Wondering why coconut oil is such a healthy addition to your dog’s diet? It all starts with the medium chain fatty acids …
It’s the MCFAs (Medium Chain Fatty Acids) in coconut oil, especially the lauric acid, that give it such a powerful punch when it comes to your dog’s health.
7 Reasons to feed your Dog Coconut Oil
#1 It helps with weight loss
Obesity in dogs is a common issue, one that can have some long term health effects. If your dog’s overweight, this puts stress on his body and can lead to:
· High blood pressure
· Joint problems or osteoarthritis
· Diabetes or insulin resistance
· Respiratory difficulties
· Liver disease or dysfunction
Adding coconut oil to your dog’s diet can balance the thyroid and help with weight loss.
Studies show feeding a diet featuring MCFA will help with weight loss and can potentially decrease the size of fat depots.
Your dog’s body can metabolize MCFAs to get an immediate boost of energy, enhancing athletic performance and helping with weight loss. The energy boost can also help with increased stamina.
#2 It can disinfect cuts and wounds and soothe cracked pads
Studies show that coconut oil has natural antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties. This makes it ideal as a natural topical antibiotic and the perfect alternative to those chemical based products out there. Use it to help heal cuts and wounds.
If your dog scratches his ears or chews his paws because of allergies, it’s also good for soothing and healing these sores too. And since it’s safe to eat, you don’t have to worry about your dog licking it off.
#3 It’s great for the skin and coat
Coconut oil hydrates the skin and increases skin surface lipid levels. This makes it an effective moisturizer if your dog suffers from dry skin or has dandruff. And, not only does it hydrate dry skin and help your dog beat the annoying itch that comes with it, it will make his coat sleek and glossy and help combat that ‘stinky dog’ smell.
#4 It helps improve brain function
As your dog gets older, his brain may need a little extra simulation to stay young. Coconut oil is the answer. It can improve cognitive function in older dogs by providing the brain with energy in the form of ketones, promoting good nerve and brain function and preventing dementia.
#5 It can help improve gut health
If your dog has allergies, yeast may be a big concern, especially in the gut. But you can use coconut oil for dogs with allergies!
In a research study comparing several different oils, coconut oil showed the greatest impact on stopping the growth of yeast in the gut.
It also helps the gut in other ways:
· Improves digestion and nutrient absorption
· Reduces inflammation
· Helps heal digestive disorders like inflammatory bowel syndrome and colitis
#6 It can be used to clean teeth
Searching for a natural toothpaste? Thanks to its antimicrobial properties, coconut oil makes the perfect natural teeth cleaner. It helps eliminate the harmful bacteria that live in your dog’s mouth. This can help prevent plaque from forming and avoid dental disease.
#7 It can repel fleas and ticks
One little known use of coconut oil is to repel insects like fleas and ticks. It smells pleasant and is completely non-toxic. Just rub it into your dog’s coat before going for a walk in the woods to help repel ticks and even help naturally eliminate mites that cause mange.
Unlike many over-the-counter products, coconut oil is safe, even if fed in larger amounts. It’s also much less likely to oxidize and become rancid than other fats.
Because coconut oil has so many health benefits, there are a lot of great uses for it. So how do you give it to your dog?
Just feed coconut oil as a daily supplement by adding it directly to your dog’s dinner.
Unlike many over-the-counter products, coconut oil is safe, even if fed in larger amounts.
Remember coconut oil is a Medium Chain Fatty Acid (MCFA) and your dog still needs other fatty acids in his diet.
Quality counts, so don’t skimp on your coconut oil. Look for organic, extra-virgin coconut oil in glass jars. You also want to find cold-pressed coconut oil.
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