Beautifully smelling coconut oil is not only delicious and fantastic to use as a cooking ingredient. But it’s also very beneficial in skincare, haircare, and even on a toothbrush. You’ve probably heard all this before. However, you may be wondering: Is coconut oil good for my dog’s skin and hair too?
Coconut oil is probably one of the most well-known, used, and versatile oils. It’s a solid white oil that melts at about 25 C B-roll coconut oil in a jar. Virgin coconut oil is high in lauric acid, antibacterial, or, more precisely, bactericidal as it kills bacteria. Lauric acid can damage the lipid cover of some viruses, so we can say it’s anti-viral as well. It’s also known to improve skin, hair, digestion, and reduce allergic reactions.
What coconut oil to buy?
Before you buy coconut oil, make sure it’s labeled as “unrefined,” “extra virgin,” and/or “cold-pressed”. Unrefined coconut oil, also called extra virgin, is extracted from the fruit of fresh mature coconuts without the use of chemicals or high temperatures. This means it retains some nutrients that act as antioxidants.
One you must definitely avoid is “deodorised”.
On the other hand, most refined coconut oil is chemically extracted from dried coconut meat. This is then deodorized and bleached, so its antioxidant levels are depleted. However, this isn’t true of all brands because some, especially organic ones, are extracted using steam. So, if in doubt, check the manufacturer’s website.
Our dogs’ skin and coat are great indicators of our health, just like ours. Everything affects both of them – stress, illness, pregnancy, and diet, just to name a few.
How can you use coconut oil on your dog’s skin and hair?
When you’re going to use coconut oil on your dog, wash your dog well before so that the skin and coat are squeaky clean. Then dry him with a towel as much as possible. Apply the oil with gentle circulatory movements and massage all over the body. It’s an excellent opportunity to give your dog a little relaxing massage.
Apply enough oil to cover the coat all over the body completely. If the dog has sensitive areas with irritated skin, pay extra attention to these areas.
Wrap your dog in a warm towel and let him rest for at least 10 minutes.
From my experience, most of the dogs just happily fall asleep. When the time is up, rinse your dog with warm water and apply your favourite shampoo, and bathe as usual. After this treatment, a conditioner is usually not needed.
If you’re using the treatment for your hair, apply the oil with a comb or a brush on the whole length of your hair. For extra benefit, do it before you go to bed. Use a shower cup and cloth/woolly hat on top to protect your bedding. It’s like a spa night for your hair.
Are you and your dog ready for a nice spa treatment?