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Q. Can the pet (dog) be given a full bath with Epson salts, as long as it is kept out of the eyes, ears, nose, and mouth?

Answered By
DR. CHRISTIE LONG, D.V.M., C.V.A.

A. Salt ingestion can be deadly in a dog. I suppose soaking the body only would not hold any inherent dangers as long as he doesn't drink the water and you keep it out of his eyes (possibly a difficult proposition), but I would be very curious to know why you need to soak his entire body? Usually Epsom salts are used to keep focal infections/inflammation clean and reduce swelling. If there is a generalized problem that is prompting you to consider a whole body soak I would suggest that you need to see a vet for a more effective solution.


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