Does your pet suffer from digestive upset, sensitive stomachs, bacterial infections or regular skin irritations? Cracked paws and elbow pads? Then coconut oil may be exactly what your pet needs!
Coconut oil is made up of all kinds of healthy saturated fats, classifying it as a superfood. What gives this versatile oil its kick is that it is stuffed with MCT’s, or medium chain triglycerides. These are responsible for most of the oils benefits. They improve digestion, support the immune system and can assist with weight loss, skin and coat strength, as well as thyroid health.
Some Scientific Facts
The MCT’s are made up of 7 acids. The most active one of these is lauric acid which has been found to have anti-bacterial, anti-viral, as well as anti-fungal properties. These are great benefits as our pet’s gut can, more often than not, get thrown off balance. Coconut oil can help return gut health back to normal.
Check out this list of benefits:
- Reduces allergic reactions
- Sleek, glossy coat
- Prevents fungal infections
- Promotes wound healing
- Cures hot spots, dry skin, bites and stings
- Improves digestion
- Increases nutrient absorption
- Helps with inflammatory bowl syndrome
- Reduces bad breath
- Promotes normal thyroid function
- Helps arthritis and ligament problems
- Prevents infections and diseases
Coconut oil has all these benefits and what makes it so effective is that it does not require digestive enzymes, or anything else for that matter, to be absorbed. Therefore it also proves to be a source of energy which can enhance athletic performance, as well as helping in weight loss. This is achieved by balancing the thyroid and making inactive dogs feel energetic.
How much to give your pet
Your dog may need some time to adjust to anything that is new, so you want to start with small amounts and work your way up. You can mix the following amounts in with their food, or feed it right off the spoon to start out with:
- ¼ teaspoon a day for dogs under 30lbs and cats
- 1 teaspoon a day for dogs over 30lbs
Slowly increase the amount over a few days to:
- 1 teaspoon per 20 lbs bodyweight or
- 1 tablespoon per 60 lbs bodyweight
Other than feeding the oil to your pet, it can also be applied directly to the skin if your dog is suffering from dry, itchy skin or insect bites. This way you do not have to be concerned if they lick it off. Cracked paws and irritated ears do very well under the soothing properties of this superfood.
Now that you have read about all the positive effects this oil can have, something to keep in mind is that you should always feed raw, unprocessed oil and avoid labelling that says “cooking oil”. We carry coconut oil by CocoTherapy and Kin+Kind - both are wonderful brands, that use only the highest quality coconuts to create their products! If you have not given this oil a try, now is the time! Your pet will thank you!