Dogs often lick and chew at their feet because they are really sensitive and can pick up a lot of allergens and chemicals from the environment around them. Their feet can easily pick up ragweed, pollen, dust mites, herbicides, grasses, molds and a lot more. Unlike us, they don’t have clothes or shoes to protect their feet and bodies. After a while of building these toxins up, they can easily have an irritating reaction on their paws. So it should also make sense that we need to remove these things to make their lives a little easier. This is where an Epsom salt bath detox can really come in handy.
Some of the benefits of this treatment include: flushing toxins out of the body, improvement of the absorption of nutrients, nerve and muscles relief, improved sleep and concentrating and reduction of inflammation. There are so many added benefits to giving your dog an Epsom salt bath detox that it’s surprising it’s not recommended more often.
Below we’ll go over everything you need to know about giving your dog an Epsom salt bath in the most proper and effective way.
While using a simple wash cloth is great for those days in between baths, it simply isn’t enough to get your dog’s feet clean. You can use a big tub or if you don’t have the space, you can use a bucket and do one foot at a time. If you have a smaller dog you can even use the kitchen or bathroom sink, whatever suits your personal preferences really. It’s not really important where you do it, it’s only important that you do it to get rid of anything that might be irritating their feet. It should be noted that dogs don’t sweat like humans do, the only places they sweat are their noses and the pads of their feet making it really easy for allergens to stick to. Giving them a soak in the tub will really relieve them at the end of the day.
Now onto the soak, simply grab some hot water and put half a cup of Epsom salt in it to dissolve. You need the hot water so that the salt dissolves properly but you need to wait for it to become warm before putting your dog in. After the water has cooled down and becomes warm get your furry friend in there are let them soak in it for about five to ten minutes. After this just take him out and pat him dry, that’s all you have to do. If you want to do this more than once a day, then keep a bucket next to your door so every time your pup goes out you can just put his feet in before he comes inside. If your dog gets nervous around water you can offer them treats for those five minutes as to ease the transition of making this a regular thing.
If you want to give your dog a little extra love and care consider investing in Epsom salts.