Who doesn’t love keeping their pups happy and I am very guilty, my two Gizmo and Scar well they are spoiled! Today they got two special treats a treat for the tummy and a treat for their paws! Depending on the time of the year and how much walking your dog does they put in some wear and tear on their paws and elbows! My little guy Gizmo not so much but Scar she really loves a paw rub. Here is a recipe I found that seems to work well I did leave out the essential oil only because my dogs are licking their paws constantly:
Source: The Honest Kitchen Blog https://www.thehonestkitchen.com/blog/diy-paw-balm-for-dogs/
The ingredients: shea butter, beeswax, and either coconut or olive oil. Look for natural and organic versions if possible, and make sure that everything you use is human-grade. And small glass jars.
To melt the ingredients, you can use a double-boiler—or, since the beeswax may be hard to clean, you can mimic the double-boiling effect by placing a glass mason jar in a saucepan of water over very low heat. Combine 6 teaspoons of beeswax, 3 tablespoons shea butter, 3 tablespoons of oil (either coconut or olive), and any essential oils or Vitamin E. Stir the ingredients until the beeswax melts, then remove from heat. If you used a double-boiler, pour the melted mixture into individual tins and wait for it to set; if you used a jar, just want for it to cool, then screw on the lid. Viola!
How to Use the Balm
To use, massage into chapped paws whenever necessary. Most pets won’t lick off this mixture, but the beauty of a homemade balm is that it’s nontoxic and won’t be harmful if your dog ingests a small amount. If licking becomes a problem, try experimenting with adding a drop or two of different essential oils, or removing them altogether.
Pro tips: beeswax is a solid, and it can be difficult to cut/measure. To cut it at home, try heating a butcher’s knife under hot water, then slicing it into small chunks. If you can’t beeswax locally, look for it online—some stores sell it in beads, pre-measured blocks, or shavings, which are much easier to handle. If you’re interested in giving paw balm as a gift, try doubling or tripling the recipe. This balm can also be used if your dog’s nose gets dry and cracked in the winter, too.
Now this second recipe I found was very similar to the baked dog treats I posted before. The plus here is it’s a no bake and because they are frozen will be great come summer time as a cool treat!
- 2 large spotted/brown bananas
- 3 tablespoons peanut butter
- 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
- Add your bananas to a stand mixer and use the paddle attachment to mix unti broken down, but still some texture remains. If you don’t have a stand mixer, you can use a food processor, hand mixer, or just mash by hand.
- Add in the peanut butter and coconut oil and mix to combine. Texture should be pretty smooth, but with some small chucks of banana in them.
- Add 1 heaping tablespoons to bone shaped silicone molds, making about 10-12 treats. Place in the freezer for 2-3 hours to firm up. Store in the freezer and let your pup enjoy!