Coconut Oil for Dogs
Is Coconut Oil Good for Dogs?
Since the world first caught on to the incredible health benefits of coconut, our interests have begun to grow. If the coconut fruit has so much potential for humans, it’s almost a given that it most certainly would have a wealth of health and nutrition benefits for animals as well.
Let’s see how you can use coconut oil for your dog(s).
Internal uses of coconut oil for dogs
- Coconut oil can help to improve appetite when used in small amounts. If your dog suffers from being underweight, this solution may work for you. Adding just one tsp of oil to your dog's food at every meal could make a significant difference.
- Coconut oil is rich in antioxidants, therefore improving the appearance of a dog’s coat and adding shine.
- Coconut oil can be an excellent fiber source for your dogs, helping you to improve their metabolism as well as easing digestive discomforts like diarrhea and constipation.
- The antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal action within coconut oil is a great way to relieve health-related stress, by making their bodies more resilient to infections over the long term.
- Coconut oil contains less cholesterol than other oils; you can improve your dog’s thyroid function, and help reduce blood clots as well.
- There are also reports of coconut oil preventing certain cancers over the long term.
- The fatty acids in coconut oil react with enzymes in the digestive tract supplying the same benefits to your dog that you’ve come to experience yourself.
- Using coconut oil on your dog's itchy skin - Use as a dry skin treatment by massaging a small amount into their coats.
- Can I put coconut oil on my dog's fur coat? Coconut oil can also be used to reduce the appearance of dander. Coconut oil has also been used to treat both fleas and ticks on dog's coats. Using surgical gloves, rub coconut oil on your hands well before massaging into your dog’s coat. Rub from the root of the hair upwards into the tips. Do not repeat more than once weekly unless there are skin conditions like dander or dryness, or if your dog suffers from a tick or flea infestation.
- Rub a small amount of organic unrefined coconut oil onto cuts and minor wounds. The antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties of coconut oil will aid in healing these wounds faster. Skin allergies are often treated with a combination of essential oils with coconut oil as the carrier oil.
- Coconut oil for dog's paws - Coconut oil can be used before walks to prevent dryness as well as the scraping of the soft pads. Place a few drops of coconut oil onto a cotton ball and rub gently onto their paw pads, or wounds for healing benefits. If your dog suffers from nail conditions, you can rub a generous amount onto their nails paying particular attention to the back of the nail to return moisture to the affected areas.
- You can also use coconut oil to treat bad breath in your dogs; coconut oil can help reduce the odor causing germs in their mouths over time by rubbing 1-2 drops over their teeth and onto their gums occasionally. How to brush dog teeth with coconut oil - Putting a dollop of the coconut oil onto your finger, wearing surgical gloves, rub over their teeth and gums. (Also do not repeat more than once weekly)
So, is coconut bad for dogs? Definitely not!
How much Coconut Oil for Dogs
How to add the coconut oil in dog food for internal benefits;
- Add 1 tbsp of coconut oil to your dog’s dry pellets or wet meal and mix thoroughly once a day.
- Should your dog reject the smell or taste of the coconut oil in his, or her meals, you can put 15ml of coconut oil in a syringe and squirt straight into their mouths.
Regardless of your reasons for deciding to use coconut oil when it comes to your dogs, there are so many benefits to be had, whether your fluffy friend ingests the oil or gets to be pampered with it.
You will significantly improve the quality of life for your dog(s). Only you, (with the help and input of your vet) can ultimately choose whether or not coconut oil is something you would like to incorporate into your dog’s life.
Brand or source of coconut for dogs
For those of you who may be interested in perusing the coconut oil avenue, there are also coconut oil supplements available in capsule form from a few online stores. Always make sure you are buying from reputable sources. If in doubt about safety, speak to a veterinarian about the product of choice before purchasing. While I do not believe you should have any problems with supplements, I prefer to stick to the original, organic, unrefined coconut oil I use for cooking and baking purposes. I’ve yet to be disappointed.
- Vetinfo, Dogs naturally magazine, MD. Dr. Colleen Smith (Chattanooga holistic animal institute), The Skept Vet, Petplace.
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