Why is coconut oil good for dogs?
The big benefits of coconut oil for dogs comes from the type of fats it is made of. Coconut oil is almost exclusively (more than 90%) saturated fat and is one of the few foods that can be classified as a “superfood”. Perhaps you are thinking now: shall I feed my dog fats? There are two groups of fats: saturated fats and unsaturated and within each group are several more types of fats. MCTs are coconut oils secret weapon. Medium chain triglycerides (MCT) are good fats. The kind that provides an array of benefits. These include digestion improvement, immune system support and metabolic function. It assists with weight loss, skin and coat health and thyroid health.
In addition, MCTs are efficiently metabolized to provide an immediate source of fuel and energy. It enhances athletic performance and aides weight loss. In dogs, the MCTs in coconut oil balance the thyroid, helping overweight dogs lose weight. It also helps sedentary dogs feel energetic.
What are the benefits?
As I said earlier there are numerous benefits of feeding coconut oil to your dog. It gently elevates the metabolism, provides a higher level of energy and vitality. It also improves the skin and coat, not to mention it becomes handy to treat allergic reactions.
Healthy skin and coat
- Clears up eczema
- Aids flea allergies, contact dermatitis and itchy skin
- Minimizes doggy odor
- Reduces allergic reactions
- Creates sleek and glossy coats
- Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections
- When applied topically coconut oil promotes wound healing
- Also can help with hot spots, dry skin and hair, bites and stings
- Improves digestion
- Increases nutrient absorption
- Helps with colitis and inflammatory bowel syndrome
- Reduces or eliminates bad breath
- Helps with coughing
- Assists with weight loss
- A powerful antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal agents
- Balances insulin and promotes normal thyroid function
- Helps prevent or control diabetes
- Aids arthritis and ligament problems
- Helps prevent infection and disease
- Aids in increasing energy
How to use coconut oil for dogs?
If you plan to give coconut oil to your dog orally, you must start with small amounts. Then build up the dosage gradually. You should consult with your veterinarian regarding dosage. There can be side effects, such as greasy stools or diarrhea, which usually happens if the dose is too large. To use coconut oil topically, apply it to the skin about once a week, and let it be absorbed for a few minutes. After five minutes or so, rinse your dog off. If he still feels excessively greasy or oily, you can follow up with a light shampoo and rinse. Alternatively, use a shampoo made with organic coconut oil.
Which coconut oil to choose?
Choose unrefined coconut oil, also called virgin coconut oil. Better yet, look for cold-pressed oil. This uses a method to process the oil quickly after the coconuts are harvested to preserve nutrients. If you’re feeding it to your dog, be aware that different oils have different smells and tastes. Some have a bold coconut taste, while others are bland. Some are buttery and smooth, while others are nutty. You may have to experiment a bit to find one your dog likes.
There’s no doubt that we all want to take care of our dogs as safely, effectively, and naturally as possible. Coconut oil may be the next great thing, but it’s wise to take into account the healthy skepticism that surrounds it. You and your veterinarian can make the decision whether coconut oil is a beneficial supplement to your dog’s life. Don’t forget nothing will replace a healthy and balanced diet.