Is Coconut Oil for dog paws and pads really a good idea?
The good news is that Coconut oil has many beneficial uses for dogs including eating, improving fur quality and helping with skin health on your dog’s body, nose, and yes, their paws.
Many brands of coconut oil (especially the cold pressed ones) are natural oils that will likely contain some mix or all of good saturated fats, vitamin E, vitamin K, MCTs and lauric acid – so it’s packed with goodness.
Let’s check out how coconut oil can help your dog specifically with their paws and pads!
(NOTE: this is a general informational and educational guide. It is not professional advice. See a qualified expert for professional advice.)
Coconut Oil For Dog Paws
What Is Coconut Oil?
Coconut oil is derived from coconuts (surprise, surprise).
As an oil, it is high in saturated fat and medium-chain triglycerides, and a lot of the coconut oil products out there that are cold pressed are 100% pure and natural with no added preservatives or artificial ingredients.
What Are The Benefits Of Coconut Oil For Dog Paws?
Because of the compounds in coconut oil, and it’s mostly 100% natural ingredients, it has become favorable as a skin oil for many dogs with skin sensitivity, and allergies or conditions.
Some dogs might still be allergic to coconut (check with your vet to see whether coconut oil is safe for your dog), but for dog skin and dog paws it has benefits in general.
For dog paws and the pads on the bottom of the paws, it can be beneficial for:
- Itchy paws
- Flaky paws
- Dry paws
- Cracked paws
- Paws with hot spots
It’s also great for the health of dogs’ coats and fur, and their noses.
Organic, virgin, cold-pressed coconut oils are the best for most dogs.
How To Apply Coconut Oil To Dog Paws?
It’s easiest to follow the instructions on the coconut oil that you buy for application directions.
But, as a general rule, you can scoop a small amount out and lightly rub it on into a thinner oil on your hands first, and then lift up your dog’s paw and apply it evenly on the underside of the pads.
You can make sure to rub it into cracks in the paws unless the cracks are bleeding or something else is wrong, in which case take you dog to the vet to get them examined.
What Is The Best Coconut Oil For Dog Paws?
As we mentioned, organic, virgin, cold-pressed coconut oils are generally seen as the the best for most dogs.
One such organic extra virgin cold pressed coconut oil is Petpost Coconut Oil For Dogs (on Amazon). This coconut oil is made with:
- 100% Pure and Natural
- Gluten Free
- Non GMO
- Cold Pressed
- No Transfat
- No Hydrogenated Fat
- No Animal Cruelty
What Happens If My Dog Starts Licking It’s Paws & The Coconut Oil?
Most dog are generally going to be safe as long as there is a thin layer of coconut on their paws and you’ve rubbed it in well. However, dogs that might be at more risk of coconut oil are those who:
- Have an allergy to coconut oil
- Have health conditions like pancreitis
- Have cholesterol problems
- Have obesity problems (high in calories
Alternatives To Coconut Oil For Dog Paws
There are many other alternatives to coconut oil for dog paws that perform a similar function for your dog’s skin.
Paw and pad waxes, balms, lotions, moisturisers and smoothers are all used as alternatives to coconut oil.
As always, with any new product you introduce to your dog, check with your vet first.
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