As an avid runner and dog lover, I often times run with my fur person. It is great for both of us as I need someone to keep me safe from all the ferocious falling leaves and bunnies. Running in the winter is not always the easiest thing to do, there are so many obstacles to look out for, most we see, some we do not. The one thing most people do not see are all the chemicals and salts that are on the road ways and sidewalks to assist with snow and ice removal. These salts make all our cars look white or grey and corrode all metals they come in contact with, so do you really want your furry friend going into that nasty, cold soup with their bare paws?!? Heck NO!
I use a mixture of beeswax, coconut oil, Calendula oil, and avocado oil, melt it all down and mix it up! Simple. I pour the hot mixture into a tin that is used to hold a gift card and let it cool. Before the pup and I head out for a run, I have him sit and rub his paws into the wax – it is the consistency of a frozen lip balm. If you live in the cold, you know exactly what that feels like.
Now that you have decided that you are going to make this for your favorite fur person, here is what you are going to need.
A metal bowl – I have a stainless steel bowl that I use for all my beeswax products. I do this because, as hard as I try, I just can not get it completely free of wax.
A metal spoon to stir the mixture with, I have successfully cleaned my spoons, but I always use the same one – just in case.
A pan large enough to have the bowl sit inside and come in contact with water.
Containers prepped for the hot wax mixture – silicone molds work awesome, as do LINED muffin tins, empty metal mint containers or small tins used to hold gift cards. I had one friend use lip balm tubes, I find that too tedious to fill and then had big paws to cover. Not the ideal way for me, but for some – it will be perfect!
3 oz pure beeswax – creates a protective barrier on the paw
3T coconut oil – great antibacterial properties, and ability to soften
3t Calendula oil – amazing ability to heal and soothe cracked paw pads
3T avocado oil – moisturizer
Place all the wax and oils into metal bowl. I rarely ever measure out the amounts, but as a first time maker, you might want to just to get the consistency right. Mine is never the same, but that does not make a difference to how effective keeping the ice and grime away from my pooches paws.
Place bowl in the pan filled partially with water, so that the water is about 1 inch up the side of the bowl, sitting in the pan. Place the pan with the bowl on the stove and get the water to simmer. Melting all the ingredients together, stir.
Once melted, pour the hot mixture carefully into prepared containers and let cool on the counter.
Ta -Da! The Paw Balm can be kept in a closed tin, or other sealed container. I keep mine with my running gear and my running partner knows when he sees me getting dressed that it is soon time to run and waits by the door. In the warmer weather, I keep it in the fridge until it is needed again.
I hope you and your four-legged fur-person use this to keep them healthy and happy through the snowy cold season. Bee safe and enjoy each day, no matter the weather.
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