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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. 


Step 1: Grind oatmeal to powder

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. 
My groomer gave my Australian shepherds an oatmeal bath for itchy skin because they didn't see fleas. I treated them with flea drops because my cats had fleas. They continue to scratch and lick. They appear to be allergic to grains and poultry. I am wondering if they could be allergic to the oatmeal bath and could have made it worse? What do you think?
<p>I wanted to thank you for this. I tried this two days ago in desperation and it worked! I didn't have any Epsom salt at the time but I do now...and her next one will have some in the water. For a dog that tolerates a bath at best, she sat waist deep in warm oatmeal water while I dunked a two cup measuring glass of warm oatmeal water on her back for 12 minutes. During that time she darn near fell asleep. I have either stumbled upon a new way to bathe her normally, or she was so miserable that she was willing to do what I've never seen her do in the seven years we've had her. We still do have her on a twice a day benedryl regimen and I decided to give Dynovite one last shot. Our dog is raw fed, so I'm thinking that Dynovite didn't really work as well as it has for others just because she gets all of that stuff in her food everyday. But it can't hurt and it was better than throwing it out. I am also giving her a little yogurt with her food. All of that seems to have made a difference. I live in Redding, Ca and our relative humidity is so low it's not even on the charts. We are all suffering from dry skin....including our dog. Thank you for posting the instructions so that I could try this and find success. </p>
I hate my phone <br><br>We just started her on Dinovite and we've resorted to giving her 1 25 mg Benadryl twice a day. (She weighs 40 lbs) <br><br>I'm going to try the oatmeal bath tonight. Please pray this helps! Thanks for your blog!
<p>Thanks for rescuing, this is my Hay-Li, she joined our pack about 10 months ago after spending 6 years inside a cage in a puppy mill. For months she had paw infections we couldn't find the cause of, her vets finally figured out that she's itchy and she was licking her paws so much, her fur was getting pushed inside her paw pads and infecting them. Instead of putting her through allergy testing that takes almost a year to work, our vets told us about a new medicine that stops dogs from being itchy, called Apoquel. She hasn't had a paw infection in the six months she's been taking it. </p><p>You should probably also talk to your vet about Haley, one of my sister's cats recently had ringworm, and your dog's hair loss sounds a lot like my sister's cat's symptoms. And if they have fleas, Walmart now carries generic FrontLine that should eliminate that problem. Maybe when she's outside she's just not focused on the itching, but when she's relaxed she feels it more.</p><p>Hopefully the oatmeal baths give her some relief!</p>
Thanks! Hay-Li is a cutie! I love the Asian spin on her name, too! <br><br>The bath did help! Haley's such a sweet girl, so accepting. At first she wasn't thrilled about the bath but after a couple of minutes (and a couple of treats) she was fine. She's itchy again this morning but nothing like she has been. We'll give her another one in a couple days. <br><br>They're both outside. When she comes in again I'll give her a dose of yogurt with some Dinovite. Twice a day we've been giving her about 1/4 cup of vanilla Greek yogurt with a teaspoon of Dinovite folded in. <br><br>I was surprised to not find a single flea in the bathwater and I spent some time looking before I drained the tub and as it drained. I had also thought about her being more distracted while out but she loves being outside and often just lies in one of the flower beds for hours. But I never see her scratch one time until she comes in the house. <br><br>Thanks for the tip about Apoquel. I have to admit, however, it sounds pretty scary. We try really hard to find natural remedies for ourselves as well as our pets but if we can't treat this organically then we may have to look into a chemical med. <br><br>Thanks again for your help! Have a great weekend!
I hate my phone <br><br>We just started her on Dinovite and we've resorted to giving her 1 25 mg Benadryl twice a day. (She weighs 40 lbs) <br><br>I'm going to try the oatmeal bath tonight. Please pray this helps! Thanks for your blog!
I hate my phone <br><br>We just started her on Dinovite and we've resorted to giving her 1 25 mg Benadryl twice a day. (She weighs 40 lbs) <br><br>I'm going to try the oatmeal bath tonight. Please pray this helps! Thanks for your blog!
Oops. Anyway, Molly nor Stormy show any of these symptoms. <br><br>We've tried several different flea meds/treatments; wiping her down with water &amp; organic apple cider vinegar in a 4:1 solution seems to ease her misery for a while; we've just st
Meet Molly (front) and Haley. Both are &quot;rescue&quot; dogs that otherwise would have been put down. Molly's about 12 &amp; we just adopted Haley about two months ago. They're both indoor/outdoor dogs so I'm sure at least part of the issue is fleas. But Haley's miserable and it's breaking our hearts. <br><br>The odd thing is, she presents no symptoms whatsoever outside but within minutes of coming in she's scratching &amp; biting like crazy. She's even starting to lose her hair at the base of and on her tail. Odder still, neither Molly nor our cat Stormy dis
Hi my dog has lupus and he gets dry black spots on this back, how can i soak him in oatmeal as he is a 50 lb retriever?
<p>Poor doggy. How about this, do you give him baths in a tub or baby pool? I'd try to fill the tub with a few inches of warm water and dissolve a few cups of oatmeal powder into the water, as he soaks use a cup to pour the oatmeal water over his back, try to keep him soaking as long as he's comfortable, pouring water over his back every minute or so, then rinse him off and see how he feels. My dogs usually feel so great after their soak they take long, long naps! Best wishes! </p>
my cat is itchy do you think the oatmeal and honey bath whould be good for her just make a solution and patted on her if she won't like the bsth?
<p>First, I would definitely ask your veterinarian if your cat has any medical issues. If you're noticing the itching especially at this time of year she may have allergies. My dogs have them and while these baths help, sometimes medicine is necessary. </p><p>Otherwise I think an oatmeal bath is a great natural home remedy. My dogs have no problem sitting in chest high water for 15 minutes, as the soaking really helps the oatmeal work its magic. You know your kitty best, if she doesn't like normal baths, she probably won't understand or like being soaked, my advice there would be to make the oatmeal bath in just an inch or so of water, set her in it and gently scoop some oatmeal water all over her. Make sure to avoid her eyes and ears. </p><p>Try to keep her in the bath as long as you can, then rinse well. Good luck! </p>
is vitamix a.k.a your blender...
Yup, a.k.a. &quot;My Precious!&quot; https://www.vitamix.com/
<p>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.</p>
<p>Do you mean without the Epsom salt? Sure. I would still suggest you let them soak in it for awhile. </p><p>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. </p><p>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. </p><p>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! </p>
<p>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</p>
<p>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.</p><p>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! </p><p>Hope your dogs enjoy their oatmeal bath! </p>
Why would you use such a great natural remedy only to follow w a chemical (medicated) shampoo? If you want 'clean &amp; soothing' ... Check out Azmira's Organic Shampoo &amp; Conditioner products. This company finally got my dogs skin allergies under control.
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.
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.
Dr. Qui - <br> <br>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.
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.

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