How to Make Your Own Dog Paw Balm

To some dogs (especially breeds built for cold weather), there’s nothing more exciting than a romp around a snowy yard after a winter storm. But icy conditions of the yard or cold pavements can be damaging a pet’s paws.

Recipe: DIY Dog Paw Balm

– 21-24 standard lip balm tubes OR 6 1-oz. tins – a small digital kitchen scale, optional – small pot or double boiler

Supplies

– 21-24 standard lip balm tubes OR 6 1-oz. tins – a small digital kitchen scale, optional – small pot or double boiler

Ingredients

1. In a small pot or double boiler over low heat melt the oils, shea butter, and beeswax. Stir continuously until all is melted and well blended. 2. Carefully pour the mixture into lip balm tubes and/or tins. 3. Let them cool on the counter until hard. 4. Cap and label. 5. Keep away from extreme heat. 6. Apply the balm as a preventive treatment or to help soften dry paw pads or noses. Use within 1 to 2 years.

Directions

Other Paw Protection Methods

Yes, your dog might look a little silly, but dog boots are actually quite effective at protecting dog feet from snow and ice as well as de-icing products, which can make your dog sick if he licks it off his paws. These products can also burn pads and the sensitive skin between their toes, causing great pain and distress. We’ve reviewed and selected the top dog boots for all canines.

Booties

If you’re in a rush and don’t have time to go the DIY route, consider buying a premade paw balm.

Store-bought paw balm

Keeping the paw hair short is also important as it will prevent snow and ice from forming balls that can lead to chaffing, chapping, and even cuts. Trim the hairs around the outside of your dog’s paw so that it doesn’t extend past the boundaries of the paw. You can also use a small battery-operated trimmer to shorten the hair between the paw pads. (Contact a pro if you have a fidgety dog or don’t feel comfortable doing this.)

Trimming