Make Your Own Paw Cream
Cold weather, salty streets and rough terrain can quickly damage a dog’s paws, so applying something to them regularly can help heal and moisturize them while preventing discomfort.
Liz Foley, a dog trainer and founder of The Dog Haus, recommends a mixture of coconut oil, bees wax and shea butter.
“Coconut oil is a great natural moisturizer for dogs’ paws that prevents cracked pads and also smells great, and bees wax and shea butter help to create a barrier that keeps moisture in and cold out,” says Foley. “These ingredients should be melted and combined together, then transferred to a tin and allowed to harden, making for easy application.”
Once ready, you can massage a little bit of the mix on each paw before a walk and then wipe the balm off after returning home. And if you don’t have natural bees wax on hand, it is often found in chapstick.
“This homemade remedy helps to protect paws from salt, cold and dryness,” Foley says.