Coconut Oil has been picking up steam over the past few years and has become quite popular with us humans. We have started using it for cooking, mouth wash, and as a makeup remover, or at least I do! Best makeup remover ever! Coconut oil has been found to increase metabolism, enhance digestion, kick start your thyroid gland, heal and repair skin, and act as an antimicrobial. With all these great benefits for us, what about our furry pals?
What is Coconut Oil?
Coconut oil comes from the kernel, or the meaty flesh white part, of the coconut. This is the same part of the coconut used to make coconut milk. There are different ways to process the coconut to create the oil. You want to look for “cold pressed and virgin” on your coconut oil label.
Cold pressed is referring to the process in which the oil is retrieved. Cold pressing the coconut ensures that more nutrients are retained within the oil. High heat methods used to extract the coconut oil can destroy most of the nutrients which is why you want to buy cold pressed!
Virgin coconut oil is different from regular coconut oil in the way that it is extracted. Virgin coconut oil is extracted from coconut milk or extracted directly by cold compression of fresh dried coconut meat.
What are the benefits for fido?
Coconut oil can be given to your pet topically or it can be ingested. Medium chain triglycerides (MCT) is good fat that is found in coconut oil. It is the type of fat that provides many benefits including aid with digestion, immune system boost, healthy skin and shiny coat, weight loss and thyroid health. All these great benefits allow it to be classified as a “superfood”. MCT contains Lauric Acid. Lauric acid has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. What this means is that if your pup has a would you can apply some coconut oil to the affected area and it can help heal the wound.
How much coconut oil should you give your dog?
As with any new food item you introduce to your pups diet you should bring in coconut oil slowly and monitor your pet. If you give your pet too much too fast they could end up with some oily or sad #2’s. When you are starting out give 1/4 of a teaspoon for smaller dogs and puppies and give larger dogs 1 teaspoon. After your pup has adjusted to having coconut oil in their diet a good rule of thumb is to give them 1 teaspoon per 10 lbs of body weight or 1 tablespoon per 30 lbs of body weight.
What did I notice when giving my pup coconut oil?
I started putting coconut oil in my dogs food about a week ago. She absolutely loves it. As soon as I bring out the jar and open he lid she is at my side sniffing the glorious coconut smell. The coconut oil is the first thing she goes for. She licks it all up before moving on to her food. What I have noticed is that she has had better breath, her teeth are sparkly, and her #2’s have been more solid and regular. I am glad that we started giving her coconut oil and I can’t wait to see the benefits for her coat and skin! She has always had a beautiful coat, but maybe it can be even more shiny! I will keep you posted.