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  1. #1
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    Default Epsom Salts for dogs?

    I have been using an epsom salt soak for my sore foot. I got to thinking as I was doing a dog that is suffering from a disk problem- would it be safe to do a wrap on him with the epsom salt? I was reading on the package you can make a concentrated solution, soak a towel and wrap the affected area- but that was for people.
    Are there any medical reasons to not use this?

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    As far as I know, epsom salts are for drawing out excess fluid in the tissues so I don't know about a disc. I've used it before on dogs with allergies and puffy feet and it worked well. The more I think I know, the more I find out that I don't know...lol.

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    Epsom salts are also used to draw the lactic acid out of muscles. So if he had sore back muscles perhaps- bu disc issue itself i dont' think it would do much.

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    When my dog's toe was swollen, the vet recommended I do an epsom saltsoak. I never did, cuz I have a husky and trying to soak his foot in anything is, well.....difficult, to put it mildly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SiberianLover View Post
    well.....difficult, to put it mildly.
    Picturing this makes me want to fall over laughing.

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    last winter my wft cut her foot on some ice. It wouldn't heal and kept breaking open, bleeding. After 3 weeks of this, I soak her foot twice in 1 day with very warm epsom salt water. Healed within a few days.

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