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Q. Can I put a washcloth soaked with Epsom salt on an open sore on my dog. Will it hurt like when salt gets in a cut?

A. You'll want to make a solution with the Epsom salt and warm water first. The package usually has directions for how to make a "soak" and that's fine, but in general I'd say a tablespoon of Epsom salts to 1 gallon of warm water. Then put your washcloth in that, then apply that to your dog. That shouldn't cause any pain. But do be aware that Epsom salts don't have much in the way of antibacterial or anti-inflammatory properties, so your dog may need veterinary care if the wound is large or inflamed or is oozing pus.

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

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