The Health Benefits of Coconut Oil for Dogs

Many people use coconut oil because of its antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiviral properties but is coconut oil also a beneficial supplement for your four-legged friend? The answer is yes!

Coconut oil is high in saturated fat and medium-chain triglycerides. Medium-chain triglycerides are a good fat; the kind that provides a variety of benefits which include digestion improvement, immune system support, metabolic function that assists with weight loss, skin/coat health and thyroid health.

Some vets believe that the MCTs in coconut oil aid in digestion and can help heal digestive disorders, as well as improve brain energy and mental function in dogs. Adding coconut oil in your dog’s diet has many health benefits including:

Skin

  • Can help clear up skin conditions including eczema

  • Reduces allergic reactions and improves skin health

  • Improves the look and feel of your dog’s coat

  • Helps improve skin/coat odors

  • Disinfects cuts and promotes wound healing

  • Soothes and heals dry/cracked foot pads

Digestion

  • Improves nutrient absorption

  • Helps heal digestive disorders such as IBS and colitis

  • Reduces bad breath

  • Helps to expel parasites

Immune System

  • Contains powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal agents that prevent infection and disease

Metabolic System

  • Regulates and balances insulin and can help prevent/control diabetes

  • Promotes normal thyroid function

  • Increases energy and helps reduce weight

Musculoskeletal System

  • Helps build strong bones

  • Eases inflammation and can help with arthritis discomfort

Brain, Eyes, Ears & Mouth

  • Promotes nerve and brain function

  • Can help to prevent dementia

  • Helps clear up ear and eye infections (used as ear drops and topically)

  • Improves oral health and can be used to clean teeth

If you plan to give coconut oil to your dog orally, you should start with small amounts and increase the dosage gradually. You should always consult with your veterinarian regarding dosage. When selecting coconut oil, be sure to choose unrefined coconut oil, also called virgin coconut oil. You can also look for cold-pressed oil, which uses a method to process the oil quickly after the coconuts are harvested in order to preserve nutrients.

In addition to health supplements, your pup should be getting plenty of exercise. Don’t leave your pet at home during the day, drop them off at doggy daycare! Club Fetch LLC offers dog sitting services in Charlotte, NC. Contact us today for more information.