diy pup paw balm

pawbalm

Does your dog have dry, cracked pads? Does he need some protection from the heat of the sidewalk or asphalt or cold of the snow and ice? He needs paw balm! Simply apply a thin layer for relief or before heading out into the elements. Because it’s all-natural, it can be re-applied often!

And, bonus…I add essential oils to mine! Since the pads are an awesome application area for essential oils, this balm offers a great dual purpose. Choose essential oils that are beneficial for your dog and his needs. If you choose to add essential oils, be sure to use only certified pure therapeutic grade oils. I use and recommend doTERRA oils.

The recipe below will fill two 6-oz tins, so adjust accordingly. Not sure where to get the tins? Click here. I use a digital kitchen scale to measure the ingredients, but it doesn’t have to be perfect. Approximations are provided as well. Links to Amazon are also provided for the ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz (approx. 2 tbsp) olive oil or sweet almond oil
  • 1 oz (approx. 2 tbsp) coconut oil
  • 1/2 oz (approx. 1 tbsp) shea butter
  • 2 tsp beeswax
  • 20-40 drops *essential oils of choice (optional)

Make It:

  1. Using a digital scale, measure oils, butter, and beeswax in a glass container. I like to use the Pyrex spouted, handled measuring cups.
  2. Melt oils, butter, and beeswax in the microwave or double boiler.
  3. Add essential oils if using, and whisk.
  4. Pour into tin, and allow to cool before capping.

*Essential oils have many benefits for dogs. I use this balm on my oldest dog, who has arthritis. His arthritis causes minor muscle tremors and weakness in his back legs. As a result, his back feet tend to slide a bit on hard floors. This balm not only provides a little traction for his pads, but it’s also a great way to get essential oils in his bloodstream to help (at least partially) alleviate the effects of arthritis. I use 25 drops lavender and 10 drops frankincense. Want to know more about essential oils for dogs? Click here.

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