Coconut oil is not only beneficial to humans, but to your furkid too! Here's a list of reasons why!
You’ve heard health forums telling all the housewives in your district about what an amazing superfood coconut oil is the past couple of years, but did you know your puppy stands to benefit too??
A quick background of coconut oil to help you guys understand the science behind it- it consists of more than 90% of saturated fat, with traces of few unsaturated fats. Don’t be mistaken, it is actually good fat, the best one being mediumchaintriglycerides (MCTs). Most of the benefits come from the MCTs themselves. Let’s find out what they are….
MCTs are said to have antibacterial, antiviral and anti fungal properties
2) Source of fuel & energy
Enhances athletic performance.
Provides a higher level of every and vitality.
3) Weight loss
MCT balances the thyroid, helping overweight dogs lose weight and sedentary dogs feel energetic.
Improves look and feel of coat, leaving a silky finish.
Reduces allergic reactions.
Clears skin conditions. (e.g. eczema, flea allergies, contact dermatitis)
Disinfects cuts, promotes wound healing. (e.g. inflammatory bowel disease, colitis)
Improves digestion and nutrient absorption.
Aids in the healing of digestive disorders
7) Other benefits
Reduces bad breath. (so you can even brush your dog’s teeth with the coconut oil!)
Prevents diabetes by regulating and balancing insulin.
Prevents infection and heart disease.
Eases arthritis and joint issues. (by promoting mobility)
Staves off dementia. (similar to the effect the oil has on humans)
It would of course be narrow to assume that the oil will have the same effect across the board, and immediately at that. It’s been reported that consumption of the oil had some minor side effects such as causing diarrhea in puppies or excessively oily coats after one or two applications. This can easily be accounted for; because of the effectiveness of the oil, it is best to introduce it to your dog gradually; start out with smaller does and increase them slowly over time, in regular intervals.
That said, too, it is best to first consult your vet, especially if your dog has a history of perhaps a sensitive tummy, or if he is very young or very old. It is always best to hear what your vet has to say. Also, if your dog has tendencies toward weight gain, abnormal fat metabolism or pancreatitis, coconut oil would be a less than ideal option. Once again, consult your vet before administering.
Do get your paws on the awesome coconut oil here!
Updated: June 10, 2017.