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He is very hairless, even for a skinny, and while everything else is fine, he never seemed to have enough fur on his nose. He has had two separate courses of ivermectin since I've had him, and he doesn't seem to itch really anyway. Just the fur on his nose never seemed quite right. I tried putting monistat cream on it twice a day for quite a while, since skinnies are supposed to be more susceptible to fungus. It didn't seem to do anything for him, and he hates having gunk rubbed on his face.
So after hearing how coconut oil has been a miraculous cure for some, I've decided to try it out.
I found it at a little health food store, and it was $20 (Canadian) for a one pound tub. I was expecting to pay about that much, but I was expecting it to be a smaller container! The lady at the store kept telling me how its such great stuff, and I should take 1 tsp with every meal, and how its good for your hair and your skin, and with weight loss, but to start slow... and so on.. I was just smiling and nodding, I didn't have the heart to tell her I was going to rub it on a hairless guinea pig.
Anyway, so here is the coconut oil I got:
It says on the box: Since the beginning of time, the sexy silhouette of the coconut tree has brought passion to the tropics" which makes me giggle every time I look at it. And it smells really good too. I just want to make sure that this is the right stuff. It says it is: Certified Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, non-GMO, cold-pressed, 62% MCT's, unrefined, non-hydrogenated, sweet aroma, delicious tasting. I was expecting it to be with the massage oils and stuff, but it was with the food products.
I took some 'before' pictures, then I rubbed it on Tanuki's nose for the first time tonight. I'm not sure how often to use it though - would twice a day be good?
Here are the 'before' pictures I took. It was difficult to get a good clear shot of his nose. I hope to be able to update this thread with 'after' pictures where there's lots more fur soon.
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I think that sounds like a really good deal for the coconut oil. I don't know anything about it but I hope it works for you. You can also use kitten program for ringworm/fungus if you suspect he has it. That will clear it right up.
I just love your little hippo boys Fairysari. I hope it works for him too. If not, you can take it yourself when you're finished with him apparently!
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So I guess I'll go put it in the fridge.
I don't really suspect fungus necessarily. There is fur there, it is just very short.
I am open to trying the kitten program too. I assume it would have to be prescribed by a vet? Should I try to schedule an appointment as soon as possible, or would it be okay to give the coconut oil a week or so to see if it works before trying the program?
If that isn't true, someone tell me, because I LOVE coconut products - but I use them very sparingly for dietary reasons!
Coconut oil is marvelous stuff to rub on your dry heels, though. I keep a tub in the shower for that. :)
Yes, you might as well treat now and see if it helps.
p.s. I would NOT eat any cocoanut products that did not include chocolate in some form (to counteract any of the negative effects of the cocoanut oil).
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I'll call my vet tomorrow, and if I can an appointment Tuesday, I'll go then. I have some transportation issues the rest of the week, so if not Tuesday, I hope waiting until next Monday is okay. It doesn't seem to itch or bother him at all.
I want to get him neutered soon, so a vet visit is in order anyway. After he attacked Costanza I don't trust him with boars, so I think it's his only chance at having a friend.
It's kinda funny that you referred to him as a hippo Holly. Isn't it Sari?
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The local WalMart has coconut oil, but it isn't the organic extra virgin. It can be used like shortening in cooking. I store mine at room temperature.