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7 Reasons To Give Coconut Oil To Your Dog

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    7 Reasons To Give Coconut Oil To Your Dog

    #1 – It can improve their skin

    Coconut oil, especially when used topically, helps improve your dog’s skin and coat. It can help clear up eczema, flea allergies, and itchy skin. It can moisturize dry skin and make your dog’s coat shiny and smooth.




    #2 – You can use it for first aid

    It can be put on your dog’s skin to help heal cuts, scrapes, hot spots, stings, and bug bites. It can help treat and prevent yeast infections and it has antifungal and antibacterial properties. It may also have antiviral properties, as well.
    #3 – It can improve digestion and nutrient absorption

    It is important not to give your dog too much coconut oil, however, as it can cause loose stools. A few tablespoons of canned (plain) pumpkin can help solidify watery stools.


    #4 – It can improve your dog’s breath

    Some people even brush their dog’s teeth with coconut oil. It’s a tasty treat for your dog and can help freshen their breath while caring for their teeth.

    #5 – Coconut oil promotes mobility in arthritic dogs

    Since coconut oil can improve your dog’s energy and help him lose weight, it’s a great choice to help get dogs back on their feet.
    #6 – It has many overall health benefits

    It helps regulate insulin, so it can prevent diabetes. It helps to maintain normal thyroid, heart, and brain health too!


    #7 – It can eliminate hairballs

    While dogs are not as prone to hairballs as cats are, greasing up their insides with coconut oil can help any hair they ingest slide through their digestive tract more easily, helping to prevent hairballs in dogs who are prone to them.
    If you plan to add coconut oil to your dog’s diet, you should start slowly (1/4 teaspoon per day for small dogs and puppies, 1 teaspoon for large dogs) and gradually increase his intake. You also want to make sure you’re accounting for the added calories when considering the rest of your dog’s diet.

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    I'm a big fan of coconut oil myself, and have given it to my pets sometimes. My cat used to like it, but won't touch it anymore and my dog don't care for it either, even in small amounts. I started putting a couple of drops of light olive oil in his food along with his Dinovite for his skin/itching problem. It's slowly getting better, hoping that it continues to subside.

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    Maybe this is a dumb question, but where do you buy coconut oil, the supermarket?

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    You can buy it at Walmart or Amazon online, many supermarkets sell it in the USA. I buy mine usually from a health food store locally, Natural Grocers, this is the brand I use.


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    Thanks, got to get some for my pooch. For itchy skin do you put it on topically or add it to the dog's food. or both?

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    I'd recommend internally on a daily basis. It is soothing to the skin topically and very beneficial, but it is oily until completely soaked in, so it will leave a stain on clothes, carpets, furniture, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alpha1 View Post
    It is soothing to the skin topically and very beneficial, but it is oily until completely soaked in, so it will leave a stain on clothes, carpets, furniture, etc.
    That's what I was worried about but do want to try it anyway

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    You can isolate the dog in a room like the kitchen for awhile until it soaks into the skin, in some cases a dog 'coat' might be put on after application, but I think it's best to just leave the skin open to air and let it dry. Good luck!

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    Got it. It isn't what I expected, I thought that it was creamy paste but it's more like hard butter. Should I melt it down if I want to put it on my dog?

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    The consistency is regulated by the temperature in the room, like in summertime, my coconut oil is more liquidy, in winter, it's more hard. You can warm it a little to melt it a bit to make it easier to apply, but usually when it hits a person or animal's body temperature, it melts automatically....will have to be rubbed or massaged into the skin.

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