Coconut oil has many beneficial effects on the dog. It not only helps with grooming but also keeps annoying ticks and fleas away. How to use coconut oil for dog exactly, you will find out in this guide.
Coconut oil in dogs: positive effect in many areas
From hair care to oral hygiene, coconut oil is not only popular in the kitchen. The coconut oil is also suitable for animal care. The big advantage: The coconut oil is a natural product, so it does not harm your dog when it licks it - unlike chemicals with controversial ingredients.
Because of the long transport distances, coconut oil has a serious climate impact.
If you buy one, it should be certified organic. Also, less is more!
Coconut oil for fur and paws of the dogs
The paws are very sensitive in dogs and can be cracked. In winter, they are heavily used by road salt on the roads. In summer, the heat of the asphalt affects the dog paws.
The coconut oil protects the paws from the weather, prevents injuries and keeps the paws supple.
• First, rub a hazelnut-sized amount of the oil on your hands and then massage your dog's paws with it.
Coconut oil also helps with dry and flaky skin and cares for the coat. With regular use, it gives shine and makes the coat supple and combable. In addition, it eliminates unpleasant odors through the pleasant coconut fragrance.
• Depending on the size and length of your dog's hair, use a pea-sized to a walnut-sized portion of coconut oil and spread it over the animal's coat
Coconut oil as natural protection against parasites
Coconut oil is a natural means of external protection against ticks, mites, and fleas. In India, coconut oil has long been used to repel ticks and other insects, and initial studies on humans have been successful.
Since coconut oil is free from toxic additives, no side effects are known. The protection makes possible the contained lauric acid. The unique fatty acid complex also works in already infected animals, as the lauric acid attacks the chitin armor of the pests. Preventively, the coconut oil prevents the parasites from settling in the dog.
• When you start treatment, rub your dog with a pea-sized walnut-sized amount of coconut oil before each walk (depending on size). Pay special attention to those regions that prefer ticks: the face, the ears, and the stomach.
• After the walk, you should still inspect your dog for ticks.
• After several weeks of use, it is sufficient to rub the dog only two or three times a week.
Tip: Ear mites can also be treated with coconut oil. Add a cloth to liquid coconut oil and wipe your dog's ears with it.
Protection against internal parasites
Worm infestation in pets does not necessarily have to be worrying. Rather, the parasites challenge the immune system of your animal and strengthen it. If your dog is healthy, he can cope well with the burden of worms or other intestinal parasites.
For the following symptoms of parasite infestation, it may be helpful to help your pet with coconut oil:
• Weight loss
• Itching around the anus
• bloated stomach
The oil is worming if the infestation is not already too advanced. In addition, it creates a worm-deficient intestinal climate in which the parasites do not feel well. The antiparasitic effect is strengthened by supporting the intestinal flora and in turn mobilizing your dog's own defenses.
Coconut oil is therefore suitable for treating initial symptoms as well as for prophylactic use. In contrast to medical cures, it keeps your animal's body in balance and you can safely use it for a long time.
If the symptoms do not improve quickly, it may be a severe worm infestation or other illness. In this case, be sure to additionally visit a veterinarian.
• Depending on the size, supplement your dog's food with about 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of coconut oil.
• For the oil to be fully effective, it is best to treat your pet for several weeks.
Coconut oil for the treatment of injuries in dogs
Coconut oil is also suitable for wounds:
• The fat layer of the coconut oil supplies the skin and can protect wounds from external influences such as dirt. Make sure that the wound is dry, so you do not bring any additional germs into the wound.
• In addition, the oil soothes the itching and can also help your dog optimally with surgical wounds. In addition, it reduces scarring.
• Unlike creams with chemical ingredients, it does not harm your pet when it licks the oil. Therefore, coconut oil is even suitable for injuries in the mouth.
• Coconut oil can also treat bad breath. Just add a teaspoon of coconut oil to your dog's food.