If there’s one essential item we always pocket for our pooch, it’s a nice soothing dog paw balm.
Our dog’s paws are always so busy, taking them from place to place. Unlike us, they don’t have any socks and shoes to protect their feet. Therefore, they need special care and treatment. One of the easiest ways to do that is by applying paw balm to their footpads regularly to prevent damage and soothe any injuries.
Your pooch will thank you for this little effort while you thank them for being the most loyal friend
The Importance of Dog Paw Balm
Dogs are always on the go, in fact, even when they’re injured it’s difficult to slow them down. Your dog is bound to get sore paws from time to time. Your pooch may not be paying attention to them, or they might be licking them all dang day! If you notice any cracks or blisters then it’s time to stock up on a dog paw balm. Using a paw balm can help to add a barrier between the paw, soothe cracks or sore spots and prevent injuries.
What Causes Dry Or Cracked Paw Pads?
Bringing a dog paw balm into your daily routine can get lock in moisture and reduce any irritation. But, what is it that makes our dog’s paw pads so dry or cracked in the first place?
Hot pavement: The pavement is usually a comfortable temperature, but in summer it can get excruciatingly hot for your pooch. During the summer, try going for walks in the shade or on grass, avoiding concrete pavements, drains etc.
To test whether or not the ground is too warm for your dog, touch the pavement with the back of your hand for seven seconds. If it’s bearable for you, then your dog’s paws should be okay to continue the walk.
Cold weather: On the other hand, winter can be a real pain in the tail as well. Particularly if it’s a blisteringly cold winter month, the weather can irritate paws and so can the chemicals commonly found on the ground in the winter (snow, salt, and sand).
Allergies: Like humans, dogs can also have allergies. The most common allergy in the paws is surprisingly grass. Oftentimes, other allergies making it’s way to the paws can stem from food and other irritants. Allergies can cause paws to become itchy, which might cause your dog to nibble on their paws and irritate them even further.
How to Tell If Your Dog’s Paws Are In Pain
Dogs aren’t made to wear shoes, in fact have you ever seen a dog try to wear them? Although it can be quite humurous, it’s not natural. Paws are made to withstand plenty of things thrown at them, but that doesn’t mean they can’t get damaged or hurt from time to time. The following symptoms can help you to pinpoint pain:
- Limping or avoiding walking
- Consistent licking, chewing or nibbling the paws
- Visible cracks, redness, or blisters on the paws
How to Apply Paw Balm to Your Dog’s Paws
If you notice small cracks, blisters or an irritating itch, bring moisture back to the area by using paw balm. If the crack is large or gets worse, then we recommend visiting a vet.
Follow these steps to apply paw balm to your dog’s paws:
- Clean your dog’s paws: Examine your dog’s paws and clean with a damp cloth. Pat dry with a towel.
- Apply paw balm: Rub a thin layer of paw balm on the paw. Take some of the balm on your finger and lightly massage it onto your dog’s paw.
- Cover the paw: This step is optional but required if your dog like to lick it off. Pop a cover on your dog’s paws to lock in the moister and prevent further damage.
Musher’s Secret Dog Paw Wax
This lovely leading paw balm has a big secret to protecting paws, and nobody knows quite what it is! The Canadian paw balm was originally made for the sled dogs in the snowy mountains (hence the name “mushers”). So you know it works like magic in extremely cold conditions. It also works like a treat during the summer, whether those paws are itchy, cracked or dry.
The formula soothes almost every pet and keeps paws soft and healthy. It works by forming a membrane-like protection layer forming a breathable barrier and conditioning paws. Ingredients are all 100% natural, and it does not contain soy or flax or any cheap or harmful ingredients. It’s also suitable for humans!
Pro Pooch Dog Paw Balm
Not only will this balm will soothe, nourish and protect your dogs dry, cracked or chapped paws but their nose too! This dog balm has all the right natural ingredients to keep your dog healthy and free from any injuries. Perfect for daily use and a pea size amount can go a real long way.
Burt’s Bees for Pets for Dogs
Burt’s Bees have been nurturing skin with natural products since 1984. Not only are they well known in the beauty world, but they’ve been making moves in the dog world too! The lightweight paw and nose lotion soothes your pooch with Rosemary and Olive Oil. Gentle protection and soothing nourishment to rough skin that needs a little TLC.
Toulify Paw Balm
Lovely little paw balm to relieve cracked paws and snouts. It also prevents injuries and moisturises rough surfaces, particularly in bad weather. Some users call it “magic in the jar” and claim to see great results after the first application.
Progroom Dog Paw Balm
ProGroom have created a naturally effective treatment to calm and heal your pooch, but at the same time not being thick, gloopy or leaving an oily residue. It repairs dry skin and offers protection against future skin. Above all, it’s made from 100% organic natural ingredients to keep your dog’s feet comfortable and healthy.
Wild and Co. Paw Balm
We’re always concerned about the amount our dog’s are licking their paws, even after applying the balm. Well no need to worry after applying this lick-safe paw balm.
This UK based product is made by dog people for dogs! The natural organic formula absorbs easily whilst nourishing deeply so your dog is back to exploring quickly!
Oatmeal Paw Butter
Wait, what can we use oatmeal to apply to our little buddy’s paws? Yes, you can. This balm soothes and relieves dry and cracked paws with a formular of natual ingredients. Contains goodies such as shea butter, oatmeal, mango, vitamins E and F, jojoba, coconut oil, olive oil & aloe vera. It also has an appealing, gentle scent. Paws need attention all year round, and this little beauty is perfect for daily use.
There isn’t a paw balm quite like this one! It’s easy application sets it apart from all the others in this guide. The formula heals our dog’s paws instantly, no matter how severe the wear and tear is. Your pooch will be back up and running in no time. The ingredients for this balm are all natural and organic.
This dog paw protection is perfect for daily use. It has the perfect ingredients to soothe your pooches itch and irritation. The balm works instantly, repairing your dog’s underlying problem. By keeping one of these little beauties in your pocket, you can avoid so many trips to the vets!
C&G Pets Paw Balm
Dogs are always on the move, running here, there and everywhere. Stopping them just to save them from an irritated paw is way out of the question. There are too many walks to be had, and grass to sniff! This balm from Coper and Gracie UK is handmade in the UK. It’s perfect for your pooch, with no harmful chemicals. Cruelty free, vegan, antibacterial and anti-fungal.
Share Your Favourite Paw Balms
These are our top-rated paw balms for you to protect your dog’s busy paws, and even noses. Protection of their paws is necessary and even the tiniest crack or dryness can be irritating for your pooch. Do you use any dog paw balms? Let us know in the comments below.
I love the pet head oatmeal butter! I especially like to like my toe beans after mumma has massaged some of it in for me. 😉
Think we will have to invest in one of these! Lola keeps chewing her paws, so will definitely look into these to try and help