Coconut oil offers a multitude of health benefits, it is accessible and is completely natural. The advantages come from coconut oil fatty acids and their antimicrobial, antioxidant, antibacterial and sedative properties. We all know what coconut oil can do for our human health, but did you know that you can give it to your dog as well?

coconut oil for dogs

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Yes, you heard it right you should feed your dog coconut oil, because it has great benefits upon its health.

How Coconut Oil Acts Upon Your Dog’s Health
  1. Coconut oil maintains the dog’s skin healthy and alleviates problems of various skin diseases.
  2. It can hydrate the flaky and dry skin and make your dog’s hair looks healthier and brighter. You can start by adding in your dog’s shampoo and then in its diet as well.
  3. Coconut oil helps in treating wounds, cuts, stings and bites.
  4. Because of the anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, this oil can help alleviate unpleasant dog smell.
  5. It stops and takes care of fungal infections. Also, it helps your dog quickly recover from coughing.
  6. Coconut oil can improve digestion. But if the dog’s stool becomes softer than usual, which can also happen, add a few teaspoons of canned pumpkin in your dog’s diet.
  7. Coconut oil can alleviate or eliminate unpleasant dog odor. Some owners clean their dog’s teeth with the help of coconut oil, and dogs do not have anything against, because they love the taste.
  8. Coconut oil like cinnamon aids in prevention of diabetes. It controls insulin levels and balance them. It also supports the health of the thyroid gland, facilitates heart disease and protect from infection that might occur to dogs.
  9. Coconut oil helps in reducing weight and increasing flexibility and energy in dogs suffering from arthritis.
  10. Just as cinnamon, coconut oil is superb for brain health of your dog, which is particularly important for older dogs.

The recommended dose is quite simple: one teaspoon of coconut oil for 10 pounds of your dog. Begin with ¼ of the recommended dose, and after 3-4 weeks increase it to reach the recommended dose. It’s also advisable to consult with your vet before you give your dog coconut oil internally and if everything is ok, you are good to go.

Reference: Coconut Oil: The “Good” Saturated Fat
Benefits of Coconut Oil for Pets