Pawsome Paw Soak
Our dog’s pads are like mini Swiffer's 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.
Pets also do not wear protective clothing like we humans do such as socks and shoes. This means that they’re naked and are exposed to whatever allergens & particles that are in their surroundings.
In addition, they bathe a lot less than humans which washed off any of the particles mentioned above. While humans shower once a day, some dogs only get washed once a month! Therefore, the feet build up a pretty good amount of toxins and allergens on a frequent basis. This can enhance allergy side effects (licking, chewing, etc.) and create some irritated paws. Finally, the paw pads and nose are the only places dog sweat. This means 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.
Did you know that according to Dr. Karen Becker, mechanically removing toxins and allergens from your dog’s paws can reduce paw licking by 50%?
The mechanical removal refers to physically washing the allergens and debris off of the paws to have clean and particle-free paws! And the most successful and fool-proof way to do that is with a paw soak.
What's Povidone Iodine?
Povidone-iodine is the star of the foot recipe below. But what is it? Povidone-iodine is an organic iodine solution and it is 100% safe and non-toxic for your animals! I am using a veterinary solution but you buy it from pretty much any pharmacy or drug store. Some owners are wary if their dog has white fur/paws that the iodine would stain. But fear not as the solution is diluted enough for this not to be a problem!
Povidone Iodine has antifungal, antibacterial, antiseptic properties which means that it is the perfect solution to relieve some irritated paws! Now for the instructions!
Easy-Peasy Foot Soak:
A set of adorable paws
Bucket or Tub
Gather all materials needed
Fill a bucket, sink (if the dog is small enough), or a tub with enough lukewarm water to completely cover the dog's paw pads.
Add in povidone-iodine until the mixture becomes the color of sweet tea (or as shown below). If it's too light, add in more and if it's too dark, add more water!
Place the dog's paws in the solution for 2-5 minutes. This is a great time for some really yummy treats!
You don't have to do anything special except make sure that all paw pads are covered.
Once the 2-5 minutes are over, towel dry the paws.
I usually try and do a paw soak with povidone-iodine specifically at least once a week but she gets her paws washed with normal water every day.
If your dog won't stand still in a tub or sink here are some other methods you can try!
You can make the solution in a smaller bowl and soak each paw one by one. It is a bit more time-consuming than doing all 4 at once but it gets the job done!
If your dog allows for the small bowl, you can drench a towel in water and pour a bit of povidone-iodine on it and hold the paw in the cloth for a few minutes.
Paw soaks are super easy and super effective and are great for yeasty dogs, allergy dogs, and just for an overall healthier dog! As always, I hope you enjoyed and Always Keep Exploring!