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coconut oil supplement for dogs

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created August 27, 2012 at 2:21 PM

So, my FIL died suddenly Jan 31 and we inherited his dog. She has some skin issues, a ton of allergies and thinks that strangers are here to kill her. (let's just say FIL was "shy" and she didn't get exposed to many people)

otherwise, she's a great, well trained dog.

our biggest problem right now is her skin. we have her on Benadryl, at the vet's rx, but this morning we got the idea to try supplementing her diet with coconut oil in hopes the MCTs will help with her skin issues/itching.

with dogs, it seems to be, they itch-->they scratch until their skin is inflamed-->makes them more uncomfortable-->they itch and lick more. It's a vicious cycle.

anyone else do this? Notes? tips?

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on August 28, 2012
at 11:57 PM

we are working on the socialization issues. it's mainly that she automatically assumes that anyone that doesn't live in the house is here to KILL HER AND OMG DOGGIE PANIC ATTACK but she's getting better. we can walk her when there are people outside now.

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on August 28, 2012
at 02:34 AM

Hey, that's awesome. She's such a lucky girl. Have you ever checked into the dog pheromone diffuser stuff? I don't know if she's still stressed, but I know several people who've had luck with that stuff.

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on August 27, 2012
at 04:49 PM

we're considering spot's stew grain-free, we put her on a much higher quality diet than she was used to (she was getting 'Ol Roy mixed with cornbread and off-brand SPAM and ice cream sandwiches LOL and now she's on Beneful) and she got down to a healthy weight. she's off the antidepressants at least.

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on August 27, 2012
at 03:56 PM

Our dog's skin started flaking after he came back from the vet (was being treated for GI problems, poor thing) and the vet said the flaking was due to stress. Perhaps if your dog's socialization issues get resolved the skin issues will also resolve. Good luck, I'm glad your dog has a good home!

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on August 27, 2012
at 02:43 PM

Before supplementing, I'd have a look at what you're feeding her. My ten year old dog has NO health or emotional issues. He was a mess, including a heartworm infestation, when we adopted him. We transitioned him to a combination raw and EVO (a dry grain-free food) diet. His breed is prone to "hot spots" in our very hot and humid climate but he's never had a problem. I recently started to supplement with Omega 3 and glucosamine because he is getting old. Good luck!

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on August 27, 2012
at 02:36 PM

I'm sorry for your loss, and I'm so glad that dog had a family to go to.

My dog used to lick herself til she was raw...been there, paid a zillion vet bills. Benadryl is a respectable way to calm things down- cheap and relatively benign, unlike steroids - but you should start with the next easiest: cut all the grain out of her diet, all the crap (even the good brands have stuff), and consider rotating single proteins. We finally went raw because single protein allergy dog food was so pricy, but I know you can do this with kibble/canned meat if you need to.

Coconut oil is probably okay for this purpose, but omega 3s would be better. Try doing some big doses of salmon oil. Might be an expensive month. But it does help. Be careful about overdoing the coconut oil volume wise until you know what she can handle (pancreatitis risk).

Dogs have inhalant allergies just like us, too. Got a sense of what bothers her? The same stuff that helps people might help her. Being a bit cleaner, less outdoor time during certain periods, clean bedding, less carpet, etc.

53ae5256bd5ba7fadcf3755115cbc1d5

(190)

on August 27, 2012
at 04:49 PM

we're considering spot's stew grain-free, we put her on a much higher quality diet than she was used to (she was getting 'Ol Roy mixed with cornbread and off-brand SPAM and ice cream sandwiches LOL and now she's on Beneful) and she got down to a healthy weight. she's off the antidepressants at least.

D5d982a898721d3392c85f951d0bf0aa

(2417)

on August 28, 2012
at 02:34 AM

Hey, that's awesome. She's such a lucky girl. Have you ever checked into the dog pheromone diffuser stuff? I don't know if she's still stressed, but I know several people who've had luck with that stuff.

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on August 27, 2012
at 05:28 PM

Once I put my dogs on a grain-free kibble, their skin issues cleared up. I purchase mine from a local feed store. There are a large number of brands on the market. Read the labels carefully because some grain-free foods contain soy.

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on August 27, 2012
at 10:02 PM

Alpha wolf will always eat the liver because it is the most nutritious part of the animal. I'm Sure if you give your dog liver his skin problems will clear up, plus it's extremely cheap.

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