Coconut oil has become extremely popular in the last decade. Perhaps you have been using it yourself for cooking or as a health supplement. You may even have been using it to moisturize your skin or hair. Well, it is good for your dogs too, having similar benefits for them as it does for us. It can be administered orally or topically for a variety of conditions.
Substitute Coconut Oil in your recipes calling for oil when you cook or bake dog treats. It is very stable at high temperatures when cooking.
Health Benefits Of Coconut Oil For Dogs
Protects Against Disease
Coconut Oil helps prevent diabetes. It also promotes normal thyroid function and helps prevent infection and heart disease.
Coconut Oil helps reduce weight and increases energy. It also promotes mobility in pups with arthritis and other joint issues.
Coconut oil can do wonders for your dog’s skin in both curing current conditions and in preventing others from developing.
It can clear up skin conditions such as flea allergies, eczema, contact dermatitis, and irritated, itchy skin. It can also reduce allergic reactions and improve overall skin health.
Coconut Oil improves digestion and nutrient absorption. It will soothe digestive conditions such as colitis and IBS.
It expels or kills parasites.
It eliminates doggy-breath.
Coconut Oil contains powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal agents that prevent infection and disease. The risk of cancer may even be reduced.
Coconut Oil regulates and balances insulin and can help prevent or control diabetes, promote normal thyroid function, increase energy and help reduce weight.
Coconut Oil helps build strong bones. It also eases inflammation and helps with arthritis discomfort.
Brain, Eyes, Ears, and Mouth
Coconut Oil promotes good nerve and brain function and slows down the deterioration of cognitive diseases such as Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia. It is a must to keep senior dogs’ minds from becoming cloudy.
It can be used to clear up eye and ear infections. Melt it. Cool it. Use as eye drops or ear drops.
Curing and Preventing Yeast Infections
A common cause of itchiness and irritated skin are yeast infections. Coconut Oil can prevent and treat yeast and fungal infections including candida. It can also help dogs recover quickly from kennel cough.
Research has found that coconut oil has all natural antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. This makes it a wonderful topical antibiotic and a great alternative to chemical-based medications. Use it on paws to help heal cuts and wounds and keep them clear of infections. Additionally, if your dog suffers from allergies and is constantly chewing on their ears or paws, coconut oil can be used to help heal these sores as well. It is safe to eat, so you won’t have to worry if your dog licks it off.
Coconut oil will keep your dog’s fur healthy, sleek and shiny when used either as a dietary supplement or added to your dog’s shampoo. It can also help a wide variety of skin conditions, eliminating itchy irritations.
Coconut oil is also an effective moisturizer if your dog suffers from dandruff.
Eliminating Dog Odors
A dog can get pretty smelly from time to time. Coconut oil, with its pleasant smell and disinfecting properties, can significantly reduce dog odor. It can be used to clean a dog’s teeth, to freshen up bad breath, as well as applying it directly to the dog’s coat to deodorize the fur.
Conventional medications that are used to combat parasitic infestations can have a lengthy list of potentially harmful side effects. Coconut oil is an all-natural, non-toxic treatment for intestinal worms. It can be used to treat a current parasitic condition as well as a preventative measure.
Repel Fleas, Ticks and Other Insects
Coconut Oil smells pleasant and is completely non-toxic. Before hiking in the woods, rub some Coconut oil into your dog’s coat.
How Often and How Much?
Suggested supplement daily might be 1 teaspoon for every 10 pounds of body weight. However, it may be wise, to begin with one-quarter of this amount and gradually increasing it.
It is best added to their food, but some dogs may love licking it off a spoon.