By now, we all know the health benefits that come from incorporating coconut oil into our daily lives. Using this healthy fat in our cooking is better than vegetable oils, it works wonders in our beauty routine, and you can even using it to make your own homemade soap! But little did we know that this trendy oil can be just as beneficial for our four-legged friends as it can for us.
That’s right, your dog can have coconut oil, and they can benefit from it, too. But most pet owners probably have a few question when it comes to feeding your dog something new, especially something you probably wouldn’t usually give to your pet.
When feeding your dog coconut oil, the general rule of thumb is one teaspoon per 10 pounds of dog, or one tablespoon for a 30-pound dog. Always start by adding less coconut oil than the recommended dose and build up over the course of a week or two.
1. Healthy Coatcoconut oil makes our hair shiny and beautiful, a potential benefit of coconut oil for your four-legged friend is a sleek and glossy coat! This is especially helpful for older dogs, whose coats may have started to dull with age, or during the winter when the dry weather has forced their hair to lose its sheen.
2. Healthy Skin
3. Doggy Odor
As much as we love our pets, we’d be lying if we said they don’t smell from time to time! Whether it’s their mouth, their fur, or their general body odor, coconut oil is a quick fix to get rid of pretty much any four-legged funk.
By adding small amounts of coconut oil to a dog’s diet or to their coat, you’re basically giving them a deodorant and mouthwash all at once! The recommended dose for oral care is one teaspoon per 10 pounds of dog, or one tablespoon for a 30-pound dog.
4. Treating Small Wounds And Cuts
Coconut oil on your dog’s skin doesn’t just keep it healthy and fend off rashes, it can also help to treat small wounds and cuts. The oil has natural antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties, making it a good choice for treating superficial wounds. An easy way to do this is to put some oil in your dog in a doggy sweater and supervise them until the coconut oil fully absorbs into their skin, which takes about five minutes.
5. Treating an Aging Braincognitive ability decline is a really terrible thing to see. Some dogs become confused, pace around the house, and start to have accidents in their home. Another benefit of coconut oil for dogs is treating the aging brain of your dog; coconut oil is said to stave off dementia in humans, and some studies have made the link that it could do the same for our pets.
6. Weight Loss
If you’re dog’s a bit on the pudgy side, they may need to lose some weight. While a healthier, all-natural dog food and exercise is crucial to making this happen for your pet, some experts believe that adding coconut oil to their diet will also help them slim down over time.
Of course, check with your vet about what’s the right plan for your dog.
7. Boosting The Immune System
8. Treating Diabetes
Yes, dogs can have diabetes, and it has the same negative health problems that can be found in humans. However, coconut oil regulates and balances insulin, so adding coconut oil to your dog’s diet might help to control your dog’s diabetes. As we’ve already mentioned, coconut oil also increases energy and helps reduce weight, which can be beneficial for a diabetic dog. Check with your vet before using coconut oil for your diabetic dog.
9. Helping Digestion
Do you feed your dog coconut oil for a different reason? Share how your pet benefits from coconut oil in the comments section below.