If you've ever had a dog with dry paws, then you know what it's like to try to help them. It can be difficult to find the right product, but we're here to help. In this guide, we'll discuss what makes paw creams and balms different from each other, why you might need one or the other for your dog, and when you should use them.
Dog paw balm vs. dog paw cream
The biggest difference between dog paw cream and dog paw balm is the consistency. Paw creams are thicker, while balms have a more greasier consistency. However both types of products typically contain the same ingredients, so you don’t need to worry about your pet’s paws being less protected with one product over another based on how it feels or looks.
However, if your dog's paws are exposed to ice and salt during the winter months (or if they're constantly wet from rain or snow), the cream is probably a better option as it has more flexibility and has longer staying power on the paw than a balm does.
The main ingredients in our paw and nose cream are shea butter and aloe vera. These are gentle plant-based formulas that contain antibacterial and antiseptic properties that help treat cracked paws and create a protective barrier for both your dog’s paw and nose.
How to know when you need a dog paw cream or balm
Differential diagnoses are the first step in determining whether your dog has dry skin or a more serious problem. Here are some possible symptoms of paw problems:
- Paw licking and chewing
- Paw scabbing (this can also be an indication of hot spots)
- Redness, flaking, scaling and cracking around the paws or under nails
If you notice any of these symptoms in your dog's paws, it's important to find out what's causing them so you can treat them appropriately. If there is no underlying cause for their paw problems—or if they don't respond well to treatment—your vet may recommend surgery in order to correct it.
A different product may help protect your dog's paws depending on their needs
If your dog's paws are wet and muddy, there are paw creams that can help protect their pads from the elements while on walks. Paw creams are usually more flexible and less greasy than balms, making them ideal for use on wet surfaces like grass or cement. They tend to be thicker and stay on for longer periods of time than balms. If you've been outside with your dog and their paws are dry/wet but not soaked through, a paw cream is probably what you need!
Real results of our Paw & Nose Cream by our customers.
That's the end of our article on whether you need a dog paw cream or balm. We hope that you found it helpful and if so please share it with your friends! Stay tuned for more articles about the best products for your pup.