Coconut oil kills fleas

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How to Use Coconut Oil for Flea and Skin Treatment on Dogs

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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

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. 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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    Can the treatment of coconut oil for fleas be used for cats?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, it can be used for cats.
  • Question
    Can you use coconut oil on a 6 week old puppy?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes. 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.
  • Question
    Do I apply coconut oil on my dog when it's still wet from bathing?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    While 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.
  • Question
    Do I have to wash the oil out the next day? Can I apply it every day?
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    Community Answer
    You don't need to wash the dog the next day, and you can apply it daily.
  • Question
    Which plants repel fleas?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Eucalyptus, Cedar, Tansy, Wormwood, Fleawort, Pennyroyal, Rue, Citronella and Sweet Bay.
  • Question
    Do 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 Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes you do; follow the instructions on the flea treatment box. You can set plants out in your yard that repel bugs.
  • Question
    Can I put oil on my dog while he is still wet?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You can, but the oil will likely rub off quickly, so it's better to do it when the dog is dry.
  • Question
    My 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 Contributor
    Community Answer
    Often 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.
  • Question
    Will Frontline Flea and Tick Treatment stop and manage fleas which are already present?
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    Community Answer
    Frontline 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.
  • Question
    Will my dog's fur grow back on the damaged skin, even though it has been damaged for almost 3 years?
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    Community Answer
    I'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.
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  • 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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Deborah Burdette

Jul 14, 2019

"My daughter told me of the benefits of coconut oil for my fur babies. One has a terrible case of scaly skin,similar to psoriasis. I researched online to learn more detailed information, found your article and was sold! I found an organic coconut oil as recommended in the article. It is a little pricey, but I feel more confident in this product coming from an online store that sells only pet products. We start the treatments today, and I am excited to see my babies finally getting relief!"

Cindy Sparks

Jul 5, 2019

"I have been putting Frontline on my dog since he was a puppy. Now he is 9 years old and I still use it, but wemoved to a wooded area and the fleas are awful. He wakes up from a dead sleep and starts scratching nonstop all day. It's driving me nuts on what to do and then about 1/2 hour ago I read the article on putting coconut oil on his skin, so I did. I combed it thru and didn't miss a spot. Within ten minutes the fleas were dead. I couldn't believe it. It works!"
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Ron Hartman

May 27, 2019

"I have tried many different things for flea control. My little girl is allergic to fleas and has epilepsy, so Ican't use anything that may trigger a seizure. Nothing has worked until now. I was running out of options and the fleas were overwhelming her. But, coconut oil is truly working great; plus, it's helping her sensitive skin! Thank you so much for this information!"

Tammi Nottingham

Dec 4, 2019

"I have an 11-year-old Catahoula who has been itching since she was 6 months old. The vet says it's allergies. I'vetried the shots and limited-ingredient foods. Rubbing the coconut oil on her skin really seems to help relieve the itching and the flaking."

Roseanna M.

Aug 29, 2019

"I made a homemade coconut shampoo, also discovered on Pinterest. Applied the coconut rub and oh, was he mad. Whoo,fangs and growling. Had to wrap a sheet around his chest to keep him still. OMG. Sleeping like a baby and dying fleas. Wow, amazing. Yay!"


Jun 25, 2019

"My dog developed Alopecia on her rump & thinned hair around her ribs after being clipped. My niece told mecoconut oil was good, so I started using it. I heard putting it on the coat would help, too, & found your page for directions. Very helpful!"

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Mar 22, 2019

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Lynette Capetillo

Jun 6, 2019

"I found out today that coconut oil was a natural flea killer. I went online looking for how quickly the oil wouldkill fleas. I read your article and it answered my question: within 5 minutes. Thanks for sharing your knowledge."

Dex Pierce

Apr 26, 2019

"Good information. This really works. I've even started putting coconut oil in my dog's food. His coat is reallynice now and there are no more fleas. It works better than flea collars and the commercial chemical drops."

Diane Kelley

Apr 13, 2019

"Very helpful. We've had dogs for over 30 years but have never had fleas like this. We moved from Ohio to SouthCarolina last year, and we've been fighting fleas on our two little guys constantly! I hope this helps!"

Rita Gill

Oct 27, 2019

"Two happy dogs! No fleas, coconut oil massage for a week (which they loved) did the trick. Hugo (our AmericanAkita) and Little Tallulah (our Pomeranian) also have beautiful, shiny coats. Thank you."

Tania Hunnicutt

Apr 12, 2019

"The info regarding how often to reapply and why we shall not wash off was crucial, also learning that afterapplying, a shirt or such should be put on pet to keep the oil on is important."

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Aug 14, 2019

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"I don't know what is wrong with my dog, but his hair is about gone and look to me like he's got dry skin. I hopethis work for me and my dog. Thank you so much."


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"I was looking for a good and safe way to get the fleas off my dog. I knew coconut oil heals many, many things, so Ithought I'd look it up and it works!"

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May 27, 2019

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Pat Chamberlain

Feb 26, 2019

"I use coconut oil on my dogs all the time, and in their food (also the only moisturizer I personally use formyself)."

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Sep 19, 2019

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Oct 14, 2019

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