Make You Own (DIY) Paw Wax: protect pets' paws in all weather conditions from frostbite or hot pavement
|Protect dog paws from the cold|
- multi-use formula for pet walking, exploring, hiking, protect from road salt, frostbite, frostnip.
The temperatures around the Adirondacks have been well below freezing, -31º to be exact, but that doesn't stop our golden retriever from wanted to go outside to play. We still need to watch for signs of frostnip in all of us, we also make sure to take care of our pup.
|DIY Paw Wax ingredients|
Making your own paw wax isn't complicated, but the ingredients can be expensive. This recipe uses just ingredients I have in my kitchen.
|Melt ingredients over a|
water bath or double-boiler
water to boil
double-boiler (or large pan with a smaller pan that will nestle inside)
heat resistant glass or metal storage container with a lid
*I make beeswax candles with my children so I always have a block of beeswax on hand.
|Check consistency of|
3 tablespoons (Tbsp.) olive oil
2 tablespoons (Tbsp.) coconut oil
2 tablespoons (Tbsp.) beeswax (I just chipped off a bit of the block and measured it.)
Place the double-boiler on the stove. Add enough water in the bottom pan of the double-boiler and heat to a rolling boil. (I have a dedicated older pot I use for heating up beeswax and an old tin can that nestles inside instead of a double boiler. It all works the same.
|Let Paw Wax cool|
Lower the heat to keep the water hot and place place smaller pot into the water or onto the double-boiler.) Do not cover.
Gently melt all the ingredients together and take off the burner.
|Paw Wax solidifies|
Dip your spoon or use a wooden skewer to test the consistency of the paw wax.
The Paw Wax should be soft enough to rub into your dog's paws, but not runny.
Pour the melted ingredients in a heat safe container. Let cool.
|Rub paw wax on and between pet's pads.|
© Diane Chase is the author of the Adirondack Family Time™ guidebook series. Adirondack Family Time™guidebooks have easy, short Adirondack family hikes for ADK kids, parents, retired, seniors, dog-owners, Adirondack swimming holes, Lake Placid Olympic activities, Adirondack trivia, Adirondack horseback rides, Adirondack snowshoe family trails and more. Look for the Adirondack family guidebooks online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the next Adirondack Family Activities™ guide.