Monday, December 16, 2013

Winter Paw Protectant Home Remedy (you probably already have it...and it's all natural!)

I live in an area that uses rock salt heavily with each winter storm & my poor little pup has sensitive paws. I've been researching an at-home remedy to help him out.

I had a few requirements:
A) It had to be ingestable - since it is inevitable he will lick his paws
B) It had to be made of something I could find easily since I wanted it right away

It's Coconut Oil!

Odds are you already have a jar in the cabinet. I've used it for the last several days and it has made such a difference! Just rub a bit of room temperature oil on the pads of your dogs feet right before heading out the door. My dog was a little confused at first (Why are you rubbing stuff on my feet??) but now he loves it. There has also been research that coconut oil has many health benefits for dogs, some people even bake it into treats. I still wipe his paws when we come in but I don't worry if he does manage to lick some off.

note: while this does help protect paws from salt, ice, snow, etc. it does NOT protect from cold temps / frostbite.

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  1. Great tip. I heard you cld use Vaseline as well.

    1. I've heard that too, but I really wanted something edible. Also, Vaseline just freaks me out!