My sweet little dog Sydney is a dear little animal.
And most of the time is a pretty laid back, well-behaved, low maintenance dog.
Except in the Fall.
Every year without fail, in late August, she gets a case of itchy butt.
Yes, in fact, that is the correct technical veterinary term.
I don’t know what causes it, we assume some kind of allergy. She gets irritated and starts chewing herself and doesn’t like to stop. We’ve tried creams, sprays… even resorting to the cone of shame when it gets too bad. It’s not fleas.. not a rash… just a case of itchy hiney that is hard to kick.
So when I came across a recipe for oatmeal shampoo I thought I’d give it a try. I added lavender and coconut oil though to help out even more. With the soothing oatmeal, calming lavender and moisturizing coconut oil this helps Miss Itchy Butt out tremendously. After the first time we used it she didn’t chew or itch for hours, which is a big deal these days.
This recipe makes a small pint size mason jar full. If you have a large dog or long-haired dog you may want to double or triple it. Just for reference Sydney is about 35 lbs. and has short hair. I used the full jar on her in one bath.
I recommend making it as you will use it, I don’t think it would keep very well. It’s super quick and easy to whip some up right before you need it.
Here’s what you’ll need
1/2 Cup Oatmeal
1/4 Cup Baking Soda
1- Tbsp Coconut Oil
6-10 drops Lavender essential oil
A jar for mixing
First you need to grind up your oatmeal. A food processor or blender does the trick nicely. You want it to be very finely ground, like flour, or baby oatmeal. If it is too coarse it will still work but it is kind of like shampooing your dog with vomit… which isn’t very fun. ( I may or may not speak from experience here… I’m not admitting to anything)
Once your oatmeal is all ground up put it in your jar. Add the baking soda, coconut oil, and essential oil. Now fill it the rest of the way up with warm water.
Shake it until everything is nicely mixed.
When you use it you want to get your dog good and wet before you start pouring it on. Then rub it in all over paying particular attention to problem areas and making sure you get it rubbed into their skin. Leave it sit for at least 5 minutes so all the soothing goodness can sink in.
The nice thing about this is that because it doesn’t have actual soap in it you can use it as often as needed. It will leave your furry friend soothed and smelling lovely!
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