if you haven’t heard by now, coconut oil is great for you, and has countless uses, literally, i can’t count how many uses it has and i’m learning new ones every day!
but did you know coconut oil is great for our furry babies too? yep, it sure is, and its a natural, healthy alternative to all those toxic chemicals included in pet products these days.
did you know all those preventive flea control products are made up of toxic synthetic chemicals aka pesticides, and those pesticides can have severe adverse affects on your pet. each month you’re basically applying poison directly onto your pet where it enters his/her bloodstream. those chemicals can cause rashes, vomiting, diarrhea, seizures, and even death.
i finally linked my 7lb chihuahua’s seizures to the use of Advantage Flea Control (which is what my Vet suggested). i thought i was doing the right thing to be sure she didn’t become infested with fleas. instead she started having these extremely scary seizures that our vet could not pin point the cause of. i finally realized that she was having these seizures when i was using Advantage, not always immediately after application either, but maybe a week or two later. since i stopped using any toxic flea control products (two years ago) she stopped having seizures. it’s scary to think that something i was giving her could have actually killed her.
on her next annual exam my vet asked me if i was using flea control and i said no way, never again and explained, and guess what, the vet actually acknowledged that seizures are a known side effect of flea control products…umm, they never explained that when they were suggesting i use them.
please do your research, and stop using poisons on your pets. humans are also at risk when using these poisons as well as your children who cuddle their beloved pets.
- Flea and Tick Product Ingredients: What You Should Know
- Poisons on Pets: Health Hazards from Flea and Tick Products
- Pet flea treatments can be dangerous
directions: if your dog already has fleas you’ll want to take them somewhere in your yard where you won’t mind the fleas jumping off, in other words don’t apply coconut oil to a dog that has fleas in the middle of your living room, where the fleas will jump off and infest your house and you instead!
take an appropriate amount of coconut oil depending on your dogs size into your hands (raw, unrefined coconut oil is a solid at about 78 degrees and below and a liquid at 78 degrees and above).
you’ll want to rub the coconut oil into your dogs skin and fur. fleas should literally begin jumping for their lives almost immediately.
you’ll want to do this daily until there are no fleas. you may want to put a shirt on your pooch so they don’t lick it off before it has a chance to absorb. until absorbed you’ll want to have them lay on a blanket or towel to protect your furniture too.
if you live in a heavily infested area you’ll want to give your dog a coconut oil rub down daily, believe me they’ll love it.
coconut oil for skin
you can also use coconut oil to help with hot spots, dry flaky skin, skin allergies, small cuts or abrasions, dry cracked noses, it can even help with DO=doggy odor.
you can add coconut oil orally and/or externally.
it’s suggested that you add 1 teaspoon of coconut oil for every 10-20 lbs of body weight.
caution: as with any new food, introduce coconut oil into your dogs diet gradually over a minimum of one week to assure that your dog does not have a negative reaction. [your dog could experience loose stool or flu like symptoms, consult your vet if you have any concerns]
you can apply coconut oil directly to any dry skin, noses, pads, small cuts, abrasions, etc. coconut oil is excellent because it has natural anti-viral, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.
adding coconut oil to your dogs diet can help with DO=doggy odor too.
coconut oil for teeth
you can even brush your dogs teeth with coconut oil and they will actually love the taste unlike many of those pet store doggie toothpastes that include unknown ingredients.
if only our dogs could swish with coconut oil like us humans, they’d have all the advantages of oil pulling.
you can use a finger brush or a appropriate size toothbrush, apply coconut oil to the brush and brush away. no need to rinse since coconut oil is safe to ingest.
coconut oil to promote weight loss
coconut oil can actually raise metabolism and help raise energy levels and therefore, promote weight loss in dogs.
coconut oil has Lauric Acid. Lauric Acid acts like a simple carbohydrate, it is converted almost immediately into energy, unlike simple carbs, it does NOT produce an insulin spike.
Nutiva Organic Virgin Coconut Oil is:
- organic unrefined, cold-pressed virgin coconut oil, bottled in a peanut free facility.
- USDA organic, non-GMO, virgin, kosher, non-hydrogenated, no cholesterol
- nutritional health benefits of 50% lauric acid and 62% medium-chain triglycerides