Finding a good pet shampoo can be one of the more challenging tasks for a pet owner. Pet hair can come in many types, lengths, and thicknesses. Your pet’s skin texture is as varied as ours and just as sensitive to dryness, detergents, and allergies. Oatmeal dog shampoos are an excellent choice for pets with sensitive skin but they are often lumped in with all the other shampoos, and it’s difficult to compare different brands to find the best.
We regularly review different brands of dog shampoo and we found ten different brands of oatmeal dog shampoo to review for you. You can follow along to get a better idea of what you want in a shampoo and we think you’ll be quite surprised at how different they are.
We’ve also included an oatmeal dog shampoo buyer’s guide where we break down what these shampoos should do as well as what ingredients they should contain. We’ll see how to spot the difference between a high-quality dog shampoo and a scam. Stay tuned for our detailed reviews of each brand of oatmeal dog shampoos, where we compare objective lather, smell, oatmeal, and ingredients, to help you make an educated purchase.
Let’s look over the ten brands of oatmeal dog shampoos that we have reviewed for you.
A Quick Look at the Winners of 2020:
The 10 Best Oatmeal Dog Shampoos:
1. HONEYDEW Oatmeal Dog Shampoo – Best Overall
The HONEYDEW Colloidal Oatmeal Dog Shampoo is our pick as the best overall oatmeal dog shampoo. This shampoo features a colloidal shampoo which is gentler and more soothing. This shampoo is hypoallergenic, paraben-free, and features a tear-free formula to protect your pet’s eyes. This shampoo also features Jojoba oil, which helps to hydrate your pet’s skin and leave their coat soft and shiny.
We enjoyed using this shampoo and thought it did the best job cleaning and removing pet odors of all the brands on this list. The primary downside to this shampoo is that it only comes in a small-sized bottle. If you have a larger dog or plan on regularly shampooing your pet, you are going to need several bottles.
2. Earthbath All Natural Pet Shampoo – Best Value
The Earthbath PA1P All Natural Pet Shampoo is our choice for the best value. This low-cost shampoo uses all-natural ingredients that are biodegradable and paraben-free. It’s suitable for sensitive skin and contains aloe vera, which can help moisturize and rejuvenate dry skin. It’s challenging to find an organic shampoo containing aloe at this price, and that is why we say it’s the best oatmeal dog shampoo for the money.
We thought it cleaned well and smelled lovely. We could get a good lather going that our pet loved. The only thing we didn’t like is that it would leave a film if we didn’t do a couple of extra rinses.
The Pets Are Kids Too Pet Oatmeal Shampoo is our premium choice dog shampoo. This shampoo is high quality, but also, high-priced. This shampoo uses all-natural ingredients that won’t harm your pet. It has an anti-itch formula that also includes anti-fungal and anti-bacterial ingredients which also help reduce itching and the spread of infection. The tearless shampoo lathers up nicely and will help your pet enjoy bath time.
This shampoo does an excellent job cleaning, but it will make your pet smell like an oatmeal raisin cookie. Some of our friends liked the smell, and some didn’t. We didn’t think this shampoo did much to stop our pet from scratching, though.
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4. Nature’s Miracle Oatmeal Dog Shampoo
The Nature’s Miracle NM-6095 Natural Oatmeal Dog Shampoo is a great smelling shampoo with a honey sage scent. It’s a shampoo and conditioner in one and comes in a large 32-ounce bottle. It’s soap-free, so it won’t interact with any topical flea and tick medication.
When we tried out this product, we loved the smell, and it seemed like our puppy did, too. It goes on nice and is easy to work into the coat. We felt that it cleaned well but didn’t do much in the way of moisturizing, and we didn’t think it removed any odors.
5. Burt’s Bees All Natural Oatmeal Shampoo
The Burt’s Bees FF7258 All Natural Oatmeal Shampoo is a shampoo made by a popular company known for high-quality products made with natural ingredients. This shampoo uses colloidal oatmeal, honey, beeswax, and green tea to create a pH-balanced shampoo that contains no artificial fragrances. It’s safe to use on sensitive skin and can help rejuvenate dry skin.
It didn’t have a lot of lather while we used it, and it’s not safe to use around the eyes, but it got our pets clean. It’s tough to rinse, and our pets weren’t as shiny as they were after we used other shampoos on this list.
6. TropiClean Oatmeal and Tea Tree Shampoo
The TropiClean 840220 Oatmeal and Tea Tree Pet Shampoo is a shampoo marketed as an anti-itch shampoo that helps stop itching and eliminate dandruff. It features mostly natural ingredients and contains no artificial fragrances.
While we used it, we had a difficult time getting it to form a lather, and it took quite a bit of product to get a good coating on the dog. We also didn’t think it did much to stop the dogs from itching. If you like your dog to smell nice after a bath, this brand may not be for you. After bathing, we could only faintly smell tea tree oil, which isn’t bad but not particularly great.
7. Particular Paws Oatmeal Shampoo
The Particular Paws Oatmeal Shampoo is a shampoo designed for cleaning and moisturizing. It’s pH balanced and contains Aloe to help soothe your pet’s skin while helping it heal from any injuries caused by scratching. It also contains Shae butter to help promote a thicker coat while Chamomile helps bring out the shine.
We found that it cleaned pretty well, but the pleasant smell only lasts a few hours after a bath. It also doesn’t lather very well and requires quite a bit of product, especially on larger sized pets.
8. K9 Pro Oatmeal Dog Shampoo
The K9 Pro Oatmeal Dog Shampoo is a shampoo designed to penetrate the skin to help your pet with allergies and dry, itchy skin. It contains some helpful ingredients like Aloe Vera, and it has a cucumber and melon scent that is very pleasing.
After we used it, we noticed that our pets reduced the amount of time they spent itching and scratching. It was easy to work up plenty of lather, and our pets didn’t seem to mind it. You need to keep it away from their eye, though, because it is not tear-free. We also felt a little uneasy about the list of unknown chemicals in this product, especially when compared with some of the other all-natural shampoos on this list.
9. Paws & Pals Oatmeal Dog Shampoo
The Paws & Pals Natural Oatmeal Dog Shampoo is a separate shampoo and conditioner. This brand comes in two 20-ounce bottles. This shampoo is a soap-free shampoo that will clean your pet without washing away their flea and tick medication.
We didn’t have the best experience with this shampoo and felt that it took a lot to get a good lather, and then it dried out our dog’s hair a little. We also didn’t notice much change in moisture level or manageability after using the conditioner. The smell this shampoo leaves behind is neither good nor bad, and it only lasts a day or two.
10. Mighty Petz 2-in-1 Oatmeal Dog Shampoo
The Mighty Petz 2-in-1 Oatmeal Dog Shampoo is the final brand of dog shampoo on our list. This shampoo is gentle enough to use on pets with sensitive skin. It contains Aloe and baking soda and is paraben and alcohol-free.
We liked the smell of this shampoo but it took a lot to shampoo our dog, and a bottle of this brand will not go very far at all. We recommend only using it on small dogs because of the difficulty of building up a lather. We also found it hard to rinse off once the cleaning was complete.
Now that we have read over the reviews, let’s take a look at oatmeal shampoo and see if we can find out what the perfect shampoo is.
Because we are talking about oatmeal-based dog shampoos, it makes sense to start with the difference between regular and colloidal oatmeal.
Colloidal oatmeal is a whole-oat kernel ground into a fine powder. This fine powder contains many nutrients helpful to the skin including lipids that replenish oils and prevent further drying. Beta-glucan is another nutrient that acts as a moisturizer. There are also plenty of antioxidants in ground whole oat kernels.
Once the oat powder mixes with liquid, it is called colloidal oatmeal.
Regular oatmeal may or may not be whole oat kernel. It’s common to remove the bran from the oat for many foods. Oat flour almost always has the bran removed. The bran part of the oat has many of the important skin healing nutrients so it is vital to use the whole oat.
Many times, the other ingredients are just as necessary as the oatmeal. Ingredients like Aloe Vera, vitamin E, Shae butter, chamomile, tea tree oil, and many other natural ingredients can improve the effectiveness of your shampoo.
Unfortunately, there are also plenty of harmful ingredients like parabens, synthetic dyes, alcohol, sulfates, and petroleum. These ingredients are harmful to your pet and they can also be hard to clean off.
Always be careful when using shampoos that use soaps or detergents to produce a lather and clean your dog because these cleaners can break down flea and tick medication. If you decide to use a shampoo that has detergents in it, you will need to schedule your pet baths to coincide with a reapplication of the medication.
A second problem with shampoos that use detergents and soaps is that these cleaners can also break down the oils in your pet’s skin. When the oils wash away, your pet will have dry and flaking skin.
We hope that you have found our oatmeal dog shampoo reviews and buyer’s guide helpful. Our choice for the best overall is the HONEYDEW Colloidal Oatmeal Dog Shampoo and we chose it because we thought it did the best job cleaning our pet, it smells nice and lasts the longest. The Earthbath PA1P All Natural Pet Shampoo is our choice for the best value and we chose it because you get a lot for the money, it’s all-natural, and is perfect for animals with sensitive skin. If you don’t go for these or one of the others on this list, hopefully, our buyer’s guide will arm you with the knowledge you need to feel confident in your next oatmeal shampoo purchase.
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Featured image credit: Paws & Pals Natural Oatmeal Dog Shampoo and Conditioner 2-in-1 Best for Cats & Dogs Dry Itchy Skin, Amazon
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- A Quick Look at the Winners of 2020:
- The 10 Best Oatmeal Dog Shampoos:
- 1. HONEYDEW Oatmeal Dog Shampoo – Best Overall
- 2. Earthbath All Natural Pet Shampoo – Best Value
- 3. Pets Are Kids Too Pet Oatmeal Shampoo – Premium Choice
- 4. Nature’s Miracle Oatmeal Dog Shampoo
- 5. Burt’s Bees All Natural Oatmeal Shampoo
- 6. TropiClean Oatmeal and Tea Tree Shampoo
- 7. Particular Paws Oatmeal Shampoo
- 8. K9 Pro Oatmeal Dog Shampoo
- 9. Paws & Pals Oatmeal Dog Shampoo
- 10. Mighty Petz 2-in-1 Oatmeal Dog Shampoo
- Buyer’s Guide