When it comes to health supplements, it is usually Mother Nature that has the best to offer. Humans have long been recipients of the wonders of coconut oil, which also boasts a host of benefits for our canine friends.
Comprised of 90% saturated fat, coconut oil may not sound healthy but most of it comes from Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs), which are the source of the most beneficial qualities. One of the MCTs is lauric acid, which is found in mother’s milk and touts antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties.
The good news is that a dog’s digestive system breaks down MCTs with remarkable efficiency, thus making coconut oil an immediate source of energy. It also helps in raising metabolism, thereby aiding fitness levels and weight loss. Whether taken orally or applied topically, this health supplement will amaze you with its goodness.
As an oral supplement, coconut oil can:
- Reduce the risk of cancers
- Improve digestion and treat digestive disorders
- Prevent and treat yeast and fungal infections
- Relieve arthritis
- Support healthy skin and coat
- Helps to clear up eczema, itchy skin and flea allergies
- Reduce the risk of brain lesions in older dogs
- Support proper functioning of the brain
- Reduces or eliminates bad breath
Applied topically, coconut oil can:
- Disinfect cuts
- Improve skin and coat condition
- Clear up rashes
- Facilitate wound healing
As dogs take to the taste of coconut oil very well, feeding it is a breeze. The recommended dosage is a teaspoon of coconut oil for 4.5kg of dog or a tablespoon per 13.6kg of dog. Try starting with about a quarter of the recommended dosage and increase the level over three to four weeks. Be sure to use only unrefined Virgin Coconut oil or Extra Virgin Coconut oil to enjoy maximum health benefits.