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Foot Soaks for Paws

WHERE TO DO A FOOT SOAK

  • For small dogs you can use the bathroom sink
  • For big dogs you can use the shower tray, bathtub, or a paddling pool
  • Or you can dunk feet individually in a bowl or cup.

WHAT TO USE

Iodine (betadine) is a valuable aid in the treatment of hot spots, skin irritations, small cuts and grazes, and itchy paws.

  • Dilute iodine with water until the solution is the colour of iced tea.
  • A good rule of thumb is 30ml of iodine to 10 litres of water for a routine wash or 30ml of iodine to 5 litres of water for pets with skin conditions.

Salt water (saline) is an excellent natural disinfectant.

  • 1 teaspoon of table salt to 1 cup of warm water (previously boiled).
  • Note: seawater may be contaminated and potentially aggravate.

For paws that are only a little irritated you can use chamomile tea or green tea (cooled first), a diluted vinegar soak (1:4 ratio vinegar to water). Solutions chilled in the fridge may be additionally soothing.

HOW TO DO IT

  • Fill the tub with your chosen soak formula.
  • Soak paws for at least 30 seconds. Pat paws dry with a towel.
  • No need to rinse off (although removing excess salt is a good idea).

OTHER TIPS

  • Applying aloe vera or paw balm after a wash is a great soothing addition!
  • Keep paws dry in wet weather - towel dry or use dog shoes.
  • Consider methods to stop persistent licking while the paws heal.



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