5 Benefits Of Coconut Oil For Dogs
One of the beautiful things about coconut oil is its versatility.
In what other ways can we use this healthy fat? How about our furry friends? Yes!
Dogs subsist largely on a carnivorous diet, yet many also love fruits, vegetables, and other delectable treats.
Especially labradors. Anyone who has ever known a labrador knows they have hearts of gold and stomachs of steel.
So when we tested coconut oil on our beloved lab, it was easy to see he had found a new favorite treat.
Generally speaking though, I’ve yet to meet a dog that doesn’t love to lick hands clean after a slathering of coconut oil!
What Are The Benefits Of Coconut Oil For Dogs?
As far as your beloved pooch goes, coconut oil may help maintain clean teeth, shiny fur, and overall good health. It’s not a magic bullet, but it certainly can add to their overall well-being.
Coconut oil is safe to use both orally and topically and is an easy way to help build your dog’s immune system.
#1 — Lauric Acid
Many of coconut oil’s health benefits can be attributed to its high content of lauric acid, which is known for possessing antibacterial, antiviral, and antimicrobial qualities.
#2 — Cleaner Teeth
Coconut oil has amazing antibacterial qualities which make it a great addition to your dog’s teeth cleaning regime.
After all, no one likes smelly dog breath!
If you’re not feeding your dog raw bones or specially made dog chews to help keep their teeth clean, it’s not uncommon for harmful bacteria to build up around their teeth and gums which contributes to smelly breath and oral health problems.
This is where coconut oil can help significantly. Take an old toothbrush and simply brush their teeth with a little bit of coconut oil. Be sure to keep your dog’s toothbrush separate from the people toothbrushes!
#3 — Improved Heart Health
Supplementing your dog’s diet with a teaspoon of coconut oil can help maintain healthy cholesterol levels.
The saturated fat found in coconut oil has been said to help lower the risk of heart disease and raise overall heart health (source).
Simply add coconut oil to your dog’s food! Most dogs, however, will happily lick coconut oil straight off the spoon!
Start your fur baby off with just a lick and slowly increase the dosage to one teaspoon after 3 or 4 weeks. As with most things, too much too soon can upset your dog’s digestive system, and this slow increase gives their body time to adjust.
#4 — A Shiny Coat
During your dog’s next bath, mix 1 teaspoon of coconut oil in to the dog shampoo.
The coconut oil will leave your dog’s coat smooth and shiny. Who doesn’t love to bury themselves in a warm embrace when your dog has a nice clean coat? The added scent of coconut oil is a bonus!
#5 — Moisturizing Dry Skin
Coconut oil has become a popular skin and hair moisturizing treatment for humans, and your pooch can benefit just the same.
It’s simple, cost-effective, and does the job. If your dog is experiencing patches of dry skin, rub some coconut oil into the affected area. Do be careful not to use it in an area where they can easily lick it off — otherwise it may result in further irritation of the area.
All of Wilderness Family Naturals’ coconut oils can be used safely on your dog!
Have you used coconut oil for your dog? Please share!
- Emily Uebergang