I learned about how coconut oil is good for dogs in my search for ways to help our dog, Ginger, with her allergies. We adopted Ginger in January when she was 6 months old. As soon as summer came along, she was itching like crazy. I wasn’t sure if it was the season or her food making her itch, but it was obvious she was allergic to something. So I searched for ways to help her and found that coconut oil was a great way to help her with the itching. And I tell you, my dogs LOVE coconut oil. They go nuts over the stuff!
While the coconut oil does help Ginger with the itching, it didn’t cure her allergies. I still needed to figure out what she was allergic to. But the benefits of coconut oil are so great, I still give both of my dogs it as a treat every day.
Yes, coconut oil is an awesome health supplement for your dog! For the same reasons more and more people are adding coconut oil to their own diet, your dog can benefit from the same great properties of coconut oil.
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Although unlikely, it’s possible your dog be allergic to coconut oil. If you notice a reaction such as a rash or itching after giving your dog coconut oil, discontinue using it and see if she is still having a reaction. There are other supplement oils you can use that may be better for your dog, such as fish oils and omega-3 fatty acids.
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It’s always a good idea to talk to your vet if you have any concerns about adding something new to your dog’s diet.
It’s important to note, that not all coconut oil is created equal. You want to buy unrefined, organic, virgin coconut oil.
Start slow. Do not start giving your dog the full dosage right away. Your dog’s belly could get upset and end up with diarrhea. You also want to make sure your dog doesn’t have any bad reactions to the coconut oil.
The recommended dosage is 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds of dog. I personally only give our dogs 1 tablespoon each per day. Ginger is about 50 lbs and Bear is 95 lbs.
Dog Weight – Daily Dosage
10 lbs – 1 teaspoon
20 lbs – 2 teaspoons
30-40 lbs – 1 tablespoon
50-60 lbs – 2 tablespoons
70-80 lbs – 2-1/2 tablespoons
90-100+ lbs – 3 tablespoons
Start out small for the first few days with a 1/4 teaspoon each day for a small dog, 1/2 teaspoon for a medium dog and 1 teaspoon large dogs. Slowly increase to the full dose over the next few days.
I have collected some great recipes for dog treats that use coconut oil on my Pinterest board, so check it out!
So what are you waiting for? Buy a jar of organic virgin coconut oil today and start helping your dog feel happy and healthy.
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Debi McKee is the mom of Ginger and Bear (and three human kids too), lifetime dog lover and a volunteer for a rescue as foster home. She is the creator of Rescue Dogs 101, were she guides you in your journey of adopting and raising a rescue dog every step of the way. Sign up for the free resource library! It is jam-packed with valuable resources that you will use throughout your journey.... all for FREE!