5 Reasons Why You Should Give Your Dog Coconut Oil

Coconut oil has long been hailed a “super food” for humans, but did you know that it’s equally as beneficial to dogs?

The healing powers of this tropical nut are expansive and can impact your pet’s skin, coat, digestive system, immune system, joints, and endocrine systems!

Exterior Beauty and Health

Rejuvenate your pup’s skin and coat. When applied topically, the oil assists with wound healing—including hot spots, dry skin, and hair, bites and stings. Coconut oil also helps clear up eczema, mild allergic reactions, and contact dermatitis.

Prevent & Treat Infections

In addition to helping your pup’s skin and coat, coconut oil has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that help prevent and treat yeast and fungal infections.

Gut Health

As breakthroughs in modern medicine reveal the importance of gut health in humans, we can cross-correlate these finding to our dogs. Effective digestion, nutrient absorption, and keeping inflammation at bay are key to canine health and happiness and coconut oil can help. Not only does it reduce inflammation, colitis, and IBS, but it also aids in digestion and nutrient absorption. No matter how amazing the food that you feed your dog is, if he can’t absorb the nutrients, then you are just manufacturing very expensive excrement.

Insulin and Thyroid Function

Did you know that diabetes, obesity, and thyroid disorders are at a record high in our dogs and cats? The annual Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) report showed that 58% of cats and 54% of dogs of the 1,224 dogs and cats assessed were overweight or obese. More than half! While coconut oil is not the singular solution, it does assist with weight loss, helps balance insulin levels, and promotes normal thyroid function.

Sexy Strut

As your pup ages or if he is battling a weight issue, his joints need special attention. Coconut oil can help with arthritis and ligament problems in addition to everything else. While the oil helps soothe your pup’s joints it also helps provides a little spike in energy for him, adding a little pep to his strut!

How Much Coconut Oil to Give

You’re convinced that you want to try this super food/miracle nut on your dog, so how much oil do you give? Oil is rich so it’s important to start slowly to allow your dog to adjust to its superpowers. If you give too much too soon, your pup may experience diarrhea.

Start with:

  • ¼ teaspoon per day for small dogs and puppies
  • 1 teaspoon per day for large dogs

Slowly increase weekly until you finally reach:

  • About 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight daily (or 1 Tbsp per 30 pounds)

Don’t increase by more than double from one week to the next. Try giving 1 teaspoon daily for week one, then, on week two, give 2 teaspoons daily. If he doesn’t tolerate the maximum recommended amount, then land on the closest dose he did tolerate well.

Meet the Author: Shannon Enete

I’m never happier than when I’m in nature with my pup. Walking amongst green giants covered in moss, a crystal clear river running alongside us providing water for my pup and a cool down for me. When I’m not in my happy place I’m teaching high school Medical Science or writing lifestyle, pet, and travel pieces.

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