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Homemade Paw Balm

Homemade paw balm for dry, cracked dog paws

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I have done it.

I’ve made homemade paw balm.

I totally could have just bought paw balm from the store but I wanted to give it a try to see if it could be done easily, and you know what?

It can be done and it’s super easy!

Ingredients needed for DIY paw balm


I went to our local health food store and got:

Ingredients for homemade dog balm
  • Shea butter
  • Lavender oil (Lavendula augustifolia)  (I chose this because of its calming healing properties)
  • Vitamin E oil
  • Beeswax. Beeswax is the ingredient that seals and protects the pads. 
  • Olive oil. Pure. Organic. Extra Virgin
  • Little metal containers

All the products that I grabbed were all-natural, human-grade, and safe for dogs

The actual making of the all-natural balm was easy:

I used a double boiler over low heat and added these ingredients:

This recipe for homemade paw balm includes:

I stirred all the ingredients together until the beeswax melted and then poured it into the round metal tins and let it set.

So easy!

ingredients for homemade paw balm

What I would different the next time when making DIY paw balm.
  • add coconut oil. (which I forgot to get and it is used in the original recipe) Coconut oil has great antibacterial properties so it’s perfect for paw balm.
  • use almond oil instead of olive oil. (not that I didn’t like the olive oil, but I’ve never used almond oil before and I would like to give it a try) You can also use avocado oil.
  • not buy a huge block of beeswax because it was super hard to cut. I wound up having to use my grater to get the 4 tsp.
  • Next time I will look for smaller bars, but right now I have a whole lot of beeswax to use.
  • Make bigger batches. This batch only filled about 2 of my round tins so I doubled the recipe. Next time I will double that.

All the ingredients cost about $30.

DIY paw balm for dry, cracked dog paws


I use this DIY paw balm every year and always have good results.

Instead of little tins to store the balm in you can use small Mason jars, old lip balm containers, silicone molds, or even muffin tins.

Get as creative as you want!

You can use this homemade natural paw balm for dogs in the winter and in the summer for healing dry and cracked paw pads and to protect them from dangerous elements on the ground. 

The homemade paw balm normally lasts about 1-2 years when properly stored.

* I only use this as needed. For instance, I won’t use this every single time the dogs go out in the snow in the backyard, but I will use it when we are going for long walks. You don’t want the pads to become too soft, as this may cause more injury. Also, remember that keeping the hair between your dog’s pads can make the balm easier to apply and help minimize snowballs.

** While lavender oil is safe to use on dogs I have read reports that lavender oil and several other essential oils may NOT be safe to use with cats. I’m not an expert on this so I can’t advise any further.

Homemade paw balm for your dog. It's super easy to make right in your own kitchen and it will keep your dog's paws healthy in the brutal winter months ahead!


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Sunday 24th of January 2021

Hi thanks so much for posting this recipe, I was just wondering how many ml were in the jars you used. Thanks 🙏

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Sunday 17th of January 2016

I'm so trying this? Thank you so much for the recipe


Wednesday 28th of January 2015

Hey there. We own and raise English bulldogs. On the beeswax I bought from a local beekeeper and five pound blocks you can melt it in a coffee can and then pour it into inexpensive individual small silicone molds to make it easier to pop out and use in recipes. I would definitely use coconut oil because dogs love it and it's also antibacterial and it's good for them. I've also seen a recipe like this put And sold in and put into an empty, clean, deodorant dispenser. When I'm making lotions and lip balms for myself, I usually melt the beeswax in any other solids like cocoa butter and an empty coffee can because once beeswax touches anything you pretty much have to dedicated just to beeswax.


Thursday 29th of January 2015

That is a brilliant idea about the deodorant bottle! Thanks for sharing Beth!


Saturday 20th of December 2014

Thank you! My silky ' s paws day out frequently.

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