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Dr. Carrie Donahue’s Homemade Pet Remedies

cold paws, Bruce McKay (CC-BY-NC-ND)
Tender paws need protection from not only snow and cold, but salt and other deicing products as well. Photo: Bruce McKay (CC-BY-NC-ND).

Paw wax

  • 2 oz olive oil
  • 2 oz coconut oil
  • 1 oz shea butter
  • 4 tbsp beeswax

Heat everything together in a double boiler or pan over low heat, then pour into small containers and allow to cool. This can be applied to the paws of the feet and between the toes to protect them from the ice, sand and salt! Can also be used on dry, cracked noses. If there is irritation I add in a drop of Lavender essential oil or calendula oil.

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Teeth Cleaning Solution

  • Equal parts Aloe Vera Gel and 3% Hydrogen Peroxide

Apply to teeth and gums at bedtime with a square of gauze or a washcloth.

First Aid Salve

  • 1 oz beeswax
  • 8 oz Calendula oil (or other herbal-infused oil, like Echinacea or St. John’s Wort, or Comfrey Oil)
  • 10-20 drops lavender oil — optional
  • Vitamin E (1/2 to 1 capsule) — optional

Heat beeswax and oil together until wax melts. Take off of heat and add lavender oil and Vitamin E if desired. Pour into small containers and allow to cool. Use as needed for minor scrapes or abrasions or skin irritations.

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