12 Incredible Reasons To Give Your Dog Coconut Oil
We’ve all heard of how coconut oil can benefit us, but did you know that it has astonishing results for dogs too?
Coconut Oil for Dogs
Coconut oil is extracted from mature coconuts and takes the form of edible oil that is used in food and beauty products. It comes in solid form but dissolves into a liquid when gently rubbed between the palms of the hands. It is high in saturated fat and medium-chain triglycerides, which are thought to be behind the health benefits for both humans and dogs.
I first started using coconut oil in my dog’s food to improve dental hygiene. Then I noticed that my miniature dachshund was experiencing some baldness on the tips of his ears and on his chest and tummy area. He was already having a little in his food each day so I started massaging some into his fur once a week and saw results within a month. His black fur also shone beautifully and he smelled lovely too.
It really is amazing what coconut can do for both humans and our dogs. In addition, it is something that we might already have in our store cupboards. Here is a list of some of the benefits that you can give your dog just by adding a tiny amount to their food or by massaging into the skin.
Coconut oil can be used to help existing problems and to stop others from occurring. It is a completely natural, organic product with no additives.
12 Health Benefits of Coconut Oil for Dogs
Helps to clear up skin conditions
Cleans teeth and eliminates bad breath
Can be rubbed into the dog’s coat to make it shine.
It deodorises bad pet odours.
Helps to regulate diabetes and thyroid problems.
Protects against ticks and fleas.
Helps with weight loss
Helps colitis and digestion
Soothes sore paws, cuts, and grazes
How Much Coconut Oil To Add To Food
1 teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight but start with 1/4 dose and work up.
It is Important to start in very small amounts.
How To Make Really Quick and Easy Frozen Coconut Oil Treats
Coconut Oil and Blueberry
Simply place the coconut oil in ice cube trays with a blueberry in the middle, then pop into the freezer. Give one to your dog on a hot day to cool him down.
Coconut Oil, Peanut butter, and Banana
Make these delicious treats by mixing equal parts of coconut oil, banana, and organic peanut butter. Then roll into small balls or pop into ice cube trays, and freeze until you need them.
Here’s a Handy Tip!
Dogs tend to like the taste so a little used as a coating makes a tablet much more palatable and slips down easier. Only a tiny amount though!