Originally Posted by AussieLass
Oooh, poor love! I wonder why they got you to bathe in Epson Salts instead of normal salt?
I know that tepid to warm salt baths don't sting or irritate at all, are you sure it's not just her nerves making her shake?
I am warming the water to help with the salt
I thought that too and I thought excitement as she was eating homemade pot roast ( If you have a Bassets nose you have the dog so she has been getting major treats and snacks for her pills and to try to keep her still)
The first few times when she is done with her foot soaking she would kick the bowl over so I did not think too much about it.
Then Saturday her shake was different her entire shoulders were shanking. Not a typical crazy Sadie shake but like she was freezing and it was coming from within. During this she would try to life her foot out of the water and actually stopped eating to get away from the soak. Sadie NEVER stops eating anything. She is a true crazy food hound. She would come back as the food still overwhelms her and I did NOT put her paw back in the water but she refused to put any weight on it. She has not been doing that. No matter what she has been putting weight on it.
After thinking about it I wondered if it is burning from the open wound. Water on any open wound does have that strange tingle feeling. Also add salt to the mix and ouch! I did give her a break yesterday and she was back to normal putting weight on her foot and acting crazy again. I am going to go back to a foot soak today.
Also maybe I am adding too much salt and should add less to the mix. No directions on how much salt to add.
Here is some info on why I think they chose Epson Salt:
An Ode to the Lowly Epsom Salt (And Why It
Indications for topical use are
•Magnesium sulfate paste has been used as an agent for dehydrating (drawing) boils, carbuncles, and abscesses
•Magnesium sulfate solution has also been shown to be an effective aid in the fight against blemishes and acne when applied directly to problematic areas, usually in poultice form. If combined with water and made into a cream, it can be applied to the face to remove blackheads
•Magnesium sulfate, when used through soaking, can soothe muscle pains and help improve rough patches in the skin
•Soaking in a warm bath containing Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) can be beneficial to soothe, relax,and relieve herpes outbreak symptoms, such as itching and lesions relating to genital herpes and shingles"
Home Remedies for Dog Skin Problems - VetInfo
Sometimes dog skin problems require veterinary treatment to be completely cured, but in many cases, home remedies may help. Try the following home remedies for canine skin problems to see if they help resolve your dog's problems or at least make him feel better until he can go see the vet.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar has been shown to relieve canine hot spots and other skin conditions. You can spray or sponge a 50/50 combination of vinegar and water directly onto your dog's hot spots several times a day for about three days. Then you should start to see improvement in your dog's coat condition and a decrease in his scratching.
Some dog owners believe that adding apple cider vinegar to your dog's drinking water will make him less appealing to fleas. If you want to try this flea-control method, add ¼ cup of vinegar per gallon of water.
A paste made from baking soda and water can be an effective itch reliever on insect bites. You can dissolve a teaspoon of soda in a glass of water and use a cloth to dab the solution on your dog's bug bite for 15 to 20 minutes, or you can make a thicker paste and apply it to the affected area.
An Epsom salt foot soak can help relieve your dog's need to chew on his itchy paws. Combine ½ cup of Epsom salts with a gallon of water and soak your dog's paws for about 10 minutes. Repeat the procedure two to four times daily until your dog's paws heal.
You can also make an Epsom salt bath to help soothe your dog's itchy coat. Add a cup of salt to a tub of warm water, then place your dog in the tub. Pour the salt-infused water all over your dog's skin and rinse. Be careful not to let your dog drink any water containing Epsom salt, as it may cause diarrhea.
An oatmeal bath can help relieve a dog's itching and moisturize his dry skin. You can either make an oatmeal powder by grinding 1 cup of oatmeal in a food processor or blender and adding it to a tub of lukewarm water, or you can add the unprocessed oatmeal to lukewarm water. Let your dog stand in the tub for about 15 minutes while pouring the oatmeal-infused water all over his coat, then take him out of the tub without rinsing to give the oatmeal more time to work on his skin and coat.
For dog skin problems on the coat, you can try preparing a serving of oatmeal as if you were going to eat it, and allow it to cool. Apply the cool oatmeal to the affected areas and leave it in place for about 10 minutes before rinsing it off.
Food Additives to Try
In addition to the remedies listed above, you may be able to relieve your dog's skin problems by adding some of the following items to his diet:
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