There are many reasons we love coconut oil. It is not just delicious, it is really good for our body. You may ask, oil that is good for you? Yep! That is oh so true.
When my friend told me to add some of it to my dog’s food, I had to stop and think. I researched about feeding it to my dogs, and to my surprise, it is really beneficial. Like humans, coconut oil is helpful for our furry friends. It can help then from coat to paws, even aid in digestion. Who would have thought my favorite oil was good for me and my dogs as well?
Here are some ways dogs can benefit from coconut oil:
- Better Coat
Coconut oil does not only make people’s hair shiny, it can also make dog’s fur sleek and glossy. This is helpful for aging dogs or during dry weather.
Simply dab some coconut oil on a dog’s coat. This can also get rid of smell and stink.
- Better Skin
For strong and healthy skin, rub some oil. It can help dogs with some skin conditions. There are a variety of skin conditions that it can treat, such as eczema, hot spots, dry skin, yeast infections, insect bites and stings.
Another way is feeding it to dogs. This way you are supplementing the oil being rubbed on the skin.
- For Small Wounds And Cuts
This oil has natural antiviral, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. It is the best choice for treating small cuts and wounds.
It can be given as a topical solution. Dab some on wounds and cuts, and let nature’s powers do the work.
- For The Immune System
Give your dogs coconut oil. The lauric and caprylic acids in coconut oil help boost the immune system. These also helps in fighting off yeast overgrowth and bacterial infections. One other good news, it is antiviral!
- Helps With Digestion
Coconut oil helps absorb nutrients easier. This can lead to a faster metabolism and it can help with colitis and irritable bowel syndrome.
How much coconut oil should we give to our dogs? The general rule is to give one teaspoon per 10 pounds of dog or one tablespoon for a 30-pound dog. It is best to start with less coconut oil than the recommended dose. This can also be used as base for some treats. Put some on an ice tray with turmeric or some vitamin D and freeze. The dogs will love licking this treat.
When using as a topical solution, simply rub using your hands and gently pat the coat, rub fingers through the fur, and massage a little. Unlike other medications, you need not worry about dogs licking it because it is very safe.
Always use unrefined, virgin, organic coconut oil. This is the less processed option. Read the labels to see the difference.
Although there have not been any reports of allergies in dogs, still observe for changes or improvements in your dogs. If there are no developments in the dog’s conditions, stop giving coconut oil and switch to other alternatives. It is also best to visit your veterinarian.