An oatmeal bath for dogs is one of the popular natural remedies that you can provide to help relieve your dog from itchy skin.
The natural ingredients in oatmeal have often been found to soothe both human and dog skin. When you bathe your dog with oatmeal, it leaves a protective film that reduces itchiness and regulates the pH balance of your dog’s skin.
If your dog has been feeling itchy, whether for known or unknown reasons, an oatmeal bath can provide temporary relief until you can get to the vet to properly address the root of the problem.
Giving your dog an oatmeal bath is pretty easy to do, and you won’t even have to buy a shampoo that has oatmeal ingredients in it (although you can), all it takes is less than an hour of preparation and bath time, and your dog will be on his way to itch-free city.
One of the main reasons why you may be trying to relieve your dog of the itches is because he is having an allergic reaction. Let me just say it right here, an oatmeal bath may not be a good idea for your dog if that allergy is a grain allergy, or more specifically, an oat allergy.
Sure, most allergies are only applicable to food, and chances are you won’t be feeding your dog with the bath water, but there have been known cases of dogs with grain allergies that extend to topical use and not just by ingestion.
It’s not very common, but entirely plausible.
So if you’re looking to ease your dog’s allergic reactions from oat, your best bet may not be an oatmeal bath. Regardless of whether or not your dog is one of the few who can also experience reactions from topical application, it’s better not to risk it at all.
Luckily, there are a lot of other natural remedies that you can do to help ease an itchy dog’s discomfort.
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All you need to do is prepare a cup of whole oatmeal in a blender or food processor until it’s in fine powder form. This is necessary because you’ll want the oatmeal to be totally dissolved in your dog’s bath water.
Once that’s done, you can start filling up the tub with warm water. An ideal level would be chest-height for your dog if he stands on the tub.
Mix the powdered oatmeal into the bath water thoroughly; you can use a wooden spatula to achieve this.
You can also put a non-slip mat in the tub. Because oatmeal is naturally slippery, it can cause untoward accidents for your dog in the tub. Better safe than sorry!
Next, get your dog in the tub and scoop the water to pour on them. Make sure that you get the whole body wet, but also avoid getting the mixture into your dog’s mouth (so no licking the bath water!), nose, or eyes.
To avoid your dog eating (or drinking) the oatmeal bath, you can keep some treats or a toy handy to keep them distracted.
Gently massage the oatmeal bath onto your dog’s body, making sure to get it under their coat for better effectivity. Do this for 10-15 minutes.
Once the 10-15 minutes are done, you have the option of rinsing your dog before towel drying. However, you can also skip to towel drying without any rinsing, as an oatmeal bath is unlike a regular bath.
Here’s a short video to sum up how to give your dog an oatmeal bath.
If your dog is not a big fan of baths, chances are he wouldn’t be able to stand the 15 minutes necessary for an oatmeal bath to be effective. If this is the case, you can also opt for an oatmeal rub instead of a bath.
Not only that, you can also choose to mix the oatmeal with other ingredients to make the bath more effective, like Epsom salts and baking soda. However, remember that when you choose to do this, you should really keep your dog from lapping up the bath water.
Remember to use pure oatmeal for these baths! That means that any oatmeal with sweeteners or additives like dried fruits and other ingredients that make it tastier for humans to eat, you probably shouldn’t use.
An oatmeal bath for dogs with dry and/or itchy skin is really effective in soothing their skin and providing temporary relief. It’s quick and easy to do, and it works really well.
However, don’t forget that an oatmeal bath is not exactly a treatment for itchy skin. While it does relieve your dog of the discomfort, it doesn’t heal the problem that’s causing the itchiness. Consult your vet to determine why your dog is feeling itchy, and how you can treat it appropriately.
Are you going to try giving your itchy dog an oatmeal bath? Let us know how it goes!