Did you know that coconut oil is excellent for a dog’s skin and coat health?! Here are some of our best tips for your four-legged friend:
Coconut oil is great for hydrating dry skin and even helps with eczema. Take a small amount of coconut oil and apply topically for immediate, localized relief. This can also help with relief of flea bites. BONUS: rubbing coconut oil on your dog’s coat before a walk can help repel ticks!
Coconut oil can help soothe dry paws. During winter you may have noticed extra-dry, cracked paws on your pet. To heal cracked paws, rub a small bit of coconut oil on your dog’s paw pads before your dog goes to sleep. Keep doing this for a few nights and you’ll notice continued improvement every morning. BONUS: Coconut oil is also a natural antibacterial, so it can also be applied to minor cuts that come along with dry paws to promote fast healing.
Coconut oil can improve the look and feel of a dog’s coat. Depending on the size of your dog, apply about a dime-sized portion of coconut oil between your palms and emulsify. Rub the coconut oil onto your dog’s coat to improve the look, add gloss, and add a pleasant scent!
Coconut oil is high in medium chain triglycerides, which can penetrate a dog’s skin and hair, making it an excellent moisturizer. It also has anti-fungal and antibacterial effects due to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid, and caprylic acid.
As a pet owner, you will want the purest coconut oil to use on your dog. Choose cold-pressed, unrefined virgin coconut oil. It’s the most natural you can get which means that its phytonutrients are preserved and present at high percentages.
Definitely stay away from refined, bleached, and deodorized coconut oil, also known as RBD coconut oil. This coconut oil has been extracted with high heat causing a decrease in the natural phytonutrients that are good for your dog’s skin and coat. The oil has also been bleached to remove the colour it attained during its high heat extraction. Yep - it sounds as bad as it is and is not something you want near your pet!