Why Use Coconut Oil on Your Pets?

December 14, 2015

Did you know that coconut oil is beneficial to your dog’s wellbeing? According to naturopathic veterinarian, Dr. Karen Becker, “Coconut oil is a rich source of MCT’s. MCT’s are medium-chain Triglycerides and have been shown to improve brain energy metabolism and decrease the amyloid protein buildup that occurs in brain lesions in older dogs. Coconut oil is a rich source of MCT’s.” Dr. Becker recommends 1/4 teaspoon for every 10 lbs. of body weight. (http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/the-health-benefits-of-coconut-oil/)

Nutritionists say that coconut oil not only elevates the metabolism and provides a higher level of energy, it protects from illness and speeds healing.  Some say coconut oil helps control diabetes and assists with weight loss.  For those with digestive issues, coconut oil is reputed to improve digestion and nutrient absorption and aids the healing of inflammatory bowel disease.

We used this oil on our Weimaraner’s coat in his final 2 years.  He suffered from skin allergies and his fur was dry and lackluster. Coconut oil did improve his skin and gave him back his shiny coat. We added 2 tablespoons of the oil to his dinner each day and he loved it.  Talk to your veterinarian before adding coconut oil to your pet’s diet, and he or she can give you the exact amount to add to the animal’s food.

This amazing oil also helps eliminate dog odor and helps treat fungal and yeast infections in our pets. If your dog suffers from flea allergies or eczema, coconut oil helps clear that up.

Some experts recommend the use of coconut oil on cats, as well as dogs.  The benefits would be the same for both species. Uses of this oil are endless and should benefit all pets.

 

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