The Benefits of Coconut Oil For Your Dog
Many people in the United States give their dog some type of supplements on a daily basis, usually in a pill or powder form – but, did you know that coconut oil can be used as a supplement too? Added to your dog’s food, it’s great for your dog’s skin, coat and joints. For dogs that suffer from joint issues like arthritis, coconut oil works from the inside out.
As Supplement Added to Your Dogs Food
If you intend to use coconut oil as a food supplement for your best friend make sure that you use coconut oil that is advertised to be virgin, untreated, undiluted, natural and organic. Coconut oils that are available on the market are now carried by many large food chain stores.
Coconut oil is extremely beneficial as a food supplement to your dog. Studies that have been done show that applying it to your dog’s skin alleviates dry spots, irritations and insect bites as well as any rashes or hotspots that your dog may have. In addition to benefits to your dog’s skin, coat and joints that are helped by it, coconut oil is a natural antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal. It also kills bacteria, viruses, parasites, yeast and other funguses when given to your dog as a food supplement.
Slow And Steady – Please!
The best way to start giving coconut oil to your dog is in slow and steady increments, gradually increasing it. Start with a minimal amount. If you give your dog to much of it, chances are it will upset your dog’s digestive tract causing issues such as loose stools. It is best to start small and gradually increase the dosage starting with one quarter of a teaspoon for small dogs and puppies and one full teaspoon for large dogs. If you notice that your dog has any diarrhea or loose stools you need to cut back temporarily on the amount that you’re giving your dog and give your dog’s body a chance to get accustomed to it. Once stools are back to normal, you can then go back to a small amount and increase the amount every few days and work up gradually to the recommended amount. By giving your dog coconut oil with his meals, it should minimize or eliminate any effects on his stools. You can give your dog the coconut oil in a solid form or you can melt it in a small amount of hot tap water. The general guideline is 1 teaspoon for every 10 pounds of body weight or a tablespoon for a 30 pound dog. Remember to go slow at first and gradually increase the amount you give your dog to consume with his food.
Coconut oil is not just for your dog! For humans coconut oil has healthy lauric acid, omega-3 and GLA fatty acids which are beneficial to our bodies for all of our cellular functions. Coconut oil is amazing to cook with. It has a very high heat sensitivity which means it does not burn or scorch the way olive oil does, and it has a high smoke point which means it does not smoke when it heats up to high heat like olive oil. It also adds delicious flavor to your food. We can use it for the same skin issues we utilize if for in our dogs. It can be applied topically for us as well, on rashes, wounds or dry skin. I use it – especially in the winter months on my hands. As you can imagine, working outside does take its toll on my hands and the skin over my knuckles gets dry and cracks (which is painful !). To remedy it, I put a small dab of it on the tops of both hands and work it in once or twice a day. It starts as a solid form and turns to a liquid from your body heat, so rubbing it in to dry spots is a cinch!
My Final Thoughts
By the virtue of nature, we have many natural forms of supplements in the foods we eat. There are so many benefits of eating healthy and finding the ingredients with the most beneficial vitamins and nutrients that keep our bodies and those of our pets healthy. Don’t be afraid to incorporate coconut oil into your dog’s diet and yours as well. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain!
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