Discover the Secret to Happy Paws: DIY Paw Balm Recipe

Welcome to the ultimate solution for keeping your dog's paws healthy and happy! We'll walk you through crafting your own DIY Paw Balm, a natural remedy designed to soothe and protect your furry friend's paw pads from harsh weather conditions and rough terrain. 

Let's delve into the benefits of this homemade balm, why it's essential for your dog's well-being, and when to use it.

a tin of homemade balm

Benefits of homemade balm

Natural Ingredients. Homemade paw balm recipes typically use natural ingredients such as coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax. These ingredients are gentle on your dog's sensitive paw pads and free from harsh chemicals or additives commonly found in commercial products.

Customizable Formulas. By making your own paw balm, you have control over the ingredients and can tailor the recipe to suit your dog's specific needs. You can adjust the ratio of ingredients or add beneficial additives like essential oils for added therapeutic benefits.

Cost-Effective. Homemade paw balm is often more cost-effective than store-bought alternatives, especially considering that many commercial products come in small quantities with hefty price tags. Making your own allows you to create larger batches at a fraction of the cost.

holding a paw

When to use homemade paw balm?

Homemade paw balm can be used in various situations to keep your dog's paw pads healthy and protected. Here are some instances when you might want to use homemade paw balm:

Harsh Weather Conditions. Apply the paw balm before walks or outdoor activities during extreme weather conditions such as hot pavement in the summer or cold, icy sidewalks in the winter. The balm acts as a protective barrier against heat, cold, and abrasive surfaces.

Dry or Cracked Paw Pads. If your dog's paw pads are dry, cracked, or rough, regular application of the paw balm can help moisturize and soothe them, promoting healing and preventing further irritation.

dry and cracked paws

After Outdoor Activities. After long walks, hikes, or play sessions, check your dog's paw pads for any signs of wear or irritation. Applying the paw balm afterwards can help soothe any discomfort and protect against potential injuries.

Before Bedtime. Applying paw balm before bedtime allows the ingredients to absorb and work their magic overnight. This can be especially beneficial for dogs with dry or sensitive paw pads, providing overnight hydration and repair.

dog before bed time

Preventative Care. Even if your dog's paw pads are in good condition, regular application of homemade paw balm can serve as preventative care, keeping their paw pads healthy, moisturized, and resilient against environmental stressors.

Ultimately, the frequency of use will depend on your dog's individual needs and lifestyle. Observing your dog's paw pads regularly and applying the paw balm as needed will help keep their paws happy and healthy.


25g coconut oil

25g shea butter

10g beeswax pellets

Optional: 5-10 drops of dog-safe essential oil (see suggestions below), 2 drops of Vitamin-E

All the ingredients nicely put on the table


  1. In a double boiler or microwave-safe bowl, melt the coconut oil, shea butter, and beeswax pellets together until fully liquefied.
  2. Remove from heat and allow the mixture to cool slightly, but not solidify, mix well in the meantime.
  3. If desired, add 5-10 drops of dog-safe essential oil for additional benefits. See the safe options below! The mixture should cool off under 30 degrees Celsius. This is also the time to ad E-vitamin if you have it.
  4. Stir the mixture well to incorporate the essential oil evenly.
  5. Carefully pour the mixture into small containers or lip balm tubes for easy application.
  6. Allow the paw balm to cool and solidify completely before using.

*Additional instruction: disinfecting all the surfaces, tools and balm containers with alcohol beforehand will significantly increase the shelf time, the use of protection gloves is also advised. Use E-vitamin sparingly - Contrary to popular belief, too much of E-vitamin spoils cosmetics faster!

To use, simply apply a small amount of the paw balm to your dog's paw pads, focusing on any rough or dry areas. Use as needed, especially before walks or in harsh weather conditions.

Safe Essential Oils for Dogs

Lavender oil: Soothes and calms, helpful for anxiety or skin irritations.

Chamomile oil: Anti-inflammatory, aids in healing skin issues and promotes relaxation.

Frankincense oil: Supports skin health, may have anti-inflammatory properties.

Cedarwood oil: Natural insect repellent, calming effect, and may help with skin conditions.

Peppermint oil (in very diluted form): Can help repel insects when used sparingly and properly diluted.

Toxic Essential Oils for Dogs

Tea Tree oil: Highly toxic to dogs, can cause severe reactions including vomiting, diarrhea, and neurological issues.

Citrus oils (e.g., lemon, lime, orange): Can cause skin irritation and digestive upset.

Eucalyptus oil: Toxic to dogs, can cause drooling, vomiting, weakness, and difficulty breathing.

Pennyroyal oil: Extremely toxic, can cause liver failure and neurological issues.

Clove oil: Highly concentrated and can cause gastrointestinal upset and liver damage in dogs.

It's crucial to remember that essential oils are potent and should always be used with caution around pets. When using essential oils on or around dogs, always dilute them properly and use sparingly. Additionally, monitor your dog for any signs of adverse reactions, and discontinue use if any occur. If unsure about using essential oils for your dog, consult with a veterinarian for guidance.