How to Brush a Small Dog With Coconut Oil

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Easy
10 - 30 Minutes
1 Week

Introduction

If your small dog is dealing with any skin ailments such as dry, itchy or scaly skin, brushing him with coconut oil can drastically improve the condition of his skin. Brushing your small dog with coconut oil will improve his coat as well. Coconut oil can also be given internally to improve all kinds of things including your little guy's coat and skin. 

When you brush your small dog with coconut oil, you don't want to leave a filmy residue, but you want to leave it in long enough for the coconut oil to have time to absorb into a dry coat as well as dry skin. Coconut oil can help to relieve any discomfort your dog may be experiencing from wounds or sores caused by incessant scratching. If your dog is dealing with discomfort on his skin or if he's dealing with dry, fur help him by brushing with coconut oil.

Dog's Perspective

If your little guy is uncomfortable because of dry, itchy skin, be aware of how he may be feeling any time you get near him with a brush. Consider at first applying coconut oil to some of these dry spots and letting it soak into his skin before brushing him out. This will give him a layer of protectant on the skin before you approach him with the brush. Also, remember offering your little guy some treats during brushing never hurts.

The Sore Spots Method

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Step
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Apply coconut oil
Apply a small amount of coconut oil to your small dog’s itchy and dry spots and let it sit for about ten minutes. You should apply enough for the skin to absorb while also having some left over to run through the rest of your little guy’s fur.
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Brush
Using a pin brush or a rake, brush the coconut oil through the fur and onto the skin. By leaving it on the tender areas first for several minutes, these areas are getting extra treatment before brushing it over the whole body.
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3
Clean brush
Clean out the brush as you are brushing the coconut oil through your small dog’s fur. If you end up with too much coconut oil on the brush, use less the next time, but remember to also use the excess on the brush to apply through the fur and onto the skin.
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Wipe
If your small dog is left greasy from the coconut oil brushing, wipe him down with a wet wipe or dampened towel.
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5
Final brush
With a clean brush, give your small dog one final brushing. His coat should be smooth and silky but not greasy or overly oily.
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The Brush Out Method

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Step
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Massage oil
Massage coconut oil into your dog’s skin using your fingers. Be sure to focus on the dry patches and areas your pup scratches most.
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Set
Allow the coconut oil to stay on your dog’s body for five to ten minutes. This will help the nutrients of the coconut oil to absorb into his skin and coat, improving his condition.
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3
Brush
From head to tail, brush the oil through your dog’s fur using a pin brush or a slicker brush. This will spread the coconut oil around. Be sure to spread it through the dry coat as well as on the skin.
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Dry spots
Once the coconut oil has been brushed through your small dog’s coat, check his skin for any dry areas that need extra attention. Rub a small amount of coconut oil on these places and brush through again if necessary to spread the coconut oil.
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Treat
Once you are done with this coconut oil brushing, give your dog a treat. You may want to watch him closely as his fur might be a bit oily and could attract dirt for a while until completely dry.
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Caution & Considerations

  • Coconut oil is antibacterial so it is very good for your dog's skin conditions, whatever they may be.
  • Coconut oil can be taken internally so do not worry if your dog begins to lick the coconut oil off of his skin.
  • If your little guy is dealing with skin issues adding a bit of coconut oil to his diet may improve things internally, which will show on his skin and coat.
  • Coconut oil can be brushed into your dog's skin after a bath, before bath, and even during a bath. Consider how bad your little guy’s skin conditions are before you decide exactly when you're going to brush him with coconut oil.
  • The longer the coconut oil can sit on your dog's skin and in his coat the better it will absorb into his body.
  • If your small dog has incredibly dry skin or a skin condition that requires regular treatment, you can brush him with coconut oil as often as once a week.
  • If you're looking to treat an occasional dryness for your dog skin or coat, consider brushing your dog with coconut oil only about once a month.

Conclusion

Dry skin can make your little guy barking mad. Get out of the dog house with a coconut oil brushing and help your small dog look and feel better. Coconut oil offers many health benefits--get started with a coconut oil brushing to see improvement on his skin and coat.

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