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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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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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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Bathe
Give your dog a nice warm bath using skin conditioning soap-free shampoo geared toward dry, itchy skin.
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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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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.
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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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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. 

Success Stories and Grooming Questions

Grooming Questions & Answers

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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

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Shih Tzu
8 Years
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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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