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    My black pug, Emmett, has very dry, flakey skin. He gets salmon oil every day with dinner. I have the coconut oil but haven't used it yet. How much do you feed them?

    Is it too much to feed and apply to their coats? If it's applied to their coats, does it get all over furniture and bedding and make it greasy.
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    I put 1/4 tsp in Tinker's food every am. See what your jar says and start at the lowest amount and work up if you have to. I've never put it on her.
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    I've rubbed it in Wonka's fur and it soaks in relatively quickly so I've never had a problem with the furniture. I'm sure it would make the furniture greasy if he immediately got up on the couch and started rubbing though.

    When feeding coconut oil, start small (just a dab) and work up to full "dose" because too much at first can cause tummy upset.
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    I put 1/2 a tsp in Papaya's dinner. Make sure you use unrefined coconut oil. We use Cocotherapy products, but I believe you can find good quality coconut oil at specialty stores or even the supermarket. I've never rubbed it in his coat, but he is always SO soft, people who pet him always comment how soft he is. I would start with 1/8 of a tsp and then little by little increase the amount. Good luck!
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    I use it on their fur every so often, it makes them super shiny! I've never really had an issue with it rubbing off on anything, but I don't use very much, just enough to make my hands shiny. I put it in their rinse water too, sometimes, about a teaspoonful - this would make things greasy if they rubbed against them just after a bath, but since they're swaddled in towels as soon as zoomies are zoomed, it's never been an issue :)
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    OMG...I am a terrible pug mom. I gave him some before reading the answers...and it was way too much. He had bad diarrhea just now. Poor lil guy. Is he going to be okay? Can I still feed him dinner do you think? I have some pumpkin I can add. Oh, I feel horrible.....

    It is unrefined.

    And thank you all for the info!
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    He'll be fine, don't worry too much :) I'd still feed dinner, since you know exactly what caused the diarrhea. Maybe you might want to try bland food, but I think he'll be ok :)

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    Last 2 poops were solid. Phew! Wow, the guilt of making your puggy sick! Guess I'll be laying off the coconut oil for a few days to rest his tummy and then be VERY careful about the serving size next time!

    Thanks everyone!!!
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    I'm glad things are returning to normal. It is wise to lay off the oil completely for a week or so before starting again slowly.

    The problem with a heavy dose of fat is not only that it often causes diarrhoea (as you have unfortunately discovered) but it can also trigger pancreatitis which can be quite serious.

    As you are already feeding salmon oil I would be careful about the doses of coconut oil and keep to the lower end. If you don't see much improvement in his coat then you could try leaving out the salmon oil for a while and then increasing the coconut oil to compensate, in case he does better with the coconut.
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    I give 1 tsp daily to each of mine. Weights are 20 lbs, 26 lbs & 15 lbs.

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