How to Make an Oatmeal Bath for a Dog

If your dog is itching and scratching more than normal, come to his rescue with oatmeal -- an ingredient known for its calming and soothing properties when applied topically. The polysaccharides in oats will coat your precious pooch's skin with a protective, nourishing barrier that helps to prevent itchy, dry skin. For this reason, oatmeal is a common ingredient in many organic dog shampoos as it provides an all natural approach to caring for skin irritation.

Items You Will Need:

• 1 - 2 cups unflavored, uncooked rolled oats
• Nonslip mat
• Towel
• Large basin (big enough to fit your dog into) or bathtub

Step 1 - Pour 1 cup of plain, uncooked oatmeal into a blender. Process the oatmeal into a smooth powder (i.e. oat flour). This consistency will allow the oatmeal to dissolve easily into the water.

Step 2 - Place a nonslip mat or towel on the floor of the basin or bathtub before starting the water. The mat or towel will help him to grip with his claws, making him feel more secure while he's bathing.

Step 3 - Fill the bathtub or basin with water between 70 - 80 degrees Fahrenheit until it's high enough to reach your dog's chest. Gently stir the oatmeal into the warm water until it is dissolved.

Step 4 - Place your dog in the bathtub and, if possible, let him soak for 10 - 15 minutes. If your dog is restless and won't remain in the bath for this long, pour the oatmeal infused water over his coat and gently massage it in for as long as your pup will allow! Rinse it out thoroughly. Brush his coat while still damp and then dry as usual.

By Pamela Miller

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References:

Allergy Dog Central: Dog Allergy Treatments: Oatmeal Baths
PetPlace.com: How to Bathe Your Dog

About the Author
Pamela Miller has been writing for health, beauty and animal health/welfare publications for seven years. Miller holds a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communication from MTSU.