Is Coconut Oil Good for Dogs?
As humans we constantly modify our diets for better health. What about adjusting your dog’s diet to help them feel healthier? Coconut oil has been a new health craze over the recent years. Have you wondered, “can i give coconut oil to my dog?”. The answer is yes! By adding a drizzle to your dog’s regular dry food, you can pack major health benefits into your dog’s daily nutrition.
Benefits of Coconut Oil for Dogs
Coconut oil can provide a number of health benefits for your dog. Depending on the size of your dog, benefits can be present by adding a 1/4 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon (melted) to their dry food. This is the easiest way to work coconut oil into your dog’s diet. The coconut oil mixes in to your dog’s dry food. They should not able to detect it. Many dogs find coconut oil tasty so they likely won’t have a problem eating it anyway. Coconut oil has numerous health benefits. It can improve both your dog’s skin and coat. Some found that coconut oil can reduce odors from your dog’s fur. Coconut oil can improve your dog’s digestion and help with any sort of irritable or inflammatory bowel syndrome.
Why is Coconut Oil Good for Dogs?
Another benefit is helping to prevent diabetes, reducing allergies, and improving symptoms of arthritis. The health benefits are endless! Coconut oil is made up of good fats and acids. The acids have antibacterial properties which is why they help with your dog’s digestion, bad breath, healing skin wounds, and more. The fats that are found in coconut oil help with your dog’s skin, fur, diabetes, and ligaments, just to name a few. When all of these elements are in balance within your dog, it provides an overall sense of health, well-being, and added energy.
How Much Coconut Oil Can I Give My Dog?
It is important to slowly introduce coconut oil to your dog’s diet. For smaller dogs, start with 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of coconut oil. Larger dogs you can start with 1 tsp. If your dog doesn’t have any side effects from the coconut oil you can slowly increase the dose. Every 10 pounds your dog weighs, you can give your dog one teaspoon of coconut oil. The added benefits of coconut oil will not be seen overnight. But with several weeks of your dog consuming coconut oil, you will start to see positive effects.
Dog Lover Store
Written on January 4th, 2017
Updated on June 3rd, 2019
Kim is the co-owner of DogLoverStore with her husband, John. She earned her BS in operations management at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She enjoys walking in nature, gardening in the sun, eating sour candy, going on drives, yoga, and reading.