Many of us use coconut oil in cooking to improve our diets and even in beauty products (when we can afford it), but lots of people still haven't heard about the amazing benefits that coconut oil can have on our beloved Bulldogs.
Trust me people; this isn't just another wacky idea filled with a lot of over-exaggerated hype. No, on the contrary; for the last 4 years Bulldog enthusiasts everywhere have expressed to me their surprising accounts of the many healing and natural skin soothing qualities of those found in coconut oil.
Well, I finally purchased and began research on this tropical oil and while I'm super excited about my findings, I must also say, I regret not applying myself to this lead much sooner. I absolutely love the idea of using natural products like extra virgin coconut oil and now I can't wait to share with you my experiences in using it with my very own Bulldogs.
So far, we've already noticed a shinier coat especially on our oldest Bully, Lily. She's approaching 7 years of age. We've even put aside our trusted snout soother and have begun applying it to their noses to help correct the drying, cracking and fading. Hopefully, I'll even find a few hidden benefits in my experience with it that my readers have never before discovered!
Why Coconut Oil For Bulldogs
Much like myself, when I first caught wind about all this, you're now probably wondering, "why coconut oil?" Great question! Coconut oil's standout component, Lauric Acid, is a fatty acid that converts to Monolaurin. For the sake of keeping this simple, I'll just tell you, Monolaurin possesses some serious antimicrobial, antiviral, and antifungal properties! This means coconut oil has the power to seek and destroy viruses, bacteria, and fungus.
Consider the many medications prescribed by our veterinarians for the sole purpose of killing these hazardous organisms. The majority of these meds are not natural, but man made, and at times our Bulldogs have even been known to have adverse reactions while using them.
Already, I think it's becoming more clear why Coconut Oil, which is naturally non-toxic, should be considered as our go-to product for the purpose battling a Bulldog's seemingly ever present health ailments.
Ever consider making your own Dog Biscuits from Home?This Simple Recipe includes Coconut Oil.
What Can Coconut Oil do For Your Bulldog?
Dermatitis, yeast infections, hot spots, dry skin/dandruff, parasites, immune system deficiencies, and warts and fungal infections can all be reduced, remedied or eliminated with the simple, twice a day application of coconut oil! It gets much better! The oil also works as a healing agent for minor cuts and wounds and it helps to moisten dry noses and paw pads when applied directly.
The a fore mentioned Lauric acid found in coconut oils might even increase your Bulldog's energy levels as it is a fatty acid. This due in part because of the body's power to convert fat into energy. More energy means increased activity and more calories burnt.
**Let's get one thing straight. Although coconut oil can be topically used as a healing agent for minor cuts, wounds and dermatitis in-between the folds it's important you properly treat the area with traditional methods before applying coconut oil.
For instance, if your bully has developed a yeast infection under his nose rope, it's important you clean and disinfect the folds first, then apply your coconut oil. I want to be clear that just throwing coconut oil over a dirty wound or infected folds will not have a positive effect.
Coco Therapy Macaroons
Our Bulldogs loved the Coco Therapy Macaroons pictured to the right of the page! As all my readers know, I test many of the treats personally before offering them to our bullies and honestly, they weren't too bad. They're a bit crumbly, but it's ok if you plan break them into smaller pieces anyway.
The coolest thing about this treat is that there really is organic coconut oil listed in the ingredients. For a Bulldog that's a bit more finicky about coconut oil, this treat might be a great way to sneak it in.
Coconut Oil a Cure-All For Bulldogs?
Now, I know from personal experience that the use of coconut oil will by no means empower any of us Bulldog owners to discontinue seeing our vets entirely. Of course, many advanced instances of yeast infections, dermatitis, and hot spots will need veterinarian strength medications. However, I most certainly believe that coconut oil can act as a Bulldog's first line of defense for avoiding these common ailments.Read our article on English Bulldog Care for help with Existing Facial Fold Infections
Including a tablespoon a day in our Bulldogs' diets could largely improve the look and feel of their coats and help to build a stronger immune system. Undoubtedly, most Bulldog enthusiasts will appreciate the healing factors achieved when applied directly to their Bulldogs' skin especially for those which consistently struggle with hot spots, itchy skin caused by skin allergens and ring worm, just to name a few.
Check Out This Video of a Rescue Dog Getting The Coconut Oil Treatment. You Can Tell She Loves It!
Read these Bulldog Lovers' Thoughts on the Tropical Paste:
"I use coconut oil for so many things! Otis recently had a hot spot on his paw and he wouldn't let me near it. I made an Epsom salt solution and held his paw in it for about 5 minutes (or as long as I could make him stand still :), then when he was resting, I would warm some coconut oil and drizzle it onto the hot spot twice a day. He didn't mind that I was putting the oil on it and it didn't hurt or sting him. In about 3 days it was well enough that I stopped treatment & Otis wasn't bothered by it anymore, so his paw continued to heal on its own.
He had a little skin tag on his butt that he made bleed and coconut oil healed it! Otis gets a spoonful as a treat, too. After I put it on his nose, I give him a spoonful glop that he scoops off then licks the spoon with gusto. He never tries to lick it off his nose and I think it's because he's just been satisfied with his spoonful treat. Organic, cold pressed, unrefined, coconut oil is what I use. I order it from Amazon, it's much cheaper there." - Laure Harrelson Bailey
"Gemma, my Bulldog, was 6 or 7 months old when she began to get the head tremors. There is a lot of controversy on the causes... Hormones, excitement, low blood sugar, pain..... Our vet said to start giving her coconut oil daily and she never had them again. It has to do with the nerve cells firing incorrectly and the coconut oil adds the fatty acids. To be fair we had her spayed several months later also.
Currently I take a tablespoon or two and put it in my hands and she licks it off. It has created a wonderful bond between us and Gemma. I know some people use vanilla ice cream or honey and that works for them. We also use coconut oil for her nose." - Debbie KratzResources From Our Health + Wellness Page:Facial Folds / Acne/ Bulldog Ears/ Tear Stains / Nose / Tail + Butt Care / Brushing+Bathing / Excessive Shedding / Nail Trim / Oral Hygiene
Coconut Oil Application
Be sure you purchase Virgin, Extra Virgin(same as virgin) or Un-refined coconut oil. Add 1 teaspoon for every 10lbs or 1 Tablespoon for every 30lbs of your Bulldog's weight.
This means most of us will then be mixing in 4.5 teaspoons of Coconut Oil directly into our Bully's food, but it's recommended to use a smaller amount for those Bulldogs that are new to the oil. The coconut oil's taste isn't very strong so you won't have to worry about it overpowering the senses. Melted down first or added straight from the jar most Bullies will enjoy this new treat.
For those of you whose Bulldog's skin is irritated, itchy or flaky, you want to rub in a generous amount to the skin twice a day until the itching subsides. Don't worry if he licks it off his skin after application. As long as you've thoroughly rubbed the oil into the skin it will still have a positive effect. Remember; if he eats it that's good too.
If your bully doesn't already have an infection in his folds you may try applying a small amount every 1-2 days to help ward off infection. The oil should act as a natural moisture barrier and the antimicrobial properties are a double whammy to invading bacteria.
Tell us what positive/negative experiences you've had with Coconut Oil below!!