Povidone-iodine is the star of the foot soak technique below. Povidone-iodine is an organic iodine solution, and it is 100% safe and non-toxic for your animals. You can use a veterinary solution or buy it from pretty much any pharmacy or drugstore. Some owners are wary if their dog has white fur/paws that the iodine would stain. But fear not, as long as the solution is adequately diluted, this is not a problem.
Pets also do not wear protective clothing like we humans do, such as socks and shoes. This means that theyre naked and are exposed to whatever allergens & particles are in their surroundings.
Being the primary source of sweating and contact with the outside world, dogs paw pads are like mini Swiffers that pick up whatever they walk on a day-to-day basis. This includes harmful cleaning products, air sprays, pesticides, herbicides, pollen, dust, mold, dust mites, and more.
They also bathe a lot less than humans. While humans shower once a day, some dogs only get washed once a month or less. The paws build up a pretty good amount of toxins and allergens during this time. This can enhance allergic side effects (licking, chewing, etc.) and irritate paws.
Furthermore, the paw pads and nose are the only places dogs sweat. When the paws are damp, they become even more susceptible to picking up particles in their surroundings. But with a simple paw soak, you can ensure clean and allergen-free paws for comfort and health.
How can I soothe my dog’s itchy paws?
Simply combine a mixture of 50 percent apple cider vinegar and 50 percent water in a clean spray bottle, then spray your dog’s itchy spots with the solution. 2 If your dog’s paws are irritated, you can use the mixture for a nice, relaxing paw soak for up to five minutes.
Can you use vinegar on dogs paws?
You can also fill a glass spray bottle with apple cider vinegar and water to spot clean small areas of your dog’s skin. This can help with irritated areas your dog licks constantly or to spray paws to keep the dog from licking. Apple cider vinegar can relieve itching when used in baths or in a spray bottle.
What can I put on my dog’s itchy paws?
Fill your bathtub up about 3-4 inches with warm water. Add a few cups of Epsom salts, stir them in, and have your dog stand in there for 15-20 minutes. This foot soak will encourage healing and drying out the inflamed, moist dermatitis lesions that can occur between the toes.
Is Betadine toxic to dogs?
How do you use povidone iodine on dogs paws?
- Fill tub or sink with a couple inches of water, enough to cover pads of feet.
- You can find povidone iodine at most grocery stores or pharmacies.
- Dilute povidone iodine with water until it’s the color of iced tea.
- Swish solution around tub while pet stands in it.
- Soak each foot for 2-5 minutes.