DIY Nose and Paw Wax: Protecting paws and noses in cold/hot weather.
A dog’s paws can feel like they are a bit callous, but in reality they are fairly sensitive to heat and cold. Personally, if it is hot outside, I will not walk my dogs or take them on to the concrete until I can step barefoot on the surface and leave my foot there for at least 5 seconds. In as little as 77 degrees, with NO shade, breeze, or anything, pavement temperatures can reach as high as 125 degrees. Serious damage can occur to your dog’s paws at 115 degrees.
As we are now in to the fall months, snowy days are upon us. (BOO!!) With snow, also comes salt to keep the roads clear. This salt is very harmful for our puppies’ paws. If you use the recipe provided and rub it on their paws a few minutes before going outside, they will be too busy to lick it off and it will provide their paws some protection. Of course, boots are a better option, but I can’t get my big puppy to keep hers on. 😦 Matter of fact, I can’t get all 4 on her… she gets one off before I can get a second one on. I still love her. anyway. I put some on my little dog… I have a video of it somewhere. LOL
Paw and Nose Wax
Materials & Supplies
- Small pot
- Small container of your choice (I used a 4oz. plastic container that I bought at Aromatools)
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon of shea butter
- 1 tablespoon of bees wax (approximately 1/2 oz.)
- Melt all ingredients together in a small pot over low heat, until everything is fully melted and combined.
- Pour your liquid into your container. Be careful if your container is metal or glass, the liquid is fairly hot and the heat will transfer quickly. Make sure you have it in a place where you don’t mind it sitting out for a while, or use a hot pad when moving it around.
- Let your paw wax cool on the counter until hard, then cap, label, and put it away!