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Warming Salve For Pets + 20 Other Natural Pet Remedies

Pet Warming Salve

Around two-thirds of American households have pets and spend over $50 billion every year on their well-being. How can you NOT want to love and care for a face like that? :-) OK, I might be a little prejudiced because that is my grandpuppy Milo, but scientific studies have actually proven that the human-pet bond is comparable to that of the maternal-child bond. We. Love. Our. Pets. So it stands to reason we would want to care for them the best way possible. Today we are sharing some great ways to do so. Kaitlyn writes………


I have a confession to make – I’m totally one of those dog people. You know the ones that treat their pups like their children? My husband Erik and I don’t have human children yet so our Boxer, Milo, is currently our very spoiled only child. Since I work from home he keeps me company all day long and pretty much follows me wherever I go.


He gets to sleep in our bed multiple times a week, rides in the car with me just about everywhere I go and is constantly showered with love and kisses. As I sit here typing this Milo is sitting on my husband’s lap licking his face to death ;-)


From the time he was a puppy Erik and I have been pretty picky about the food and treats he eats and the treatments we give him for any ailment. We generally like to stick to high quality, natural products. I’m always joking that Milo eats better than we do. So today I wanted to share a great warming salve for pets that I just discovered along with 20 other natural pet remedies.


Winter here in Utah is rough for Milo! Poor little guy just doesn’t have a big thick coat and has to trudge through the snow every time he goes to the bathroom. The other night, after he had come in from going potty I noticed how red and raw his paws looked. He didn’t seem to be in any pain, but his feet looked so sad. After a bit of investigating, I decided to combine this Animal Friendly Pet Salve with Warming Salve for the perfect winter treatment for cold pet feet.

The key ingredients in this salve are lavender, frankincense and black pepper essential oils. Lavender is great for its anti-microbial and restoration benefits. Frankincense is anti-inflammatory and also has regenerative properties. Finally, black pepper adds the warming benefit that is great for winter time.

homemade salve

Warming Salve For Pets

Makes (4) 4-ounce glass jars


Per 4 ounce jar:


Put the coconut, olive oil, and beeswax in a wide mouth mason jar or a 4 cup glass measuring bowl. Set glass container in a pan of simmering water. Stir occasionally until the beeswax melts and all the ingredients are combined.

Add the essential oils to each 4 ounce jar. Next, pour melted oils into the jars over the essential oils, you can stir the oils in but they should mix nicely without stirring. Fill to ¼ inch from the top. Cover with a paper towel and cool on counter for at least 8 hours before sealing with lid. Shelf life without the vitamin e oil is approximately 4 to 5 months.

Pet Warming Salve 6

Use your fingers to rub a bit onto your pets’ feet after they come in from the cold.

Remember to only use pure essential oils on your pets. This salve is safe for use on dogs and cats.


To get more great essential oil remedies for pets click here.

More resources for making your own homemade pet products:

Pup-R-Mints: Homemade Breath Freshening Dog Treats from Pet Coupon Savings

Homemade Oatmeal and Baking Soda Bath for Dogs from The Nest

Natural Dog Toothpaste from Easy-Home-Made

Natures Miracle Skunk Odor Removal for Dogs from i Save A to Z

DIY Dry Dog Shampoo from Kol’s Notes

DIY Natural Dog Shampoos from The Cottage Market

5 Natural Ways to Prevent & Get Rid of Fleas on Cats from Everyday Roots

21 Natural Home Remedies for Pets from Treehugger

Natural Dog Health : Apple Cider Vinegar from Hub Pages

Arthritis In Dogs: Treatment, Natural Home Remedies, Symptoms from Hub Pages

How To: Make Sweet Potato Dog Chew Treats from 17 Apart

3 Ways to Make a Healing Mash for Dogs with Diarrhea & Gas from Everyday Roots

Easy, Natural, Homemade Cat Treats from Nourishing Joy

How to Make Homemade Pill Pockets for Pets from Becky’s Blog

Make Your Own Easy & Healthy Homemade Doggie Treats from One Good Thing by Jillee

 10 Surprising ‘People’ Foods your Dog Can Eat from Positive Med

6 Natural Dog Friendly Snacks from Paw Nation

 Home Remedy Dewormer for Cats from eHow

Essential Oil Knowledge for Cat Owners from Apartment Therapy

What natural remedies have you found to be helpful for your pets??

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Jill Nystul is an accomplished writer and author who founded the blog One Good Thing by Jillee in 2011. With over 30 years of experience in homemaking, she has become a trusted resource for contemporary homemakers by offering practical solutions to everyday household challenges.
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  • As one other person mentioned, this salve is NOT safe for cats. Essential oils in general are toxic to cats. In addition, several of them will burn their thin sensitive skin.

  • Silly question, I do not have any frankincense. Would the ratio still be the same for the other essential oils without it? Is there something I could substitute? Thank you!

    • You could just leave it out and add a few more drops of the other two oils, or you could replace frankincense with fennel or clove (other anti-inflammatory oils that are okay to use on dogs) :-)

  • Thank you for the great ideas! Do you happen to have a recipe for a hot spot salve? One of my babies has a little spot just above his tail and he chews it constantly. I was wondering if there is an essential oil or blend that could help.

    Thank you!

    • We don’t have a post for hotspots (yet!), but I would recommend melaleuca (tea tree) and lavender essential oils. Don’t apply the essential oils straight to the skin, though, be sure to make the salve or at least mix the oils into some coconut oil :-)

  • Why is it everyone makes a big production of deskunking a dog? First Do NOT wet dog with water. What the skunk has sprayed is body oil/grease. Water just adheres it to hair and skin. Use dawn dishsoap, or hand cleaner,gojo or fast orange. You may want to dilute the dawn with hot water 2:1 to make it easier to get in the coat. If using the dawn slowly add warm water to work it in well. I’ve never had to try the hand cleaners, but they should work through easily. I was told to leave on for 10 minutes but 5 should be enough. (Unless it is newfie size it will take 20 just to get it soaped) Rinse and bath in a deodorizing pet shampoo. Kenic’s Supra, or Niloder shampoo are great. Orvis Wa paste could be used also from start to finish. As long as they weren’t wet first they will have no oder later when wet.

  • […] to keep them from getting too frosty on those trips outside! Along with 20 other DIY treatments. Click here to read […]

    • Yes! You can click the little green circle with the “f” on it :-) It’s at the bottom of the post but above the comments. You can also copy and paste the URL right into a status, if you prefer!

  • I am a fan of One Good Thing. I learn a lot about essential oils here and appreciate the idea of tips for pets. I’m going to suggest more research on this, however. Within this post there are serious contradictions which make me very uncomfortable.

    For instance, you write that the salve is safe for cats and dogs. One of your links, though takes us to this:
    “Cats are sensitive to essential oils for two reasons. Not only do felines have very acute senses of smell, but they also have delicate and thin skin, which allows for quicker absorption of these concentrated substances into the bloodstream. Most disturbingly, cats can’t efficiently metabolize the compounds in essential oils, which can lead to toxic build-up in their bodies. It’s scary to think about all those cat owners who’ve unknowingly used products with essential oils in their homes or directly on their pets!

    Here is a list of some essential oils that are known to be toxic to cats:
    • Peppermint
    • Oregano
    • Clove
    • Sage
    • Citrus oils
    • Lavender
    • Melaleuca (tea tree oil)
    • Cinnamon (cassia)
    • Wintergreen
    • Thyme
    • Birch
    • Bergamot
    • Pine
    • Spruce
    • Any other oils containing phenols”

    I like the idea of taking care of our animals naturally, but more research and a better understanding of cats are essential.

  • What a great resource!
    I have to thoughts about the Paw Salve. 1st you may need to have your pet wear an e-collar because he or she may be apt to like off the salve which can cause further inflammation of the tender spot. Also, the oils on the paws could cause them to slide/slip on the floor (especially bad for a dog with hip, joint or back troubles). And then there is carpet–I envision lots of oily paw prints left on the carpet and a frantic search for Jill’s carpet stain cleaners. Just a few things to consider.

  • This is a spray mixture to help our two cats and dog with fleas. Roughly in a 6 oz. spray bottle mix equal parts of witch hazel and apple cider vinegar. Put about a teaspoon or so of dawn dish soap in and 2-3 drops each of lavender and cedarwood essential oils in. Don’t be liberal with the essential oils since cats can have horrible reactions! I spray this on my animals and rub it in. The cats don’t enjoy the spray, but they do like the extra petting. The witch hazel is to ease any irritated skin created by the fleas. The apple cider repels the fleas as well as the essential oils. The dawn will kill any fleas on contact. There are mixed reviews on using lavender on cats, and if you are leary, just use the cedarwood. It seems to be the more effective of the two oils. I just like the smell better with lavender in it and my kitties do not show adverse effects.

  • Thanks for the great advice! BTW I completely get where you are coming from. I am the “mom” to my 7yr old boxer boy Roscoe. I have teen boys but he is my baby. He goes everywhere with me and when he can’t he makes me feel guilty with cute “puppy dog sad eyes”. We love him to pieces and do anything and everything we can to keep him healthy. I appreciate the great ideas.

  • thank you so much for this article! Love seeing help for our 4 legged children! do you have a list of oils that are safe for dogs? I love your website..and your sisters too!

  • Hi Jillee! Thanks so much for featuring our post on the DIY Natural Tick Repellent for Dogs. :) I can’t wait to try the Salve recipe and others you posted about.

    To Jill above ^ I understand your concern about essential oils being safe for your pet. Some vets are to keen on the idea of a natural remedies. I would never want to do anything to put our pets in danger either. However, I don’t think man made chemicals are the answer either. Essential oils have been given a bad reputation and I gather this might be the doings of pharmaceutical companies who are in the business of making money. Anyway a help interview you and anyone who has some concerns with essential oils being safe for your pets can check out this interview out and maybe reconsider their thoughts in regards to essential oils for their pets! http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2012/05/14/dr-shelton-on-pets-essential-oils.aspx

  • My vet told me to *never* use *any* essential oils on either our cat or dog, as they weren’t safe for them… Did you check with a vet about any of this??

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