Post # 1
My dog has terrible allergies that cause her to be very itchy. She takes steriods and benadryl which kinda helps, but I hate giving them to her all the time. Someone suggested giving her coconut oil and I did a little research and found that it is good for overall health not just allergies, but really seems to help with itchy. dry skin. Has anyone else heard about this or use coconut oil for their pet? Do you give it internally or as a wash?
Post # 3
I give my dog salmon oil for her skin issues (I, too, don’t like having to continuously feed her benadryl/steroids). You put that in their food, and it also has other benefits as well! But I’ve never heard of coconut oil.
Post # 4
I agree with MandaMack. My dog gets fish oil capsules on his food and he loves it! Really works too!
Post # 5
I haven’t heard of using coconut. Like @MandaMack: and @jenewitt: I’d heard of Salmon oil but unfortunately my dog is allergic to fish so that obviously didn’t improve anything for us. Do you know exactly what your dog is allergic to?
Post # 6
The oil won’t improve the cause (ie the dog’s immune system attacking everything) but it will help symptoms!
Post # 7
I don’t know anything about coconut oil, but my family members sprinkle garlic powder on their pet’s food. Something like this product:
It promotes overall health and makes their coats super soft and shiny. I know garlic is good for immune function in humans, so I assume it’s similar for pets. Might not fix everything, but might be worth a shot?
Post # 8
We recommend a fish oil/fatty acid supplement at work all the time, especially for allergic pets. I have never heard the coconut oil recommendation although it is found in some shampoos. For those of you with pets with chronic atopy who require long term use of meds- there is a non-steroid based option available. Your vet may or may not carry it but Atopica is worth asking about. (Although I will warn that it can be notably more expensive than the steroids, esp depending on the size of your pet).
Post # 9
@caitlanc: I have no clue what she’s allergic too. Everytime we go to the vet I end up getting the same person (there are 2 vets) and she always says the same thing “mold grass that is irritating people too right now”. However, my dog is like this all year. They both lick their one paw too and she just tells me to give them benadryl (which I hate doing). I want to ask the other vet what he thinks because I think he is a better doctor, but usually when I take her in it’s a last min appointment and I get whoever is working which is usually the lady. Sigh. I’m going to make their yearly with him though which is coming up shortly.
I was thinking maybe a food allergy? They have been on the same food (Innova) since they were puppies and we switched them from the food they were feeding them right awway. Before Innova we tried Blue Buffalo, shortly, but neither of them could tollerate the food. I know just like people allergies can develop so even if she was fine on it before she could have developed something or it’s just getting worse. I also am thinking of switching to a Hemp/Bamboo collar because her leather one seems to irritate when she’s already scratchy (or maybe that’s collars in general).
Thanks for your advice everyone. I know fish oil can do amazing things for us humans too! I actually read one article (not sure where now) that stated fish, olive, coconut oils, etc. are all beneficial and in similar ways, it just depends on the animal which is going to provide them the most help.