What are foot soak recipes for dogs?
Foot soak recipes are often used by humans to help soothe cracked feet and fungal issues.
But did you know that your dog can use them as well?
Find out why foot soaks for dogs are so important as well as 5 all natural foot soak recipes that solve problems from itching to wound healing!
Why Foot Soaks Are Important
Does your dog seem to constantly chew and lick their paws?
Well, it’s not just a fun hobby for them. Chances are that their feet are burning, itchy, or have small cracks on their paws.
This can have all sorts of causes from extreme weather to chemical irritants you dog steps on.
Since dog’s only sweat through their nose and their feet, it’s easy for all sorts of stuff to get stuck to their paws.
According to Dr. Karen Becker, a proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian, 50% of licking and chewing can be reduced by simply rinsing off the irritants and allergens collected on your dog’s paws.
The key here is rinsing their paws versus just wiping them down, because wiping doesn’t get into all the crevices in between your dog’s toes.
How Often to Soak Your Dog’s Feet
Ideally, you should be soaking your dogs feet at the end of each day after they’ve been exposed to the outdoors.
However, you don’t need to fill up a whole bathtub to do a foot soak for your dog.
Keeping a small bucket by the door with your mixture and letting their paws soak for 5 minutes each is enough to get the job done.
Using a bucket is especially helpful for all the big dog moms out there.
I can tell you from personal experience it takes some muscle to lift a squirming 80 lb canine into the bathtub! So keep a bucket of solution and change it out every 2-3 days.
In addition, it’s important not to wash off the mixtures after your dog is done soaking.
As the mixtures dry on the skin and fur they continue to release powerful benefits, so leave that stuff on there!
Warm Water & Oatmeal
A warm water & oatmeal foot soak recipe is great for dogs with dry, cracked paws that cause constant itching.
This natural oatmeal mixture is super moisturizing and soothing for your pup’s paws. The longer you let them stand in it, the better the effects will have.
I like to use this recipe in the wintertime especially, because Archie and Cali’s paws get dry and cracked from the cold.
Simply blend a cup of unflavored oatmeal to a powder, then add to a bucket of warm water and mix together.
Warm Water & Epsom Salts
This wonderful recipe is great for the dogs that have “frito feet”.
If your dog has paws that smell like corn chips, chances are that they have a yeast overgrowth on their paws.
Lucily, epsom salts contain potassium, nitrates, and chloride, all which help restore the bacteria balance on your dogs paws.
Epsom salts naturally raise your pet’s PH level, making unlivable conditions for bad bacteria while also creating a great environment for good bacteria to thrive.
Just mix 1 cup of plain epsom salts with a gallon of warm water and let your dog stand in it for up to 10 minutes.
Warm Water & Baking Soda
If your dog’s paws are always itchy from allergies, this foot soak recipe is a cost effective solution and are likely ingredients you already have in your house.
Just 2 tablespoons of baking soda mixed into a gallon of warm water is enough to soothe your dog’s paws.
Since baking soda is super effective, you only need to soak their paws for a minute or two.
I like to keep this mixture by the door during the spring while everything is blooming, since Cali gets bad allergic reactions to the pollen in the grass.
Warm Water & Iodine
If your dog has any injuries on their foot like cuts and blisters, this foot soak recipe is for them!
Iodine disinfects wounds, and also kills yeast overgrowth that would make infections worse.
Make a mixture of warm water and iodine (affiliate link) until the mixture is the color of iced tea.
Since iodine is a powerful mineral, your dog only needs to soak their paws for about 30 seconds.
In addition, iodine is non-toxic to dogs, so you don’t have to worry about them licking their paws after soaking.
Warm Water, Apple Cider Vinegar, & Hydrogen Peroxide
For the dog paws that have all sorts of issues, this is the foot soak recipe you should try first.
For this mixture, pour 1 cup of organic apple cider vinegar (with “the mother”) and 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide into 1 gallon of warm water.
This solution treats yeast infections, and soothes irritated paws with its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties.
No more cuts, allergies, or frito feet. 😉
Other Paw Care Tips
In addition to regular foot soaks, there are other steps needed to ensure the best paw care for your dog.
First, it’s important to regularly cut your dog’s nails and trim excess paw fur to decrease the surface area for bacteria build up.
Too much fur in between the toes can cause ingrown hairs. This can result in painful blisters and an expensive trip to the vet.
In addition, be sure to use doggy shoes when going to the dog park to avoid picking up other dog’s bacteria. Also use shoes when it snows to prevent your dog from stepping on rock salt, which can potentially be fatal for your fur baby.
Lastly, don’t forget to use paw moisturizer (affiliate link) on a regular basis to prevent cracks and dryness on your dog’s paws.
Think of how bad your hands hurt if you don’t use any hand moisturizer. It’s the same for dogs, they just aren’t able to tell you!
I hope this article helped you find a solution to your dog’s paw problems.
Whether they’re dry and cracked, or itchy and infected, there is a natural foot soak recipe to fix it. Potentially saving you thousands of dollars at the vet’s office.
We here at the Tidy Dog Mom believe in treating the problem at its source the natural way, not getting antibiotics from the vet that usually don’t end up working anyway (and usually end up causing more yeast infections).
Which all natural foot soak recipe are you going to try first? Let me know in the comments!