One of the most common supplements dog owners hear about is giving coconut oil to your dog. Is coconut oil really good for your dog? The short answer is yes. Coconut oil has many benefits for your pooch, but it is important to follow the proper guidelines. As with most things, too much of even a good thing can cause negative effects.
Coconut oil has many health benefits for dogs. It’s good for their skin, digestion, immune system, metabolic function, bone and brain health.
Coconut oil improves overall skin health, and clears up skin conditions such as eczema, flea allergies, contact dermatitis, and itchy skin. Increadibly emollient, coconut oil helps moisturize the driest skin and makes a dog’s coat shine. You can add it to their diet, shampoo, or both.
Coconut oil can be applied topically to the skin, it promotes the healing of cuts, wounds, hot spots, bites, and stings.
The antibacterial and antifungal properties of coconut oil can help reduce doggy odor, and its pleasant tropical aroma gives off a delightful scent to a dog’s skin and coat.
Coconut oil can also prevent and treat yeast infections, including candida. Its antiviral agents can also help dogs recover quickly from kennel cough.
Your dogs digestion and nutrient absorption are improved by the addition of coconut oil to their diet.
Coconut oil reduces and sometimes eliminates doggy breath. Some dog lovers even brush their pets’ teeth with it. Dogs love the taste of coconut oil.
Coconut oil helps prevent diabetes by regulating and balancing insulin levels. It also promotes normal thyroid function, and helps prevent infection and heart disease.
If your pup needs to loose a few pounds, coconut oil is known to reduce weight and increase energy. It also promotes mobility in dogs with arthritis and other joint issues.
Coconut oil is excellent for brain health; it’s being used to stave off dementia in humans, and can help to keep senior dogs’ minds from becoming cloudy.
If you are interested in a Veterinarians review of coconut oil you can read one here: http://petdermatologyclinic.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Eisenschenk-Pet-Derm-Clinic-Review-of-Coconut-Oil-in-Dogs.pdf
How much coconut oil should you give your dog? When first starting your dog on coconut oil, it is vital that you start slow in small increments. Your dog needs time for their body to adjusts to the addition in their diet. If you start with a large amount your dog could react poorly. Side effects can include diarrhea or greasy stool.
Begin with a ¼ teaspoon per day for small dogs and puppies, and 1 teaspoon for large dogs. Slowly increase the amount over time and watch carefully to see how their body adjusts.
If they seem to be doing well with the increase, full doses can be given on a regular basis. A full dose would be 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight daily or about 1 tablespoon per 30 pounds. DO NOT start with these full dose amounts in the beginning!
What kind of coconut oil should you buy? The brand I use is pictured at the top of this post, but any brand of Unrefined Extra Virgin Coconut Oil is best. I rotate the oils I sweeten my dogs food bowl with. I like to switch off using coconut oil and olive oil. I will discuss the benefits of olive oil tomorrow 🙂
The easiest way to give your dog coconut oil to eat is to either add it to their food, or if you are cooking and baking homemade food and treats use it in the recipes. I have included one such recipe I make below. (this recipe also helps prevent fleas)
MOST IMPORTANTLY, I stress again to ALWAYS consult your Veterinarian!
I hope this information was helpful, If you have any questions about anything please feel free to contact me. Feedback from my readers is always greatly appreciated!
Homemade Flea Prevention Dog Treats
- 1 & 1/8 cups unrefined extra vigin olive oil melted (1/8 cup = 2 tablespoons)
- 1/2 cup brewers yeast
- 2 small paw print silicone pans
- 1 plastic condiment bottle with tip
- Combine melted coconut oil and brewers yeast together in a blender. Blend for about 10 seconds until smooth.
- Transfer blended mixture into a plastic bottle with tip, such as a condiment bottle, and use to fill the 2 paw print silicone pans.
- Freeze until set solid, remove from pans and store in refrigerator or freezer.