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    Coconut oil for dry skin?

    My pigs have a bit of dry skin on their feet and I remember reading in the forum you can use coconut oil for dry skin. I have a jar of coconut oil that I bought for cooking but I read you should use cold pressed coconut oil on them. I can't see anything about it being cold pressed on the label but it says "organic, extra virgin, and unrefined". Do you think it would be safe for their feet?

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    Re: Coconut oil for dry skin?

    You can use coconut oil for them. Living in Colorado as well I know it all too well.

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    Re: Coconut oil for dry skin?

    Quote Originally Posted by scoottie View Post
    You can use coconut oil for them. Living in Colorado as well I know it all too well.
    Haha yeah it gets pretty dry! I can feel it in my own skin this time of year so I use a humidifier but it broke last week and then I noticed the pigs dry feet. One of them keeps licking her feet, poor thing.

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    Re: Coconut oil for dry skin?

    I think it's the cold pressed quality of the coconut oil that's important. It has antibacterial and antifungal properties that are destroyed during heat processing. The oil will lubricate ok if it's not the cold pressed kind, but you won't get the other benefits of it.

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    Re: Coconut oil for dry skin?

    I had a humidifier going on for months more so to help me since I get sinus infections really easy.

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    Re: Coconut oil for dry skin?

    Quote Originally Posted by bpatters View Post
    I think it's the cold pressed quality of the coconut oil that's important. It has antibacterial and antifungal properties that are destroyed during heat processing. The oil will lubricate ok if it's not the cold pressed kind, but you won't get the other benefits of it.
    okay thanks! I may use my coconut oil for tonight and then get cold pressed tomorrow when I go grocery shopping. I also have pure Shea butter that I use to make lotions for myself but I was unsure if it was safe for Guinea pigs so I thought I should just stick with coconut oil.

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