DIY: Homemade Nose And Paw Butter For Dogs

How to make your own dog nose and paw moisturizer

Weston + Fira’s noses get pretty dry and cracked often. Certain breeds, especially French bulldogs, are more prone to dry noses because of their unique facial anatomy. It just looks so uncomfortable when there are cracks! So, I wanted to find a solution for their little noses. I decided to make my own natural dog nose and paw balm.
There are so many different brands out there, but if your pup is super sensitive, I’ve found homemade dog nose butter to be the best and it is actually really easy to make. It’s fragrance-free, preservative-free and extra clean. You can even apply it on their paws too. 
Ready? Here’s what you’ll need:
Ingredients for homemade nose and paw butter for dogs:

The ingredients in this homemade nose and paw butter are super clean and simple, so even if your dog is licking their nose or paws a little bit afterwards, it’s okay. It feels really good to give the pups something relaxing that I can make right at home.

You can easily find all these items for the homemade dog nose balm at your local beauty supply, health food store or arts & crafts store. I like to support my local small businesses when I can but if you prefer ordering, I’ve linked Amazon links to most of the products.

First, place your large glass jar in a medium pot. Start filling the pot with water. Once the water is halfway up the jar, take the jar away. This way, it helps you see how much water you need — if you put too much, the jar could float and tip over. Bring to a boil. 

While that’s heating up, add in all your ingredients to your jar (the Mason jar, in my case). 
Side note: if you only find a block of beeswax at the store, it will work! Just grate it into small pieces so it’s easier to melt.
Once the water is boiling, you can set heat to simmer. Carefully place your mason jar in the pot. This is called the “double boiler method” and it is perfect for slowly melting ingredients. The controlled heat prevents the contents from burning (don’t use the microwave — it could cause an explosion).

The shea butter and coconut oil melted right away but the beeswax pellets took a little longer, around 8-10 minutes.  I stirred the mixture vigorously with a spoon and it helped melt much faster. It started looking more like a dog nose butter and less like separate ingredients!

Next up in this recipe for dog nose and paw butter: Pour into your 2 oz jar/tin and allow to cool. I’m using a wide flat tin that used to be a lotion bar. It worked perfectly for this dog nose butter! You can easily empty a lip balm jar, moisturizer etc and use that. 
You might be tempted to add some essential oils but I skipped that since dogs can react negatively to these too much. If you’re sure your dog is okay with certain essential oils, feel free to add a few drops (but remember, less is more!). You can have a great dog nose and paw moisturizer without a scent.
Ta-da! Isn’t it gorgeous? It is sooo soft and creamy, yet stays a solid balm. You just need a teensy scoop and apply to your pup’s nose and paws. The moisturizer lasts a long time and cost effective! It’ll keep their nose and paws super moisturized and the best part is, it’s completely natural, preservative-free and works
If you’re looking for another DIY balm, check out this article I wrote for Chewy. We made a DIY Foot Treatment for Pawdicures. It uses all the ingredients that are in this nose butter!
Interested in making your own homemade dog food for your pups? Check out my tried-and-true recipe here.
Let me know in the comments if you try out either of the recipes!
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    • I’m a new french bulldog mommy. Puppy is 4 months old, I haven’t experienced him having any dry cracked nose yet, is it typically in the summer?

      • It’s typical anytime. Mine are both 9 yrs. old. they have it summer winter fall and spring. It’s that Frenchies are prone to hyperkeratosis on their nose.

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