Time to move away from the old myth that oatmeal shampoos feed yeast on the skin


Written by Mia Overnas, owner www.theeducatedgroomer.com


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There is an old myth going around the internet that oatmeal shampoos feed yeast infections on the skin, as oatmeal is a carbohydrate and yeast feeds on carbs that transform into sugar.

"Because we all know that you need sugar when you bake bread so that the yeast can work and raise the bread..."

But let us take a step back and visit the science literature and learn what yeast on dogs actually is. It is not the same as the yeast you use to make bread, it's something completely different. When we talk about yeast on dogs, we talk about a fungal organism that is always present on the dog's skin. It is part of the natural skin flora - the microbiota (it's the same for us - we also have yeast on our skin). The fancy word for this is commensal. it is an organism that lives off another organism without causing any harm.

The yeast organisms live off the lipids on the skin - not the carbohydrates. Lipids are made up of different types of fats and old skin cells. Science has proven that they have lost genes involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates. Which makes sense - there are very few carbohydrates on the skin, but on the other hand there are plenty of lipids.

"This means that they need the supply of lipids in order to grow and, therefore, all the species in this genus are lipid-dependent, a fact that makes them unique among fungi. It is not surprising that this specific loss of genes is a consequence of their adaptation to living in the skin, which provides these species with all the lipids necessary for their growth. In this process, as these authors point out, these yeasts have increased their genetic arsenal with a multitude of lipid hydrolases that are necessary to utilise the lipids present in this environment. On the contrary, their genomes have lost genes involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates, which are not very abundant in the skin” - F. Javier Cabañes

This is why we usually first see yeast infections in areas that have a larger amount of sebaceous glands such as ears, skin folds and paws, as that is where the food is. Yeast organisms are also part of the skin barrier that helps to protect the skin against other pathogens, so they are actually important for the dog and us.

Why do some dogs get a problem with yeast?

The amount of yeast that is present on the sin is controlled by the immune system. A normally functioning immune system can keep the yeast under control so that it helps the skin barrier. But if anything happens and the immune system either gets busy dealing with something else or if the immune system in itself gets compromised, then you have an uncontrolled growth of the yeast. That's when it becomes a problem.

A large amount of yeast on the skin will cause inflammation and the inflammation can then open up for a bacterial infection. This is why we often see a combination of yeast and bacterial infection in dogs with skin problems.

What about oatmeal shampoos?

Oatmeal doesn't kill fungus/yeast, so it won't have any effect when the dog has that type of problem. It might ease some of the inflammation that the yeast is causing, and soothe the itching a bit, but it won't kill the yeast. You will need to use a shampoo that is antifungal to do that, like Malaseb, Duoxo, or a chlorhexidine-based shampoo.

Another myth is that the oatmeal won't dry out the skin. Collodial oatmeal is actually a well-proven moisturizer, a soothing agent and has also been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. The reason why your mum put oatmeal on your rash when you were young is because it stops the itching, not because it is drying out the skin.


Read more from the original article by Mia Overnas along with a list of resources for further reading.



Spring Cleaning With Dakil



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Mastering Mat Removal: Tips For Pet Professionals






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Pamper Your Pooch: Homemade Dog Biscuits can Help your Grooming Business Stand Out



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In a world where dogs are more than just pets – they're beloved family members – providing them with the best care and treats is a priority for every owner. As a pet professional,  you understand this special bond, and that's why you can use homemade dog treats to show you are not just your average grooming business. Go the extra mile by offering homemade dog biscuits that exemplify your commitment to your clients and their furry friend's well-being.

The Love Baked In Every Bite: Homemade Dog Biscuits

When your clients entrust you with the care of their four-legged companions, you take that responsibility seriously. Incorporate a unique touch that sets you apart from the competition – homemade dog biscuits. You can promote these to your customers as crafted with love and wholesome ingredients, a treat to end their experience OR to offer as a gift when the pet parents pick their pet up.
Why Homemade?

Health-Conscious Ingredients: Commercial dog treats often contain additives and preservatives that might not align with your dog's nutritional needs. Your homemade biscuits can be created using carefully selected ingredients that are not only safe but also beneficial for the pet's health.

Tailored to Dietary Needs: Just like humans, dogs can have dietary sensitivities. Your homemade treats allow you to accommodate special dietary requirements and allergies, ensuring that every dog can enjoy a treat that's tailor-made for them.

Quality Assurance: When you bake treats in-house, you have full control over the quality of ingredients. This ensures that every treat is made to the highest standard, reflecting your commitment to excellence.

Sweet Potato Treats Ingredients

You will need:
2 cups Sweet potato puree
1 cup wheat flour


1. Preheat the oven to 350F.
2. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick spray.
3. In a mixing bowl, combine the sweet potato puree and flour. If your mix is too dry add water one teaspoons at a time. 
4. Lightly flour your surface for your dough.
5. Roll your dough out and use a cookie cutter to create your biscuits. Place your treats on the cookie sheet make sure they are about 1-2 inches apart from each other.
6. Place your treats in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes or until golden brown.
7. Once the treats are done, allow them to cool before storing them in an airtight bag.

Note: You can substitute the sweet potato puree for pumpkin puree.

A Tail-Wagging Experience Awaits

At your business, you take pride in offering a grooming experience that goes beyond the ordinary. These homemade dog biscuits can reflect your commitment to the pet’s well-being, health and happiness.  Now your customers will know you are treating their furry friend to a pampering session that includes love-baked, tail-wagging goodness – because their pet deserves nothing less.

*Disclaimer: Always ensure that the ingredients used are safe and appropriate for your dog's dietary needs and consult with a veterinarian if you have any concerns.*