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Use Epsom Salts for Dog's Itchy Skin

My Maltese, Molly, had awfully itchy skin, so after spending hundreds of dollars on treatment I tried Epsom salts in her bath water, and it did the trick. She also had a badly infected eye from rubbing her face on the ground to ease the itching, this has also cleared up much to our relief. I put a handful of Epsom salts to the bath water, and if it's a bad case rinse twice making the last rinse another one with salts in it.

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By Suanne from Australia

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August 31, 20101 found this helpful

Some dogs just have dry skin. When I rook my dog to vet and after numerous, expensive tests she told me to feed the dog one or two fish oil caplets in it'food. I had to hid the tablet and coat them with peanut butter or chottage chesses but it worked amazing within a week-ten days.

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March 5, 20170 found this helpful

I do feed my dogs extra fats, but prefer organic coconut oil or flax oil over fish oil. There are all sorts of issues these days with unhealthy farmed fish, over fishing wild fish, and the Pacific fish being toxic from the Japanese reactor spill.

I agree with those who suggest that dog foods may be causing allergy skin issues. Try very carefully reading the ingredient lists. Try to find something without any grain, corn, soy, chicken. Don't forget that includes their treats! We feed raw carrot and raw green beans as treats and to bulk up their food. a spoon full of pumpkin, not the pie filling, just canned pumpkin will help if their stool is too soft. If you can, try an elimination diet where the main ingredient is something your dog has never eaten. Venison, buffalo, rabbit. Stick with that elimination diet for a minimum of 2 months and see how it goes. If your dog is on meds, talk to your vet about taking them off.

Shelley, who has adopted several senior rescue dogs and given them a new lease on life with diet modification.

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September 11, 20100 found this helpful

You can buy fish oil tablets in vitamin sections. By true experience! don't cut one and squirt it in food, the juice smells like old fish. When I'm feeding breakfast I coat tablet with peanut butter or cottage cheese and softly hide it in food bow.

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February 17, 20110 found this helpful

I have never used epsom salts, but I will give it a try now. Other than getting my long haired Dachshund prednisone shots every 2-3 months, which I have stopped myself because the vet himself said that continuing to give him the shots could cause joint problems. We don't want that! I have been putting a tsp of olive oil in his supper evey night, it does seem like the itching and biting have settled down a lot! But the next time I bathe him, Epsom salts will be in the bath with him! Thanks!

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August 23, 20110 found this helpful

I like the idea of giving your dog fish oil tabs for itchy skin. I have a 12 lb. dog how much do I give per. lb of dog?

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August 23, 20110 found this helpful

I think my dog has California itch.from what I read, from my last question, epson salts is better then the fish oil?

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November 29, 20110 found this helpful

Change in diet is in order. Poor baby has an allergy. Most likely to corn wheat or soy. NO grocery aisle dog food. NO science diet (first ingredient is corn) . Better store, groomer that sells good food, co op, livestock supply. Cook healthy things. Feed some raw. Veggies and fruits are healthy.

Not even her cookies can contain any corn wheat or soy. A very reasonably priced kibble is Diamond lamb and rice. More expensive a a little better still is Evo. Dry Borax in carpets. Allergy may have started after vaccines. They destroy the auto-immune system. You might check on thuja, a homeopathic product that helps with vaccine poisoning. The fish oil is a really good recommendation.

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February 23, 20131 found this helpful

Thanks for posting this tip! I don't have the problem right now with my pets (3 cats at this time), but I will remember this for the future. Thanks also to the people who suggested fish oil. These two suggestions are great because they are natural, non-chemical solutions, and I always try to avoid strong drugs or chemicals if at all possible. My suggestion - if you wash your pets' bedding, don't use fabric softeners (sheets or liquids) on them, as those contain many toxic chemicals, which could cause allergies, or worse. (I constantly posting warnings about them on TF.)

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October 14, 20142 found this helpful

How much salt to add to the water?

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