Benefits of Oatmeal Baths for Dogs
What’s so magical about an oatmeal bath? Oatmeal is a skin protectant with anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe itchy and irritated skin.
Oatmeal baths can help relieve a number of bothersome skin conditions, such as canine atopic dermatitis.
Oatmeal baths also help the skin form a protective barrier that keeps moisture in and slows the loss of hydrating ingredients from your dog’s skin.
This at-home remedy is so simple that you may have all the ingredients in your kitchen pantry already.
- ½-1 cup of oatmeal for medium to large breeds
- 1/3 cup for smaller dogs
You can add either of these options to increase the moisturizing properties of your homemade oatmeal bath:
Step 1: Grind Oatmeal to Powder
This all-natural remedy couldnt be simpler, just grind as much oatmeal as youd like (or can fit) in your blender or food processor until a flour-like consistency is reached (incidentally this would be called Oat Flour, and can also be used in baking). I usually fill my Vitamix halfway with oats and use the tamper to get all the oats ground. If your machine doesnt have a tamper, stop the machine and use a spatula a few times around the edges. Do a few batches and youll have plenty to last awhile. Transfer to an airtight container and store at room temperature.
Introduction: Oatmeal Bath for Dogs
Oatmeal baths are one of the cheapest and most effective ways to help your itchy dog. There are plenty of expensive oatmeal baths, shampoos, and sprays for sale, but if you have a food processor or blender, you can easily make your own dog spa treatment. Oatmeal soothes, nourishes, and moisturizes dogs skin (human skin too so feel free to use this in your own tub), one of our dogs suffers from allergies and a nice oatmeal and Epsom salt bath takes away the itching and keeps her comfortable. I give them an oatmeal bath about every 3 weeks. If you have an itchy dog, talk to your vet about causes and treatments, and ask if an oatmeal bath will help them too.
How to Make an Oatmeal Bath for a Dog : Dog & Pet Care
Oatmeal baths can be a great way to relieve your dogs itchy, irritated skin. Today our Winston-Salem vets share a few tips on how to give your pup a relaxing oatmeal bath to pamper and soothe their skin.