(Closed) coconut oil for dog allergies

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

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
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I agree with MandaMack.  My dog gets fish oil capsules on his food and he loves it!  Really works too!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

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
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

The oil won’t improve the cause (ie the dog’s immune system attacking everything) but it will help symptoms!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

I don’t know anything about coconut oil, but my family members sprinkle garlic powder on their pet’s food.  Something like this product:

http://www.vitacost.com/PetGuard-Yeast-Garlic-Powder

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
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Helper bee

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). 

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