If your dog is like mine, he may start itching around this time of year. With some guidance from our vet years ago we determined it was seasonal allergies. He gets more sensitive once the leaves begin to fall and the ragweed starts to bloom.
So, how can we help at home? This one pantry item may be able to help your pup in soothing their itchy skin!
So what is the wonderful item?? Coconut oil!
Coconut oil has soothing property and can act as a moisturizer as well as a barrier to skin irritants. But, we took it one step further. We freeze ours!
By freezing the coconut oil, you are also adding the soothing effect that a cold compress can have on itching and inflammation. This also helps spread the coconut oil more efficiently since in its natural state it can be quite hard to spread.
Here's how we do it!
- Add 1 cup of coconut oil to a microwave safe bowl
- Microwave the oil for 25 second increments until completely melted, stirring in between
- Pour the melted coconut oil into a silicone mold or ice cube tray. We find a silicone mold is more hassle free than an ice cube tray since it won't stick
- Let freeze for about 2 hours or until completely solid
When you notice your pup itching, take one mold out and rub on your dog's skin. Do not hold in one place. Instead you want to use the mold similarly to a roll on sunscreen or lip balm, going back and forth in circular and linear motions. Leaving the cold mold in one place can cause more irritation.
** Always check with your vet before introducing new remedies to your dog. This is not medical advice nor is it a cure for allergies and cannot guarantee helping with the itching. Not all itching is due to allergies and it's best to consult your vet if you notice itchy skin or rash. Coconut oil may make some skin conditions worse so it is best to get guidance from a vet before introducing home remedies.
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