Coconut Oil for K-9’s

Hello coconut oil lovers, my parent’s German Shepherd has been dealing with a chronic skin condition and traditional treatments have not been helping him, so I wanted to see if coconut oil would help improve his symptoms. Here is my mom’s firsthand experience treating her pet with coconut oil.     -Sebastian

Jaeger's irritated skin before EVCO use

Our German Shepherd, Jaeger, has irritated skin on his stomach which is keeping our vet guessing as to the cause. Initially, we were told it was related to a staph infection and treated it with traditional antibiotics. After a couple weeks on the medication, the condition cleared up and we assumed it was gone. After some time had passed the condition showed up again!  This time the veterinarian suggested a prolonged period of antibiotics for an entire month and said, “If it continues to come back, we might want to look at allergies.”

Without fail, the condition returned. This time, however, we decided to do a culture and discovered it wasn’t a staph infection OR allergies, but a rare bacteria.  So rare in fact, the vet said it needed a treatment specifically targeted to this hyper-resistant bacterium. After another round of antibiotics, the condition started to improve, however, the skin always appeared red and sore. Keeping Jaeger on long-term medication wasn’t an option, and I was ready for just about anything to help him out. My son suggested I try applying extra virgin coconut oil on the infected area because it might just help improve the dog’s skin. The lauric acid, a medium chain triglyceride found coconuts, makes it anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, so I was willing to give it a shot!

My son gave me a jar of Kelapo Coconut Oil to try it out for a few weeks to see if it would help clear up the area. I wanted to document

Jaeger's skin after EVCO use

the changes by taking pictures of Jaeger’s skin before I began applying the oil. You can see in the images, the skin is more wrinkled and quite red. It took only a small amount of the coconut oil to fully saturate and moisturize the area completely. For the first week, I applied the oil daily and took more pictures to compare.  I really expected nothing to change, but to my surprise the skin was clearer and much smoother. And much to my chagrin, I found when I slack off in applying the oil, which I did for about a week, the redness returned with a vengeance. For now, it’s back to daily application for Jaeger!

 I am generally not the type of person to buy the hype associated with cure all super foods but I can say, with confidence, Kelapo Coconut Oil really works!

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  1. paulina
    June 19, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Mydog has a red rash on the inside of her ear, not sure what is related to, but form the dozens of articles I’ve read,coconut oil will hdll it, what ever it may be. My big question that none of these articles have answeredis, how do I use it? I knowican put itin her food, I do occasionally and she loves it. I’ll do it regualrly now,but as for her ear, do I flsuh the ear with awarm solution of coconut oil or do I just rub it on? Please can someone answer me

    • June 24, 2014 at 11:52 am

      Paulina – You can rub the coconut oil directly on the rash inside of your dog’s ear. Just rub a small amount and leave it. You can use it anywhere your dog has a rash, sore, or cut. I try that on my dog though and he just licks it right off since he loves coconut oil so much! The only place I can put it directly on his skin is in his ear because he can’t get to it there. Hope it helps!

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