How to Soak a Dog's Feet in Epsom Salts

Things You'll Need

  • 1/2 cup Epsom salt

  • Bucket (1 gallon capacity or more)

  • 1 gallon warm water

  • Stirring utensil

  • Clean towel


Be sure to contact your veterinarian regarding any infection your dog may experience. Your veterinarian will best be able to advise you regarding proper treatment for your dog's medical problem.


Remember, a dog with an infected paw may be extremely sensitive about the affected paw and any handling of that paw. The infected skin may be sensitive to heat, so make sure that the water in the bucket is warm, not hot. If your dog is large and you want to soak more than one paw at a time, consider using a plastic tub instead of a bucket to facilitate easier soaking.

Dogs are rambunctious animals and sometimes that can get them hurt. If your dog has an injured paw, it is imperative to treat that wound to rid it of dirt, debris and infection. There are many ways to clean and treat injured paws. One of the most economical and simplest ways to do so is to give the injured paw (or paws) a soak in an Epsom-salt solution. The Epsom salts assist in drawing out any infection that could potentially harm your dog.

Step 1

Measure 1/2 cup Epsom salt and pour it into the bucket.

Step 2

Fill the bucket with 1 gallon of warm water.

Step 3

Stir the Epsom salt and water with a large spoon or other stirring utensil until the salt dissolves into a solution.

Step 4

Place the dog's paw into the solution (do more than one paw if your dog is small enough for this, or if you have a large dog, you may need to soak one at a time). Soak the dog's injured paw or paws in the solution for 5-10 minutes. Hold your dog to help him stay steady (he may not want to put weight onto his injured paw). Depending on the temperament of the dog and the severity of the infection, it may be helpful to have the assistance of another person to help hold your dog during a paw soak.

Step 5

Remove the dog's paw(s) from the solution and gently dry with a clean towel.

Step 6

Repeat this process 2-4 times daily until the condition of the paw or paws improves.