Ask any dog mom or dog dad and they’ll tell you their pooch itches his or her skin from time to time. It’s usually nothing to be concerned about. However, if you notice your furry friend is aggressively and consistently scratching all over, you may want to take note. Although dry or irritated doggy skin can happen for a variety of reasons including seasonal allergies, bug bites, or fleas: we’ve got the perfect solution. Oats, while a delicious breakfast ingredient, are also a good product to use for your four-legged friends! Oatmeal baths for dogs with itchy skin are a perfect, all-natural remedy. Let’s learn more about oat baths.
How to Make an Oatmeal Bath for Dogs
Remember taking oatmeal baths to keep you from scratching your chickenpox? This is a very similar and effective solution for pups with allergies or very sensitive skin. Overall, there is nothing complex about making an oatmeal bath for dogs.
Thoroughly blend one to three cups of uncooked oats in a food processor or blender and set aside. Store extra oats in an airtight container for your pup’s next bath.
*Keep in mind, the number of oats you use will depend on the size and coat of your pet.
Run lukewarm bathwater to your pet’s comfort level and add the ground oats to the water. When you’re ready, walk your dog into the water and scoop the oat water and dampen his coat.
*If your dog licks at the oat water, don’t panic. Oats are considered a healthy treat for your four-legged friends.
Then gently rub the warm oat water mixture on your dog’s body. Make sure you cover hard-to-reach places including the neck, back, belly, and underarms.
After 5-10 minutes, gently rinse any lingering oats from your dog’s coat with lukewarm water and dry with The Absorber® Dog Lover's Towel. The Absorber® works more gently and efficiently than a traditional cotton towel.
An oatmeal bath for dogs with itchy skin is an ideal remedy because it’s chemical-free. Typically, it’s best to give your dog an oat bath at least once each month. However, in warmer months with the increase of skin-irritating insects and grass, we recommend increasing baths to every two weeks. The anti-inflammatory properties found in oatmeal should work to prevent your pooch’s sensitive or irritated skin from becoming dry and itchy.
For Dogs Who Don’t Like Baths
If you have a pet who is hesitant to enter a large tub, don’t force the issue. You can opt for a “dry” oat bath. Instead of adding blended oats to a large bathtub, you can incorporate the mix into a large bowl of lukewarm water. Then use a hand towel to rub the oatmeal into his coat. After the allotted time, take a bowl of clean, lukewarm water and rinse your dog’s coat, then thoroughly with The Absorber® Dog Lover's Towel. After each use, simply throw The Absorber® into your washing machine.
Have you ever given your dog an oat bath, or used oat-based products to soothe your dog’s irritated skin? Did you notice an improvement?