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What’s the hype over coconut oil

With so many fads and miracle remedies on the market which claim to cure everything from arthritis, dry skin, right through to reversing old age, it’s no wonder that people have become sceptical when there is hype around any particular product.

Coconut oil has recently become the new ‘it’ product for both humans and canines alike. But, is the hype deserved, and what are the real benefits for your dog? The short answer is yes, coconut oil can be very handy when it comes to keeping our furry friends healthy.

Coconut oil is one of the safest remedies when delivering first aid to your greyhound. It contains antibacterial properties that help fight bacterial and fungal infections as well as antiparasitic qualities as a result of the high levels of lauric acid.

Here a few ideas on how you can start harnessing the benefits of coconut oil for your pooch:

  • Flea infestations: The high concentration of lauric acid (45-53%) found in coconut oil has been proven to repel fleas. Try rubbing a good amount of coconut oil through your greyhounds coat, ensuring you cover as much of the dog’s skin and hair as possible and leave for at least 8 hours before washing off.
  • Ear wax: Use a dropper to add a few drops of coconut oil into your dogs’ ear and massage the area to dislodge any wax and help soothe any itching. If you are concerned your greyhound may have an ear infection contact your vet.
  • Dermatitis: Coconut oil can help moisturise your dogs’ skin as well as heal blisters and scaly skin.Apply a generous amount of coconut oil once a week and allow it to absorb for 5-10 minutes before rinsing off.
  • Minor wounds: The antibacterial and antifungal properties of coconut oil makes it a natural remedy to heal and soothe minor wounds.
  • Use cold water to rinse and remove any debris in the wound
    • Pat the area dry with a clean towel (avoid using cotton balls or rubbing the would which can leave fibres behind)
    • Using a gloved hand, apply a thin layer of coconut oil to the wound
  • Oral health: Try brushing your dogs’ teeth with coconut oil to eliminate harmful bacteria and prevent plaque that can cause gum disease. You can use it in place of regular canine toothpaste or simply use your finger to give it a good brush.

In rare cases, your dog may have an allergic reaction to coconut oil, it’s important that you monitor your dog for any signs of reaction after using coconut oil.

Refrain from using coconut oil if your dog has a severe injury where bleeding cannot be controlled or if your dog has suffered a deep puncture wound. If this occurs, please seek veterinary help as soon as possible.