If you know me or if you have read some of my blog posts then you probably know that I love dogs! I love all animals really but dogs truly have my heart! They mean everything to me so, I do everything I can to keep them happy and healthy! I was noticing that their paws (and occasionally their noses) would get really dry and scratchy especially during the winter. There are plenty of different products available at pet stores but they can get fairly pricey so, of course, I decided to try my hand at making it myself!
I have done a fair amount of research to determine what products are safe for dogs because let’s face it, dogs like to lick! So, everything in this recipe is lick-friendly and is actually even safe for human consumption, though I don’t think it would taste all that great – haha. (don’t eat it though)
Disclaimer – Please, consult your vet if you have any concerns about you dogs well being. I am not a vet and I am only making suggestions for what has worked for my animals.
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~What you’ll need
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/2 cup shea butter
- 1/4 cup beeswax
Melt all ingredients in a double boiler or a pot half-filled with water with a bowl on top. After all the ingredients are melted together pour into a jar and leave it to cool. Once the balm has hardened it’s ready to use. This is quite a large recipe because I make it to sell as well as for use on my own dogs. You can cut it in half or more and it would work just fine.
I don’t suggest using any essential oils or fragrances as they don’t really have any benefits for your dog and there are so many they are either allergic to or have sensitivities to that it’s just not worth it. You can, however, infuse your olive oil with dried chamomile flowers. I have done that. Chamomile has skin healing properties and is safe for dogs!
These are some of the other dog-related posts I’ve made. Have a look and let me know what you think!