The coconut has been found to have many benefits not only for humans, but for our dogs as well. This superfood is an excellent source of nutrition and takes many forms including shredded coconut meat, coconut milk and coconut water. The most nutrient dense part is coconut oil which has many health benefits.
Below are 5 benefits of coconut oil for dogs, all good reasons why you should give your dog some virgin coconut oil.
1. Coconut oil improves the digestion of your dog and becomes medicine for most digestive upsets.
Coconut oil has been found to provide relief from symptoms of digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome and microbial related tummy bugs. The fatty acids in coconut oil contain anti microbial properties, which have a soothing affect on bacteria that cause poor digestion and inflammation.
2. Coconut oil can give your dog a smooth glossy coat and keep them smelling great!
Coconut is not just for eating– it’s a wonderfully hydrating treat for fur too! It keeps the skin’s connective tissues strong providing essential proteins required for nourishing and healing damaged fur, which means sleek and glossy coats! It can also help to get rid of that doggie smell!
3. Coconut oil boosts your pup’s immune system
Coconut oil contains lauric acid, a medium chain fatty acid, which has strong antimicrobial activities and can help prevent bacterial and viral infections. Other healthy fats in coconut oil including caprylic acid and capric acid have antifungal, antibacterial, antiviral properties to boost the immune system.
4. Coconut oil can soothe wounds and skin infections
For minor cuts and bites, coconut oil can aid in (and even accelerate) the healing of your dog’s skin when applied topically. Dogs with flea allergies, contact dermatitis, or other allergic reactions typically stop scratching soon after coconut oil is added to their food. It hydrates the skin which can assist with dryness and itchiness. It can also be applied as a paw rub to sooth rough paws!
5. Coconut oil tastes great!
Unlike most herbal products that are good for your dog’s health, coconut is something that your pup will love to eat! By mix coconut oil into your pup’s food you can surely cure the pickiest eater!
Recommended dosage: solid or liquid it can be added to regular food or given between meals. A good daily amount for dogs is about 1 teaspoon (5ml) per 5kg of body weight (but start at a quarter of this and build up slowly). These are general guidelines only. Some pets may experience temporary side effects such as diarrhoea. If this occurs, reduce the dosage temporarily or cease use if unsure.
Make sure to buy virgin coconut oil as this is not refined and free from additives and try to get certified organic if you can.
There are many other benefits of coconut oil for dogs. Get some for your pup’s health and well being. Virgin organic coconut oil is used in most of the Treats a la Bark organic dog treat range.