Epsom salt uses for dogs

Updated November 21, 2016

Epsom salt is not actually a salt, but a mineral compound of magnesium and sulphate. People regularly use Epsom salt in their bath to relieve stress and body aches. Dogs can also benefit from Epsom salt, to relieve itching, help in the emptying of anal sacs and to treat abscessed nail beds.

Epsom salts to Relieve Dog's Itching

Dogs, like people, suffer from itching. Isolating the cause of the itching is important for the dog's health. Relieving a dog's itching while the cause is under investigation is crucial. Bathe a dog in a cool water Epsom salt bath to provide relief from itching.

Epsom salts to Help Empty a Dog's Anal Sacs

Dogs have two anal sacs that fill with fluid each day and are normally emptied during defecation. Sometimes the anal sacs do not empty, which is an irritating and possibly painful situation for the dog. An Epsom salt bath can liquefy the contents of the anal sacs and aid in muscle relaxation. Bathe a cooperative dog in a few inches of Epsom salt water in the bathtub. Use a hand towel to apply the Epsom salt water to the rear of an uncooperative dog.

Epsom salts to Treat a Dog's Abscessed Nail Bed or Paw

Treat a dog with an abscessed nail bed with an Epsom salt bath to draw out infection and to provide relief from itching.

Tips and Warnings About Epsom Salt Use for Dogs

Use an Epsom salt ratio of 1/2 cup Epsom salt per gallon of water and soak for 5 to 10 minutes at a time. Monitor dogs in an Epsom salt bath closely to ensure they do not drink the bath water, which can cause diarrhoea.

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Carol Strider is a writer and a post-secondary educator in law and criminal justice, teaching in person and online since 2002. Prior to teaching, Strider was a lawyer at a community law office. Strider holds a Juris Doctor, a Bachelor of Arts, a diploma in adult education and a diploma in animal sciences.