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Fur Mom Confessions | I Slather Our Dogs with Coconut Oil

dog and coconut oil

Do you give coconut oil to your dog?

Last year, I learned that coconut oil is this new magic cure all for humans and it didn’t take long before I learned that it’s great for dogs too.  So I picked up a huge tub of organic extra virgin coconut oil when I saw it at Costco for $20 or a little less.

I’ve been putting it on our dogs’ paws as a conditioner and I noticed Rodrigo had a red sore between his toes (are they toes when it’s a dog?) and I rubbed some coconut oil on it and it was completely healed the next day. 

When Sydney has that not so fresh smell on her head (she’s part Lab), I rub some coconut oil on her head and around her neck – she’s right as rain.

One of my new favorite sites, Dogs Naturally Magazine, lists the benefits of coconut oil that surprised even me and makes me excited by the huge tub of oil I picked up at Costco…

Skin Conditions

  • Clears up skin conditions such as eczema, flea allergies, contact dermatitis,and itchy skin
  • Reduces allergic reactions and improves skin health
  • Makes coats become sleek and glossy, and deodorizes doggy odor
  • Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections, including candida
  • Disinfects cuts and promotes wound healing
  • Applied topically, promotes the healing of cuts, wounds, hot spots, dry skin and hair, bites and stings

Digestion

  • Improves digestion and nutrient absorption
  • Aids healing of digestive disorders like inflammatory bowel syndrome and colitis
  • Reduces or eliminates bad breath in dogs
  • Aids in elimination of hairballs and coughing

Immune System, Metabolic Function, Bone Health

  • Contains powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal agents that prevent infection and disease
  • Regulates and balance insulin and promotes normal thyroid function
  • Helps prevent or control diabetes
  • Helps reduce weight, increases energy
  • Aids in arthritis or ligament problems

 

Do you use coconut oil with your dogs?  What got you started?

17 Comments

  1. One of my old pet sitting clients used to slather her mix in coconut oil, too! He was the best smelling dog I’ve ever known. A little greasy, but it wasn’t bad. Lana’s never been that smelly (knock on wood!), but I try to use coconut oil when baking, including dog treats. Unfortunately, I’m about to make a bit batch today and I have no clue where my oil is. Ah, the joys of moving. =)

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  2. I just ordered some coconut oil for Ruby yesterday! She tends to be a bit on the itchy side – probably this dry Colorado air – and she also likes to eat gobs of cat hair that she finds (what a weirdo) so I like the hairball benefit.

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    • One of our cat’s eats cat hair. I have to grab it up as I’m combing him. So funny.

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  3. I have never thought to use it on my dogs paws before. In the summer time they always get so dry and cracky.

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  4. We discovered this because one of our dog’s noses got too dry. Cleared it right up!

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  5. I LOVE LOVE LOVE cocount oil! I started using it last year in Wynston’s homemade treats and in his dinner. I think it’s an overall healthy option for animals and I swear by it!

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  6. Yes, I used coconut oil for Jasmine, after reading enough information about its benefits.

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  7. We love coconut oil! I use it for all kinds of stuff – cooking, moisturizer and hair conditioner (for me), etc. Plus Rita loves the taste. I mix some in her meals once/day, and also mix it with baking soda and cinnamon for toothpaste for her. Great stuff!

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    • We mix it in our dogs meal 3x a week and use either salmon oil or camelina oil the other times. Love these things :)

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  8. We have used coconut oil for may years and love it. But we remember years ago when the food police said that it was used on movie popcorn and was very bad for us.

    Why do people listen to the food police ?

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  9. Going to try it & hope it helps my dog’s itchy skin & hot spots

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  10. I just heard coconut oil was good for weight reduction in cats – I have to find that article again. Our new kitty Russell is quite large and I think he might need to lose some weight. I have to remember to “bend at the knees” when I want to pick him up. Thanks for the great information!

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  11. We all use coconut oil at our house, so I buy it from Tropical Traditions in these giant tubs. I use it to bake and cook, the boys get it as a “treat”, I rub it into cuts and scrapes and when (dog forbid) I think Fe is getting a hot spot. I use it as lotion for my own skin and in my hair. Like white vinegar, it’s one of my magic cure alls that I use every single day.

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    • I just put some on Rodrigo’s arm, because he had a red spot. It’s amazing how well and quickly it works.

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  12. May I ask what might seem like a dumb question? Before you add the coconut oil to your dogs’ diets, do you warm it so it becomes a liquid? Or do you leave it as a solid?

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    • This is a great question; it depends on the day. Sometimes I put a dollup in their food – I can do this for Rodrigo, Scout and Zoey. For Sydney, it needs to be melted down. If their food is cold, it goes solid anyway, but she likes it that way so I do it :) I just use the microwave for less than 30 seconds (don’t want it too hot); it may not always melt all the way down, but it softens it way up. In the summer, I don’t have to do anything, because the warmer temps keep coconut oil soft.

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