Coconut Oil for Dogs With Allergies & Digestion Problems
If you have a dog with allergies, you know how miserable it can be for them and you. The constant scratching and licking can cause raw, sore skin that can become infected. The heat makes it even worse.
Our mini schnauzer Alfie (in the middle) has such bad allergies that he cannot go out when it is very hot, because the allergens make him unable to breath. He comes in from the heat, wheezing and panting and then the licking, biting and scratching begins. He has had several episodes where I was sure he was going to have a stroke. He scratches himself raw and he licks and bites at his feet until they bleed.
The Vet usually offers to give him a steroid shot, which is really not a good idea. But he got so bad a few times, that we went ahead and got him the shot because we didn't know what else to do. It helped, but the long term use of steroids can cause many disturbing side effects. Steroids shut off your dogs immune system, making it hard for him to fight off infection or viruses.
Side Effects of Steroids Can Include:
- Increased thirst
- Increased hunger
- Frequent urination
- Higher risk of Urinary Tract Infection
- Liver Damage
Digestive Problems in Dogs
Our youngest schnauzer, Buddy (on the left) has digestion issues. He is on prescription dog food for it. I have recently began giving him coconut oil also. He loves it and it is helping him to lose some weight.
Is Coconut Oil Safe For My Dog
The fat in virgin coconut oil is made up mostly of medium-chain fatty acids (MCFA). This type of fatty acid goes directly to the liver where it is easily metabolized into energy.
Coconut oil is about 50% lauric acid which is also found in breast milk and is one of the best sources naturally available. The lauric acid in Coconut oil has antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antifungal properties. The anti-fungal properties of coconut oil can help prevent and treat yeast infections. Lauric acid has also been shown to be beneficial in preventing some cancers.
Coconut Oil Helps Dog Allergies
The regular use of coconut oil can help with your dogs seasonal allergies. It can also help with eczema, flea allergies, dry skin and hot spots.
Coconut oil will make your dogs coat soft, shiny and smelling terrific.
Maintain Healthy Weight
Adding coconut oil to your dogs daily diet will help control his appetite and give him more energy. Coconut oil will improve his digestive system and stimulate the thyroid gland, which will help to maintain your dogs healthy weight.
My dogs love coconut oil on their food or right off the spoon.
How Much Coconut Oil To Give Your Dog
When you first begin giving your dog coconut oil, it can cause loose stools. You will want to introduce it gradually into their diet. The dosage for dogs:
- 1tsp. per 10lbs.
- 1Tbsp. per 30lbs.
Do Not start out with these dosages. I started with about 1/4tsp. for about 3-4 days. Then 1/2tsp. for 3-4 more days. Then 3/4tsp. for about 3-4 more days, until I was at the full dosage for my dogs body weight. Also I don't give the full dose all at once, I divide it into 2 doses a day. If your dogs stool is too loose then you should lower the amount, until it is normal.
Coconut Oil Skin Treatment For Your Dog
For your dogs dry irritated skin you can do a coconut oil mask about once a week.
First shampoo your dog. I use DERMagic Peppermint Tea Tree Oil Shampoo.
Apply coconut oil all over your dog like a mask. Let it soak in for about 5-10 minutes. It's alright if they lick it.
Rinse and do a light application of shampoo, so it isn't too oily. Then I use DERMagic Peppermint Tea Tree Oil Conditioner and rinse lightly. My dog smells terrific.