Similar to a human’s feet, a canine’s paws too get rough and dry. Since most of the canines do not wear shoes, the thick skin on their paw helps them get across all types of terrains. Hence it is not unusual for canines to have dry or cracked pads as they get older. During summers or winters, too much heat or cold can cause pain and discomfort to your furry one’s paws. In order to keep your furry baby’s paws in good health and crack-free, you can make this soothing paw balm for your furry baby at home.
All you need to make this DIY soothing paw balm is
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons Shea butter
- 2 tablespoons beeswax
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 20 drops lavender essential oil
- 4-ounce glass bowl
- bamboo skewer
- 4-ounce wide-mouth container and lid
To make this balm, you will have to add coconut oil, Shea butter, beeswax and olive oil in a glass bowl together. Put the bowl in the microwave and heat it for about 30 seconds and make sure all of the ingredients have mostly melted.
The beeswax added might take a lot of time to melt. You might need to heat the mixture for at least 60 seconds for all the ingredients to melt. Make sure you heat the mixture in intervals and not together to avoid overheating. It is fine if you find a few solid bits floating in the mixture. Stir the mixture using a wooden stick or a bamboo skewer until the beeswax completely melts.
Add around 20 drops of essential oil to the mixture. You can use any other scented or essential oil that you like, but ensure that your canine is not allergic to any other oil you use. Lavender oil is highly suggested as it has anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties, plus it has a soothing scent.
Pour the mixture into a wide mouth glass container and let it cool. The mixture will solidify as it cools.
How to use this balm:
You can use your fingertips to rub the balm onto your furry baby’s paw. The preferred method of applying this balm is to place your canine’s paw into the container and then rub the balm onto your canine’s paw. Canines love having a paw massage.
The oil nicely gets absorbed into their paw and the beeswax leaves a light protective coating on their paw. Ensure that you do not put too much balm on their paw and rub it well to discourage your pooch from licking it. This DIY will help you give your furry one a nice little “Paw-di-cure” that they will love every once in a while.