Soothe Sore Paws with Epsom Salt.


We know the benefits Epsom salts have on a variety of things from at-home health, fitness and beauty treatments to gardening and crafts. But, did you know that this natural mineral is also a great cost-effective treatment to have on hand for some of your pet’s most basic needs? Epsom salt is a mineral compound of magnesium, sulfate, and oxygen, which has been around for thousands of years, and its primary functions are to serve as a natural detox and to ease muscle and joint pain.

Used externally, Epsom salt in its natural state (not fragranced or dyed) is also safe and beneficial to cats and dogs. Once diluted, the Epsom salt will absorb in the skin and the magnesium sulfate begins its work, and for our furry friends, quick and simple Epsom salt soaks can help soothe sore paws.

Paw baths are a great simple way to help soothe your pet’s irritated paws, relieve any pain or itching, help to heal slight abrasions on our dog’s pads and fight possible fungal infections. However, it is important to avoid paw baths if your dog has open wounds.

DIY Paw Soak:

  • Depending on the size of your bowl, add ½ to 1 teaspoon of natural Epsom salt into warm water.
  • Soak your pet’s paws, ideally for 5 to 10 minutes, or for as long as your dog will let you!
  • End your Epsom salt soak with a nice treat for your dog. This will reward them for a job well done!

Cats can also benefit from a paw bath, but not all will let you do this, so you may need to be nifty if you’ve got a wiggly cat.

In conclusion, consider an Epsom salt soak for some much-needed unwinding and pampering for your pet after a long day of play. It’s a simple way to get out of the “doghouse” and care for your pet the way you’d care for yourself with Epsom salt.