7 Soothing Foot Bath Recipes for Your Dog’s Itchy Paws

7 Soothing Foot Bath REcipes for your dog's itchy paws

If your dog is one of those who is constantly licking or chewing at her feet, you know the distress that you feel when none of the medications prescribed by your vet seem to work. You’ve tried a grain-free diet and use baby wipes on her feet whenever she comes in the house from outside, but the biting and itching continues.

If you want to try some organic, all-natural anti-itch remedies, we have listed some doggy foot bath recipes below that use tried and true herbs and organics to heal irritated skin and sooth inflamed tissue. We also throw out an easy alternative for those of you who are time-strapped.

Also, at the end of this article we’re giving away a free ebook. all about eliminating constant paw licking that we invite you to download.

Keep a bucket next to the front door to use after walks, fill the bathtub with warm water and the ingredients, or use a new kitty litterbox as your foot bath — it all depends on the size of your dog and your own personal preference.

  • A warm-water oatmeal bath allows the natural oils in the oatmeal to moisturize dry, cracked paw pads and lessen the inflammation causing the constant itching. Just dissolve a couple of cups of ground oats (the unflavored, unsweetened variety) in warm water in your bathtub and allow your pup to stand or lie in the solution for 10 minutes or so.
  • Warm water and iodine in your dog’s bath gets rid of any allergens or toxins on her feet and between her paw pads, disinfects any wounds she may have, and will treat any ongoing yeast infection caused by constant licking or chewing. Add just enough iodine in the water to turn it the color of iced tea, then stand your pet in the solution for 30 seconds. Pat the paws dry with a clean towel and your pup is good to go. Don’t worry if she licks her paws after, iodine is non-toxic for dogs.
  • Baking soda in a bucket of warm water removes those allergens causing all the itch and soothes inflamed and irritated skin. Dunk your dog’s feet in the bucket when you come in from outside and let him sit there for a minute or two, and the licking and chewing should stop. Just 1- or 2-tablespoons of baking soda per gallon of water is enough to lessen the itchiness.
  • A combination of warm water, organic, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar, and hydrogen peroxide works to treat yeast infections and sooth irritated paws with its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties. To make this solution, pour 1 cup of organic apple cider vinegar and 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide into 1 gallon of warm water. Soak your dog’s paws in the liquid for 30 seconds and allow the skin to air-dry.

  • A variation of that home remedy mixes warm water, organic, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, and peppermint essential oil to ease skin irritations and add a cooling effect to inflamed skin. You’ll need to combine 1 gallon of water with 1 cup of the organic vinegar, the fresh juice of one whole lemon, and 20 drops of peppermint essential oil. After soaking your dog’s paws in the mixture for 30 seconds, pat them dry and allow the slightly anesthetic properties of the peppermint oil to go to work.
    • All-natural herbal teas, including chamomile, sage, echinacea golden seal and decaffeinated green tea, when added to either of your dog’s bath water/apple cider vinegar solutions, works as a healing medicine. The teas’ mild astringents help heal any sores or wounds, and their anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties help stop the itching. Just add a few tea bags to your warm water solution and allow the teas to steep. You can also just prepare the teas as you normally would for drinking, allow them to cool down, then add to the water/vinegar solution. Place your dog’s paws in the remedy for 30 seconds, then allow to air-dry.
    • Epsom salts (1 cup per gallon of water) dissolved in a warm water bath contain the potassium, nitrates, and chloride that helps restore your dog’s natural bacterial balance on the skin of her paws. The salts raise your pet’s natural pH level, which helps to kill off the “bad” bacteria causing any inflammation or itching, and regenerate the “good” bacteria that keeps her skin and coat healthy. She needs to stand quietly in the Epsom salts for around 10 minutes for the treatment to be effective.

    Remember: Never rinse your dog’s feet after any of these footbaths because the healing properties of each solution need to remain on the skin and hair to do their best work.

    No time to make a foot bath?

    If making your own doggy foot bath is not something you want — or have time — to do, try our all natural anti-itch spray- Itchin’ For Relief. It contains the same ingredients recommended in the foot baths but already mixed and ready to go in an easy spray bottle.

    Look for a combination of all-natural products that moisturize and protect your pup’s sensitive skin and paw pads, that target those specific inflamed and itching areas, and that allow your sensitive dog to feel relaxed and calm.

    These natural remedies and products to help your allergic dog saves on expensive clinic visits and pricey steroids recommended most veterinarians.


    To help you with your dog’s itchy paws we wrote a guide with 18 natural tips and tricks to get rid of the constant paw licking. Just click on the box for free instant access!

    Please Note: See your veterinarian if, at any time, you notice open wounds or sores on your dog’s paws, as she may need an antibiotic to prevent infection.

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    1. Would like to know how you bath your furbaby, their feet & skin do get really itchy, h how do toy bathe them & was their, hair on their head & gave? I worry about get too much water in their ears eyes & nose? Thanks

    2. How often do I need to soak my dogs paws with the ACV and peroxide solution? I know it’s for 30 seconds, but how often?

    3. The following has been an amazing solution for me: distilled 50 grain (5% acetic acid) white vinegar (apple components do nothing but make licking and smell worse). Dilute with 1.5 parts filtered water if available to 1 part vinegar. This is a pure 2% acetic acid solution (same % as MalAcetic). Keep a glass container marked for convenient dilution. Pour into a small quality plastic bag (like ZipLock), dunk each paw into it, scrubbing through the bag for cleaning. Change to fresh solution if necessary. This will remove pathogens, pus, exudate, excess skin, and any other residue and leaves it with a PH that prevents bacteria and fungi. Squeeze excess liquid from each paw as you remove it and give it a quick wrap and squeeze with a towel. Don’t let your dog lick it at all, it’s very bad for their teeth and their paw infection. Use a cone if necessary, applied deterrents are generally ineffective. Once it’s dry, they’ll be much less inclined to lick. Don’t apply vinegar to any raw (inflamed is fine) or broken skin. Apply this especially when paws have been wet as the moisture will encourage infection.

    4. Your free download does not work. It says “page not found.” I would be interested in this if it is still available somehow. Thanks!

    5. Rinsing the dog paws daily with an iodine rinse is helpful. But my dog is a retriever doberman mix and became obsessive about licking the front legs and paws and pulling the hair out. I tried the adhesive wrap for years but it takes so long to put on and not easy to remove. I came across these posh lick protectors last month and this has worked wonders at reminding my dog not to lick. Quick to put on and take off. The hair has grown back now. I got them at http://www.doglickingpaws.com if you want to try them. They work well for dogs with this obsessive licking behavior.

    6. How ofter should I use the iodine and warm water solution on my dog’s irrated paw?

    7. I am going crazy. I have tried everything. The iodine treatment works a bit about 20% improvement but my 9 year old beagle mix still licks obsessively. He does not pull out hair or chew till it is raw but he licks and whines the whole time. I have tried benadryl and other foot soaks as well. I am open to any possible suggestions. Also to note but have been told by the vet that it is most likely not related; he suffers from Cushings and is on medicine daily. His numbers are good.

    8. Itchy paws.. 1 cup white vinegar, one cup peroxide and one gallon of water. Mix together and soak the paws morning and night. 30 seconds to 1 minute eash. Most importantly you have to determine why the yeasty paws. Our dog was allergic to grain. I switched to TOTW bison and buffalo..it helped but she couldn’t get rid of the yeast. She also was on Hydroxine. 2 in the morning and 2 at night. After allot of research I switched to Acana limited lamb and apple. I believe it was the corn that was causing problems. Acana limited has no grain, no corn, no tapioca or starch. I also gave her a human probiotic. Ultimate Flora. She is 100 #’s. Within 2 weeks all itching had stopped. One day a week I soak her feet for maintenance. It has been a wonderful transformation. The vet could not believe how clear her ears were. It is coming up to 3 month now. We are going to be backing off on the hydroxine soon. Vet suggested to keep giving her the pills for 3 months. It takes that long for toxins to get out of the system. Acana, Ultimate Flora and the foot baths have made our girl Georgi a very happy and content family member.

      1. Wondering if you change the solution in the bucket each washing or does it last for a few foot washing so?

      2. Which Ultimate Flora are you using? How many live bacteria? Thank you.

    9. Hi, my granddaughter had bad eczema as a baby and was told to give her diluted dettol baths. It worked a treat, no more eczema. I was wondering would this work on my dogs paws and stop her from licking her paws roar. Ive checked her paws no foreign things in them, nails are trimmed has a natural diet & is bathed in oatmeal shampoo. Is diluted dettol wash safe for dogs?

    10. Can you combine ingredients like oatmeal, ACV, peroxide, baking soda, and Epson salt to make a paw bath?

      1. I’m curious about this too.. if anyone has an idea I’d really appreciate it!

    11. Never use Oatmeal to soak the paws in…it just feeds fungus and yeast that cause itching. Don’t use it as shampoo either if you have an itchy dog.

      (And never give your dog garlic…it’s highly toxic to dogs…I saw garlic recommended on another ‘professional’ site, not this one.)

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