We were out yesterday hiking with our pack on our hiking adventures and covered about four miles. It was a beautiful day with the sun shining. The ground is in that awkward phase where it's cold, but not frozen, so any moisture is also turning into mud, which also means muddy paws. And, today it rained, so things are extra muddy. Welcome to our Washington, DC weather!
The idea of using a paw moisturizer and a paw wax has been catching on - especially in snowy environments or when the salt is put down to limit ice. These elements can be very rough on a pet's paw pads. However, we have also seen great success to use a paw wax year round as it helps to keep paws healthy and protected.
If you are looking for a solution to make at home, see below for one of our favorite recipes.
Paw Wax Ingredients:
- 2 oz. (approximately 2 tbsp.) sweet almond oil
- 2 oz. (approximately 2 tbsp.) coconut oil
- 1 oz. (approximately 1 tbsp.) shea butter
- 4 tsp. beeswax
Paw Wax Instructions:
- In a small pot or a double boiler over low heat, melt the oils, shea butter, and beeswax. Be sure to stir the mixture continuously until everything is melted and well blended.
- Add a few drops of Vitamin E oil for extra moisture (usually around 10 to 12 drops) and mix well.
- Consider adding a few drops (usually around 8 to 10 drops) of Therapeutic Grade Essential Oils. We like lavender and lemon, however, remember to check the essential oils you use are therapeutic grade as well as the essential oil is safe for dogs and cats. Not all essential oils are safe for pets! Additionally, be sure you are using therapeutic organic grade as the essential oil is then safe for ingesting.
- Pour the mixture into lip balm tubes or tins.
- Let them cool on the counter until hard.
- Cap and label.