We live in southern California where there’s not a ton of drastic weather shift but we do have a dry cold season that brings frost and a couple of months of frequent rain. The rain and winds toss everything everywhere and the frost affects the ground. Sometimes paws get roughed up a bit from it. They can get cracked or even coated with elements from outdoors that make their paw pads slippery. A nose might get a little dry as well from exposure to the changed air so we try to treat our dogs the best ways we can, in the same way we would treat our own family’s hands and noses by using holistic paw balm.
Dried out paws turn to cracked paws very quickly so taking care of them swiftly is important. Using a good paw balm is helpful for traction and for moisturizing paws that may have dried out.
If you need to treat your dogs’s paws between baths then be sure to clean them gently before you apply the paw balm. Take care to clean the webbing between your dog’s toes as well. That space collects dirt and can stay moist/wet. I use warm water and apple cider vinegar if I am cleaning paws.
We like to use as organic of ingredients as we can and we like two products in particular a lot for not only their effectiveness but because they’re pretty natural and that’s important to us.
Paw Balm We Like
Musher’s Secret is an excellent product. It’s 100% natural human-grade waxes with vitamin E. We get ours from Amazon. You can click Musher’s Secret to get it from the same store we do. (no affiliate links in this post, just sharing where we prefer to get these items.) This one smells really good and it is easy to work with. Our dog relaxes as soon as he smells it and just lays there while we take care of him!
The wax works into the paw pads very well and it isn’t oily. This paw balm is described as an “invisible boot” by the Musher’s creators. The wax is made to serve as a shield that is walked off. People use it to help protect prior to exposure to snow salt, gravely sand, and pavement in general. It is absorbed quickly but the effects are there. I apply the product liberally. Such a bit goes a long way so if you use a bit more it isn’t going to deplete the jar overly fast. When you apply it to the pads be sure to rub it into the webbed area between your Lab’s toes and right up to where the pad meets the nail.
Musher’s Secret smells really good and I usually just rub any excess into my hands when I’m finished because the pup’s pads were cleaned before application and like I said earlier, the ingredients are human-grade waxes and vitamins. You can see the “invisible boot” bead when you wash your hands afterwards. #winning
Another Paw Balm we like is Paw Soother by Natural Dog Company. This is a butter not a wax. The Paw Soother works really well and is made with organic, vegan, and herb ingredients. Paw Soother applies a bit more like a lotion than the Musher’s does because it’s a butter-lotion texture not a molded wax.
Less is more with the Paw Soother but it hydrates wonderfully and the smell from the natural oils and extracts is so delightful! It has organic and natural Hempseed, Coconut, Jojoba, and Cajeput oils. Plus Vitamin E of course with the aromatherapy coming from Rosemary Extract and Chamomile. That’s just a quick list of my favorite ingredients not all of them!
Have you used either of these holistic brands of paw balms? What did you think? Let us know in the comments and share what you like to use too if it’s not one of these.
Amy Granillo | Turning Leaf Labradors 🍃