Coconut Oil is not just for People
I was just reading a post written by Cherokee talking about discovering the many uses of coconut oil. Cherokee listed many great uses of coconut oil for people, but did you know it is great to have on hand for your dogs too?
I have a big old jar of extra virgin coconut oil in my pantry for cooking and “people” use but I also scoop out some and put it in another container and keep it with my pet supplies for my dogs to use. It is a great skin conditioner for them too, especially in the dry winter months.
It’s also great for their digestion and can be used to treat skin irritations, yeast infections and flea bites. It also helps keep them “flea-free” if used regularly. The best part is it is all natural so if you rub it on and they lick it, it is okay.
I put a bit of coconut oil in their food and I also rub it into their skin as a moisturizer. The basic rule of thumb is 1 tsp per ten pounds, but I would start out with a smaller amount and then increase it to the teaspoon, because it can give the dog diarrhea.
You can search on the internet for a ton more things it is good for, for both you and your dog. I am a firm believer in treating conditions as naturally as possible for both my family and my dogs. Coconut oil has become a magic elixir at my house!
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