How to Make an Oatmeal Bath for a Dog

by Pamela Miller
    Help soothe his itchy, irritated skin with oatmeal.

    Help soothe his itchy, irritated skin with oatmeal.

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    If your dog is itching and scratching more than normal, come to his rescue with oatmeal. Oatmeal is known for its topical calming and soothing properties. It's a common ingredient in many dog shampoos. Oatmeal provides an organic approach to bath time. Let your buddy soak away the itch.

    Step 1

    Pour 1 cup of plain, uncooked oatmeal into a blender. Process the oatmeal into a smooth powder. This consistency will allow the oatmeal to blend and dissolve easily into the water. Polysaccharides in oats will coat your precious pooch's skin with a protective, nourishing barrier that helps to prevent itchiness and dry skin.

    Step 2

    Place a nonslip mat on the floor of the bathtub before starting the water. A towel will work, but be sure to have another handy for drying off the dog later. The mat or towel will help him to grip with his claws, making him feel more secure while he's bathing.

    Step 3

    Turn on the water and allow it to fill the bathtub until it's high enough to reach the lowest point of your dog's chest. Gently stir the oatmeal into the bath water.
    Make bath time a positive experience for your dog by speaking sweetly and calmly. Place him in the bathtub and gently poor water the water mixed with oatmeal over his coat. Gently massage the oatmeal solution into his coat, while talking to him sweetly, for 10 to 15 minutes.
    If he isn't enjoying the experience, be patient with him, knowing that the better this experience is, the easier bath time will be in the future. When bath time is over, pat him dry with a towel, but not rigorously.

    Items You Will Need

    • 1 cup plain, uncooked oatmeal
    • Blender
    • Nonslip mat
    • Towel


    • Do not bathe your dog outside in cold temperatures. This poses a dangerous risk to dogs and especially puppies. Puppies do not have the ability to regulate their body temperature and shouldn't be bathed until at least 4 weeks of age at minimum.

    Photo Credits

    • Ryan McVay/Photodisc/Getty Images

    About the Author

    Pamela Miller has been writing for health, beauty and animal health/welfare publications for seven years. Miller holds a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Communication from MTSU.

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