You’ve probably heard that Coconut Oil is good for a lot of things, but what about Coconut oil for your German Shepherd?
Is it safe, or does it present a risk to your GSD’s health?
In this info guide we discuss the potential uses, benefits and risks of using coconut oil on your dog or feeding it to them.
Let’s jump into it!
(NOTE: this is a general information guide only, and is not professional advice, or a substitute for professional advice. A qualified vet or animal expert is the only person qualified to give you expert advice in regards to your pet/s)
Coconut Oil For German Shepherds: Potential Uses, Benefits, & Risks
Our top picks for the best coconut oils for German Shepherds are:
- Petpost Coconut Oil For Dogs (on Amazon)
- Zesty Paws Coconut Oil For Dogs (on Amazon)
What Is Coconut Oil?
An oil extracted from coconuts that is high in saturated fat and medium-chain triglycerides
What Can Coconut Oil Be Used For With German Shepherds, & What Are The Potential Benefits?
- Moisturise and soothe the skin when applied to the skin
- Moisturise and add shine to the coat when applied to the coat
- Improve digestion when fed to a GSD (because it is directly absorbed in the GI tract and goes directly to the liver)
- Increase energy levels when fed to a GSD
- Can be used as a coating on a pill to help dogs swallow them
Potential Risks & Cons Of Using & Giving Coconut Oil To Your German Shepherd
- Some dogs may be allergic to it
- Eating too much coconut oil can result in diarrhea
- Coconut oil can be high in calories, so, eating too much can result in weight gain
- It can be more risky to give to dogs with pancreatitis
- There is a possibility that coconut oil may raise bad cholesterol levels in dogs
How Might You Apply Coconut Oil To Your German Shepherd’s Skin?
Read the instructions on the coconut oil product you buy, but generally:
- For fur, take a small amount and rub it into your fingers – you then run your fingers through your dog’s coat – aiming to evenly spread the oil throughout the fur across the body
- For skin, do the same thing to the dry or flaky skin area
Make sure you don’t leave clumps of coconut oil, and make sure the fur or skin absorbs the oil.
How Might You Feed Coconut Oil To Your German Shepherd?
Speak to your dog’s vet about whether to and how much coconut oil to feed your dog, but generally you might:
- Start very slow with the amount you feed your dog
- Feed them 1 to 2 times a day at the same time you feed your dog their regular food
- Mix in ¼ teaspoon daily for small dogs up 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon daily for big dogs
Monitor weight gain or any negative side effects closely.
Some vets may also suggest mixing turmeric and vitamin D in with coconut oil with snacks and treats. Turmeric works as an anti-inflammatory, while vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin. Be careful that you don’t give too much vitamin D to your dog, however. Over-supplementation can cause kidney problems
What Types Of Coconut Oil Are Good For Dogs & German Shepherds?
Generally, organic, virgin, and cold-pressed coconut oils are a safe and good option for pets.
Alternatives To Coconut Oil For German Shepherds
Speak to your dog’s vet about using alternatives to coconut oil, but some common ones are:
For The Skin
There are lots of natural waxes, balms and butters to help moisturise dry, flaky and itchy dog skin. Some of the more popular options are:
- Musher’s Secret Pet Paw Protection Wax (on Amazon)
- 4 Legger Certified Organic Nose and Paw Pad Healing Balm (on Amazon) – USDA Organic Certified
- Pawstruck Ruff Relief Balm for Dogs (on Amazon) – USDA Organic Certified
Coconut oil has healthy fats in it, and alternatives you might use to replace that are cold water fish oils, like salmon oil, and to a lesser extent, flax seed oil, which are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
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