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Old 02-07-2016, 02:27 PM
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Dog ate a lot of coconut oil, worried.

I had a tiny bowl of solid coconut oil on the table that I occasionally put on the dogs' toes. We just got home, and found it on the floor half-empty, and our 9lb tiny Chihuahua's muzzle smells like a coconut.

About a tablespoon has been eaten, and our 12lb might have had a bit of it too. Any suggestions? I know the main concern is pancreatitis, and while they don't eat a lot of fatty things (just what's in their food), last night I made a special dinner that included some chicken livers, and a bonus chicken heart for him. I tried to balance it with protein, but figured I'd keep treats low for a day. Certainly didn't expect this to happen.
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He may develop some pretty bad diarrhea, you can try and help with some canned 100% pumpkin. The dosage is 2 teaspoons for a dog his size.

Other then that keep an eye out for pancreatitis sypmtoms and be prepared to get him to the vet if they develop. Pancreatitis in Dogs: How to Spot It and Get It Treated
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I'd called the vet and they said since it was pure organic coconut oil it should be fine, as they put that in food and it's safe. I was surprised, mentioned pancreatitis concerns, and she said if I see any diarrhea then I could bring him in. I said I expected diarrhea for sure since coconut oil was pure fat. She said just watch him and if anything else happened, then bring him in.

I was really surprised! @Rain I just came back and saw your reply; I've already given them some pumpkin in water and ACV to get more water in them (they rarely drink on their own, just get it in their food). I also gave them a bit of bread (normally a no-no) with pumpkin smeared on it. They get pumpkin in their breakfast and dinner as a norm already so don't want to overdo it.
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@Rain, I just read the link, thanks for that. I'm feeling like there's not a lot to look for, though if either of them doesn't want to eat, that will say a lot (and pigs will fly, too!). I figure from googling that diarrhea or vomiting is quite common just with the consumption of the oil, so I'm not sure I can use that as a sign of anything negative going on, ditto if they're a little low energy or have upset stomach.

Hopefully this just passes fast. Wish we weren't elevator-dependant for this, hopefully nothing explosive happens!
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He might have loosy poops but coconut oil is really good for dogs. Most likely you'll just notice and extra shiny coat. I feed my dogs coconut oil all the time and give them 1-2 TBs a day.
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He might have loosy poops but coconut oil is really good for dogs. Most likely you'll just notice and extra shiny coat. I feed my dogs coconut oil all the time and give them 1-2 TBs a day.
Oh I know it's good for them in moderation, but at 9lbs he's just a tiny guy. So far so good, he's had really runny poops but that's it. Not sure how long it takes to get through their system though.
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I think you'd know by now if he was sick.. He'd have to have ALOT to OD on something that is in general good for him.

My mom's 15 lb dog ate an entire bottle of fish oil pills on day and was fine.

I hope your boy is ok though!
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So, on Sunday afternoon we went on a long walk to sort of work it through his system faster, and so if he got explosive diarrhea we'd be outside, lol. By the evening he passed some goopy poop - looked a bit off but when I went to pick it up, it was almost jelly.

Today was a holiday and we did another long walk along the beach (new for him) and he was awesome. So I'm sure that's what left his system yesterday evening, and he's fine - yay!

Thanks for the advice and reassurances.
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So, on Sunday afternoon we went on a long walk to sort of work it through his system faster, and so if he got explosive diarrhea we'd be outside, lol. By the evening he passed some goopy poop - looked a bit off but when I went to pick it up, it was almost jelly.

Today was a holiday and we did another long walk along the beach (new for him) and he was awesome. So I'm sure that's what left his system yesterday evening, and he's fine - yay!

Thanks for the advice and reassurances.

Sounds like he's well over the worst of it

At least he picked a healthy oil and not something like the fat trimmings off a roast The joys of owning a small dog, what might not phase a large dog owner has those of us with small dogs panicking because it takes so much less to make them sick.
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