The Benefits Of Oatmeal & Lavender In Pet Shampoo Explained
Most pet owners know that you don’t wash or groom your pet with products made for humans. There are cosmetics and wellness products specially designed for our furry friends, and pet shampoo is one of them. Our skin and hair vary greatly from that of an animal’s, so we have to take that into consideration. Washing an animal with the wrong kind of product can result in a bad experience for everyone involved.
Now, there are some products or substances which are fit for humans and pets. In that case, it is just a matter of size and adequate portioning of things. There are a few natural ingredients which I would like to talk about today, and they are oatmeal, lavender oil, and jojoba oil. These three nourishing wonders are actually great for your dog’s skin and fur.
Before we get into natural products and doggies, I will just say that if there is anything out of the ordinary, or if you have any doubts, feel free to consult with your vet. Your doggy doctor knows your pooch and her system better than anyone, so go with your vet’s advice.
Benefits of Oatmeal For Dogs
It may sound strange at first, I know. But when you think about it a minute, it is not too weird at all. Cooked oatmeal has always been a staple of good health and vitality. It nourishes and aids the body in its everyday activities. That’s why it is considered to be one of the best (and most popular) breakfasts in many countries.
While it is true that oats are mostly associated with humans, a large amount of the world’s oats are shipped off and packaged as animal feed, along with most of the world’s corn and soy.
The benefits of oatmeal for dogs are ruffly (see what I did there?) the same as they are for humans. Oats can help a dog’s skin stay clean and healthy, and they can also regulate the digestive process. It comes from the ground, it is nice and filling, it is relatively cheap, and it can be made very quickly.
Benefits of Lavender For Dogs
Like oats, lavender essential oil is something which has been traditionally associated with humans. Does this mean that pets can’t enjoy it? Of course not. Much like with the oats, it is all a matter of proper amounts. Essential oils are volatile substances, and they can act as irritants when used inappropriately.
When properly used, lavender oil can act in the same way it does with humans. In the human world, the essential oil of Lavendula is used in medicine, therapy, and even the food industry. It is a scent which ensnares you, captivates you, yet it remains light enough to not become overbearing.
Lavender oil can remove bacteria from the surface of the skin and fur, and it can keep your dog’s coat looking shiny and smelling great. This is an oil which can also help with various types of surface infections and skin conditions.
Benefits of Jojoba Oil For Dogs
Jojoba is one of the oils which best emulates the function of the body’s natural oil, the sebum. Humans and dogs both have glands which secrete this natural oil on a regular basis. It is not secreted evenly throughout the body, and it is not secreted evenly between different breeds and individuals. Different people and different animals have varying amounts of this substance, but we all need it to some degree. This is why jojoba oil is found in many pet shampoos and other pet-related products.
The oil of jojoba can make up for low production of natural oil, and it can also help the body heal faster. Many times, the problems which occur on the skin itself (whether it is dogs or humans) are related to an unhealthy pH level, buildup of dirt or grime, or in some cases a sebum imbalance.
Also, much like the previous two substances I mentioned, this oil can also help your dog’s coat remain clean and healthy. For dogs which have more sensitive skin, this is an oil which is gentle and moisturizing.Why Natural Ingredients Are Safer For Pet Shampoos
There are people who have lap dogs and toy dogs with short-short fur. Dogs which barely ever require a bath. I have had dogs which only needed a bath several times a year, and nothing more. This may apply less to those dogs and their respective owners, but more often than not our canine partners require a good washing on a regular basis. Whether it is because they rolled around in something nasty (again), or are developing some kind of condition due to excessive scratching/biting/gnawing, a bath is certainly in order.
So, when you do decide to give your doggy a bath, it is highly recommended to use a cleanser which is more sensitive than the ordinary, commercial-grade shampoos have to offer. I am not saying that pet shampoos are all terrible. Far from it. I am just saying that – precisely as it is with human products – natural ones have the potential to be significantly more friendly and helpful, not to mention safer.
Artificial colors, harsh detergents, preservatives, and the like – these are all elements which exist in human hair care products, and in animals’ as well. If you need a way to reduce the amount of junk that your doggy is exposed to, you can start with the way you take care of their skin and coat.
How To Naturally Care For Dogs Sensitive Skin
First of all: location, location, location. Whenever you give your dog a rinse and wash, make sure to keep any products away from their eyes, mouth, nose, ears, anus, and basically from any opening! Even natural substances like lavender and jojoba can become too much if they get into the wrong places. Pay attention to what and where you are washing.
The best way to care for your dog’s skin naturally has nothing to do with products. Not at first, anyway. Periodically, you should part your dog’s fur, look at the surface of their skin, and attempt to notice anything out of the ordinary. If you see your pooch scratching and biting in ways which are out of the ordinary, don’t just let it go. Have a look, and see if something’s up. You don’t need to be a vet to notice when something is wrong with your animal friend.
Caring for pets naturally starts with prevention. This also includes using doggy pet sprays in order to keep the coat and skin happy and healthy between baths. They also help for keeping your dog calm on and off the road. By the way, some of those dog’s sprays also have lavender, since it acts as a quick calming agent.
DIY Natural Shampoo with Jojoba, Lavender & Oatmeal For Dogs
There is always the option of making your own dog shampoo. There are some advantages to this. First, you know exactly what is going into your dog’s hair care, and this allows you to pick the best substances, leaving out things you don’t need.
Second, it can be significantly less expensive than commercial dog shampoo. Maybe not straight up, no. But consider this: you can also use the oils and oatmeal which you are using for other purposes. So, let’s see a quick DIY recipe.
- ½ cup oatmeal, ground into powder.
- ½ cup baking soda.
- 1-2 drops lavender oil.
- 1-2 drops jojoba oil.
- 2 cups warm water.
Mix together and use immediately. You can choose to leave it in for a few minutes, and this will help it make a more substantial impact.
There are many other dog shampoo recipes you can use. Check them out, and see which one fits your animal roommate best.
Before & After Shampoo Results
As Morrissy of The Smiths musically asked long ago: “so, what difference does it make?”
This is my quick recount of the ”before and after” experience we went through, and it is by no means exclusive. Every human and dog has the potential to react differently to various oils and natural substances. It is part of why natural care takes some tweaking, more so than the over-the-counter solutions do.
I certainly saw a great improvement in the smell. The ‘before’ in our case was a dog shampoo which I bought some time ago. And it was actually nearing its expiration date, which is why I was looking for an alternative. I was also looking for something more natural this time around, even though his flea medication is anything but.
The ‘after’ is easily noticeable. To be clear, it isn’t as if my dog would remain dirty and filthy after a regular bath and wash. But after using a natural oats and oil shampoo, there was a scent which lingered a lot more than that regular shampoo’s ever did. My dog is pretty chill as it is, so I saw no difference in the lavender’s calming effect. I did, however, see some changes after using a lavender pet spray. This happened when we were about to go to the vet for the annual shots, and the difference was there for sure. But this isn’t about the shampoo, so I will stop here. Lavender certainly works on my dog, let’s leave it at that.
Altogether, the before and after was clearly visible, I can only imagine that with dogs which are more prone to sensitivity and infection, the results would be more dramatic and significant.
Oats, lavender, jojoba? Is this a dog shampoo or a breakfast cereal? However you choose to look at it, there is something special about these natural oils. They are accessible, relatively cheap, and pretty helpful for humans and dogs alike. Give it a try. Like I said, you may need to tweak it to better fit your dog’s skin, coat, and natural tendencies.