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DIY Paw Balm Recipe

TLC Pet Food shares an easy, DIY paw balm recipe to keep your dog's paws protected during the winter months.

Our pup’s paws are very important and sometimes changes in weather, like extreme cold or heat, can have negative effects on them. It is important to keep our dog’s paws healthy and strong so they do not cause any discomfort for our pup. Rough, dry paws with cracks are signs your pup’s paws may need some extra attention and care. Paw balms are a great way to help maintain your puppy’s paw health. TLC put together a safe and easy paw balm recipe you can make from the comfort of your own home! Check it out and don’t forget to give us a shout out on Instagram or Facebook to show us your own version of the recipe in action!

DIY Paw Balm Recipe

What You Will Need:

  • Standard size mason jar
  • Stainless steel medium size pot
  • Resealable jars or containers to hold balm
  • Silicone spoon or spatula or one you don’t mind discarding afterward

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup natural beeswax
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. shea butter
  • 10 drops vitamin E

Directions:

Yields approximately 500 ml

  1. Fill a pot about one-third full with water and heat to medium-low.
  2. Create a double-boiler effect by placing a standard size mason jar in the centre of the pot (use a mason jar you don ’t mind recycling, it will be difficult to clean afterward).
  3. Carefully place beeswax into mason jar, stirring continuously until melted approximately 10 minutes depending on stovetop).
  4. Add coconut oil, olive oil and shea butter to the mason jar. Heat until melted, stirring often.
  5. Remove from heat and add Vitamin E drops. Stir.
  6. Pour the mixture into storage containers.
  7. Allow to cool for an hour until firm.

Apply paw balm to your pup’s paws before and after walks, especially during winter months. Be sure to thoroughly dry their feet prior to application to remove any debris they might have picked up along the way. Always avoid icy surfaces and areas that have recently been salted while on your daily walks and be sure to make ‘paw inspection’ part of your regular routine to help spot any damage or sores early!

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