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Top five: best dog paw lotions

Keeping your dog’s paw healthy and clean will keep them comfortable. From time to time they may get dry and cracked, especially in the cooler months. Dogs who walk on hot sidewalks, or spend a lot of time in nature may have cracked paws. Using a dog paw lotion is a simple and cost-effective way to keep your pup’s paws in good condition. Massaging paws can help your dog relax, and get used to his or her paws being handled. Over time, this can make nail trims easier. You may need to consider different factors when choosing a paw lotion. This depends on your environment and your dog’s habits. Here are some of the best dog paw lotions and what to look for.

Is a natural dog paw lotion better?

Some would say yes. There are natural recommendations included in the product selection below. Yet, there are synthetic ingredients that can help to soothe dry and cracked skin. If you are hesitant or unsure about using a specific ingredient, Dr. Google is your best friend. Still worried? When in doubt, chat with your vet. Never apply lotion to broken skin or cuts. If this is the case, take your dog to the vet to determine the appropriate treatment. Remember companies that want to help pets make these lotions. Care and thought goes into selecting ingredients, but always use as directed.

Make sure your dog paw lotion is safe for licking

All dogs will be curious about what you have put on their paws. If it smells good to them, they are likely to lick it. Yummy ingredients like coconut oil may even be in treats that you give to your dog. For this reason, always ensure the product you pick to apply to fido’s paws is non-toxic. Even natural products may be harmful if ingested, so make sure you read the labels.

If your dog has any allergies or sensitivities to food, keep this in mind. This is easy to miss since when you are thinking about paw lotions you are not thinking about dog food. But, you must consider your dog licking it off his paws. My dog Thor always licks his paws when I apply lotion or balm to them. Sometimes, I wonder how much product even has the chance to sink in. Outdoor allergies are another consideration here. Natural paw lotions and balms often contain beeswax and herbs. If your dog is sensitive to pollen, this may be irritating. Be sure to avoid any ingredients your dog has had sensitivities to. When in doubt, choose a hypo-allergenic product.

Of course, you want to discourage licking as much as possible. Not only because your pooch shouldn’t regard paw lotion as a tasty treat, but also it won’t absorb. What’s the point of lotion if it only ends up on your dog’s tongue? Apply some socks or booties after the lotion to help discourage licking. Distract with food, or head for a stroll. You can also engage them with their favorite toy to distract from the socks. In my experience, if we are not going for a walk right away my dog will take socks or booties off as soon as possible.

No paw prints, please!

You leave no trace in the wilderness, and I’m sure the same applies to your home. The last thing you want is greasy paw prints all over your floors or furniture. Select a product that is non-staining, fast-absorbing, and will leave no trace. Socks or booties will help to prevent this too, or applying during outdoor playtime.

Go fragrance-free when choosing a dog paw lotion

We are not always sure what smells good to our dogs. Our dog’s sense of smell is so much more sensitive than ours, and we don’t have the same tastes. Garbage smells so nasty to us, but to them, it’s inviting! I recommend an unscented or mild lotion for this reason. Who knows how a perfume smells to them. How would you like something stinky or too strong on your skin that you couldn’t remove? No thanks! Choosing a neutral scent will also help to discourage licking off the product.

Burt’s Bees for Dogs All-Natural Paw & Nose Lotion

If you prefer all-natural products, this might be the paw lotion for your pup! It is fragrance-free, without sulfates, parabens, SLS or artificial colors. Burt’s Bees has a reputation as a healthy and safe brand, producing a range of items from cosmetics to baby care. As the name states, you can also moisturize the snout with this lotion. Check price here.

Pros

  • Safe
  • Natural
  • Gentle
  • Can be used regularly
  • Non-toxic
  • Suitable for puppies
  • Doubles as moisturize for nose
  • Reputable brand
  • Very affordable

Cons

  • Wet consistency may be difficult to apply to a fidgety dog
  • May leave a residue if not left to dry thoroughly
  • Dogs who are allergic to pollens may be sensitive to the natural herbs in this lotion

Musher’s Secret Pet Paw Protection Wax

This wax is a classic, found in dog-loving households for three generations. It was created for Canadian sled-dogs who endure the salt and snow of the harsh winters. It works well in the dry and salty conditions of city winter, or hot sidewalks. It may be a good choice for active dog owners who enjoy running, hiking, and camping with their dog. The wax forms a protective barrier between your dog’s paw and the elements. You can also apply this to other pets’ paws, or your own cracked dry skin. Check price here.

Pros

  • Safe
  • Food grade ingredients
  • Gentle
  • Fast drying
  • Non-staining
  • Non-allergenic
  • Can be used regularly
  • Non-toxic to dogs
  • Suitable for puppies
  • Can be applied to cats, birds, and horses
  • Doubles as moisturize for nose
  • Non-gmo
  • Gluten-free
  • Reputable brand

Cons

  • Hazardous to humans if ingested
  • Needs to be massaged in to absorb
  • Slightly higher price than other paw lotions

Dr. Joseph’s 100% Natural Vet Formulated Paw and Nose Balm Wax

This wax is formulated by a veterinarian and boasts being hypo-allergenic. I would recommend choosing this for a very sensitive dog or a dog with allergies. If you worry about buying a very safe formula, a vet formulation can offer some more peace of mind. It also has a very mild scent, and Vitamin E is an added ingredient. Vitamin E can benefit dogs with warts and infections on their paws. If these are concerns for your dog, always check with your vet first. This paw wax may be a good choice to compliment any wart or infection treatments. Check price here.

Pros

  • Safe
  • Hypo-allergenic
  • Gentle
  • Fast drying
  • Non-staining
  • Can be used regularly
  • Non-toxic to dogs
  • Suitable for puppies
  • Made in USA
  • Doubles as moisturize for nose
  • Non-gmo
  • Gluten-free
  • Good Manufacturing Practice certified
  • 100% money-back guarantee

Cons

  • Needs to be massaged in to absorb oily consistency
  • Can be difficult to get out of the container due to waxes
  • May be tough for your pooch to resist licking

The Blissful Dog Paw Butter

This handcrafted paw butter is made in Minnesota and contains all-natural ingredients. The formula is delicious for dogs. The product recommends you give treats and distract them from licking it all off. If your dog is a paw chewer, be sure to distract them right away. It has a few herbs in it and beeswax. So, if your dog is sensitive to pollen I would choose a hypo-allergenic formula instead. Check price here.

Pros

  • Safe
  • Gentle
  • Fast drying
  • Non-staining
  • Can be used regularly
  • Non-toxic to dogs
  • Suitable for puppies
  • Handcrafted in USA
  • Doubles as moisturize for nose
  • Natural ingredients
  • Available in tubes and tins

Cons

  • Not hypo-allergenic may cause itching in sensitive dogs
  • Smaller sized containers than other products listed here
  • May be tough for your pooch to resist licking

Warren London Grapeseed Oil Paw & Nose Revitalizer

This product is a little different. It is an oil in a spray bottle. This may be a good option for a pup with dry paws who won’t sit still. Many dogs aren’t fans of having their paws handled. This product contains Vitamin E which can help with warts and infections. As a bonus, you can also spray your dog’s coat with this as a leave-in conditioner. This oil can help with dandruff or itchy skin. This product is not advertised as non-toxic to dogs, so use caution if your dog tends to lick or chew their paws. Personally, I would not use this product since my dog Thor would lick anything applied to his paws. He is also known to remove booties. But, if your dog is okay with booties or socks and a spray is attractive to you, it might be a good match. Check price here.

Pros

  • Spray bottle for dogs who won’t sit still
  • Can be used as a leave-in conditioner
  • Gentle
  • Fast drying
  • Non-staining
  • Can be used regularly
  • Doubles as moisturize for nose
  • Contains natural ingredients
  • Contains Vitamin E

Cons

  • Contains BHA (petroleum)
  • Not advertised as non-toxic: don’t allow your dog to lick paws after applying

Conclusion

My top choice is the Musher’s Secret Pet Paw Protection Wax. I am very active hiking and camping with my dog, and city life exposes him to a lot of sidewalks. Dogs living in Canadian winters need some extra protection, and he is not a fan of booties. Although it can be hazardous to humans if ingested, I’m not concerned. I won’t be eating this dog paw lotion any time soon. Plus, I like supporting a multi-generational company that has a good reputation. If you are more of the DIY type, check out my favorite paw balm recipe!

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