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Q. My dog Max is scratching himself a lot. It seems that his skin is very dry. Someone suggested adding coconut oil to his food. Could this work?

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A. You can give your dog coconut oil at a rate of teaspoon per 10 pounds of dog/day, but you will need to start at about a 1/4 of that dose and work up to the full dose over 1-2 weeks. Try itchy skin can be seasonal with the weather changes or it could be something more like allergies. Start by adding the oil and if after several weeks you don't notice improvement I would maybe try changing the food to a high quality dry food, preferably fish.

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