one of two ways, you can make it into a dog paw balm stick or put it in a tin or a mold. I’ll show you how to do both in this post.
It’s a good idea to experiment with the recipe and see which method of application is easier for you. Some people prefer to apply paw wax with their fingers and others prefer to use it in a balm stick type of application.
If you don’t want to make your own paw wax, there are some very good commercial products available. We recommend the highly rated Musher’s Secret, available at Amazon.com.
These are Both GREAT Recipes
The thing I like about these recipes and why I think it’s the best is that it’s all natural and completely non- toxic. So you can use it on almost any dog without worrying about the ingredients.
You can even use it on yourself – both of these recipes make a great lip balm or healing skin balm.
4 Ingredient Skin Butter Dog Paw Balm Recipe
To make your own paw balm, in a small pot or double boiler, combine:
- 2 parts SkinButter Mango, shea, or similar. Avoid cocoa butter for dogs.
- 2 parts Coconut Oil
- 2 parts Olive or Sweet Almond Oil
- 3 parts Beeswax Save effort cutting/grating by buying as pellets or pastilles.
- Stir together over low heat until melted to combine. Add a small quantity of Vitamin E oil (optional) and pour into small tins or jars. Cool at room temperature until firm, check consistency (you can remelt and adjust if needed), cap, and enjoy some doggy s-paw time!
Tips and Tricks:
- My paw balm parts ratios noted above are by volume (e.g. tbsp, cup, etc.) not weight.
- Consistency will vary with ingredients and your ambient conditions, but not to worry – you can remelt and adjust at anytime if needed! I’ve had to do this myself in the past when working to come up with a blend that works for me and the dogs. You can also melt the residuals of an almost empty paw balm container from your last batch into your new batch if you wish.
- If you prefer a looser creamier mixture, you can re-liquify and add a little more butter/oil or less beeswax. For a firmer mixture, use less butter/oil or add more beeswax. Easy peasy! Make a note of your preferred custom mix for future batches and please do feel free to share in the comments here for others who might be looking for different textures or ingredient swaps. Thanks! 🙂
- Ambient temperatures will affect your consistency, especially for the coconut oil. You may prefer a firmer mix for summer and creamier/looser mix for winter, especially if you are using the balm in outdoor conditions, such as camping or hiking.
- To avoid spills, take care not to store in hot places (parked card, hot tent, etc) unless you are using well-sealed jars or store upright as the balm will, of course, re-liquify.
Thanks to Dalmation DIY for this recipe.
4 Ingredient Beeswax Dog Paw Balm Recipe
- 2 tablespoons beeswax (clean and render your own or buy beeswax pastilles from Amazon here)
- 1 tablespoon safflower oil
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon castor oil (find organic castor oil on Amazon here)
- a container to put it in, such as a small metal tin, or silicone molds for easy application – you can also use balm sticks which I’ll show you how to do in a bit.
- In a double boiler, melt the wax and oils.
- Carefully pour into the tin or molds. If using molds, wait until cool to pop out of the molds.
- Store in a cool place.
If you find this mixture is too soft, melt down again and add another teaspoon of wax. If it is too hard, add a bit more oil. Waxes will vary from different areas, so you may need to experiment a bit to find the right consistency.
Thank you to DIY Natural for this recipe.
Dog Paw Balm Stick (Variation)
This is an easy variation. All you need to do is pour the mixture (I like the kit that has the filler and scraper) into balm tubes (available on Amazon) instead of into tins.
I like the balm tube kit below because they come in different colors, have labels, and have the filler that fills them all at once.
How To Use These Homemade Paw Soothers
Simply rub over the dog’s paws just before heading outside. If you made bars of wax, the dog’s body heat will melt these when rubbed on.
I like to hike so I find the balm stick really convenient to keep in my puppy supply bag.
And don’t worry when your dog licks his paws. It’s all non toxic!
Of course, summer isn’t the only time this wax will help those paws.
This is Also The Best Dog Paw Protection for Winter
Ice, snow, and freezing sidewalks can cause cold burns on those Pup Paws.
So put this paw balm on your pup before she goes outside in the wintertime to protect her paws from getting too cold.
Note: in some more extreme climates she may also need doggy shoes.
All the Ingredients Also Happen to Be Remedies for Dry Dog Pads
Because all of the ingredients in this dog paw balm recipe are natural moisturizers you can also use this paw wax to soothe and heal dry dog pads.
It will bring immediate relief to your dog and it will also help to heal his pads over time with consistent usage.