Humans aren’t the only ones who suffer the dry itchy skin that Winter weather can bring on. Our furry friends are exposed to wet, cold and snow. But there are things you can do to ease the discomfort of cracked itchy dog feet. If your dog’s foot pads could use a little TLC, try this natural dog paw balm with beeswax. It is easy to make and Rover will surely thank you for the effort.
Homemade Beeswax Dog Paw Balm
Beeswax is a natural wax made by honey bees. The bees use it to construct the interior parts of their hive. But, beeswax has so many uses beyond the hive.
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Beeswax has a relatively low melting point and combines well with many other natural oils and waxes. Known as a popular ingredient in human skin care, dogs can benefit as well.
Cold weather takes it toll on everyone’s feet. And while our furry friends are better suited for walking barefoot outdoors, they too can suffer from dry, cracked skin.
Applying some type of moisturizer to the pads of your dog’s feet can help protect the skin from the snow and cold of the season. And beeswax is a humectant that helps lock in existing moisture.
How to Make Dog Paw Balm
- Double boiler
- Kitchen scale
- Tins or small jars to hold 6 oz of product
- 4 tsp (20 grams) of beeswax (buy on Amazon)
- 1 oz (1 tbsp) of shea butter (buy on Amazon)
- 2 oz (2 tbsp) of coconut oil (buy on Amazon)
- 2 oz (2 tbsp) of sweet almond oil or olive oil
Time needed: 1 hour.
Step by step directions for how to make your own homemade dog paw balm using beeswax and other natural ingredients.
- Melting the Beeswax
Using a double boiler (I love this little insert for my wax making projects) melt your beeswax.
Beeswax is flammable and using a double boiler with water in the bottom pot is the safest method of melting.
Don’t rush things. Beeswax is solid and will take the longest time to melt so I like to start with it first.
- Melting other Ingredients
Once most of the beeswax is melted, add the other ingredients: shea butter, coconut oil, sweet almond oil and allow all to melt.
When all are liquid, stir to combine the ingredients well.
- Pour into Containers
Remove from heat and pour ingredients in your storage containers.
You can use containers or any size – even small glass canning jars. But keep in mind that you will be dipping your fingers in the dog paw balm to apply it.
A container with a large opening is best. You will have between 5 ½ to 6 oz net wt.
- Cool and Label
Let the balm cool and harden and then add a cap and label. If the dog paw balm is for your dog, there is no need for a fancy label.
However, do be sure to label the container in some way.
Using Balm on Your Dog’s Feet
No special storage methods are required but keep the container away from heat or it will liquify.
This paw balm will last for months (or more) without spoiling. To use apply a small amount to the pads of Rover’s feet and rub it in well. Only a small amount is needed.
As always, test a small amount of the product on one paw at first to ensure your pup has no allergies.
Thanks to my nephew Harley, he thought the beeswax dog paw balm smelled pretty good.
This can be a great preventative treatment for all the dog paws in your family. And you can enjoy the fact that you know exactly what is in the recipe.
If you should feel yourself a bit jealous, consider making some beeswax balm for your feet too!
**This recipe is for informational purposes only. Any one (including dogs) can be allergic to anything. If you are concerned about this product, please consult your veterinarian.