Coconut oil is one of the many natural things that you should always find in our small-dog household. I normally look for organic and unrefined coconut oil as these have the best aroma and flavor, not to mention the better healthy goodness profile (in terms of lauric acid and anti oxidants, among others).
For the humans at home, I use coconut oil to ‘healthify’ recipes in baking, and cooking. I also tried using it (and still do) as moisturizer for both skin and hair… and it was then I saw how our small dogs - Yana and Butch go loco over coco. The little furballs just wouldn’t stop licking off the coconut oil on us!
And so began my experiment with coconut oil and our small dogs --- here are some of their favorite ways:
5 Quick and Easy Uses of Coconut oil in a small-dog-life
Tear stain rub with coconut oil
Chihuahuas tear a lot because of their big eyes. Normally the tear marks are below their lower eyelids. Yana - our small Chihuahua has this. Butch - our big Chihuahua has this as well, however, his more prominent tear marks are the ones sliding down the side of his nose and towards his whiskers. The vet told us to put some olive oil on this to prevent infection. I tried coconut oil thinking he will resist the exercise less if he gets a bit of tasting in between… how right I was!
Quick paw butter with coconut oil
Toothpaste replacement with coconut oil
Brushing small dog teeth is always a drama with Yana and involves a lot of wrestling with Butch. I am certain at these times, I have become ‘evil’ in the eyes of our small dogs and they probably hate me for a minute after.
I have yet to find chemical free dog toothpaste that I like. In my desperation of finding an alternative that can help our doggies tolerate brushing time longer, I tried - you guessed - coconut oil again!
My strategy was:
- let the dogs lick a bit of the coconut oil on the toothbrush (as a treat)
- try to do a bit of brushing
- stop brushing and let the furbabies lick just coconut oil again
- continue brushing and repeat
Coconut oil as drinking water additive
Coconut oil as food and treat ingredient
Dogs like humans are unique and special. What works for our small dogs may not necessarily work for yours. What our small dogs like, yours may not. What our small dogs can have lots of, yours may be allergic to – so please always consult your vet before trying anything new.