DIY Paw Salve

I realized the other day that I need to make more paw salve, but I’ve already packed this stuff for our move, so it’ll have to wait until we get to the new house. I do have some purchases that are also great, so we’re good, but I thought I’d re-share this recipe with you!

What you’ll need:

  • 6 – 1 oz tins
  • double boiler (or a large pot with a metal or glass bowl)
  • 2 oz (approx. 2 tbsp) sweet almond oil
  • 2 oz (approx 2 tbsp) coconut oil
  • 1 oz (approx 1 tbsp) shea butter
  • 4 tsp. beeswax

Melt the oils, shea butter, and beeswax in a double boiler ( I use a large pot with boiling water and a large metal bowl over the top of the pot). Stir continuously until all is melted and blended together.

Pour the mixture evenly into the tins (careful the tins can become hot with the hot liquid).

Allow the tins to cool on the counter until the liquid has hardened.

Cap and label each tin, including the date.

When I made this recipe I had exactly enough to fill all 6 1oz tins. I had plenty for me and I even gave some away as gifts.

Keep the tins away from heat to store and use within one year.

How to Use the Paw Salve

I like to wait until after the dogs have had their last potty break for the night. Take a damp warm cloth and wipe off any dirt or debris from your dog’s paws.

Apply a generous amount to the pads of your dog’s paws, rubbing it in as best as you can. Make sure to pay extra attention to any spots on your dog’s paw pads that are extra rough and dry.

Before using this product on your dog (or cat) make sure to check with your vet to be absolutely sure your pet won’t have any adverse reactions to the ingredients. Although each ingredient is generally safe for your pets, your cat or dog may have specific needs and requirements. We don’t want any allergic reactions 🙂