What’s all the fuss about Coconut Oil?
At CoolWag we have a tub of Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil on hand so that if your dog develops a hot spot or has another boo boo; or you request that we add it to their diet, we can accommodate. We use it on our own dogs!
SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE
Organic Virgin Coconut Oil… hmmmm. Doesn’t sound that amazing. Why is it different from other oils and why would you ever suggest putting it on my dog.. wouldn’t that make him a greasy mess? If he eats it, won’t he get fat? Lauric acid, a medium chain fatty acid, can help prevent bacterial and viral infections–has anti-fungal properties–and is low in the bad cholesterol and high in the good cholesterol… Coconut Oil has this! Read on…
Too much of anything is a bad thing and that goes for Coconut Oil, too. The recommended dosage is 1 teaspoon for every 10 pounds of body weight per day; however, it is not a good idea to introduce that amount all at once. It is better to build up to it or you can end up with some nasty diarrhea. Now if your dog already has diarrhea and you are trying to help them get through whatever it is faster, introducing Coconut Oil at a higher rate might be ok. It was for my dog.
Can it make him fat, yes and if he has other issues like pancreatitis it can be harmful which is why we suggest consulting your veterinarian before introducing it to your dog’s diet (if you veterinarian doesn’t know about it… hmmmm… there are links at the bottom that are from Universities, Holistic veterinarians, and other organizations like the AKC…).
We have a 113 pound Cane Corso who developed severe diarrhea and vomiting. We withheld food for 24 hours and he seemed to recover but when we reintroduced a bland diet in small portions, it started up again. It was a Sunday and he was NOT LETHARGIC so I decided to make an appointment at the vet the next day. In an effort to try to help him out with whatever it was that was ailing him, I decided to give him a whole cup of Coconut Oil (it is solid form at room temperature so easy to give—most dogs love it so that makes it easy as well). The next day (still NOT LETHARGIC) he went out side and had a normal BM… no more vomiting either. So.. did the coconut oil kill whatever was in his stomach/intestines and heal him or was it just the timing? We will never know but what I do know is that he was better. Please note that if he had exhibited any signs of lethargy or stopped wanting to eat or drink, I would have rushed him to the emergency vet…but that was not the case.
As far as a topical solution to hot spots, red bumps, dry skin and even oily-stinky skin, Coconut oil can also be a solution. I have witnessed hot spots heal in a few days vs. weeks. I’ve rubbed it all over my Boston Terrier who had developed red bumps on her paws. She was biting at them and generally uncomfortable for over a few weeks. Benadryl helped temporarily but not long term. It wasn’t until I rubbed the Coconut Oil into her paws that they healed and went away completely (she has not had a flare up in over 3 months after having them for a few weeks). The anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral properties of Coconut Oil are proven.. so why not use them!
If you have a dog that has greasy stinky skin, rubbing coconut oil all over him, letting it sit for five or ten minutes and then shampooing him with a mild, non-scented shampoo can clear that up as well. It may sound like you are making him a greasy mess but if he is already a mess, why not give it a try. You and your dog may be VERY happy with the results.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
OK.. so there are many reports and studies that show that the acids in coconut oil can kill bacteria, viruses, and fungus but people still don’t believe it. Why? I don’t know because the information is easy to get. Coconut Oil is comprised of more Medium Chain Triglycerides than Olive, Conola, etc. oils. (If you are planning on switching to Coconut Oil for your own diet make sure you read this because it is not enough… you still need Long chain fats. Here are a few links:
What makes Coconut Oil different? From the Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University.
Increasing their immune system with vaccinations and things like herbal supplements, Coconut Oil, Probiotics, and a healthy diet and exercise are some things that we can all do together to help to keep their bodies strong enough t
o fight illnesses and live a long and healthy life. If your dog does get Canine Influenza, Giardia, Bordetella, or any other upper respiratory infection, Coconut Oil has some proven benefits that can shorten the recovery period. As usual, consult with your veterinarian to make sure this is right for your dog before trying it.