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Dog Dry Skin Remedies at Home With Epsom Salts

Updated November 21, 2016

Epsom salts have been used for centuries to treat and cure everything from infections and sore throats to allergies and dry skin in both humans and dogs. Epsom salt is magnesium sulphate, which is a substance that is very important to the canine body. Essentially, when you bathe your dog in Epsom salts or give him Epsom salts to ingest, you are increasing his magnesium sulphate levels. Magnesium sulphate levels are responsible for everything from maintaining serotonin amounts, decreasing inflammation and regulating electrolytes. Epsom salts are most commonly used to treat dry skin in dogs at home.

Remedy Recipes and Benefits

The benefits to dog dry skin remedies at home using Epsom salts are plentiful. Bathing your dog in Epsom salts will draw out any toxins and pull salt out of the dog's body. Combine two cups of Epsom salts with a half cup of baby oil and add to warm bath water. Bath your dog in this for 10 minutes for relief from dry skin. The Epsom salts will act proactively and prevent any future dry skin by drawing out toxins and salt while both the salts and the baby oil will moisturise the dog's coat, providing immediate dry skin relief. The Epsom salts will also treat any infection that has resulted from the dry skin.

Dry skin on your dog can cause intense itching, which is uncomfortable for the dog. Try this bath remedy for your dog's dry skin using Epsom salts to alleviate itching. Mix two cups Epsom salts with a half cup baking soda and a half cup colloidal oatmeal and add to lukewarm water. Bath your dog in this for 10 to 15 minutes. The oatmeal and baking soda will provide relief from the itching while the Epsom salts continue to work on the dog's dry skin.

Another option is to soak your dog's paws in warm water with Epsom salts for 15 to 20 minutes to relieve dry skin, soreness or infection on her paws.

Another dry skin remedy for home using Epsom salts is to combine two cups Epsom Salts, 20 drops of calendula oil, 10 drops of patchouli oil and 15 drops of lavender oil. Add this mixture to running bath water and bathe your dog for 10 to 15 minutes.

In all bath remedies using Epsom salts to treat your dog's dry skin, do not rub your dog to dry her; instead, pat er dry. Rubbing will irritate the dry skin while patting will have soothing effects.

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About the Author

Sarah Estlund is a freelance writer based out of Kansas City. Originally from the Hawkeye State, she received her degree in journalism from the University of Iowa. Estlund writes a dating column as well as more than 15 blogs ranging in topic from celebrity, fashion, pets, self-help and alternative medicine. She has a love of animals and shares that passion in her writing.