Oatmeal baths for your dog can help to soothe dry, itchy skin. Oatmeal can be ground up and added to warm bath water for softer water. You can also make an oatmeal paste with water and ground oats, soothing your dog’s skin and coat. Oatmeal shampoos help with flakes on your dog’s skin as well as treat skin allergies. Oatmeal masks can leave a protective layer on your dog’s skin, which helps prevent oncoming dryness and additional itching. You can bathe your dog using oatmeal in water, add oatmeal to shampoo, make an oatmeal mask, or soak the dog in oatmeal without using a dog wash at all.
If your dog has dry, itchy skin, he might be a bit apprehensive about taking baths at all. For dogs who have a horrible skin condition, you can stop wet baths and use an oatmeal paste to soothe and clean your dog’s skin until his sensitive skin and pain have eased. This paste is brushed out once dried. Don’t forget, a tasty treat helps too.