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Best for Winter: Musher's Secret Paw Protection Wax
This wax that was originally created for dog sledders in Canada is a must for just about any pup walking outdoors in snow and ice; a big plus for city dogs is that it protects against irritation from salt and other snow-melting chemicals on sidewalks and driveways. The 100 percent natural food grade wax creates an invisible boot around your pup’s paws, that protects them while allowing perspiration to escape through the pads. If damage has already been done, the all-purpose wax also soothes dry and cracked paw pads and it’s also safe to use on ears, elbows and other hot spots. Speaking of hot, Musher’s Secret Paw Was helps on hot pavement, too; it’s used on patrol dogs in Texas and military K9’s. For best results apply two to three times a week.
Best for Paw and Nose: Bag Balm Paw and Nose Moisturizer
With just four ingredients, this petrolatum- and lanolin-based dog paw and nose balm has been a favorite since 1899 when it was originally created in Vermont to protect cows’ udders. The long-lasting moisturizer works on paws and noses to treat cracked and damaged skin. In addition to your pup, you can use this on your own dry or chaffed skin, to treat baby’s diaper rash, or as a first-aid ointment. It was specially formulated to discourage your pet from licking it off. Among Bag Balm’s many claims to fame is that it has been to Antarctica and was used on the police K-9s after the 9-11 attacks in New York City.
Best for Itchy Paws: Dermapaw Dog Skin and Paw Treatment
With under ten easy-to-pronounce ingredients (clary sage butter, mango oil, coconut oil, beeswax, shea butter, jojoba oil, emu oil, vitamin E and lavender oil), you can trust that this all-natural dog balm is safe for your pet, even if he or she licks it. It’s formulated to naturally kill bacterial and fungal infections, including yeast. Slather it on your pup’s paws, snout, tummy, ears, lips, tail, or anywhere he or she has raw, inflamed skin. It soothes irritation and will help them stop that constant licking, chewing or scratching so you both can get some rest. Note that while it will soothe problems associated with allergies, it won’t cure them.
Best Budget: Pet Head Oatmeal Natural Paw Butter
This oatmeal-based dog balm soothes your furball’s itchy skin and soothes and relieves dry cracked paws. Apply it before or after walks or both; reviewers note that it has a Chapstick-like consistency so it’s helpful to warm up a dab between your fingers before applying. Another word to the wise: This balm can be greasy, so if you’re using post-walk, you may want to use it with a pair of booties so it doesn’t get on your floor or furniture. In addition to oatmeal, this balm contains a blend of shea butter, mango, coconut and olive oils, aloe vera and vitamins E and F.
Best Natural: Paw Nectar Organic Paw Wax
If you value feeding your pup an organic diet, you’ll appreciate that this paw balm uses 100 percent organic ingredients. It contains an all-natural blend of coconut, avocado and lavender oils, shea and cocoa butters, vitamin E, soy and rosemary seed extract in a plant-sourced botanical wax. Slather it on your pup’s paws to treat dry, cracked, chaffed, chapped or damaged footpads. It’s also safe to use on your pup’s skin. And because it’s all-natural, there’s little to worry about should your dog lick it off. Reviewers note that the balm works quickly and one even goes so far as to call it “miracle stuff.”
Best CBD Balm: Veritas Farms Full Spectrum CBD Paw Rescue
While the official jury is still out on if CBD is good for your pets, if you’re a fan of it, this CBD balm is one of the best available. It’s made of high-quality help oil that is grown, extracted and formulated on a farm in Pueblo Colorado—it’s safe for your pet to lick off and may, in fact, help them calm down. In addition to organic hemp seed oil, the balm also contains organic shea butter, organic beeswax, organic St. John’s wort extract, vitamin E, organic rosemary extract, organic calendula extract, and full-spectrum hemp oil. Massage it into rough or calloused paws.
Best for Sore Paws: Natural Dog Company Paw Soother
This all-natural, vegan dog paw balm comes in a stick that makes it easy to apply to your pup’s paws without getting your hands goopy. Simply twist up and swipe on affected areas; it’s safe to use in between the pads. It heals and nourishes cracked and irritated pads and is even safe for treating paw pad hyperkeratosis, also known as “hairy paw.” The balm is made in Texas and its ingredient list reads like your own favorite body moisturizer with coconut oil, cupuacu butter, jojoba oil, calendula extract, cajeput essential oil, chamomile, vitamin E and rosemary extract. Note that this product is used to treat paws, while the company’s PawTection helps prevent damage.