How to Make Puppy Paw Balm
Protect your pup’s sensitive paw pads with this thick, rich paw balm! Cracked or dry paw pads from salty sidewalks in winter or hot asphalt in summer can make your best friend very unhappy. This balm recipe is made with a selection of nourishing oils and butters that are safe for your dog. Mango Butter, Sweet Almond Oil, and Sunflower Oil are pet safe emollients that are excellent for damaged paws. Unscented beeswax makes a thick, protective balm that prevents water loss and is resistant to licking. Vitamin E is an antioxidant that is also anti-inflammatory and increases the shelf life of the product.
We don’t recommend that you make any substitutions in this recipe. The oils and butters were chosen for this formula because they are safe to ingest if your pup licks his or her paws (which inevitably happens). White Beeswax Pastilles are a better choice than our Natural Beeswax Pastilles in this recipe because the honey scent of the Natural Pastilles might encourage your dog to lick his or her paws even more.
Do not add any fragrance oils or essential oils to this product. A particular scent may not be safe for dogs and dogs’ noses are more sensitive than ours. Fragrance may also encourage your dog to lick the balm off.
Puppy Paw Balm is not recommended for cats. (As if your cat would allow you to apply paw balm!)
This recipe is terrific for humans, too! Save a tin to use on your lips, cuticles, elbows and heels.
You can also package this product in tubes, if you like.
- Difficulty: Beginner
- Yield: 5 x 0.18 oz / 10 g Tins
- Prep Time / Clean Up: 5 Minutes
- Perform Time: 15 Minutes
- Cooling Time: 10 Minutes
- Total Time: 30 Minutes
- Digital Scale
- 1-2 qt Saucepan or Skillet
- Wire Rack to fit in Saucepan or Skillet OR Mason Jar Lid
- Spatula or Spoon
- Spray Bottle w/ 70% Isopropyl Alcohol
- Small Bowl
- Paper Towels
- Stovetop or Portable Burner
- 5 x 0.25 oz Slide Tins
- 0.35 oz / 10 g Rice Bran Oil (20%)
- 0.34 oz / 9.5 g Sweet Almond Oil (20%)
- 0.53 oz / 15 g Mango Butter (30%)
- 0.53 oz / 15 g Beeswax (White) (30%)
- 0.5 g (about 0.5mL) Natural Vitamin E (1%)
Before starting this tutorial please make sure to read all instructions. Spray work surface, utensils and mixing bowl with 70% isopropyl alcohol and wipe with paper towels. Use caution when handling heated oils. Carefully weigh all ingredients before you start working.
Place wire rack or mason jar lid in the bottom of saucepan and fill with 1-2 inches of water. Bring to a simmer on stovetop.
Combine all of the ingredients, except Natural Vitamin E in a small heatproof cup or bowl. Place in saucepan of simmering water. Heat, stirring occasionally, until fully melted, about 15 minutes.
Remove from heat. Stir in the Natural Vitamin E.
Using a Disposable Pipette, fill tins with balm.
Place in the freezer for about 10 minutes, or until set. Slide the tops onto the tins. Your balm is now ready for your pup to use!
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