Dog pad moisturizers and Paw Cream are popular for rough, cracked and crusty paws.
They are formulated to repair, heal and soften paw pads – delivering moisture and returning some pliability back to them.
In this guide we outline 8 things to know about dog pad moisturizer and paw cream such as what they are, the types available, what they are generally used for, the best dog pad moisturizers available, dog paw moisturizer DIY options + more.
Let’s dive into it…
(NOTE: this is a general informational and educational guide only. It is not professional advice. See a vet or qualified expert for professional advice).
Dog Pad Moisturizer & Paw Cream: 8 Things You Need To Know
1. What Is Dog Pad Moisturiser, and Dog Paw Cream?
These moisturizers and creams are usually a cream type substance, that comes in a small container or tube, which you can rub on your dog’s skin.
2. What Are Dog Pad Moisturiser & Paw Creams Used For – What Do They Do?
They are used are used to restore moisture, pliability and resiliency to calloused paw pads and nails, or cracked and dry paw pads.
They can also help replenish crusty skin on a dogs’s elbows.
There are also specialised anti itch dog paw creams.
3. What Types of Dog Pad Moisturiser & Paw Creams Are There – Are There Any Good Natural Dog Paw Moisturisers?
When it comes to dog paw and dog pad products used for moisturising and replenishing skin, there are several types of products available such as:
- General paw/pad moisturisers and cream
- Dog Paw Waxes (which also have protective properties against hot and cold surfaces, and salts)
- Butters and Soothers
Each might be slightly different in what they do, the ingredients inside them, how they look and feel, what they are made from etc.
The general moisturisers and cream can usually be used on paws, pads, elbows and sometimes the nose.
Be aware that not all moisturising products for dog paws and skin are 100% natural. Always look for a natural or organic guarantee on the product labelling, and read through the ingredients list to double check what is in the product.
4. How To Apply Dog Pad Moisturiser & Paw Cream
The best thing to do is to follow the directions on the moisturizer/cream product label.
But generally, you take a fingertip of cream, spread it on your fingertips, and apply evenly to the cracked or calloused parts of your dog’s paws, pads, nails or elbows.
5. Best Dog Pad Moisturizer & Paw Cream – Natural Dog Paw Moisturiser
Two of the more popular moisturisers and paw creams on the market are ResQ Organics Pet Skin Treatment and Naturvet Moisturising Cream, and Naturvet Tender Topical Paw Cream.
ResQ Organics Pet Skin Treatment (on Amazon) in particular is non toxic, organic, contains no harmful ingredients, has primary ingredients which have many great benefits, and can be used on Hot Spots, Dry Skin, Rough Skin, Mange, Dermatitis, Itchy Skin, Rashes, Insect Bites, Feline Acne ,Alopecia, Abrasions and Cuts.
They also send a portion of sales to animal rescues.
There are also dog paw waxes on the market like Mushers Secret Pet Paw Protection Wax (on Amazon).
It can be used for both repairing skin and protecting skin from hot or cold surfaces.
It is made of 100% natural waxes (including White and Yellow Beeswax, Carnauba, and Candelilla Wax), and White & vegetable oils with vitamin E.
6. Can I Make A DIY Homemade Dog Pad Moisturizer or Paw Cream?
A DIY type homemade or simple moisturiser or paw cream you might use could be coconut oil.
Make sure it’s a coconut oil with organic or natural ingredients though.
You can read more about coconut oil for dog paws in this guide.
7. Are There Any Natural Remedies For Dry Dog Pads?
As mentioned above, both the Musher’s Dog Paw Wax, and Organic Coconut Oils are natural remedies that can help replenish and soften dry or cracked dog paw pads.
8. Can I Use Vaseline On My Dog’s Paws?
The best person to ask is your vet.
Although there are different types of Vaseline, the main product, Vaseline Jelly, is made by purifying and refining petrolatum – a by product of petroleum (oil).
Some dog owners have used the triple purified, non-toxic and refined vaseline on dog paws safely and without any issues (as long as their dog doesn’t start eating it).
When there are other affordable and 100% natural/organic options (made from natural waxes and oils) available though, Vaseline doesn’t appear like the absolute best option, especially for the environment.
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