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I lived in India for 21 yrs Coconut oil and water are used; water for drinking (you can only drink boiled or bottled water there), coconut oil is used for cooking, coconut milk is used in lots of gravys (we say curry here), it is used as a hair product, and the water is used for the skin. The thing is a large portion of the population do not eat meat or eggs, so they need this fat as a protein source. Although Coconut oil is a good fat it is fat, if you are feeding your dog a good diet you should not need this, fish oil is a better choice, if you do use it, use a very small amount and use human grade. I use it if my dog have trouble going !/4 teaspoon melted between 4 dogs.
Be very careful about applying anything unless your vet says its ok to your dogs paw pads, this is how dogs cool themselves, in the hot summer along with panting it is how they cool off, when they over heat a pan of water (not ice water) for their feet will help them cool off.
I am not saying not to use it, but use it with caution! I too see it in all the pet stores with all kinds of claims, snake oil use to be popular too (Eli Lilly got their start that way). The best thing you can do is if you feel your pup is getting a grass type of dermatitis talk with your vet most allergys do not happen until your pup is over one, also it takes exposure to the source, often many times. There are steps you can take.
If you already have a pudgy pet please skip the coconut oil.
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