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Soothe an Itchy Dog with Oatmeal

Soothe an Itchy Dog with Oatmeal

This oatmeal soak will soothe your doggo's itchy and irritated skin


  • Process 1 cup of raw oatmeal in a blender until smooth
  • Place a non slip mat or towel on the bottom of the bathtub to help your dog grip during the soak
  • Fill the bathtub up to the dogs chest, and stir the oatmeal into the bath water 
  • Gently massage the oatmeal solution into his coat and allow the dog to soak for 10-15 minutes

Praise your dog during the soak to make this a positive experience for your dog...and you!

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Maree B

I find an Oatmeal paste really helps with 'Hotspots' on the dogs - blend half a cup of oatmeal and half a cup of warm water and leave on affected area for ten minutes covering with a warm towel...soothing! Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Michael S
Rescue Animal Adopter

I haven't tried it - but it seems to be only a relief treatment - need to look at what is causing the actual it fleas? If so it needs a much stronger treatment. Also, if your dog is allergic to something in the garden for example then this will need to be sorted out. Similarly, for me personally I learnt that diet can cause itchy skin just as much as anything else, so that needs to be addressed first - then oatmeal bath later :) Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Jessie P
Dog Lover

Has anyone tried this? Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Science Notes

Oatmeal has several different properties that provide great benefits to the skin. The Polysaccharides in oats will coat the skin with a protective, nourishing barrier that helps prevent itchiness and dry skin.

Phenol's found in oats offer anti inflammatory benefits and the cleansing properties are due to Saponins.

It is the many functional properties provided by oatmeal that make it a all in one cleanser, moisturizer, buffer as well as a soothing and protective anti-inflammatory agent.

Related Tip

When included in a dogs diet, oatmeal is also a great source of soluble fiber especially for senior dogs with bowel irregularity issues.

However be sure to cook the oatmeal first before adding it to your dogs meal.