Hot Packing at Home
Hot packing (also known as a warm compress) is often recommended by your veterinarian as part of a wound or abscess treatment plan, in order to help reduce swelling and promote drainage. Pet owners can easily hot pack at home by following these instructions.
What you need:
- Warm water
- Epsom salts (available at the drugstore)
- Clean wash cloth
What to do:
- Gather your supplies and a few treats.
- Dissolve 1/2 cup Epsom salts in 2 cups warm water.
- Soak the washcloth in the water, and then wring out the excess.
- Apply the washcloth to the wound or abscess for 5 to 10 minutes. Re-wet the washcloth as needed to keep it warm.
- If the wound is low on the leg or on the tail, it may be easier to soak the whole foot or tail in a shallow bucket with the warm water and Epsom salts.
- Be sure to clean the container and launder the washcloth after each use.