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Old 01-23-2010, 08:49 PM
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Default Recipe for paw wax or balm?

I have a bull dog mix with very sensitive skin. We use a human organic foot balm to protect his pads from ice and road salt, but I'm wondering about making my own. This one has bees wax in it.
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Old 01-25-2010, 04:02 PM
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Default Natural Paw Balm Recipe from Canine Spa Products

My friend, Chris Sertzel, sells this Natural Paw Balm, and has made the recipe available to other groomers as well:

Natural Paw Balm

1 part beeswax
1 part olive oil or avocado oil
1 pinch borax
Purchase cosmetic grade beeswax and follow the manufacturer's instructions for melting (this is often sold at craft stores for making homemade lip balm). Once the wax is melted, slowly add the olive oil or other edible oil, mix this until it is of a whipped consistency and add the pinch of borax. Remember that the dog will lick its feet after the balm is applied, so all of the ingredients must be edible and of current non-spoilage date. Store the balm in an airtight container to avoid spoilage or discoloration. Just a few smudges of this on each pad will go a long way. Rub it is well, and be sure not to make a mess of the hair around the pads.

She also suggests soaking your pet's paws in Epsom salt and purified water (1-2 tbs per gallon of water) for 5 to 10 minutes before applying the paw balm. Hope this helps! If you don't feel like making the balm yourself you can purchase it here. All proceeds go to the Wisconsin Assn. of Professional Pet Stylists.
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Old 01-25-2010, 04:36 PM
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I just use pure coconut oil on my Pugs' paws. I figure if it's moisturizing enough and gentle enough for my healing tattoos, it's good enough for the Pugs!

Ditto on the Epsom salt soak if they'll let you.
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Old 01-28-2010, 01:16 PM
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Thanks for the recipe and tips! D'tails, do you know the reason for the borax?
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Old 01-28-2010, 04:44 PM
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I'm not quite sure, I've made it without since I couldn't find if myself and it still did the job just fine.
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Old 01-28-2010, 04:49 PM
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This is what I found on a non-scientific site. Aparently the borax is a stablizer.

Sodium Borate, also called Borax, is used in products that contain high levels of beeswax. The Borax reacts with the beeswax to form an emulsion, a stable mixture of oil and water. Most emulsions, like your typical skin lotion, are ***8220;oil in water***8221; emulsions which means that the oil drops are dispersed in the water. Borax-beeswax emulsions are unusual ***8211; they***8217;re ***8220;water in oil***8221; emulsions so the water drops are dispersed in the oil. That type of emulsion tends to be more water proof. Because the borax ***8211; beeswax combination forms a stable emulsion without the help of additional emulsifiers, this type of formula supports the position of not using excessive chemicals. It***8217;s only toxic to humans at very high levels ***8211; in fact it has the same toxicity profile as common table salt. So a little bit in your lip balm is perfectly fine.
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Old 02-26-2010, 01:47 PM
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Thanks again for the recipe. We made a batch with a bit of bergamott essential oil in it which has anti-fungal properties. Now my doggy smells like Earl Grey tea and has soft paw pads.
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Old 02-28-2010, 12:51 AM
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Not a problem! Glad you and your pup are enjoying it
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Old 02-28-2010, 02:59 AM
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Ooooh, a recipe! I may have to try that when I run out of my current wax. I've been using Musher's Secret, but I'm really not fond of the smell.
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Old 02-28-2010, 10:00 AM
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I couldn't find Musher's Secret here, so I went for the homemade stuff. Its great. I use it on my feet and elbows, too. Every night is spa night for Corky and I. LOL
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