Using Coconut Oil to Treat Skin Problems in Dogs

Coconut oil has become a popular remedy for skin problems, as it is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and easy to buy.

More research needs to be done to determine its effectiveness (if it does at all), but you can safely administer it to your dog.

Some believe that feeding your dog coconut oil or massaging his fur with it reduces symptoms and improves the dog’s appearance.

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Feed your dog coconut oil ‘CNO’

Feed your dog coconut oil 'CNO'

Buy premium virgin CNO:

Your dog will eat this oil, so choose the highest quality you can find, or buy organic oil if possible.

Avoid buying refined, bleached, or scented coconut oil as these treatments destroy the nutrients in it.

  • You can find high-quality coconut oil at grocery stores, drugstores, and natural food stores.

Give the dog the oil a spoon or mixed with food:

While you can give your dog 1 teaspoon (4 grams) of coconut oil for every 5 grams, it is best to work up to this dose.

Start by giving him a quarter of this amount for a few days before increasing the dose. You can give him the oil with a spoon directly or mix it in your dog’s food.

  • If you feed a dog an extensive amount of oil at once, it may cause diarrhea and indigestion.
  • For example: If the dog weighs 9 kilos, start feeding him half a spoonful of oil for several days. Then increase the dose until you gradually reach two tablespoons.

Include omega-3 oils in a dog’s diet:

Review your dog’s total diet and make sure you do not give him too much of the essential fatty acids (omega-3s) found in coconut oil.

If your dog takes a supplement that contains omega-3 oil, give him the supplement one day and the oil another day in rotation.

Too much omega-3 can cause digestive problems, problems with blood clotting, and insulin sensitivity.

  • For example: if you give your dog omega-3 three days a week, replace it with coconut oil for the remaining four days.

Consult your veterinarian about long-term use of coconut oil as some doctors question the potential benefits of the oil on a dog’s skin:

Consult your veterinarian about giving your dog CNO as part of his regular diet. If your dog is overweight, your veterinarian recommends giving him coconut oil for the short term only; as the oil contains 120 calories per tablespoon (12 grams).

Put CNO on the dog’s skin

Put CNO on the dog's skin

Buy high-quality coconut oil:

Look for unrefined, extra virgin organic CNO because it will be higher in nutrients than frequently refined coconut oil, and avoid using refined, bleached and odorless coconut oil.

Keep in mind that CNO may become liquid if it’s in a warm place, but will solidify when it cools.

  • You can buy quality coconut oil at grocery stores, drugstores, and natural food stores.

Warm the oil in your hands:

If coconut oil is in the liquid form, put about half a teaspoon of the oil in the palm of your hand, and rub your hands together until it coats them in the oil.

If you are going to take CNO when it is solid, put a teaspoon on your hands and rub your hands for a minute; and the oil will soften and become liquid.

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Rub the dog’s skin with your hands:

Rub the skin on the dog’s back, lower legs, and stomach with your oil-filled hands. You should also apply the oil to any skin that’s dry, itchy, red, or flea bites. Apply the oil once or twice a day if your dog has skin problems.

  • Apply the oil to your hands a second time if needed.

Rub CNO in your dog’s fur:

If your dog has fleas, you will need to treat his coat as well. Apply more CNO on your hands, then run your fingers through the dog’s fur and remember to massage the dog’s belly with the oil as well.

Apply coconut oil once or twice daily if your dog has fleas.

  • You can use CNO for several days or weeks, so keep applying it to your dog until the fleas are completely gone.

Wear a dog jacket:

If your dog licks the oil off the skin or fur immediately, don’t worry, as it is safe to eat it. But if you are concerned that the oil does not get into the skin or fur well; you can put a jacket on the dog to prevent him from licking the oil.

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