DIY Soothing Balm for Your Pet’s Paws
Winter can be tough on us and on our pets. Cold weather and a lack of humidity in our homes can lead to dry skin and cracked paws. Pets that go outside for walks or playtime may have even more problems with rough, dry paws. This can cause pain, limping, and licking at their feet for comfort. Fortunately, there is a quick and easy way to moisturize and care for their feet during cold, dry weather. In just a few minutes, you can create a super easy, soothing balm for your pet’s paws!
Chicken Keeping Tip: This balm may also be used to protect a chicken’s comb, wattles, and feet from frostbite in freezing weather. Do not get the oil on their feathers because this will ruin their natural insulation from the cold.
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If time is short and you don’t have all of the ingredients to make this soothing balm, you may skip the following recipe and use a dab of olive oil or coconut oil to help protect their paws. Just dab the pads of their feet with a damp paper towel so the oil will seal this moisture in, then rub a little bit of plain, non-toxic oil on their paw pads to hold in the moisture. In really harsh weather, I’ll put this balm on their feet every day before we go for a walk.
I like making a soothing balm for my dogs’ paws and even the cat gets the occasional ‘paw-dicure’… if he’ll hold still long enough! Here’s an easy recipe with some tips for keeping this natural paw balm safe and effective. I use coconut oil, (#ads) olive oil, vitamin E, and beeswax (#ads)to create this natural, effective balm for my pets.
Not into DIY? Don’t have the ingredients on hand? You can also order a protective balm for your pets’ paws. (#ad)
Note – Some balms and recipes for pets include essential oils. It is vitally important that you do NOT use essential oils until you make sure they are not toxic to your pets!
Soothing Balm for Pet Paws
- Double boiler
- 4 tbsps coconut oil
- 4 tbsps olive oil
- 2 capsules vitamin E oil
- 1 tbsp beeswax
- Place the coconut oil, olive oil, and beeswax in the top pan of a double boiler and turn heat to medium-low.
- Stir until the beeswax dissolves. Remove pan from heat.
- Squeeze the vitamin E oil into the mixture and stir well.
- Pour the mixture into containers and allow to cool.
Protecting Your Pet’s Paws in Winter
In addition to smoothing some of this healing balm on your dog’s or cat’s paws in dry weather, there are some other ways to help protect them and keep them healthy.
- Keep their bowl filled with clean water
- Make sure they are eating a good quality food
- Trim the hair on a dog’s feet to prevent a buildup of snow and ice on walks
- Clean their paws after walks to remove road salt
- Use a humidifier when the air in your home is dry (don’t add essential oils that are toxic to pets)
- Keep their nails trimmed to prevent cracking and snagging
Most of these ideas are beneficial all year, not just in winter. So make sure that your pets are healthy and safe and always check to be sure any ingredients you add to this balm are safe for your pets. Keep in mind that many essential oils are toxic to pets and they should not breathe in the fumes or lick the essential oils off of their paws.
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Did you know you can also make your own petroleum-free jelly for your bath and body needs and for many other uses around your homestead? Leave a comment and let me know if this has been helpful!