If there was an award for slipping and sliding on a kitchen floor, Hazel would win a gold medal. The winter wrecks havoc with her paws by drying them out starting a chain reaction her slipping on the floor which then in turn causes her to fear walking on our kitchen floor, which then causes Greg to go buy her area rugs to traverse the floor.
I, on the other hand, turned to the internets and our friend Ally (of Sew Dog Designs) for help. One puppy play date later, we had the perfect solution for her dry paws– paw wax.
Paw wax moisturizes her paws and allows her to grip the floor better. The wax provides protection against the winter elements and those pesky summer ones like hot sidewalks. If your dog slips and slides on the floor, this will help but you have to be regular about applying it. We apply it about three times a week to Hazel’s paws (which takes quite a few treats due to her hate of having the paws touched).
Paw Wax runs about $12 for two ounces on Etsy but we figured for the $30 in supplies (we just need the tins, shea butter, and beeswax), we’d rather have enough to make about 70 ounces for the three dogs in our life. We spent less than 30 minutes making the wax and about another 30 waiting for it to harden in the fridge. The wax will last for about two years which is more than enough time for us to help rescue Hazel’s paws and her slipping/sliding.
So on to how to make your own paw wax for the puppy in your life.
What You Will Need (based on the recipe from Frugally Sustainable)
- Six 1-ounce tins (or something that will hold six ounces such as lip balm tubes/deodorant tubes)
- Small food scale
- Small pot or double boiler
- 2 oz. olive, sunflower, or sweet almond oil
- 2 oz. coconut oil (I recommend Trader Joe’s)
- 1 oz. shea butter (ordered on Amazon)
- 4 tsp. beeswax (ordered on Amazon)
- Essential oils
1. In a small pot – or double boiler – over low heat melt the oils, shea butter, and beeswax. Stir continuously until all is melted and well blended.
Side note: I used a double boiler and it worked wonderfully. Also, we doubled the recipe and used four 4 ounce tins from the craft store.
2. Make your friend pose for pictures while she stirs.
Side note: If you plan on using essential oils, add the drops in once everything melts.
4. Pour the mixture into lip balm tubes and/or tins.
5. Let your husband play with all the dogs while the tins cool until hard (you can put them in the fridge).
6. Cap and label. Or in our case, apply lots of dog themed stickers.