Coconut Oil has been known to have many many health benefits for our darling pets.
Feeding coconut oil to your dog provides him/her with many health benefits, including
- Increased metabolism
- Higher energy and vitality
- Protecting them from illness as it improves the immunity system
- Speeding up healing, soothing and healing itching
- Improving digestion and reducing allergic reactions.
- It also promotes healthy skin, a healthy coat, and healthy teeth and gums!
- Helps in reducing eye discharge over time.
So how does coconut oil provide so many benefits to our dogs?
Coconut oil is a fatty acid that is helpful in cognitive function, which has been medically proven.
Medium-chain fatty acids, like coconut oil, help with physical and digestive ailments because they are “directly absorbed in the GI tract and go directly to the liver where they are metabolised into utilisable energy.”
Besides the overall health benefits, coconut oil can be used as a coating on pills to help dogs swallow them, and it can be applied topically to smooth and freshen a dog’s coat.
How should one feed coconut oil to dogs?
Coconut oil can generally be given to dogs 1-2 times a day with meals.
How much you should give your dog depends on the size of the dog.
Many veterinarian recommend adding coconut oil slowly to the meals and gradually increasing the dose.
A good starting dose is ¼ teaspoon daily for small dogs, 1 teaspoon for medium dogs and 1 tablespoon daily for big dogs.
However, if you have an obese or overweight dog, it’s suggested that coconut oil be provided no more than once a day because of its high fat content.