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Old 01-19-2014, 11:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am re-introducing Hank to Nutiva coconut oil. He flat out refused to eat it after several months but he needs it for a bacterial skin infection that will not respond to antibiotics, and he is enjoying the taste again.

I have been doing about 1/2 tsp. twice daily with his meal for the last 5 days. He weighs 110 lbs.

How quickly can I build him up to a maintenance dose and what would you recommend? Most sources say 3 Tbsp. daily.

He is also on 2000 mg. of EPA fish oil (4 capsules that total 2000 mg of EPA, not 4 capsules that are 2000 mg each) and I have been using Zymox shampoo and leave on rinse for about 3 weeks.

Feeding raw is not an option at this time. He is eating Natural Balance Sweet Potato and Fish. He is allergic to grain mites, several molds, trees and grass.

His rash comes back as soon as he stops antibiotics. The last course was 30 days of 200 mg. Simplicef. Thank you.
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Has the vet done a culture to determine that it is bacterial?
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Yes we worked directly with a dermatologist and also (briefly) tried immunotherapy.
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i give my dog fresh coconut water. we have coconut oil. i have to look
at it to what brand it is. i believe it's raw and organic.
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Since coconut oil doesn't cause diarrhea, I would give 1 T twice a day starting today. That is what I give my Sting and he is 130 lbs. Since your gsd has skin issues, you may want to see how he does on that dose and then increase it to 1 1/2 T twice a day if his skin isn't improving.
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Coconut oil does give some dogs diarrhea so I would just continue to slowly increase the amount.

I have found that it works better topically than internally. I still personally eat some every day and give some to Rafi but I have had better luck with herbs for internal infections. Hopefully it will work better for your dog!
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Coconut oil does give some dogs diarrhea so I would just continue to slowly increase the amount.

I have found that it works better topically than internally. I still personally eat some every day and give some to Rafi but I have had better luck with herbs for internal infections. Hopefully it will work better for your dog!
What herbs have you used with success?

I am at my wits end. He doesn't seem to be bothered by any of this, but I feel so bad for him and I want to run back to the vet but I know it's useless when the infection returns after using antibiotics.

The Zymox seems to be doing a great job healing existing spots but new red ones seem to pop up just as others are healing.
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