Why Many Smart and Healthy Dogs Use Coconut Oil
Experienced dog owners have quite a few tricks up their sleeves when it comes to raising happy and fit dogs. For example, if your dog tends to eat too quickly, you could place a metal nontip bowl upside down or use a puzzle feeder. Your dog has to work to get the food and will eat more slowly. Another trick is using coconut oil for cleaning dogs’ teeth, repelling fleas and preventing weight gain, among other uses. This one substance sure does a lot, even for humans.
Repelling Fleas and Ticks
Before your dog goes outside, rub therapeutic coconut oil into the dog’s coat. The oil is nontoxic to dogs, unlike some chemical repellants. The oil works by:
• Healing swollen skin
• Preventing infections from bites
• Coating parasites’ exoskeletons to restrict their mobility and eventually killing them
If a dog has fleas, rub a substantial amount of oil onto the dog’s skin and hair. After a minimum of eight hours, give the dog a mild shampooing.
Guess what can prevent plaque buildup on your dog’s teeth? That’s right—coconut oil, which has antimicrobial attributes. Chances are, your dog will enjoy the taste, so apply the oil directly onto these shiny whites.
The oil can help if yeast overpopulation is a problem for your dog. In fact, if your dog has itchy skin, yeast could be the culprit. Unfortunately, many pet foods contain way too much sugar and starch, and that promotes yeast growth.
You can feed your dog a tiny bit of extra virgin or virgin coconut oil daily, never more than a teaspoon for every 10 pounds. It’s good to start with about a fourth of a teaspoon and work up to that one teaspoon a day. A topical of coconut oil, lemon essential oil and lavender oil should also help your dog’s skin with yeast issues.
Coconut oil is great for inflammation, colitis and inflammatory bowel syndrome in addition to yeast issues. It makes for smoother overall digestion and increased absorption of nutrients.
Stopping that Itching
Of course, your dog might be itchy due to dandruff/dry skin and not yeast issues. Coconut oil can still help your dog in these ways:
• Reducing or eliminating the itchy feeling
• Moisturizing skin
• Making the coat smell better
Aging dogs slow down both mentally and physically. However, coconut oil, a good energy source for the brain, can help keep your dog’s gray cells sharper.
Healing Wounds and Pads
Many dogs, at some point or the other, start to gnaw at their paws or to scratch their ears. This “attention” often causes sores, and coconut oil can help heal these sores.
Preventing Weight Gain and Possibly Losing Weight
Coconut oil can stop your dog from gaining weight and, in turn, developing issues such as diabetes, liver dysfunction, high blood pressure and osteoarthritis. The oil may also energize your dog and increase its stamina.
Keep a Few Things in Mind
Some general pieces of advice when you introduce coconut oil to your dog:
• If your dog is obese, use the oil only once a day since it is high in fat.
• It’s fine for dogs to lick the oil off their skin since there are no chemicals.
• Too much oil can lead to diarrhea, and some dogs are allergic to the oil.
Overall, though, coconut oil should be a great help to your dog!