Coconut oil has some amazing benefits for your teeth, skin and hair. While you’re incorporating it into your beauty routine, save a little for your pet! Coconut oil has multiple benefits for your dog, and there are several ways to incorporate it into your pet’s daily routine.
Here are 9 reasons why you should give your dog coconut oil:
1. Healthy Coat
Just like coconut oil makes our hair shiny and beautiful, a potential benefit of coconut oil for your four-legged friend is a sleek and glossy coat! This is especially helpful for older dogs, whose coats may have started to dull with age, or during the winter when the dry weather has forced their hair to lose its sheen.
2. Healthy Skin
3. Doggy Odor
As much as we love our pets, we’d be lying if we said they don’t smell from time to time! Whether it’s their mouth, their fur, or their general body odor, coconut oil is a quick fix to get rid of pretty much any four-legged funk.
By adding small amounts of coconut oil to a dog’s diet or to their coat, you’re basically giving them a deodorant and mouthwash all at once! The recommended dose for oral care is one teaspoon per 10 pounds of dog, or one tablespoon for a 30-pound dog.
4. Treating Small Wounds And Cuts
Coconut oil on your dog’s skin doesn’t just keep it healthy and fend off rashes, it can also help to treat small wounds and cuts. The oil has natural antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties, making it a good choice for treating superficial wounds. An easy way to do this is to put some oil in your dog in a doggy sweater and supervise them until the coconut oil fully absorbs into their skin, which takes about five minutes.
5. Treating an Aging Brain
Watching your dogs’ cognitive ability decline is a really terrible thing to see. Some dogs become confused, pace around the house, and start to have accidents in their home. Another benefit of coconut oil for dogs is treating the aging brain of your dog; coconut oil is said to stave off dementia in humans, and some studies have made the link that it could do the same for our pets.
6. Weight Loss
Every once in a while, our pets pack on a few extra pounds. If your four-legged friend has some weight to lose, add coconut oil to their diet. It will help them lose the extra weight in no time!
Of course, check with your vet about what’s the right plan for your dog.
7. Boosting The Immune System
One of the ways coconut oil helps your pet lose weight is by boosting their immune system. Coconut oil contains two unique ingredients that make it an excellent alternative to boost immunity, lauric and caprylic acid, which contribute to fighting off yeast overgrowth and bacterial infections. They are also antivirals, so adding coconut oil to your dog’s diet is good for their overall health.
8. Treating Diabetes
Yes, dogs can have diabetes, and it has the same negative health problems that can be found in humans. However, coconut oil regulates and balances insulin, so adding coconut oil to your dog’s diet might help to control your dog’s diabetes. As we’ve already mentioned, coconut oil also increases energy and helps reduce weight, which can be beneficial for a diabetic dog. Check with your vet before using coconut oil for your diabetic dog.
9. Helping Digestion
Coconut oil will help your pup absorb nutrients easier. This leads to a faster metabolism an more energy. It can also work wonders for a dog who struggles with colitis and irritable bowel syndrome.
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