Coconut oil kills fleas
How to Use Coconut Oil for Flea and Skin Treatment on Dogs
Coconut oil has become a popular treatment for skin problems. It's antibacterial, anti-fungal, and easy to purchase.While more research is needed to determine how effective (if at all) it is, you can safely give it to your dog. Some believe that feeding your dog coconut oil or rubbing it through their fur can reduce symptoms and improve the look of your dog's coat.
Feeding Your Dog Coconut Oil
Buy extra-virgin coconut oil.Since your dog will be ingesting the oil, choose the highest quality coconut oil you can find. If possible, purchase organic oil. Avoid buying refined, bleached, and deodorized (RBD) coconut oil because the processing destroys nutrients.
- You can find high-quality coconut oil at grocery stores, pharmacies, and natural food stores.
Give your your dog the oil on a spoon or mixed into food.While you can give your dog 1 teaspoon (4 g) of coconut oil for every 10 pounds (4.5 kg) it weighs, you want to gradually work up to this amount. Start by feeding your dog 1/4 of this amount for a few days before you increase the amount. Feed the coconut oil directly off of the spoon or stir it into your dog's food.
- If you feed your dog too much coconut oil right away, it may have diarrhea and indigestion.
- For example, if your dog weighs 20 pounds (9 kg), start by feeding your dog 1/2 teaspoon (2 g) of oil for a few days. Gradually work up to 2 teaspoons (8 g).
Balance the omega-3 oils in your dog's diet.Consider your dog's overall diet and ensure that it doesn't get too many essential fatty acids (omega-3s) that are found in coconut oil. If your dog takes a supplement that contains omega-3 oil, alternate days when you give your dog the supplement and coconut oil. Too much omega-3 can cause digestive problems, trouble with blood clotting, and insulin sensitivity.
- For example, if you give your dog an omega-3 oil three days a week, alternate with the coconut oil for the other four days.
Ask the veterinarian about using coconut oil in the long term.Some veterinarians are skeptical about the potential benefits of coconut oil on dog's skin. Ask your veterinarian about giving your dog coconut oil as part of its regular diet. If your dog is overweight, the vet might recommend that you only give the oil in the short term because coconut oil contains 120 calories for every tablespoon (12 g).
Applying Coconut Oil to Your Dog's Skin
Purchase high-quality coconut oil.Look for an unrefined, extra-virgin, organic coconut oil since it will be higher in nutrients than highly refined coconut oils. Avoid using refined, bleached, and deodorized (RBD) coconut oil. Keep in mind that coconut oil might become liquid if it's in a warm location, but will harden as it cools.
- Buy high-quality coconut oil at grocery stores, pharmacies, and natural food stores.
Warm the oil between your hands.If the coconut oil is in liquid form, spoon about 1/2 teaspoon (2 g) of coconut oil into the palm of one hand. Rub your hands together so they're coated with the oil. If you're using coconut oil that is solid, scoop a small spoonful into your hand and rub your palms together for a minute. The coconut oil will soften and become liquid.
Rub the oil over your dog's skin.Rub your oiled hands over the skin of your dog's back, lower legs, and stomach. You should also rub it over any skin that is dry, itchy, red, or flea-bitten. Apply the oil once or twice a day while your dog is suffering from skin problems.
- Reapply oil to your hands as needed.
Rub coconut oil through your dog's fur.If your dog is suffering from fleas, you'll also need to treat your dog's fur. Rub more coconut oil between your hands and run your fingers through your dog's fur. Remember to rub coconut oil through the fur on your dog's under belly. Apply the coconut oil once or twice a day while you're dog is infected with fleas.
- You can use the coconut oil for several days or weeks. Continue to apply the coconut oil until the fleas are gone.
Put a sweater on your dog.Don't worry if your dog immediately licks the coconut oil off of its fur or skin, since it's safe to ingest. But if you're concerned that the coconut oil isn't coming into contact with your dog's skin or fur, you might need to put a sweater on your dog. The sweater will prevent the dog from licking off the oil.
QuestionCan the treatment of coconut oil for fleas be used for cats?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes, it can be used for cats.Thanks!
QuestionCan you use coconut oil on a 6 week old puppy?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes. Coconut oil is a natural and safe alternative to chemicals. If you are going to feed it to her/him, be sure to google the proper dosage for weight.Thanks!
QuestionDo I apply coconut oil on my dog when it's still wet from bathing?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerWhile coconut oil does work as a leave-in conditioner, it's best to apply it to your dog when their fur is dry so that it will adhere better.Thanks!
QuestionDo I have to wash the oil out the next day? Can I apply it every day?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou don't need to wash the dog the next day, and you can apply it daily.Thanks!
QuestionWhich plants repel fleas?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerEucalyptus, Cedar, Tansy, Wormwood, Fleawort, Pennyroyal, Rue, Citronella and Sweet Bay.Thanks!
QuestionDo I need to bathe my dog before treating it for fleas? What is the best way to keep the fleas in my yard off of my dog?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYes you do; follow the instructions on the flea treatment box. You can set plants out in your yard that repel bugs.Thanks!
QuestionCan I put oil on my dog while he is still wet?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou can, but the oil will likely rub off quickly, so it's better to do it when the dog is dry.Thanks!
QuestionMy sister's dog is covered - we put vinegar on his stomach and back, but it is still a terrible infestation. What can I do?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerOften if there's a bad infestation, many of the fleas will hide in various areas. After bathing your dog, try using an old blanket or towel to cover your lap and lay your dog on it. After coating her entire body thoroughly, use a flea comb to get any that may not have been affected by the oil.Thanks!
QuestionWill Frontline Flea and Tick Treatment stop and manage fleas which are already present?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerFrontline is the best skin-absorbed treatment. It lasts 30 days, but so do the nits (eggs), so the first round will die off as they bite but keep treating for another round or two, reapplying every 30 days. Check out a site called Wondercide to obtain cedar-scented sprays that go right on the dog's hotspots as well as furniture and carpet.Thanks!
QuestionWill my dog's fur grow back on the damaged skin, even though it has been damaged for almost 3 years?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerI'm sure it will, but you may also try using alkaline drinking water, it's Ph balanced antioxidant water. You can find it at most grocery and convenience stores with other bottled water, it's better for you and your pet. My cat was wounded under the chin and it started healing within days and hair grew back within a month.Thanks!
I got liquid coconut oil in the cooking aisle. Can I use this on my dog's hair for itching?
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Will coconut oil help if it is rubbed on the affected areas?
My cat has scabs around neck and ears is coconut oil good to rub on his coat to rid of fleas?
- If your dog doesn't like the smell of the coconut oil, consider mixing a few drops of lavender or lemon essential into the oil. Some people use these essential oils for treating yeast problems on the skin.
" also if your dog has long hair and you really want to help them stop itching shave them then put the oil on leave it on for about 2-3 hours and give them a nice warm bath.
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