You must feed your dog coconut oil. Here's why!
We have all read about the the wonders that coconut oil consumption reaps on Humans. It's time to examine what it does for pooches.
Let's start with the basics; what's coconut oil made up of?
Simply put : Coconut oil consists of more than 90% saturated fats. Most of the saturated fats in coconut oil are Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs).
Most of the coconut oil benefits come from the MCTs. For example, the lauric acid from MCTs in coconut oil has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties.
In addition, MCTs are efficiently metabolized to provide an immediate source of fuel and energy, enhancing athletic performance and aiding weight loss.
You can learn about the health benefits of MCT oil here.
In dogs, the MCTs in coconut oil balance the thyroid, helping overweight dogs lose weight and helping sedentary dogs feel energetic.
Veterinarian and Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Karen Becker, says “Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) have been shown to improve brain energy metabolism and decrease the amyloid protein buildup that results in brain lesions in older dogs. Coconut oil is a rich source of MCTs. I recommend 1/4 teaspoon for every 10 pounds of body weight twice daily for basic MCT support.”
According to Dr. Bruce Fife, certified nutritionist and naturopathic doctor, coconut oil gently elevates the metabolism, provides a higher level of energy and vitality, protects from illness, and speeds healing. As a bonus, coconut oil improves any dog’s skin and coat, improves digestion, and reduces allergic reactions.
We were SOLD at this point. We bet you are too! But remember that it’s important to start slow. Start giving coconut oil a little at a time in very small doses. If your pets show any negative reaction to the coconut oil, discontinue use immediately.
According to Pet Nutrition Blogger - Rodney Habib , The reason for this phased-in approach is because coconut oil kills bacteria, viruses, parasites, yeasts, and fungi. Your dog may respond negatively to this detoxification. Signs of detoxing too rapidly may include lethargy, fatigue, and diarrhea. If your dog does have any such reaction, just temporarily cut the daily amount back to allow your dog’s system to gently adjust. This is another reason why dividing your dog’s intake of coconut oil between two feedings a day is a good approach.
It is best to give coconut oil with food. You can drizzle the coconut oil on top of your dog’s kibble or other food. The recommended maximum dosage is:
• 1/2 teaspoon for every 10 Kg of body weight twice daily, or
• 1 teaspoon for every 10 Kg of body weight once daily.
1 tablespoon of coconut oil can be around 130 calories, so make sure you make allowance for this inyour pet's diet & daily required calorie intake when adding in.
Below is a segmented list of health benefits gained from using coconut oil for our furry friends ( as listed by Dogs Naturally Magazine):
- Clears up skin conditions such as eczema, flea allergies, contact dermatitis,and itchy skin
- Reduces allergic reactions and improves skin health
- Makes coats become sleek and glossy, and deodorizes doggy odor
- Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections, including candida
- Disinfects cuts and promotes wound healing
- Applied topically, promotes the healing of cuts, wounds, hot spots, dry skin and hair, bites and stings
- Improves digestion and nutrient absorption
- Aids healing of digestive disorders like inflammatory bowel syndrome and colitis
- Reduces or eliminates bad breath in dogs
- Aids in elimination of hairballs and coughing
Immune System, Metabolic Function, Bone Health
- Contains powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal agents that prevent infection and disease
- Regulates and balance insulin and promotes normal thyroid function
- Helps prevent or control diabetes
- Helps reduce weight, increases energy
- Aids in arthritis or ligament problems
Give it a try! And don’t forget to add the delicious ingredient to your own diet as well!