Coconut oil is the favorite product of health-conscious people, and it sure rules the world. It does everything from healing skin problems, alleviating allergy symptoms, to enhancing ingestion, and some use it instead of conventional toothpaste. So, it is no surprise why so many people have it in their kitchen.
But what about coconut oil for our pets? It seems the health benefits don’t stop with us. Including coconut oil into your dog’s diet can yield some incredible benefits, many of the same that we humans see, too.
Coconut Oil for Dogs: Health Benefits
According to some statistics, there are more than 530 million pet dogs all over the planet. Many people claim that they simply can’t live without their pets and that’s why most of them are taking good care of their pet buddies. By using coconut oil in the diet of your dog, you can drastically boost its health.
There are many naturopaths and nutritionists who believe that coconut oil is able to:
– Gives more energy and vitality
– Gently boosts metabolism
– Protects against common diseases
– Disinfects and clears cuts; Speeds up the healing of wounds
– Improves skin and fur
– Enhances digestion
– Alleviates allergy symptoms
– Relieves arthritis-induced inflammation and ligament problems
– Eases the elimination of hairballs and coughing
– Eliminates bad breath
Keep in mind that these are only some of the health benefits of coconut oil when it is used by your dog. Now let’s see what makes this oil so special.
The benefits of coconut oil come from the MCTs (Medium Chain Triglycerides). The main component of MCTs is lauric acid and it boats antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. There is also capric and caprylic acids in MCTs and they possess anti-fungal effects. The benefits of the acids work swiftly because MCT is easy for the metabolism, resulting in a plethora of benefits. The same process happens among both dogs and people.
According to Dr. Karen Becker, Integrative Veterinarian and Naturopathic Doctor, “MCTs have been shown to improve brain energy metabolism and decrease the amyloid protein buildup [found in older dogs].” Dr. Becker recommends ¼ teaspoon, twice a day, for every 10 pounds of body weight for your dog. She also recommends gradually increasing the amount of coconut oil every week until meeting the optimum dosage. The question then becomes: how to incorporate coconut oil into your dog’s diet?
Coconut Oil-based Dog Treats
There are numerous ways to include coconut oil into your dog’s diet, but perhaps the most enjoyable way for your dog is through treats.
The coconut oil dog treats from Wellness Mama combine the beneficial properties of MCTs, with healthy, whole foods.
– 2 medium size organic sweet potatoes, cooked and cooled
– ½ cup organic coconut flour
– ¼ cup organic gelatin powder
– ½ cup room temperature organic coconut oil
– 1 free range organic egg
– 1-2 tablespoons of water as needed for texture.
Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. In a large mixing bowl, combine all of your ingredients together, ensuring everything is well mixed. If you’re concerned about the consistency, add more coconut flour. Your dough should roughly resemble the consistency of Play Dough.
Shape dough in order to get balls with the size of a golf ball and after that flatten these balls. Bake for about twenty minutes or at least until the edges turn golden. After that, remove them from the heat and wait until they are cooled. Put them in an container and place them in a refrigerator when you want to store them. They last for a few weeks.
What Kind of Coconut Oil Should be Used?
With the health benefits of coconut oil clearly outlined, the only question likely remaining is which coconut oil brand is the best to use? Any organic coconut oil you already have at home or that’s sold at the grocery store will do. However, if you’re looking for a more economical coconut oil option for your pet, consider a less expensive, unrefined oil that they’ll be sure to love.