Coconut oil for dogs skin? The answer is YES. Coconut oil is not just a healthy oil for humans, but for pets as well. Coconut oil is good for dog’s digestion and to improve their coats. While we use coconut oil for healthy and strong hair, you can use this same oil for dogs to help prevent skin infection and more. It is important that you follow the proper guidelines with most things as too much of even a good thing can end up having negative effects. Here we shall see some of the benefits of coconut oil for skin conditions in dogs and how they can be used in treating skin allergies in dogs.
Does your dog smell bad? Does your dog take so much time in healing his wounds? Well, my dog Jackie had all these issues. He was even allergic to pollen and worms. I used to give him bath twice in a week and still he used to smell bad. But if you have a bowl of coconut oil in your kitchen, then stay away from the worries.
By now, many of us might have doubts regarding the content of saturated fats in coconut oil. Well, the virgin unrefined coconut oil consists of approximately 90% saturated fats , yet most of these fats are Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs). The main component of MCTs in coconut oil is lauric acid. Lauric acid possess antiviral, anti-fungal and antibacterial properties to balance your dog’s immune system.
Jackie has a very sensitive skin and I always make sure to apply only natural safe treatments for his skin. To be frank, coconut oil has really helped my Jackie come out of skin allergies. I apply coconut oil on my face 15 minutes before I take bath for a healthy and clean skin. It makes my skin more moisturized and clear. The same it works for dogs.
Benefits of coconut oil for dogs
- Coconut oil for dogs helps to improve the integrity of the skin while moisturizing and providing healthy fats for the skin’s lipid layer.
- Being an excellent skin treatment, coconut oil prevents your dog from yeast and fungal infections. It also protects your dog’s skin and coat. It creates a sleek and glossy coat thereby making your pet look smarter.
- Apart from skin treatments, coconut oil can also be used to aid digestion. It helps your dogs with colitis and inflammatory bowel syndrome.
- You can use coconut oil if your dog has bad breath.
- Is your dog fluffy and you think that he has put on? Coconut oil comes to help as it is one of the best natural weight loss remedy for dogs.
- Coconut oil for dogs helps prevent or control diabetes and balances insulin.
- It has powerful anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties that help in promoting normal thyroid problems.
Coconut oil for skin treatment in dogs
If you are planning to treat your dog’s skin allergies with coconut oil, you need to have virgin, unrefined (organic) coconut oil in liquid state and a gentle pet shampoo. You can select a shampoo that is soap-free and contains no harsh chemical ingredients. Then follow these instructions.
- Give your dog a bath using all natural soap-free shampoo. This will help your dog from itchy skin.
- After bathing your dog, leave him in the tub and apply coconut oil all over their body, massaging into the coat and on to the skin. Make sure to focus on the affected areas like the paws and ears.
- Allow the coconut oil to sit on your dog’s coat for 7-10 minutes to absorb into the body. The longer you wait, the better will be the results.
- Rinse your dog with water and lightly use dog shampoo. Do not leave any shampoo residue on his coat.
- Towel dry and brush your dog. You are done.
How much coconut oil for dogs?
Its always better to start with little. Begin slow, and start with little amount. Your dog needs to take time for adjusting to this new treatment. If you start with larger amounts of coconut oil, your dog might react negatively resulting in greasy stools or diarrhea.
Start with 1/4 teaspoon per day for small dogs and puppies and 1 teaspoon for large dogs.
Its disgusting to see your dog scratching all day with his paws. For dogs with serious skin or coat conditions, you can do this once a week. I did this and found a great change in my dog’s skin nature.