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Oatmeal baths are one of the cheapest and most effective ways to help your itchy dog. There are plenty of expensive oatmeal baths, shampoos, and sprays for sale, but if you have a food processor or blender, you can easily make your own dog spa treatment. 

Oatmeal soothes, nourishes, and moisturizes dog's skin (human skin too so feel free to use this in your own tub), one of our dogs suffers from allergies and a nice oatmeal and Epsom salt bath takes away the itching and keeps her comfortable. I give them an oatmeal bath about every 3 weeks. If you have an itchy dog, talk to your vet about causes and treatments, and ask if an oatmeal bath will help them too. 


 
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Step 1: Grind oatmeal to powder

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This all-natural remedy couldn't be simpler, just grind as much oatmeal as you'd like (or can fit) in your blender or food processor until a flour-like consistency is reached (incidentally this would be called Oat Flour, and can also be used in baking).

I usually fill my Vitamix halfway with oats and use the tamper to get all the oats ground. If your machine doesn't have a tamper, stop the machine and use a spatula a few times around the edges. Do a few batches and you'll have plenty to last awhile. 

Transfer to an airtight container and store at room temperature. 
is vitamix a.k.a your blender...
bobcatsteph3 (author)  jmcentire151 year ago
Yup, a.k.a. "My Precious!" https://www.vitamix.com/

it's ok to do just the oatmeal bath right? or does it end up drying them out or causing dandruff? this is the 2nd year my dogs have been itchy like crazy. i give them chicken liver soft vitamins that start working really good after a week of taking them but want something more instant.

bobcatsteph3 (author)  Makinu9162 months ago

Do you mean without the Epsom salt? Sure. I would still suggest you let them soak in it for awhile.

I don't have any problems with my dogs having dandruff or dry skin after these baths, their Merrick brand food is pretty good about keeping their skin nice.

Do you think your dogs have some type of allergy? If their itching is making them uncomfortable a vet visit might be in order, allergies can come from anywhere; chemicals they're exposed too, other shampoos you use, even their food. And if it's a skin condition, you could use a prescription shampoo to provide relief.

These oatmeal baths are a pretty safe and quick form of relief, my girls sleep all night (and sometimes most of the day) after their baths!

I meant without the 2nd shampoo. I thought maybe you soaked them in the oatmeal bath first and HAD to wash them later to get oatmeal residue or something like that off them, but if just the oatmeal is fine I'm going to try it tonight. I'm actually getting ready to mix up some oatmeal right now. Low or a high blend? I'm afraid I'm going to turn it into oat mush. haha

bobcatsteph3 (author)  Makinu9162 months ago

Oh, okay, no you don't need to shampoo them unless they're actually dirty. In the comments below I say I use a specific medicated shampoo for the skin condition my dogs have, a good rinse will get the oatmeal out.

High blend, I probably own one of the most powerful blenders on the market, and I use it on the highest setting. As long as your oats are dry, you'll get the powder, they don't have oils in them, like nuts, so you won't get mush!

Hope your dogs enjoy their oatmeal bath!

fbrice1 year ago
Why would you use such a great natural remedy only to follow w a chemical (medicated) shampoo? If you want 'clean & soothing' ... Check out Azmira's Organic Shampoo & Conditioner products. This company finally got my dogs skin allergies under control.
bobcatsteph3 (author)  fbrice1 year ago
I totally get what you are saying, I personally am allergic to fragrance and try to only use all natural items on myself and my dogs. Unfortunately, for the skin conditions they have, the medicated shampoo is best at keeping them comfortable and free of irritation. Thanks for your comment.
Dr Qui1 year ago
Oatmeal, sulphur and buttermilk will cure mange in dogs, I know this as once upon a time someone dumped a mangy Yellow Lab pup with us when my parents using the line its for your Dad and my idiot brother fell for it and took it in, my Dad went mental when he came home and found another dog in the house especially when my brother didn't know the person who left it. it infected our other two dogs with mange. My Mum had to wash two Labrador and a Cocker spaniel every day for about a month with this old remedy and they all cleared up nicely. In the end that mangy pup went on to become one of my Dads favourite dogs.
bontask Dr Qui1 year ago
Dr. Qui -

I'm a new dog owner and my poor pup is suffering from itchy skin. He doesn't have fleas (we visited the vet). I think it's the result of the food he had when he was in the shelter/rescue. He's on a grainfree food now, I've treated his skin with an essential oil/coconut oil treatment (massage). He's had two oatmeal baths with a groomer but I'd like to take care of it myself.... can you share the ratios of your remedy? Any basic instructions on the best way to use the oatmeal too would be appreciated! Thanks everybody, these tips are really useful.
Dr Qui bontask1 year ago
Your vet would have spotted mange for sure as the hair falls out and the dog would look very ratty. It could be a number of thing causing the problem including things like glade plugins, washing detergents, furniture polish, household cleaners or even his bedding or the soap the groomer uses or even something in your yard. That Yellow Lab had a habbit of wallowing in puddles and mud holes especially in warm weather and he usually just got hosed down afterwards which sort of enjoyed, he was a bit stinky but his farts where 10 times worse lol. I would try using something like Johnston baby shampoo to bathe him as its as mild as yo can get and maybe bathe him less often too. I will ask my Mum for the recipe but i would not recommend it unless a Vet tells you it is mange.