DIY Pet Paw Balm

Posted on April 01, 2019

I’ve always loved getting outdoors. Growing up with winters in Michigan made that difficult at times. When my family took up cross country skiing, that all changed. Soon we were heading out to the dunes around Lake Michigan a few times a week, having a blast skiing down and through snow-covered dunes and forests. Our dogs would run alongside us, racing us down hills and chasing after sticks we threw. We all loved these adventures but afterward, our dogs’ paws had a lot to recover from.

Ice and snow would get lodged in their paws and eventually cause them pain. We tried snow booties, but these would often fall off as they enjoyed testing themselves running at top speed. The snow booties would get lost in the woods and their paws would again suffer from ice and snow.

With the many miles and terrains pets love to wander through, we knew when creating recipes designed for pets, we wanted something for those adventurous paws. Using the soothing power of beeswax, coconut oil, and almond oil, along with Ginger Essential Oil pain-relieving and Juniper Berry Essential Oil antibacterial and antifungal qualities, this recipe is ideal for caring for your pet’s paws.

Ingredients

Instructions

In a double boiler, or a small bowl using a microwave at a low setting for 30-second intervals, melt beeswax and coconut oil.

Add 1/2 teaspoon of Sweet Almond oil to the mixture and stir for 30 seconds.

Immediately pour mixture into lip balm tubes.

To use, apply a small amount to the bottoms of your pet’s paws to aid in healing cracked or painful paws. This balm may also be used on sore muscles to help them recover.

Recipe Tips

  • Sometimes it can be hard to measure solid coconut oil, feel free to melt it before measuring.
  • This recipe solidifies fast, so be sure to have your lip balm tubes ready to be poured into.
  • Another option for this recipe would be to pour it into a tin that your pet’s paw will fit into. That way you can place their whole paw into the mixture.
  • It can be difficult to clean out beeswax. While the beeswax is still hot, use a paper towel to remove as much as possible. If beeswax solidifies, re-melt it to remove.
  • This recipe is highly diluted, so if your pet decides he/she wants a lick, it shouldn’t be a problem. If you’re concerned about licking, using this recipe without essential oils will still be beneficial for your pet’s paws.

What I love about this recipe

  • I love that this recipe naturally cares for pet’s paws. As a pet owner it can make you feel helpless when your pet is hurting. This recipe can give you the peace of mind that your pet is being cared for naturally. Its small size makes it easy to take along on any adventure!

Safety and Disclaimers

  • Start slowly when introducing essential oils to your pet. Let them smell the combination of oils before using this recipe. If your pet reacts negatively, using it could cause them emotional discomfort.
  • Check out this blogpost for more information on using essential oils with your cats. 
  • Check out this blogpost for more information on using essential oils with your dogs. 
  • Please note: This post is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have extensively used essential oils and has not been verified scientifically with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious medical concerns, please consult your doctor.

What are some of your favorite adventures you take your pet on? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below!