Snow, ice, and winter salt are things that Wrigley’s paws come in contact with on a daily basis from November through early April. The rest of the year, our super dry, high-desert climate picks up where winter left off. As you can imagine, all these harsh elements take a toll on sensitive doggy paws! Enter the Pawstick from FouFou Dog, an easy-to-use balm and moisturizer. Needless to say, we were excited to give this product a whirl — check out our review below!

Let’s start with ingredients. I’m always hesitant to use products that include weird chemicals or ambiguous ingredients, so I was thrilled to see that the Pawstick is made from a short list of all-natural ingredients:

  • Beeswax
  • Coconut Oil
  • Mango Seed Butter
  • Castor Seed Oil
  • Apricot Kernel Oil
  • Tea Tree Leaf Oil
  • Peppermint Oil

That’s it! The peppermint oil imparts a really nice, minty scent that’s not overwhelming or irritating to sensitive noses. In fact, the smell is quite therapeutic and relaxing.

So, plus 10 points for a pleasant scent and safe ingredients! Now to see what it does for dry paws…

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Before trying the Pawstick on Wrigley, I rubbed a small amount on the back of my hand and immediately noticed a difference in my own dry (and super sad) winter skin. A good sign! Depending on how your dog feels about having their paws touched and held, the application process is pretty painless. The twist tube design is easy to use: holding Wrigley’s paw in my hand, I went over each foot pad and toe in a gentle, circular motion. The Pawstick is soft enough that you only have to use the slightest pressure — I was worried that it might be too hard and thus difficult to apply, which was not the case at all. After applying a small amount to each foot, I rubbed it in until it was completely absorbed. Wrigley actually started falling asleep during this! It’s pretty fast-absorbing so, unfortunately for Wrigley, the “foot massage” portion of the process didn’t last very long.

So, what did the Pawstick do for his dry, cracked winter paws? I’ll show you! Here’s a before:

Review: Pawstick by FouFou Dog in other grooming hygiene

Dry. Cracked. Kinda scaly and gray. All in all, totally sad.

Review: Pawstick by FouFou Dog in other grooming hygiene

After one application: a noticeable increase in softness and suppleness, plus a nice minty freshness. WIN!

It was immediately apparent that the Pawstick has some serious moisturizing properties. Wrigley’s paws stayed looking and feeling soft for quite a while afterwards. I imagine that with daily use, this would work wonders for dry doggy paws. Wrigley seemed to like it, too:

Review: Pawstick by FouFou Dog in other grooming hygiene

Initial smell test…

Review: Pawstick by FouFou Dog in other grooming hygiene

Approval!

You can snag a Pawstick for $4.99, a very fair price in my humble opinion, directly from FouFou Dog.

Have you tried the Pawstick? Tell us your thoughts below!

[Disclosure: FouFou Dog sent me a Pawstick for review. All views and opinions are my own.]