Simba has suffered from allergies since she was a puppy. Some allergies seemed to be seasonal like the rash she would get on her chin and flew (upper outer lips). This rash would be very itchy and would end up becoming these large pimple like infected. At first I thought it was puppy acne but she was not outgrowing it. Then I realized it seemed to happen early spring. I narrowed it to two possibilities, some spring weed or the lawn chemical our homeowners association would have sprayed twice a year on the lawns. I trained her not to scratch since she was a puppy because GSP’s nails are lethal weapons so she would rub the itchies on the carpet causing less damage to her skin. Her coat gets dry and itchy during her regular allergies. One sign is when she starts to lick her front legs and paws. Her ears would always get nasty during periods of allergy and end up getting infected. I found a natural remedy that has worked wonders on Simba. I am so excited that I decided to share it. I found it quite by accident, it’s Coconut Oil. I was reading about the wonders about Coconut Oil for me so I decided to try it as a moisturizer. I always like to research everything as much as I can. I found the coconut oil to work well for me to continue to read about it and found many articles related to animals. I decided to try it on Simba. She was going through her chin and lip itchies season, so I rubbed a little on at night before bedtime. After the second night, she was not itchy anymore. I continued to read. I started mixing ¼ tsp in her food and worked it up to ¾ TB a day. She loves the taste. At night, I still rub a little on her chin. She comes over for it when she sees me rubbing it on myself, it’ our girl ritual. Since I started putting it in her food, she has started to shed much less, her coat is smoother and shinier, her tummy is happier (IBS in control) no ear infection this year so far, ears did not get as gunky, and she is not rubbing herself on the carpet constantly.
I also use it on her paws if they get too dry and brittle because coconut oil not only moisturizes but also has a healing agent. I use it on a cotton ball to clean out her ears. It does a better job at getting dirt out and leaving them itch free. If you are going to start your dog on coconut oil make sure it is Virgin Coconut Oil and Organic. Start out with ¼ tsp every 10 pounds of weight. After one week if your dog weighs more add another ¼ tsp at a time per week. The maximum is 1TB. If stools get loose then reduce the amount.