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Virgin Coconut Oil Drying Out Skin?

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MissMaple

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Hi everyone! I wish I had introduced us before starting off with a problem/questions, but here I am! This forum community has been amazingly helpful as a first time hairless dog mama. First some background: four months ago, I adopted Maple, who was thought by the shelter and subsequent rescues to be a Chinese Crested mix. I did endless research on hairless dog care before and after adopting her. The vet and I think she might just be a chi mix with alopecia x (also known as black skin disease). She's been losing and gaining hair symmetrically, currently gaining more than losing. She's currently eating Wellness Core small breed, gets a 1/2 tsp of coconut oil in her food, 1/2 tsp of Ultra Oil (a combination of anchovie, sardine, and hempseed oil), and frequently gets banana, apple, celery, and carrot pieces. She gets a bath once a month (we're in NY) with a 1:4 mixture of apple cider vinegar and water with roughly two tsp of coconut oil. I lightly rub her down with coconut oil when we're done. For the last two months, the top of her head, neck, outer ears, and tail (all hairless) have been getting very dry and flaky. So dry that even applying coconut oil once daily isn't enough, and I worry that it's making the problem worse. Could it be the coconut oil? Has anyone had this issue, and what did you do instead? For a couple of weeks I tried just leaving it alone altogether to see if balance would restore itself, but I just couldn't stand looking at her poor little dry noggin and tail without doing something about it anymore.

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I'm pulling straws out of thin air here.  And, I am no expert and have never had this problem -- just tossing thoughts into thin air. 

 

I notice that the Wellness Core is grain free which is great; but it does have chicken which some dogs are allergic to.  I believe (and could be wrong) that a venison protein is less hypoallergenic.  I use Natural Balance Venison & sweet potato kibble.  I am in no means trying to plug Natural Balance, but only mention this because I had a vet quiz me extensively for another of his clients.  I would also recommend bathing the dog every two weeks instead of once a month.  I use a coconut scrub on my hairless dogs and it keeps their skin nice and soft


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Hi everyone! I wish I had introduced us before starting off with a problem/questions, but here I am! This forum community has been amazingly helpful as a first time hairless dog mama. First some background: four months ago, I adopted Maple, who was thought by the shelter and subsequent rescues to be a Chinese Crested mix. I did endless research on hairless dog care before and after adopting her. The vet and I think she might just be a chi mix with alopecia x (also known as black skin disease). She's been losing and gaining hair symmetrically, currently gaining more than losing. She's currently eating Wellness Core small breed, gets a 1/2 tsp of coconut oil in her food, 1/2 tsp of Ultra Oil (a combination of anchovie, sardine, and hempseed oil), and frequently gets banana, apple, celery, and carrot pieces. She gets a bath once a month (we're in NY) with a 1:4 mixture of apple cider vinegar and water with roughly two tsp of coconut oil. I lightly rub her down with coconut oil when we're done. For the last two months, the top of her head, neck, outer ears, and tail (all hairless) have been getting very dry and flaky. So dry that even applying coconut oil once daily isn't enough, and I worry that it's making the problem worse. Could it be the coconut oil? Has anyone had this issue, and what did you do instead? For a couple of weeks I tried just leaving it alone altogether to see if balance would restore itself, but I just couldn't stand looking at her poor little dry noggin and tail without doing something about it anymore.

I have read coconut oil is astringent and drying may want to try a different oil

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I used to use an Emu oil on Biko, he is a true hairless with TERRIBLE allergies to pretty much everything. He ends up with a bad reaction to Coconut oil so we avoid that. 

 

Here is one thing to think about... 

 

Every Crested is different. What works for mine does not mean it will work for yours, its about getting ideas to try for your little one, but please don't take our suggestions as gospel. I personally would not recommend bathing more often, but what I would suggest you use is possibly a conditioner...

 

To be honest.... Biko only gets a bath if he gets wee on him, or he rolls in something stinky... So that means that he can go Months without a bath.

Like I said before, he is a true hairless, with severe allergies. His Skin is perfect.

 

His skin is soft and smooth like a baby. Unless he is in allergy mode, his skin is fine. I use a green tea shampoo on him and a shea conditioner. A little bit goes a long way, which is nice, so I use it on all 4 of my hairless/hairys.

 

When you are trying to figure out allergies or certain issues, "less is best" for the most part, if you have too many things all going on at the same time you wont know what is working and what is making things worse. 



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Ah yes, the good old "Your brother peed on you" bathtimes. We know the joys of those...
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Put a sane man alone in a room with a teacosy, and it is only a matter of time until he puts it on his head.

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what about the ''you peed on yourself'' baths.....quite often around here


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Biko has a pretty good stream... so he is usually the pee'er, as opposed to the receiving party... the pee'ie (lol)?... but come to think of it... there have been a few times when the boys have "crossed streams" and everyone has been forced to have bath time! LOL



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Davyde

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Dizzy frankly doesn't care if anyone is in the way when he decides to pee.

 

Our boy is such a delight...

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Put a sane man alone in a room with a teacosy, and it is only a matter of time until he puts it on his head.

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Oh yes we've been having plenty of those bath times lately. 3 of mine like peeing one each other's pee and Marley had taken to peeing on Parker while he pees rather than waiting for him to finish to pee on Parker's pee. Fun times for all!

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Oh yes we've been having plenty of those bath times lately. 3 of mine like peeing one each other's pee and Marley had taken to peeing on Parker while he pees rather than waiting for him to finish to pee on Parker's pee. Fun times for all!
 

Yep, that sounds familiar...

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Put a sane man alone in a room with a teacosy, and it is only a matter of time until he puts it on his head.





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