By Adam Lee-Smith
Published: 08/26/2021, edited: 08/26/2021
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Innovative pet parents and companies are always coming up with new ways to keep our pets safe from harm while exploring the great outdoors. One of the latest inventions to hit the market is paw wax. Paw wax is an increasingly popular way to protect sensitive paws from snow, sun, and sand. But what is paw wax? And is paw wax safe for dogs and cats? Let's take a look.
What is paw wax?
Ever worry about your pet's paws burning on hot pavement? Paw wax is designed to form a barrier that protects your pet's feet from burning, bleeding, or cracking while walking on hot or rugged ground. This breathable barrier over your pet's paws is usually made from all-natural ingredients like vitamin E, vegetable oil, and beeswax.
As well as providing summer protection, paw wax also keeps your pet safe in the winter. Your dog's feet can become dry and cracked in the snow, and ice collecting between your pet's toes can be extremely painful.
Paw wax has other purposes too. It'll also protect your pet's paws from harmful fertilizers on lawns. Paw wax can prevent fertilizers from being absorbed through the paw pads.
Paw wax is primarily for your pet's paws; however, you can apply it to other parts of your pet's body, like their snout and ears, to help rejuvenate and protect sensitive areas from the elements.
Is paw wax safe for dogs and cats?
Paw wax is generally safe to use on your pet. Paw wax is made from non-toxic, all-natural ingredients that won't irritate your pet's skin or cause them any harm.
Many companies warn that because paw wax is so rich, it may upset your pet's stomach if ingested but will not harm your pet. As many companies point out, your pet is unlikely to lick their paws anyway, especially if you have a dog.
If your pet has allergies, or if you're worried about the contents of paw wax, contact a vet to discuss your concerns. They'll be able to advise if it's safe to use on your pet.
Does my pet need to wear paw wax?
Pets have survived for centuries without paw wax, so your pet doesn't necessarily need it. That being said, paw wax can benefit pets, especially if they live in areas of the world with extreme climates.
If your pet is a keen adventurer who spends most of their time outside on hot pavements or on snowy trails, then paw wax might give them the protection needed to avoid painful paws and spend more time rambling.
How do I apply paw wax to my pet’s feet?
You might also be wondering when and how to apply paw wax to your pet's feet. Some top brands say to apply paw wax 2 to 3 times per week, but this may differ from product to product. It can also depend on the weather. The best way to tell is to look at your pet's paws for signs of dryness and cracking.
You'll usually take about a pea-sized amount of paw wax and gently rub it onto the pads of your pet's paws. If you're planning to go somewhere sandy or snowy, apply the balm in between your pet's toes as well.
Applying pet wax in the evening is wise, as it'll absorb into your pet's feet overnight. If you find the wax is leaving a residue on your floors, you may have applied too much. If you need to remove paw wax from your pet's paws, try dabbing it with a paper towel, as it's difficult to remove entirely due to its waxy consistency.