There are many dogs in this world that have a problem when it comes to licking or chewing their feet. Sometimes it might even feel like all the remedies and medications you get from your vet aren’t working; it doesn’t matter what you try the itching and biting just won’t stop! Some of these medications might be high in chemicals so below I’ll go over some organic, all natural doggy bath recipes that have ingredients that are proven to help with irritated, inflamed skin such as Epsom salt foot bath.
These recipes have helped many people sooth their dogs’ paws and they will save you time and money on vet visits. You should always keep a bucket next to the front door so you can easily use it after walks just by filling it up with warm water and any ingredients listed below so you are prepared right away.
The first recipe is to mix warm water with oatmeal. The oatmeal will release natural oils that will moisturize and condition dry, cracked paws and soothe and calm any inflammation that could be the cause of the itching. All you have to do is dissolve a couple cups of ground oats of the unflavored kind in warm water into a bathtub and get your dog to stand or lay there for roughly around 10 minutes. This is great as it is chemical free and won’t harm your dog in case he eats it.
You can mix up warm water with iodine in a bath for your dog to get rid of any toxins or allergens that might be on his paws and between the toes. This also will disinfect any open wounds your dog might have from scratching and will also be a treatment from any yeast infection that could be caused by all the licking and chewing. You want the water to resemble the colour of iced tea and put the paws in for about 30 seconds, pat them clean and you are done.
Warm water mixed with baking soda is another combination that removes allergens and soothes inflammation and irritated skin. Just mix water with about 1 or 2 tablespoons per liter and let your dog stand in it for a couple of minutes. The itching should stop after that.
You can also mix warm water, apple cider vinegar and hydrogen peroxide to treat yeast infections, soothe the skin on the paws and also to kill bacteria and fungus. You want to mix about 1 cup or apple vinegar and 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide into 2 litres of water, soak your dogs paws for about 30 seconds and then allow the skin to air dry.
All natural herbal teas are also a nice treat to add into these baths as they provide a healing medicine; they include mild astringents that help heal any sores or wounds. They also have anti-inflammatory properties that aid with itching. Add them into a warm bath and let them seep into the water for a few minutes, or just prepare tea like you normally would and let it cool down, then you can feel free to add vinegar and water.
And last but not least, our favourite remedy is definitely an Epsom salt foot bath. Add 1 cup of Epsom salts to 2 litres of water and get your dog to stay in the bath for around 10 minutes. This salt contains properties that help balance your dog’s natural bacteria on his/her skin. This helps with getting rid of any bad bacteria all while keeping the good bacteria on. An Epsom salt foot bath has proven to be a very effective way of help soothing your dog’s skin and returning it to its natural state.