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Homemade Dog Shampoo for Oily Coat (Also Good for Fleas)

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Do you have a dog with oily hair? Or maybe an issue with fleas and need flea treatments? This cheap and easy, homemade dog shampoo for oily coat will work perfectly to solve your dog’s issue.

Dog Shampoo for Oily Coat

This dog shampoo for dogs with oily coats oily is super easy to make! Chances are you already have most, if not all the items needed to make it too.

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This can be made up ahead and just kept right in the bathroom for when your dog needs a bath. Some other homemade dog shampoos require you to store them in the fridge, but that is not necessary for this one.

Bottle of dog shampoo laying on a green towel with a black leash to the side.

You can either buy an empty plastic bottle to store the shampoo in or simply wash out and reuse one you already have. I don’t normally recommend glass bottles for this as they can get broken in the tub if you have an active dog at bath time.

Have issues getting your dog to sit still in the tub? Try giving a few Homemade Dog Training Treats as a bribe when they are being good.

What dogs have oily coats?

Water dogs have oily coats. This oiliness helps to repel water and dirt and protect them from cold water.

  • Basset Hound
  • Chesapeake Bay Retriever 
  • Irish Water Spaniel
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Newfoundland Dog
  • Spanish Water Dog

Why does my dog have an oily coat?

A dog can have an oily coat because it is part of their breed, like a water dog. The oily coat helps the dog with the tasks it was originally bred for like diving into cold water.

Some dog’s develope an oily coat because they have a condition called seborrhea. A vet would examine your dog for this condition and recommend a treatment plan.

How do you get rid of oily hair on a dog?

If you have a dog with a naturally oily coat because of its breed you can wash their fur once a week using this homemade shampoo. If your dog has been diagnosed with seborrhea because your dog’s fur is greasy, follow your vet’s recommendations and you can use this shampoo once a week or according to your vet.

Oily Coat Dog Shampoo Recipe

Supplies Needed:

  • Container Bottle With Top
  • Funnel

Ingredients

  • 1/3 Cup Water
  • 1/3 Cup Dawn Dish Liquid (Original Scent) (other brands do not work as well and can be too drying)
  • 1/3 Cup White Vinegar

How to Make Dog Shampoo for Oily Coats

Add water, Dawn, and vinegar to a container bottle with a top.

Shake vigorously until everything is fully mixed.

You may want to allow this to sit for a little while before using it as the suds after shaking can be a lot. That is how you get more shampoo on the dog and not just some bubbles.

How to use this Oily Hair Dog Shampoo

Soak the dog’s hair/fur with water really well.

Then apply a generous amount of oily hair dog shampoo to the hair. Work the shampoo into the coat with your fingers. Make sure you cover all areas such as ears and armpits. Just be careful not to get it in the dog’s eyes.

Allow setting for two to three minutes.

Then rinse the hair thoroughly with water to remove all shampoo.

Repeat as needed.

Yield: 1 cup

Dog Shampoo for Oily Coat

Bottle of dog shampoo laying on a green towel with black leash to the side

Do you have a dog with oily hair? Or maybe an issue with fleas and need flea treatments? This cheap and easy, homemade dog shampoo for oily coat will work perfectly to solve your dog's issue.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/3 Cup Water
  • 1/3 Cup Dawn Dish Liquid (Original Scent) (other brands do not work as well)
  • 1/3 Cup White Vinegar

Instructions

    1. Add water, Dawn, and vinegar to a container bottle with a top.
    2. Shake vigorously until everything is fully mixed.

Notes

You may want to allow this to sit for a little while before using it as the suds after shaking can be a lot.

How to use this Oily Hair Dog Shampoo

  1. Soak the dog's hair/fur with water really well.
  2. Then apply a generous amount of oily hair dog shampoo to the hair. Work the shampoo into the coat with your fingers. Make sure you cover all areas such as ears and armpits. Just be careful not to get it in the dog's eyes.
  3. Allow setting for two to three minutes.
  4. Then rinse the hair thoroughly with water to remove all shampoo.
  5. Repeat as needed.

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