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Paw Balm for Dogs and Cats

paw balm

Our poor Ellie girl has been through the ringer over the past month. She has been hiking in the mountains traversing rocky terrain. She has been pounding the pavement exploring some Southern sites. She has even spent some time running and relaxing on the warm sandy beach. She’s been everywhere, and her poor paws show it. They have been in need of some serious TLC. That is exactly why we decided it was time to whip up a batch of homemade paw balm.

We added some of our favorite skin ingredients to the basic base of coconut oil and beeswax used in most paw balms. Our goal was to create a healing powerhouse to give this paw balm recipe something extra. We applied it a few times on Ellie’s paws, and they get softer and look better every time. I do believe she loves it more and more as we use it. The last time she even pranced and danced her way around the house showing off. It was a sight to see.

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Homemade Paw Balm

Supplies:

Double boiler
Sauce pan
Wide-mouthed Jar

Ingredients:

2 tbsp Coconut Oil
2 tbsp Beeswax
1 tbsp Shea Butter
1 tsp Almond Oil
1 tsp Vitamin E Oil
1 tsp Olive Oil (infused with comfrey and rosemary) (optional)
1 tsp Aloe Vera Juice

Steps:

Optional:

Prepare the olive oil well ahead of time if you add it. It can be prepared exactly as we do in our healing comfrey salve. First I gathered fresh comfrey and rosemary and allowed them to fully dry. The dried herbs were added to a small mason jar. Finally, I poured enough olive oil in to cover the herbs. The mixture was left at room temperature for 2 weeks before using it. Like I said, I took the long way. The comfrey salve method normally takes just a few hours. Because I had this on the counter ready to use, I added a little bit to our paw balm to give it a little something special

1. Melt the waxes

Add a couple inches of water in the sauce pan and heat over medium heat. With the comfrey and rosemary infused olive oil ready to go, add all of the oils, butter, and beeswax to the double boiler. The beeswax can be very difficult to cut up and measure. I prefer to use beeswax (like these on Amazon) that has been molded into 1 oz. bars. (1 oz. = 2 tbsp).

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Let the mixture fully melt. Remove the mixture from the heat. Lightly whisk the oils.

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2. Add the aloe vera juice

Slowly, pour in the aloe vera juice while whisking the mixture. The aloe might clump up, but it should melt as you continue to stir the mixture.

3. Pour and cool

Pour the mixture into a wide mouthed jar. Let the paw balm cool entirely. It should completely solidify.

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Using Paw Balm

Spread a liberal amount of paw balm on each pad. Rub the balm in well until it has mostly soaked in. Use the paw balm as needed on your pooch’s (or cat’s) paws to keep them from getting too rough or chapped. It can also help prevent cracking during the dry winter season.

Dogs and cats love to lick their paws. We always use safe natural ingredients in anything we make, but I like to be cautious nonetheless. After applying the paw balm to one of Ellie’s paws, we waited until the following day to apply to the other paws just in case she had any reaction on her paw or from licking her paw. She loves it as much as we do now, and not the flavor, just the application in general. We call it her spa day. Soft, healed paws for the win.

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