If your Pomeranian has itchy skin, you can use oatmeal shampoo to provide relief. This may also help relieve other skin conditions your pom may have. It’s time to learn more about how such shampoos can ease itchiness, as well as other benefits. You’ll also learn the way to make oatmeal shampoo for yourself. How does oatmeal shampoo ease itchiness? Oatmeal has been used as a cultivated crop as far back as the Bronze Age. Other civilisations such as the Egyptians, Romans and Greeks also saw the potent benefits of oatmeal as a way to protect the skin and make it more beautiful than ever. Oatmeal has two forms when used for breakfast cereals. However, the third type is best for skin care and that’s colloidal oatmeal because it is ground into a powder for baths and pastes. Two chemicals in oatmeal soothe irritated and itchy skin. These are called phenols and avenanthramides. Oatmeal helps balance the skin’s pH levels so it’s also useful for the relief of symptoms of psoriasis and eczema. How Oatmeal Shampoo Helps Canine Skin Problems. Oatmeal shampoo provides a range of benefits to dogs if they have skin issues. It can sooth and moisturise itchy skin. It helps ease allergy symptoms, hot spots, dry skin and tick and flea problems. This shampoo also acts as a coat cleaner and softener. What Ingredients should an Oatmeal Shampoo contain? When shopping for oatmeal shampoo, always read the labels thoroughly. You want to see ingredients that will help give your dog relief. Good ingredients include: tea tree oil, vitamin E and aloe. Avoid low quality ingredients. If you have doubts about what to buy, go for something that’s hypoallergenic or says it’s ideal for dogs whose skin is sensitive. How You Make and Use Oatmeal Shampoo. You can choose to make your own oatmeal shampoo with a few common household ingredients. 1. Grind a cup of oatmeal into powder with a food processor, coffee grinder or blender. Combine with a quart of warm water and a cup of baking soda. Blend until the ingredients are well mixed and then apply that mixture to your dog’s coat after making it as wet as possible. Leave it on your pet for a minimum of 5 minutes and then thoroughly rinse off and towel dry. 2. If you prefer, you can add a cup of the ground oatmeal to a quart of warm water. Stir the water as the oatmeal slowly mixes in and then place your dog into the tub and let him soak for around 15 minutes. Massage the mixture deep into the coat so his skin gets the same attention as the coat. Rinse your pom with warm water and towel dry. Do this twice a week until you can see the improvements in your dog’s skin and coat. 3. You may elect to create an oatmeal shampoo that’s dry and can be applied to your pom’s fur. Mix 1 cup of bran and 1 cup of oatmeal and spread the mix on a baking sheet. Warm the sheet in an oven for 5 minutes at 200 degrees and then use a warm towel and slowly apply it to your dog’s coat. Once finished, spend time fully brushing it all out of his coat. Copyright Pomeranian.org. All Rights Reserved. For more information on grooming your Pomeranian, brushing, brushes to use and how to care for a Pomeranian’s coat download our Pomeranian grooming booklet and Pomeranian grooming video.