You have probably heard of the seemingly magical benefits of coconut oil. But did you know that your furry friend can also join in the trend? Coconut oil can get your dog looking and feeling great, in one of the most natural ways.
Why Coconut Oil?
Coconut oil is extracted from mature coconut meat. It consists mainly of saturated fats, which may seem counterintuitive. However, coconut oil derives its fat content from medium chain triglycerides (MCTs), which are classified as a good fat. These are usually associated with energy production, but coconut oil has many hidden health benefits as well.
The Natural Remedy
There are a wide variety of health benefits your pup can get from eating coconut oil. MCTs are known to help digestive processes and boost your older dog’s mental functions. Lauric acid has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. Coconut oil can also reduce coughing and eliminate undesirable odors. It can smoothen your dog’s hair and eliminate undesirable odors.
All of these health benefits come from eating coconut oil. However, it can also be applied topically! Applying coconut oil to problem areas (wounds, bites, stings, etc.) can help them heal faster. Some purchasable products have utilized coconut oil for its positive properties. You can buy coconut oil shampoo for soft fur or certain paw balms to help heal hotspots or blisters.
How to Give Coconut Oil to Your Dog
Coconut oil is safe for dogs to eat, and the best way to do this is to mix it into their food. Always buy unrefined (or virgin) coconut oil, preferably if it is “cold pressed.” Your dog may have specific tastes, so try out a couple brands and types! Small dogs should start with ¼ teaspoon with meals, while big dogs can start with 1 teaspoon. Eventually, you can build this amount up to 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds.
However, it is important to keep in mind that coconut oil is not for every dog. If your dog is overweight or has pancreatitis, it might be best to avoid using it. Some dogs may also be allergic to coconut oil, so make sure to monitor their behavior for a little while after the first taste.
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