If you own a dog then you are well aware of some of the problems that dogs can suffer from, including dry itchy skin, dandruff, skin irritations, such as flea or tick bites, hot spots, etc. All of these conditions will serve to irritate your dog, causing him to scratch, roll around on the floor and even bite at the irritated area. There are hundreds of different types of medicated shampoos on the market for dogs but none work as well as an oatmeal shampoo.
Why oatmeal? Oatmeal itself is a cultivated crop that is mostly used as a breakfast cereal. However, colloidal oatmeal (oatmeal that has been ground into a powder for use in pastes and baths) is the best type for treating skin conditions. It is a natural skin soother, containing natural chemicals such as phenols and avenanthramides, which are beneficial for treating skin irritations.
The benefits of using oatmeal shampoo on your dog are many. It has the ability to restore the PH balance of your dog's skin, thus preventing bacterial and fungal skin infections from flaring up. Unbalanced PH and zinc deficiency are 2 of the major causes of irritation.
Oatmeal shampoo also has the benefit of moisturising your dog's skin. This helps to stop conditions such as dandruff and psoriasis from starting and stops your dog from shedding dead skin everywhere. The shampoo will also serve to remove dead skin and hair from your dog's coat, allowing new layers to start growing.
Oatmeal shampoo is a gentle shampoo. It does not further irritate the skin, like some medicated shampoos do. Used regularly it will also leave your dog's coat shiny and soft and will not leave unnatural odours behind.
Dogs are not immune to insects. Insect bites can literally drive your dog round the bend, causing them to chew and scratch at the affected area. This in itself will cause problems such as loss of hair and skin and will make the bite area a lot worse. Mosquitos, Fleas and ticks are probably the 3 worst offenders and regular use of oatmeal shampoo will soothe the area and stop your dog from attacking itself.
Dandruff is one of the more common skin conditions a dog can suffer from and is normally an indication that their diet is not sufficient or they are not getting enough vitamins. As well as changing your dog's diet, regular use of an oatmeal shampoo will ensure that your dog's skin is moisturised enough to stop the skin from drying out.
Oatmeal shampoo is excellent for soothing a dog's skin to ease any minor skin irritations, bites and itches. It can be used on a more regular basis than a lot of shampoos currently on the market because it doesn't irritate the skin and isn't harsh and, unlike many other shampoos it doesn't strip the natural oils from the coat. It also leaves the dog looking and smelling clean and his coat will be soft and shiny. Used regularly and correctly it will benefit both you and your dog for years to come.