Epsom Salt Bath for Dogs
The following are just some of the uses of Epsom salt on canines:
- Maintenance of anal sacs. Sometimes, anal sacs can be infected or become sore an itchy because of the accumulation of fluids in the sac. This happens when the dog’s stool is too soft that it could not exert enough pressure to empty the sac fully. Epsom salt is used to bathe the affected area. When bathing, if the dog will not keep still enough to keep the medication close to its anal area, it is also possible to use a cloth to hold the medication in place for a few minutes.
- Foot bath. This can help solve toe and paw problems such as flaking, inflammation, and irritation.
- Itchy skin. Epsom salt can solve itchiness due to insect bites and allergies.
- Open sores can also be treated with Epsom salt.
Things to Remember
- Epsom salt can cause diarrhea; thus, it is important to keep the dog from drinking or linking the bath or medication applied when using epsom salt for dogs.
- When soaking and in bathing the dog, it is important that the Epsom salt is dissolved in warm water and used warm for it to be effective. Try to keep the dog’s body or affected area in contact with the medication. If the paws and feet are affected, it would be good to use a small bucket and treat the paws one at a time.
- In case of infections, side effects or if the symptoms persist, brings the dog to the vet.