Many people get anxious when cutting their dogs nails, mainly because they’re not confident they How to Cut Dog Nails Example Imageknow how to cut dog nails. Unless your dog is has a very active outdoor lifestyle, his nails will need to be cut regularly – anywhere from a week to a month. Cutting a dog’s nails is very important because if not done on a regular basis it can be uncomfortable for your dog and harmful at worst. It can lead to permanent issues in your dogs foot and make everyday walking and running difficult. Often when dogs walk frequently on harder grounds such as concrete or sidewalks, they need their nails trimmed less regularly.  If you can hear your dog’s nails clipping when walking on the wood or tiled floor, that means it is time for a trim! Nails of any length, size, shape or color can be gotten back into shape! All that is required is some good dog nail clippers and a bit of patience.

 

 

Types of nail trimmers 

 

Different Types of Dog Nail Clipper - How to Cut Dog NailsThere are many different types of nail trimmers but they fall into two basic categories: guillotine type and scissor-type. Many people prefer scissor-type over guillotine especially for larger breeds as you have more control and can choose the angle and make a quick cut without having to have your dog’s whole nail caught in if he decides to make a quick runaway. Make sure to buy good quality trimmers that are sharp and designed for the right size dog. Blunt or poor quality trimmers will split the nail. However, if the nails aren’t that long but are sharp you can always file them which can be more gradual and safer than clipping.

 

Keeping your dog calm.

 

Dog Nail - How To Cut Dog Nails

The best way to have a calm dog when it comes to clipping nails is by introducing this at a young age so they become comfortable. However, don’t panic if you haven’t taught your dog this from a young age – you can always get him more comfortable by getting him used to you handling his feet and getting the clippers out and going through the motions without actually trimming. Make sure you have lots of treats and give lots of praise so that nail clipping associates as a fun time! Many dogs have very sensitive feet and toes so try to hold his paw up and hold gently but firmly.

 

Keeping you calm!

 

Dogs can sense when we are stressed or nervous so by being completely calm (even if you’re not inside!) with lots of praise should keep your dog from trying to evade. The best way to address your fears of trimming nails is by watching either your vet or groomer to do it a few times with you so that you can see the technique needed to have a stress-free nail clipping session! However, if you decide you still aren’t 100% comfortable with this, your vet or groomer will be happy to do this regularly. You need to be confident in knowing how to cut dog nails so that they feel confident also!

 

 

What if your dog doesn’t like it?

 

Despite your best effort, some dogs just dislike getting their nails trimmed. The best thing to do in this scenario is only trim as many nails as your dog will patiently allow. Start with one, reward and later if your pet gets nervous, restless or distracted its time to end todays session and pick it back up in the next few hours or the next few days. Try out different areas and positions when cutting your dogs nails, maybe he prefers to stand or lay down. Sometimes it’s best if you have a helper to focus on the dog and keep him calm whilst you focus on the trimming. Whichever way you decide, keep the environment as relaxed as possible, not twisting your dogs legs into awkward angles making them want to avoid this process forevermore! Some dogs, however, are full blown drama queens and run away when you even touch the nail clippers! When this happens just try and make it a part of your daily routine to get your dog used to them and not thinking whenever they come out they have to have their nails trimmed!

 

 

How to Cut Dog Nails

A guide on How to cut dog nails

First step – grab lots of treats to make the whole experience a positive one. A technique that works for me is the 3-section rule. You cut a small bit from the left, then the right and finally the underneath and repeat until the skin stops being flaky and looks moister. Another technique that makes it extremely unlikely you will cut to short is by holding the handle of the nail trimmers flat against the toe pad and cutting straight across the nail so that they’ll sit just above the ground. Remember, the longer the nail the longer the quick! This can take a few trims to get it back down to the preferred length.

Also, don’t ignore the dew claws! Many dogs get these removed when they are a puppy but some don’t and they need to be clipped just the same! Most dogs have two on the front but some have two on the back as well!

 

 

How to Cut Dog Nails That Are Black

 

Dog Nails - How to cut dog nailsIn dogs with white nails, you can normally see the quick. The quick is the pink area within the nail where the blood vessels and nerves are – similar to the area underneath our nails. However, you can’t see the quick in black nails. When working with black nails, look at the underneath of the nail and you will notice that near the tip the nail separates into a triangular shape with two outer “walls” At this point there is no quick and it’s safe to cut the tip off.

Another trick is to apply gentle pressure with the nail trimmer where you want to cut, if your dog reacts to this pressure it’s more than likely you are too close to the quick and will need to move the clippers further down and try again. Take a look at our video below.

What happens if I get the quick?

If you do happen to clip the “quick” – don’t panic! No dog has ever died from this so stay calm and grab the styptic powder (a must-have for any dog owner!) or regular baking flour and give your pup a treat and lots of attention so that he’s not put off for next time. Remember staying calm throughout it all will help your dog to stay calm, if your too nervous doing it then he will pick up on that.

It should only bleed after for around 5-7 minutes, if it continues to bleed with no signs of stopping, give your vet a call. It’s best to keep a small container packed with the powder or flour on hand when cutting your dogs nails so that if you do “nick the quick” then you can just dip your dog’s paw into it. This can help if you need to stop bleeding in a hurry if not try and apply the correct amount to the wound.

 

Senior Dogs/ Deformed Nails.

 

Old Dog Nail - How to cut dog nailsSenior dogs tend to end up with long quicks and long, hard nails which makes trimming a bit trickier but not impossible. Normally in older dogs the nails are harder to trim because throughout their adult life their nails have been left to grow long therefore meaning the nail beds are sore and worn. At any age, nails can sometimes grow back deformed when there has been a trauma to the nail bed, for example when the dew claw has been caught in something and torn. To help this, try and trim them after a bath when their nails will be softer. Make sure you only take the tips off the nail or cut them so they sit just above the floor when your dog is standing so that they aren’t too short.

 

Take a look here at our top pick of Scissor-style nail clippers, proffesional design with a non-slip handle to make sure clipping nails is stress-free! However if you would prefer the Guillotine style – these high quality clippers come with a lifetime warrenty!

 

This video shows both how to clip dark and clear nails. It shows the techniques used to make clipping your dogs nails a calm and quick experience!

 

So it’s all up to you now – Don’t forget, lots of treats, praise and belly rubs! Hope you now know how to cut dog nails with ease!

Good luck!

 

Puppy Checklist - 10 Things Needed For A New PuppyFinding the perfect products for your puppy is an exciting time –  It’s very tempting to buy the whole of the store! There is a lot your pup will need to make sure they grow up happy and healthy. So we have compiled a list of 10 essential items for your puppy checklist!

Remember this is a huge commitment (12 years on average!) and you need to be 100% sure that you can give your time, money and love before you make this life-changing decision. Are you ready to get a dog?

Preparation is key, so make sure you have the essentials ready for your new pup to join the family. Pet supplies are expensive and your pup will grow surprisingly quickly and won’t be housetrained yet so make sure not to waste money on the things that aren’t necessary or that can be outgrown within a few weeks! Try to stick to the basics with a few extra bonuses and then acquire the luxurious things as they get older.

Now, let’s begin our puppy checklist!

 

Food (& Bowls!)

Puppy Food Bowl - Puppy ChecklistObviously a number one priority! What you feed your new pup has a huge impact on his health, so it’s important to do your research and find the best brand with all the nutrients and vitamins they’ll need. It’s important that for the first few days you feed them what they were fed at their previous house (so they feel more comforted and it wont upset their tummies!) Make the transition over 5-7 days slowly introducing the food that you will be feeding them.

You have to put their food somewhere, right? 2 bowls, perhaps ceramic as they’re weighted and less likely to get knocked over by clumsy paws or clumsy feet! Plastic bowls can become chew toys rather easily which can be harmful for teeth and gums, the tooth marks left are a haven for bacteria! There is also non-slip food and water bowls which can also work well on tiled or wood floors. If they’re still messy eaters you can also get the dog mats for the food to go onto making cleaning up easier than ever.

 

A Bed

Puppy Bed - 10 Things Needed For A New Puppy Puppy ChecklistYour pup needs somewhere safe and familiar to return to every night. Whether you choose to crate train or designate a bed is a personal choice (even though they will most likely end up taking over your bed – who can resist puppy eyes?!). With crate training make sure they have enough room to move around comfortably but feel secure. Either way they will grow and this needs to be taken into account when buying a bed or crate as you’ll have to purchase another when the time comes. There are plenty of beds to choose from, have a look at choosing your dog bed.

 

Toys

Puppy Checklist - 10 Things Needed For A New PuppyWhat is better than puppy toys?! Squeaky, rubber and colorful toys to play with are essential! Not only will it distract your dog from chewing your possessions it’s a great bonding experience to share with your new family member. I suggest a few key toys rather than overloading straight away. Teething chews are a must! Puppies come with super sharp teeth and a talent for chewing everything! Focus their attention on positive chewing to keep them occupied – if this doesn’t work, there are sprays available to combat unwanted chewing. Kong is a great one as it keeps your puppy busy and has the soft rubber for teething – have a look at the puppy Kongs here.

 

Treats

Puppy Checklist - 10 Things Needed For A New PuppyTreats are crucial for early training and bonding with your puppy. Take them everywhere you go! Whether it’s to meet new people, puppy classes, walks (once they are vaccinated), whilst potty training… basically everywhere! If you find you are using too many treats, you can always use their kibble as little treats in large quantities – just make sure at their dinner time you adjust it accordingly (although who doesn’t love that fat puppy tummy!) Try not to buy in bulk until you’re sure of the treats he likes.

 

Cleaning Supplies

Puppy Checklist - 10 Things Needed For A New PuppyDon’t be fooled by the cute puppy eyes – these pups get messy! Preparing an area in your house for them to be is advantageous with a new puppy, whether it be a play pen or a blocked off area. Stair gates also come in handy when you aren’t there to supervise either to keep them in a particular area or to stop them attempting to climb the stairs! Puppy pads are a great way to start the training process, normally about 20 minutes after your puppy has had a drink they will want to go out so make sure you’re available to assist them in the garden when the time comes! Poop bags are also imperitive – because leaving poop on the side walk or in the grass is a big NO! Make sure to get plenty of floor cleaner for any accidents to be cleaned up quickly.

 

Collar, Leash & ID Tag

 

Puppy Checklist - 10 Things Needed For A New PuppyID tag just in case you forget his name! Just kidding, put your contact info and name so that if he does run off someone can return him to you. By law, it must be shown to have your name and address. Have him micro-chipped as soon as possible, its quick, permanent and effective and will make the process easier if your dog does run away! Collars are needed for whenever your dog is out the house (or inside – that’s up to you.) Your puppy will outgrow his first collar quickly so here is your chance to get something super quirky and cute to keep as a memory! As they grow make sure it never gets too tight you should be able to fit two fingers underneath with ease. Whilst he may be trained in the house there are lots of other distractions outdoors – so a leash is crucial to keep your dog safe. To get him used to a leash as he can’t be walked until he’s had all vaccinations, try and practice as soon as possible in the house or garden so that when the time comes for the first walk outside he is as comfortable as ever and isn’t running in circles around you!

 

Grooming Products

 

Puppy Bath - Puppy ChecklistAlthough you may think grooming products are solely for untangling and making them look the part, brushing your dog creates a bond early on as it reminds them of their mothers. Pick up a comb or a brush that is right for your pup’s breed hair length and thickness. Nails are another important thing to get used to right away to make the experience in the future less traumatising! You’ll also need to give your dog regular baths so pick up some puppy shampoo. Try not to bathe them in the first week or so as they’ll be comforted by the fact they still smell like their mother.

 

Car Safety

 

Puppy seat belt - Puppy ChecklistAdding to our puppy checklist is an important one – Car safety! It is a part of owning a dog many people seem to overlook. By law, some sort of harness/seatbelt is required, if not a crate or divider for the boot. They’re easy to use and the harness clips right onto the seatbelt! It also keeps them in place in the car as it’s dangerous to be driving with a dog trying to get about in the car and distracting you.

 

 

Getting a Vet

 

Puppy vet -Puppy ChecklistPreparing a vet beforehand and booking an appointment is preferable however if you have already got your puppy make sure to make an appointment as soon as possible. Make the trip fun with lots of treats and lots of fuss so that it becomes a pleasurable experience rather than scary! Perhaps even take your pup down there just to say hello. When you’re at your vet, ask for flea, tick and heartworm treatments – heartworm can be caused from only a mosquito bite and can be a miserable time for your dog and an expensive time for you! Ask about any other vitamins or supplements they may need from your vet to be sure they are as healthy as can be. Getting pet insurance is a must! We try and do our best but sometimes our crazy pups injure themselves and it’s best to be prepared so we aren’t stumped by thousands of dollars in bills!

 

Anxiety precautions

 

Calm Puppy - 10 Things Needed For A New PuppyThe first few days can be a really stressful time on your puppy. Leaving all his mother, brothers and sisters can be scary. There are some really good calming pheromone collars,sprays and diffusers nowadays that make it really simple to keep your dog calm. They are natural scents emitted by mother dogs to relax anxious pups, totally safe and very effective. There are also calming treats and chews that you may find effective. These can come in handy if you realize your dog is anxious of roads and cars, and can be fed out on your walk to keep him calm.

 

So this is it, we hope you found our puppy checklist helpful! You have all the bits that you need and now the fun starts! For the commitment, money and time they need, they will bless you with many extremely happy and love filled years – it really is priceless. I hope this checklist have helped with your new arrival. Good luck!

 

Sleeping - Choosing The Best Dog Bed Choosing the best dog bed is a hard task! The variety of dog beds nowadays is colossal – something for every dog out there! They come in different styles, shapes, sizes, colours and can even blend in with your home décor! There are so many choices out there, but each dogs’ needs differ. However, one necessity in a dog bed is that it is able to be washed! Ideally a couple of times a month, whether it’s a fabric bed to go in a washing machine or waterproof to be washed by hand.

Being able to wash your dogs bed is imperative, it controls fleas, dirt, nasty smells and other bacteria that can cause problems. Of course, it is a lot easier to wash smaller dog beds, especially fabric, as they fit into a standard washing machine with ease, however when you get to large and extra large breeds, this is a lot more complicated and will sometimes mean taking to a communal launderette which means less regular washes, or none at all.

Puppies

Puppies Bed - Choosing The Best Dog Bed This must be beared in mind when buying your puppies first bed! You want to choose the best dog bed you can buy! Bringing them home will be a worrisome time for your new puppy meaning that a good bed is essential. Obviously new pups aren’t house trained and you will have to consider that when buying the bed, you want equally comfortable as you do cleanable! I wouldn’t suggest a white fluffy blanket until they are fully house trained! Luckily with puppies they are small so their first beds will fit comfortably into your standard washing machine. Also some puppies can chew straight through their first beds in the teething stage and will grow out of them quickly so get a useful bed for the time but be prepared to buy a new one within a few months.

What is the best dog bed for small/medium dogs?

Nest bed - Choosing The Best Dog Bed For small/medium dogs they tend to get colder and therefore perhaps better to get a bed to minimise drafts/cold floors. I would recommend nest beds, which are raised around the outside and lots of cushion making your dog feel warm and comfortable.

If you’re dog is naturally cold, perhaps try a ‘burrowing’ bed which they can feel surrounded by warmth and protection. Buying a bed that is too big for your dog holds the risks of them feeling insecure and anxious, so it is important to look for a bed that is just big enough for them to stretch out but not big enough that they feel vulnerable. Beds with lots of cushioning and high sides can help out an anxious dog to feel safe.

What is the Best Dog Bed for Large/Extra Dogs?

cot bed - Choosing The Best Dog Bed For large/extra large breeds –Just like humans dogs like to snuggle down in something comfortable, this makes memory foam matresses a winner! However, as big dogs stay warmer it’s worth considering getting a flat bed with no sides to last all year round. If your dog seems to be hot all the time, there are Cot style beds, these beds are thin material so the air doesn’t get trapped and they hang slightly off the floor, getting them off the cold tiles but keeping them cool with drafts from underneath. Memory foam beds and sofas tends to hold their shape better whereas pillow based beds (especially cheaper brands) will tend to clump up after a while leaving their bed uncomfortable and lumpy. Either way, large and extra large breeds are so heavy that the bed will need to be replaced once has been flattened by them!

Like I mentioned before, large dog beds can be a nightmare to clean! Perhaps look into getting a dog bed that has removable covers that can be washed separately, then you can have a few covers for all different occasions (waterproof in the winter for muddy paws!)

Have a look at our Top 5 Beds for Large Dogs.

 

What is the Best Dog Bed for Senior Dogs?

memory foam bed - Choosing The Best Dog Bed For our golden oldies, memory foam might be the best option for them to sink into! It gives them full support and helps with joint pains and arthritis as they aren’t laying on a hard flooring. Another idea may be a warming bed. Heated dog beds are a great choice for seniors as they can relieve those aches and pains. Some are alike heated blankets and microwaved and others are plugged in – some even keep hold of and re use your own dogs heat. In older dogs, bladder control deteriorates which means that a liquid or stain resistant bed may be the best option as accidents become more frequent. Look out for a removable/washable cover, a waterproof lining but a memory foam/orthopaedic base.

Best Dog Beds for Dogs with allergies.

Just like humans, pets suffer from allergies, these are normally tough to figure out but worrying when you can’t figure out what exactly it is they are having a reaction to!

However, lets start at home. By getting a hypo-allergenic dog bed you are already eliminating one possible cause: dust mites! Some dog beds even have dust mite repellent properties so your dog can rest comfortably on their bed without the annoyance of their allergies acting up! The bed needs to be easily washable/maintained regularly to help keep the allergens away.

Choosing the best dog bed for both your dog & you!

corner dog bed - Choosing The Best Dog Bed Don’t want a big bulky bed in your house? There is such a wide variety of options nowadays to match décor and keep your house fashionable! There is plenty of companies that have some great hypoallergenic beds that come in all shapes, sizes and designs! If your stuck for space, try to avoid the square/round beds and go for the corner beds. Not all dog beds need to break the bank – expensive beds do not always mean the best option! You know your dog better than anyone else so try and tailor it for the needs of the individual.

 

 

Sharing’s caring!

dog in bed - Choosing The Best Dog Bed Sharing is ok too! Of course the best dog bed in your dogs eyes is your comfy human bed! Getting your dog the perfect bed doesn’t mean he will stay off yours! A sheet or light blanket can protect furniture and bedding from dirt and odours, for seniors add in a waterproof layer for ‘leaky’ pets for safety. Also if you have a high bed, instead of your dog straining to jump up perhaps think of getting some steps so they can get up and down them comfortably without causing any damage. These are great for senior dogs, dogs who are prone to injuries (back or legs) and for ones who shouldn’t be jumping.

It’s essential to put a lot of thought into this as it will be where they sleep every day and will have an impact on muscles/joint aches and general quality of life.

 

 

What is the best dog food these days? With all the contradicting information and a variety of selection nowadays it can be hard to answer that question. Picking your dogs food is an important decision as the nutrition directly affects behaviour and health. Do you notice your dog often has an upset stomach or ear infections? If your dog is eating a brand that contains by-products or artificial flavours, they may be lacking the critical nutrients and vitamins that are needed to preserve good health. To make the right decision exclusively for your dog, you will need to do a combination of research, conferring with your vet and experimenting.

 

Home prepared diets are split into two categories: raw and cooked. In addition to this raw divides into two further categories: Prey model raw – this is feeding a dog only raw meats and Biologically Appropriate Raw Food (BARF) which believes that dogs, like humans, should have a balanced diet involving vegetables and fruits. With all home-prepared diets you must be prepared to initially spend a few hours a week on research which may seem time-consuming but as you get used to the routine this will slowly decrease but never stop fully as finding new recipes and combinations is key to a varied diet. Although this may seem long-winded you will be rewarded with many wonderful healthy years with your dog (and will save a few dollars on vet bills.)

 

Home Prepared Diet

We all want the best dog food for our pooches, but we must be realistic within our lifestyles. Considerable amounts of research are needed when you begin your home-prepared diet, they really can be superior in many ways to commercial food. The fact that you know that it’s all natural with no artificial flavourings is reason enough – whether you will be feeding raw or home cooking. However, even with the best intentions, if you change your dog to an unbalanced home diet you may in fact cause the health problems that you are trying to avoid– a high quality commercial diet far outweighs an unhealthy, unbalanced and poorly researched home diet.

 

Several vets will often try to discourage owners from the home prepared diets and support a commercial food diet – saying that it’s a risk to you and your dog (as not everyone does the specific research). However, if a hygienic kitchen is maintained, and you use the same procedures that you would when preparing a family meal, it will greatly lower the risks that vets report.

 

Another benefit to homemade is you are in complete control on what goes into your dog’s mouth, you can pick the right meats and veg, very important if your dog has allergies or a long-term illness. You can prepare, package and freeze weeks ahead of time meaning that when the meat/veg is on sale you can stock up! I would recommend getting a small freezer for your dog as it will be easier to organise, you can package the meals in which ever way, whether you choose to put a few days into one container or just one day’s worth and perhaps even dedicate a weekend afternoon to cook next few weeks meals.

 

It will be a large commitment to not only spend the time and effort making meals from scratch but to get the correct balance, just like us humans, through lots of research. Be prepared that a home-prepared diet can perhaps be more expensive than a kibble or canned food, yet it can be thought of as an investment as the trips to the vets will potentially be less frequent.

 

Looking at forums and making accounts to interact with other dog owners, many having one been in the same position as you now, can be really advantageous to expanding your knowledge and comfort in safely making your dog’s diet. www.dogforums.com/dog-food-forum is a great place to have a read on many raw and home-cooked tips and menus.

 

Commercial Dog Diets.

 

Everyone wants to buy the best dog food on the market! Perhaps commercial dog foods benefit your personal situation better or you would like to offer this in addition to some home-prep meals. The dog industry is colossal already and growing daily and many of the dog businesses have seen the unconditional love we have for our animals and therefore has been altering their recipes and giving us a vast amount of options.

 

When shopping around for the healthiest and best dog food, remember one thing: Dogs eat meat! This is the most imperative thing to remember as many processed dog diets try to scrimp by having only a few meat-based products in their canned food or kibble. High meat content is of the upmost importance and meat should be at least the first 3 ingredients on the packaging, look in particular for chicken, fish, beef and duck (these are whole proteins).

RAW VS COMMERCIAL DOG INFOGRAPHIC

Dogs need the particular combination in their diet. Consisting of nutrients, moisture, fiber and importantly proteins and fats (yes fats, healthy ones!) Safety is the biggest concern for dog owners, and rightly so, but just verifying the ingredients in kibbles and canned food are “safe” for your pet, doesn’t mean that they are optimal or even nutritious therefore having a direct impact on your dogs mental and physical wellbeing. Many health problems in dogs, including digestive problems and even obesity, can stem from the use of poor ingredients. Food also affects the behaviour of dogs – extra E numbers or colorings can lead to a difficulty training due to hyper activity.

 

Steer clear of anything that has ‘by-products’ in, these are generally cheaper as they aren’t as nutritious and don’t necessitate as much attention in handling process, as well as artificial preservatives, colors and sweeteners. Also avoid generic “meat” and “meat meals” – this is because with a lot of inexpensive brands it’s almost impossible to tell whats being rendered and claimed as “meat” these low quality off-cuts could range from the likes of zoo animals, road kill and sometimes even out-of-date grocery store meat – still in plastic wrapping! California name them ‘Dry rendered tankage’ so be vigilant in looking for this as it could be detrimental to your pet’s health.

 

“Beet pulp” is unresolved whether or not it is beneficial. Although it hasn’t been proved that it causes digestive issues, that argument is backed by scientists. So just to be safe – I personally avoid it. See the infographic for a list of do’s and don’ts when buying commercial food. Natural preservatives, for example vitamin C & E, are much healthier however don’t last as long, so don’t forget to check the expiry date.

CHOOSING BEST DOG FOOD

RAW VS COMMERCIAL DOG INFOGRAPHIC

 

According to recent in-depth research of over 2,223 dog foods, including the most popular brands, only 134 of those met the maximum standard of approval for being up most organic and healthy options – that’s about 6% overall. As much as AAFCO (The Association of American Feed Control Officials) try to maintain standards for proper ingredient levels in pet food, it is actually the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) that determines the quality and cannot guarantee that every ingredient is safe.

 

Although this may sound like a lot of research to do there is a lot of websites to help you out with benefiting your dogs health but also not breaking the bank! Check out a couple of good dog food rating sites, for example www.dogfood.guru is a way to easily research the right commercial foods for your dog. Similarly www.dogfoodanalysis.com gives a 1-6 star rating on hundreds of different foods. To further your research try looking at a couple of dog forum sites where it is easy to set up accounts and speak to other dog owners who might help to make your decision.

 

Remember, it’s all about research and experimenting as what is right for one dog may not be right for the other. If you have the appropriate time to spend investigating what is right for your dog, then maybe home prepared is the way for you, but don’t be disheartened if you can’t apply the same amount of time to do this as previously mentioned – there is a lot of variety out there.

 

I personally recommend a natural home-prepared healthy diet as close to what they had in the wild. As although we now eat processed foods, our dog’s evolution hasn’t quite caught up. Nevertheless, as I mentioned earlier even the biggest of brands recognises our concerns for our pooches and are providing us with a great variety.

 

Oatmeal Baths For Dogs

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