04-20-2016, 07:04 AM
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Coconut oil won't be as effective, because it doesn't have an active emollient quality. Asking the vet about an active emollient moisturizer (urea or glycerol content) shouldn't need an appointment so it shouldn't cost you anything to ring up and ask.
Passive emollient: oil that sits over the skin stopping water from escaping, sorbeline, olive oil, coconut oil.
Active emollient: destroys some sulfide bonds in the skin to allow water to be absorbed better by the skin.
I don't know if the ingredients are safe for dogs to ingest as they'll probably lick it off sometimes. If you go the coconut oil route it'll need to be several times a day and you'll have to be super careful about your dog slipping.