Oatmeal Bath For Dogs

Just like many of us, dogs can get itchy or uncomfortably dry skin. The reason for this can be a number of things, it could be that your dog is simply susceptible to dry skin, or it could be that your dog has common dietary or contact allergies or in some cases a skin disease.

If you have any doubts or concerns then I would always recommend seeing a veterinarian first and trying to get to the root of the problem.

Also please note that dogs can sometimes get itchy or dry skin if they have or recently had fleas, if you know your dog has fleas then I would recommend treating this first. There are many options available, I personally use either Douxo Chlorhexidine PS Shampoo or a homemade natural alternative.

Ok – so lets look at how to create our oatmeal bath for dogs.

In this how-to we will be looking at two different methods of our oatmeal bath for dogs. The first method is the standard Oatmeal Soak Method and the second is the Oatmeal Rub Method, both achieve the same goal but the rub method is catered towards dogs that have more localised problems, like multiple patches of itchy skin or just a single region.

If the rub method is more appropriate you can jump to that section by clicking here.

Oatmeal Soak Method – Oatmeal Bath for Dogs

Things you will need…

  • 1 Large Cup of Uncooked Oatmeal
  • A Blender/Food Processor
  • A Jug
  • A Brush
  • A Bathtub
  • A Dry Towel

If you have a smaller dog and you are bathing them in a small bathtub or sink you could use a smaller amount of oatmeal.

Oatmeal Bath for Dogs in a Sink

Smaller dogs can be oatmeal soaked in sinks


Step 1

Add your cup of oatmeal into your blender/food processor and blent it until it has become a fine powder the consistency should be flour-like.

Ensure the top is correctly sealed as this can chuck out a lot of oatmeal powder.

Any oatmeal is ok providing that it is plain and isn’t flavoured or sweetened.

Once you have you powdered oatmeal put it to one side and move on to the next step.

Step 2

Now just like any normal dog washing session we need to prepare the bathtub, i find that if you feel the bathtub up to about the middle-lower portion of your dogs chest it works great for soaking your dog in the oatmeal.

If your dog finds this amount of water an issue having a less-filled bath is not a problem.

Like any other dog bath make sure that the water is the correct temperature (lukewarm) and be sure to check routinely before adding your dog. we don’t want to add burns to already itchy skin!

Step 3

Add your oatmeal powder to the bathtub water and begin to mix it in, the water should become a pale-milky color as the oatmeal dissolves, be sure to thrash the water around as the powder has a tendency to clump up.

Once fully dissolved move on to the next step.

Step 4

Now its time to get your pooch ready for his oatmeal bath, as a word of caution i would suggest getting a slip-proof matt as the oatmeal can make the floor very sippy for both you and your dog.

Ok so gently pace your dog into the bath and allow them to soak for a minuet or so, now get your jug (you can also use your hands) and gently scoop some of the oatmeal water up and pour it onto your dogs back.

You will want to repeat this every other minuet or so until your dog has soaked for around 15 minuets.

As this is quite a long time I would suggest entertaining your dog a little so they don’t get restless, just talking away about anything seems to do the trick for me.

Step 5

Ok so now that your dog has soaked for around 15 minuets its time to get them out, the trick is to not fully rinse your dog off as the oatmeal mixture will leave a protective layer on their skin.

Once your dog is out and on the non-slip matt you want to pat dry them with a clean towel, again we do this as to ensure we still leave the oatmeal’s protective layer on their skin to sooth the itching or discomfort.


Video Tutorial – Oatmeal Bath for Dogs

This instructional video uses slightly different methods then described above, feel free to experiment with how you wish to carry out your oatmeal bath for dogs.

Oatmeal Rub Method – Oatmeal Bath for Dogs

This is the alternative for the oatmeal bath for dogs, and is more appropriate for dogs that have more localised problems, like multiple patches of itchy skin or just a single region.

Things you will need…

  • 1/2 Large Cup of Uncooked Oatmeal
  • A Blender/Food Processor
  • A Jug
  • A Cloth or Sock (Optional)
  • A Bathtub or Bowl
  • A Dry Towel

If you have a smaller dog or the treatment is only for a small area you can use smaller quantities of oatmeal.

As you can see what we need is very much the same as the oatmeal bath for dogs, but in this method we are going to make an oatmeal paste instead of solution.

Step 1

First lets mix our half cup of oatmeal with half a cup of water. We then want to mix this solution until it becomes a thick gooey consistency.

Step 1.b (Optional)

If you feel its more appropriate you can add your gooey oatmeal paste into a cloth or old sock and then tighten it, either by tieing it or by using a rubber band or plastic tie.

Oatmeal Bath for Dogs Cloth

Step 2

Now just as in the oatmeal for bath for dogs we need to prepare the bathtub. Again if your dog only has a few problem areas you may find it easier to use a bowl or jug to pour water over them.

Step 3

Ok so now we need to rinse your dogs hair and skin through with warm water.

Step 4

Now we want to take our oatmeal paste and apply it to the problem areas, if you’re using a cloth or sock use light circular motions to ensure you get full coverage of the area. We want to repeat this for 5-10 minuets.

Try to keep your dog still so that patches are not missed. I find talking to them does the trick.

Step 5

Finally we want to lightly rinse the dogs fur with warm water, try not to fully rinse through the dogs hair as the oatmeal leaves an invisible protective layer on the skin, that of course we want to maintain!

Once rinsed pat dry your dog with a clean towel and we are done!

whether you used the oatmeal bath for dogs or the oatmeal rub, your pup should now have some relief from dry skin or itchiness.

Have you made an oatmeal bath for dogs before? Or perhaps you know another method that wasnt mentioned? Please feel free to share your experiences below!

Thank you very much for reading and good luck with your oatmeal bath for dogs!

Oatmeal Bath for Dogs

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