Relieve irritated skin with gentle homemade scrubs
Warm weather means lots of outdoor playtime. And while there’s nothing better than a day spent outside fetching and lounging, a number of outdoor allergens and irritants may leave your dog or cat with dry, itchy skin. Offer some relief to your pets and your wallet with these inexpensive homemade remedies featuring oatmeal, an excellent natural ingredient for providing itch relief. These recipes are sure to leave your pet feeling soothed and refreshed.
Soothing Oatmeal Dog Shampoo
What you’ll need:
1 cup of oatmeal (either regular oats or quick oats)
1 cup of baking soda
4 cups of warm water
Pour the oatmeal into the food processor, and grind until the oats turn into a fine powder. Pour the baking soda and water into a large bowl, and gradually stir in the oatmeal powder, making sure that the oatmeal is completely blended in.
Get your pup wet, and then gently apply the shampoo all over his body. Now is also a great time to give your pooch a calming massage—he’ll love the instant relief from the oatmeal, and you’ll be able to ensure you get him good and covered. Leave the shampoo on for 5 minutes, and then rinse him off completely.
This shampoo keeps well—double or triple the recipe and store the extra shampoo, so you will always have it on hand!
Want to add in a delicious scent? Certain essential oils not only are safe for your pet, but provide health benefits as well. Use just 1-2 drops per batch of shampoo.
There are plenty of other essential oils you can try, but they’re not all safe for your pet. Be sure to ask your vet before adding others.
Oatmeal Soother Remedy for Cats
Cover a baking sheet with dry oats (again, regular or instant is fine), and heat on a low temperature in the oven for about 5 minutes. The oats should be warm but easy to handle. If they are too hot, let them cool off until they have reached a temperature that will be safe and comfortable for your kitty.
Apply the warm oats to your cat, rubbing them into her fur to ensure maximum contact with her skin. Rub your cat’s fur with a towel to release any trapped dirt or debris, and then go over her body with a cat brush. It’s an easy way to give your fluffy family member some much-needed relief from irritated skin—she may not like it in the moment, but she’ll thank you for it later!