For most dog breeds, a small quantity of coconut oil twice a day delivers a myriad of benefits, long-term and short-term. Just make sure you don’t overdo it, as dogs of all sizes shouldn’t eat more than a teaspoon of fresh coconut oil at one time, even if it’s mixed with other foods or liquids.
Always make sure you consult your veterinarian before using such a product, as he or she could give you recommendations regarding the proper amount your dog breed should ingest. Now, let’s learn what you could do with some organic coconut oil for dogs.
Skin allergies and rashes
Many pets suffer from something called atopy or frequent skin allergies. Causes vary, as some of the most common culprits are thought to be food, fleas, pollen, and also molds. However, the result is the same – incessant scratching, redness, open sores, dry skin and absolute misery for your companion.
Although, needless to say, it is vital to find out exactly what kind of allergen is affecting your furry life partner, applying a fair amount of coconut oil to the lesions can help soothe the skin and even make them go away. It’s also beneficial when it comes to other types of skin damage, including eczema. Double check that your pet is not allergic to coconut oil itself, as that can worsen the symptoms.
Speaking of skin, this miracle oil is not just for the main parts of the body, but for the dog paws too. They can get easily cracked and scratched, especially in summer, when concrete is burning hot. It is an area that is often neglected, but it shouldn’t as it can lead to severe walking issues.
However, the solution is simple. Run a little coconut oil into its paw skin to provide moisture and to prevent dryness and open wounds. Try to do this at night, before the two of you go to bed, as skin repairs itself better after the sun has set.
Digestive little helper
Dogs eat all kinds of crazy stuff. This is a well-known fact that we can do nothing about. To prevent your pet from getting constipated after a heavy meal, mix coconut oil with its food. The oil also improves your dog’s stool consistency and increases his nutrient uptake.
Keep in mind it can initially cause diarrhea in some dogs, so don’t be concerned if that happens. Dogs with bowel problems might benefit from coconut oil rich diets. If the loose stool problem doesn’t disappear in a few days, stop giving it the oil and contact your vet to see what’s the problem as that shouldn’t be a persistent issue.
If given orally for a certain amount of time, coconut oil can improve your dog’s luscious coat. However, if used topically, it will for sure make its coat gets glossy, it will reduce odor and even protect the skin from UV rays. The pet will probably lick off the oil since dogs love its taste. To prevent that, you could use an Elizabethan collar or the “cone of shame.” Apply a thin layer at least once a week.
As an alternative to the cone, you can condition its coat with the natural coconut oil for five minutes. Play with him or her to distract the dog from licking and then use a pet-friendly shampoo to wash off the oil.
Keep infections at bay
Coconut oil has antifungal properties, as many people might already know. It can help your dog, especially if it spends a lot of time outside, battle a yeast or a fungal infection, both of which are hard to treat. Some of the most common and irritating symptoms include bad breath, red patches of skin, and balding spots.
Consult your vet if you suspect something more severe is hiding beneath those symptoms and if they don’t disappear within a week of using coconut oil on them.