How to Bathe a Dog With Coconut Oil

Medium
20 - 45 Minutes
4 Weeks

Introduction

Coconut oil is soothing for dry, itchy skin. Your dog may benefit from a bath with coconut oil if he has skin allergies, has had parasites such as mites or even fleas or ticks, or is dealing with seasonal dry, flaky skin. 

Bathing your dog with coconut oil is a great soothing way to give your dog a soap-free bath. Coconut oil offers moisture to the skin and coat and can help to prevent infections caused by yeast and fungus. Not only has coconut oil been known to help soothe dry, itchy skin caused by infections, fungus, and parasites, but many dog owners and caregivers see a vast improvement in skin condition overall. Coconut oil has antifungal, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties potentially preventing infections from occurring when used on a regular basis. Bathing your dog with coconut oil has other benefits as well, from digestion to brain functions. Try out a coconut bath with your pup today.

Dog's Perspective

Your dog might be curious about this new bath. He might lick and try to eat the coconut oil, which is fine as a bit of internal coconut oil can add more health benefits to this bath. Because of the oily properties of coconut oil baths, you will want to wash and rinse the coconut oil off your pup after it has had time to soak in a bit. This may make for a longer bathing session. If your dog is bored or upset about this, offer him treats. 

The Spot Treatment Method

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Quick bath
Give your dog a quick bath using a soap-free product. This will get the skin and fur clean and wet before applying the coconut oil. Make this bath as quick as possible, focusing on removing dirt.
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2
Mask
Apply a thick coat of coconut oil like a mask on problem areas on your dog. Focus on dry spots, your dog’s neck and face, and any areas he scratches. Go over your dog’s skin closely to ensure you are getting trouble spots. His armpits and elbows might need coconut oil as well as his face and tummy.
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Treat
Offer your dog a treat reward for the bath and the mask while you take a few minutes to let the oil soak into his fur and skin.
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4
Rinse
With warm water and a cloth, rinse the coconut oil off after letting it sit on your dog’s skin and fur for about five minutes. If the oil is not rinsing off well, you can add a bit of soap-free shampoo to lather up your dog before a quick rinse.
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Dry
Once your pup has the coconut oil and shampoo suds off his skin and out of the fur, dry him off with a towel and give him a good brushing. You should notice soft skin and better quality fur after a few coconut baths.
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The Spa Treatment Method

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Towel
Step
1
Bathe
Give your dog a nice warm bath using skin conditioning soap-free shampoo geared toward dry, itchy skin.
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2
Stay in tub
Leave your dog in the tub and rub a thick coat of coconut oil all over your dog’s furry body. Be sure to spend some time rubbing the coconut oil into dry spots on his skin, his paws, and nails.
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3
Let oil sit
Leave the coconut oil on your dog’s skin and paws for about seven minutes. The longer it stays on, the better it will work.
Step
4
Rinse
Rinse the coconut oil with water and then bathe your dog with a skin-friendly, hypoallergenic shampoo to remove the greasy feel from the skin.
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5
Towel dry
Once your dog’s coconut oil bath is done and the coconut oil is washed out, towel dry your dog. Avoid using a hair dryer as this may dry out your dog’s skin.
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Brush and treat
Brush your dog and give him a treat to reward him for being patient during his coconut spa treatment. You can repeat this every two weeks, or if your dog has really bad skin, once a week will show vast improvement.
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Caution & Considerations

  • Coconut baths do not have to be done every time you give your dog a bath.
  • Dry and flaky skin can be a result of skin or food allergies. Talk to your veterinarian about supplements and diet that can help with allergens.
  • Coconut provides healthy fats which coat and protect the skin.
  • Coconut is great for soothing and preventing yeast infections and fungal infections.
  • A coconut bath can help with skin conditions after only one treatment.
  • Coconut bath spot treatments can help with cuts and insect bites.
  • Coconut baths are also good for a healthy coat. Though coconut oil isn’t the easiest product to removed from fluffy fur, you will notice a new shine to your dog’s coat after a coconut bath.
  • Coconut can also help your dog’s breath improve, so let him lick this oil off his skin during his treatment.
  • Coconut has been known to assist in other health problems as well such as diabetes, thyroid, and arthritis. A coconut bath might also reduce the side effects of these conditions such as dry skin and mobility.
  • Try coconut oil baths with your senior dog to help with age-related illnesses and skin conditions.

Conclusion

Keep your pup in tip-top shape with the benefits of coconut oil. Give coconut baths to keep your his skin and coat looking fur-tastic. Don’t think twice about this being a new trend. Coconut baths have been around as long as the palm tree. 

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Mimi
Shih Tzu
8 Years
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Mimi
Shih Tzu
8 Years

She has bad fleas what is the best dog shampoo that actually works and gets off all fleas thank you in advance

Paige Thompson
Paige Thompson
Dog Groomer
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Hi Adrian! Sorry to hear that Mimi has flea's. Flea shampoo can be dangerous and doesnt provide lasting protection. Mimi's environment, like her bedding and carpets likely have fleas that need to be treated also. Using a monthly topical preventative or a prevention in a pill form will keep her protected long enough to get rid of fleas for good. An added bonus is they usually protect from more than just flea's. Thanks and good luck! Paige

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Ronan
Labrador Mix
2 Years
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Ronan
Labrador Mix
2 Years

Ronan (Ro for short) is the perfect dog... except he's constantly scratching or nibbling himself. He is on an oral flea and tick medication taken monthly and I've never changed his food. I haven't changed his shampoos nor the detergents we use in the house. I've checked all I can think of as to what could possibly be causing his itch, which started about 2 months ago.
I have noticed that on his inner thighs and the lower part of his belly that he looks as if he has a rash.
Any advice would be helpful!

Paige Thompson
Paige Thompson
Dog Groomer
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Hi Emily, Im sorry to hear about Ronan's skin issues. It sounds like he may need a trip to the vet to determine if he has allergies. Oatmeal shampoo is great for dry skin and general itchiness but will not help if the underlying issue is more serious. Thanks and good luck! Paige

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Mimi
Shih Tzu
8 Years
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Mimi
Shih Tzu
8 Years

She has bad fleas what is the best dog shampoo that actually works and gets off all fleas thank you in advance

Darlene Stott
Darlene Stott
Dog Groomer
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Hi Adrian! I recommend consulting your veterinarian who will be able to recommend a flea shampoo that will soothe Mimi's skin. She may be itchier than you think! The vet can instruct how to best use the shampoo in a safe manner. The vet may choose to suggest an alternative to the flea shampoo in the form of a product that will kill the fleas on Mimi in 24 hours, and also prescribe a preventative against future infestations. Good luck!

Fleas can be difficult to treat. Try bathing in Dawn dish soap and let it stay on about 5 minutes. Follow with coconut oil bath to help with skin irritation from the flea bites. Dawn is great for killing fleas

Hi Adrian, my dog had the beginning of a flea fest and I was able to stop them in their tracks using Tea Tree Oil! This can be purchased at Dollar General super cheap. Due to it being an oil, you don't need much. Simply rub it into your hand and massage all over the skin. The consistency and the smell fleas do not like. It worked like a charm. I did have to throw out his bedding and start fresh too. Good luck

I read Cheryl’s comment regarding tea tree oil. I wondered do you rinse the tea tree off or leave it on. She isn’t say in her comment

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Chewy
Teacup Chihuahua
3 Months
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Chewy
Teacup Chihuahua
3 Months

My puppy is scared of baths and has bad breaths. I noticed he has dry fur, itches from time to time and loves to scratch behind his head/bite himself. Im not sure if he has skin that is dry, if he has things biting him (i checked and he doesn't) , or his shirt is irritating him or the shampoo but, everything is the same since we got him. What can i do/use to help his fur feel smooth and healthy, his breath to smell better and also to stop him from itching?

Darlene Stott
Darlene Stott
Dog Groomer
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Hi there, Chewy is adorable! As soon as you mentioned the combination of itchy skin and bad breath, I felt that there may be an underlying reason for Chewy's discomfort. For example, these symptoms often mean a yeast infection, which can be brought on by food reactions or environmental allergies. Your puppy is very young; I think a veterinarian visit to rule out a serious issue is important. It may be as simple as changing his food, shampooing him less often and using another product, etc. Calling your vet is the safest bet - rather than using more products on Chewy's skin that may cause a worse reaction. Good luck!

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Frisbee
cockerspaniel
11 Years
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Frisbee
cockerspaniel
11 Years

I have taken frisbee to the vet with what was hot spots? Allergy related? Itchy skin
Hes been put on antibiotics andallergy meds.and vegi diet. Once the antibiotics are done and the hes being weaned off allergy meds. I notice he itchy spots returning. I put coconut oil and special fet shampoo.. now hot spot returning. What to further do?

Darlene Stott
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Thank you for your question. Frisbee is adorable! It sounds as though you may need to have him seen by the vet again. He could have developed a predisposition to them and will require consistent care. You may want to discuss a preventative regimen for Frisbee. Take a look at these natural remedies and ask your vet if you can try one of them as a preventative (the supplements may do the trick). All the best! https://wagwalking.com/wellness/natural-solutions-to-your-dogs-problem-hot-spots

Hey. In response to frisbee’s hot spot problem: my baby lalah (9 year old poodle) has had hot spots each summer. This year worse than any other. This year I decided to take a more natural approach with her. I took her off of topical flea and tick prevention and decided to be more proactive in checking her coat daily and bathing once a week in the more hot months. About the hot spots.. I treated hers very aggressively with organic virgin coconut oil. It was a bit greasy and a little messy BUT it did the job. I’d as gently as possible cleanse the area, let it dry then apply a heavy coat of the natural oil. It healed the skin first then it dried itself out. Scabbed over & now it’s good as new. Also the coconut oil seemed to smooth the spot as well. More than likely Frisbee will love the taste of the oil so I gave my dog a little to keep her from constantly licking the oil off of the hot spot. Lastly, it takes a bit of consistency and patience letting it heal naturally but it’s cheaper and I feel a lot better giving her natural product vs meds if I can help it. I’d say it’s worth a try. Frisbee will thank you! Oh and one more thing... if I notice an area she’s beginning to scratch at, or if she has a bite or irritation I go ahead and spot treat w/ the oil for a couple days. After a couple days it usually subsided. I’m telling you, I believe in seeing the vet if necessary but the coconut oil has been a Godsend. Blessings to you and your fur baby.

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Chico
Chihuahua
6 Years
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Chico
Chihuahua
6 Years

Chico has fleas and constantly scratches and even chews on himself to the point where he makes himself very raw and even sometimes bleed. I gave him a bath and applied coconut oil all over his body/fur a couple of times. With little to no change in his scratching/chewing..... I feel sorry for him. I have a very ill wife so unfortunately with all of her meds being so expensive that leaves me with no money to purchase any kind of store bought treatments for Chico. Please give me some advice as too where I can save poor Chico from chewing his fur/skin off and making himself raw and bloody. Chico & I say. Thank You in advance

Darlene Stott
Darlene Stott
Dog Groomer
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Thank you for contacting us about Chico. I researched some natural remedies for ridding Chico of fleas but when I saw the pictures, I think that putting acidic products like vinegar, etc will be very painful for Chico due to the raw skin. I know you don't want that. The best I can say is give him a good soak using a gentle shampoo made for dogs. Leave the shampoo on for several minutes and then you must use a flea comb to remove the drowned fleas. The problem is, some fleas may survive and they re-populate pretty quickly. Brush Chico with the flea comb a few times every day - this could be necessary for weeks. In the meantime, you also have to eradicate the fleas from the home by vacuuming every day and emptying the vacuum canister every time, otherwise live fleas will jump back out into the home. Wash Chico's bedding every day in hot water for a few weeks until all fleas are gone. If I were you, I would call the vet and explain your financial situation. They may be able to recommend a vet who does work at a reduced cost or perhaps they can give you a payment plan. The vet can get rid of the fleas almost instantaneously which is the best thing for Chico and for your family.They can advise in detail how to rid the home of fleas as well. All the best to you.

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Thasa
Chihuahua
9 Years

Since I have been using coconut oil on my dog her contact iching, has subsided, since her skin is so dry I have to bath her in the coconut oil more often. I tried pills that the vet gave me, wich did not help hardly, but when I read about the coconut oil I was very please with the results.

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