Your dog probably won't ever take a walk on the red carpet, but if you could ask her, and if she could answer, your dog probably would prefer to look her best whenever possible. A dog's coat can become dull despite your grooming efforts, and the chemical compositions of retail conditions may not do the trick. Coconut oil is a natural option for keeping your dog's coat shiny and lustrous.
Coconut oil has long been regaled for its healthful properties. The saturated fats in coconut oil help moisturize the skin by keeping moisture from escaping through your dog's pores. Additionally, its three fatty acid components, capric, caprylic and lauric acids, contain disinfectant and antimicrobial properties that can help prevent infection when applied to your dog's skin. The protein component in coconut oil keeps skin healthy and contributes to tissue repair, which may aid in healing, and is less abrasive to a dog with skin conditions.
A Recipe for Success
Folks with a fondness for green living have been mixing up homeopathic remedies and other useful health agents from common household products for generations. A simple coconut conditioner can be fashioned by combining 2 cups of coconut oil with 2 tablespoons of vitamin E oil, a half cup of plain yogurt and a couple of drops of your favorite essential oil to keep your pooch smelling fresh until bath time rolls around again. Coconut oil contains a small amount of vitamin E oil, and the additional oil will assist in the prevention of dry skin and a dull coat. The addition of plain yogurt, which is an anti-fungal, can help prevent yeast infections.
Begin by combining the coconut oil, vitamin E oil and yogurt in a medium-sized mixing bowl. Mix with a hand or stand mixer for approximately five minutes, until the mixture is thick like hair conditioner. Add your favorite oil and mix for another minute. For a single application, place a small amount into a baggie that seals and cut one corner so you can pipe the mixture onto your dog. Store the remaining conditioner in a jar with a lid.
For Optimal Results
For great results, apply the mixture to your dog and allow it to remain on her coat and skin for several minutes. It may be difficult to confine your dog to the bathroom for several minutes after her bath, so consider a pocketful of treats to keep her mind off the tedium of this beauty regimen. Empty the tub of dirty bathwater so your dog isn't standing in it while the coconut oil mixture sets. Once several minutes have passed, rinse your dog well.
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