How to Soothe Irritated Skin on Dogs

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Things You'll Need

  • 2 cups blended oatmeal

  • Bath

  • Clean towel

  • Dog brush


Do not wash or clean your dog with shampoo during an oatmeal bath.

A dog's scratching can cause a bacterial infection, which usually requires a course of antibiotics from a veterinarian.


Oatmeal will also soften the dog's coat, restore the natural pH balance of the skin and prevent fungi or bacteria growth.

If after repeating the oatmeal bath, your dog is still bothered by irritated skin after three days, you should make an appointment with a veterinarian. Scratching can result from allergies or fleas and may require special treatment.

If your dog has open sores you should not use the oatmeal bath mix, but seek your veterinarian's advice.

Irritated skin can be very uncomfortable for your dog.

Irritated skin is a common condition for dogs, and It can cause them a difficult time. Your dog will often make the irritation worse by constantly scratching and biting around the itchy skin, which only causes greater discomfort and can lead to further problems. However, if treated quickly, Irritated skin is not usually a serious concern for a dog's health. By following a simple and natural oatmeal bath recipe you can help ease the dog's discomfort.


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Step 1

An oatmeal bath helps soothe your dog's skin.

Run a hot bath for your dog, then add the blended oatmeal and leave for 10 minutes to allow the water to cool, and for the oatmeal to release the antioxidants which soothe your dog's irritated skin. The water should be a cool lukewarm temperature to help prevent tenderness.


Step 2

Put the dog slowly into the bath, and use a large cup to rinse the dog all over, starting from the tail. Pay particular attention to rinse the irritated skin area thoroughly.

Step 3

Place your hands in the water and gently massage the irritated skin area with your hands. This will ensure the oatmeal water absorbs directly into the skin. If you don't want to use your hands, you can also use a brush, which you can wet in the bath water. Make sure not to overscrub the dog, as this can make the irritation worse.


Step 4

Take the dog out of the bath and softly pat it dry with the towel. Do not rub or blow dry the dog's fur, as this may increase the irritation, and cause further scratching and discomfort for your dog.

Step 5

Brush your dog's hair gently to make sure all the oatmeal has gone from its fur. Be extra careful when brushing around the irritated skin so as not to cause your dog more discomfort.

Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.