The pads on our dog’s paws are vulnerable to the effects of ice and snow, so it’s crucial that we take every precaution possible to keep them well-protected on those long winter walks. One especially helpful thing you can do is rub some easy DIY paw wax onto his pads before letting your doggie step outside.
(Helpful hint: Paw wax is also great protection against gravel and other abrasive surfaces, and can help give your dog some grip to stop him from sliding all over the wood floors in your home!).
From Kristie Lorette, eHow:
Things You’ll Need
Olive oil or avocado oil (about 1tbsp)
Borax (just a pinch)
1. Melt the beeswax. You can purchase commercial grade beeswax and follow the instructions on the package on how to melt it. You can typically find beeswax at local craft stores because it is an ingredient for making homemade lip balms. Approximately one ounce of beeswax is a good starting point for a batch of dog paw wax.
2. Add the olive oil or avocado oil to the melted beeswax, drizzling in a little bit at a time and stirring the mixture until it has the consistency of whipped cream or a whipped batter mix.
3. Add one pinch of borax to the mixture. Stir it until the borax is mixed into the oil and beeswax mixture.
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