Recipe by Lisa Graham, Queen Bee at YYC Beeswax
Our fur-baby's paws are often overlooked. It's critically important that we monitor the health of their paws and protect dogs from extreme hot/cold/abrasive terrains. While summer is coming to a close, it's important to keep this solution in mind for next year's hot cement, asphalt, gravel trails. Fun Fact: Did you know that dogs' temperature control gland are in their paws?
Your dog needs a barrier or protective coat to insulate from the extreme environments. Watch your dog attentively for signs of heat exhaustion and "hot stepping". It looks just as it sounds, the dog will lift up her paws as if she/he is playing hot potato and it's because their paws are burning! Poor baby!
Now that temperatures are cooling there are 3 main paw care concerns.
2. Dry Splitting
3. Chemical burns from ice melt and the like
When it comes to the snow, not all dogs are created equal. Some have undercoats and are well equipped for extended outdoor play. Just like your human babies, when your fur-babies are having a great time they don't always signal when they need help (i.e. when they are too cold or too hot).
Applying paw care wax before play will provide them with a temporary protective coating that will also soothe and moisturize their potentially dry and chapped paws! The barrier prevents the ice from direct contact with the pads which allow for a more comfortable winter play session. If your pup's paws are feeling the dryness of the winter, feel free to apply again after the play is over for a special moisturizing treatment. This same wax is also great to help treat a dry snout. Apply on the black part of the nose, take care to not shove any inside the nares. There are plenty of great products online, however, if you'd like to control exactly what goes onto your dog by making a natural and homemade paw pet care wax then follow the recipe below (provided by YYC Beeswax).
RECIPE FOR A DIY PAW CARE CREAM
3 tablespoons Coconut Oil
3 tablespoons Calendula oil or substitute Olive Oil
3 tablespoons Avocado Oil
In a small pot or double boiler over low heat melt all ingredients. Stir continuously until everything is melted and well blended. Carefully pour the mixture into large lip balm tubes or tins. Get creative with it! Let them cool at room temperature until hard (which is about 20 minutes). Cap and label your new paw wax. These make great gifts or stocking stuffers. Keep away from extreme heat. Apply the balm as a preventive treatment or to help soften dry paw pads or noses. Use within 1 to 2 years.