Many dog owners use regular oatmeal baths to soothe their dog’s itchy skin. In fact, several hypoallergenic shampoos include oatmeal as an ingredient to prevent irritation. Oats contain polysaccharides, which leave a protective film on skin, preventing dryness and itching.
I personally have not tried oatmeal baths for Elsie. I’m pretty pleased with the allergy shampoo we’re using for her (Duoxo Chlorhexidine PS Shampoo). If I was still in search of a good solution, I’d definately try these all-natural oatmeal methods.
After doing some research, I’ve found two popular methods that many owners use to bathe their dogs in oatmeal.
Oatmeal Soak Method
- Blend one cup of plain, uncooked oatmeal in a blender or food processor until it is a fine powder. You can use instant or regular oatmeal. This will ensure that the oatmeal dissolves quickly in water.
- It’s recommended that you place a non-slip bathtub mat down before starting the bath. Oatmeal can be slippery and you want your dog to be as safe and comfortable as possible during bathing.
- Fill your bathtub with lukewarm water until it is at a level that reaches your dog’s chest when standing up.
- Stir oatmeal into the water until it dissolves into water.
- Place your dog into the bathtub.
- Using a cup or your hands, scoop up the oatmeal water and pour over your dog’s back, head (avoid their eyes) and stomach.
- Continue to pour the oatmeal water over your dog for 10-15 minutes. You’ll probably find that they’ll be more comfortable if you talk to them and pet them during the process – as a 15 minute soak can seem like a lifetime to a nervous dog.
- Remove your dog from the bath without rinsing and dry their skin with a towel. The oatmeal solution will leave a protective layer on their skin and help to eliminate itchiness.
Oatmeal Rub Method
An alternative to the oatmeal soak method is a technique by which you rub oatmeal on your dog’s skin.
- Combine 1/2 cup of plain, uncooked oatmeal with 1/2 cup of water. You can use instant or regular oatmeal. Stir until the mixture becomes gooey.
- Use cheesecloth, an old stocking or sock and put the oatmeal mixture into the cloth. Tie ends together tightly with a string or rubber band.
- Place your dog into your bathtub. You can either fill the tub with water, or just use a bowl or cup to pour water over your dog to rinse their skin.
- Rinse your dog’s skin and fur with warm water.
- Rub the oatmeal-filled cloth over their wet skin using circular motions. Do this all over your dog’s body – particularly in areas that are most itchy. Continue to do this for 5-10 minutes.
- Rinse your dog lightly with warm water and dry their skin with a towel. Don’t worry about thoroughly rinsing their skin, as the oatmeal will act as a protective layer and help eliminate itchiness.
Have you tried using oatmeal baths for your dog? Did you use one of the methods mentioned above or did you try another technique? Was it a positive experience or was it not worth the effort? Please share your experiences.