What can coconut oil do for your canine?
Coconut oil for dogs is a thing lately. If you follow dog blogs or social media platforms, you’ll see many mentions of this stuff. How can it help, and why should you consider giving it to your canine best friend?
If you look around, you can find coconut oil in all types of products you might use on your dog, from treats to shampoos to balms. Or you can buy it by the jar for use in your own ways. It’s pretty easy to find either online or in stores. It’s a popular item!
Why coconut oil for dogs?
Ingredients in coconut oil, like lauric acid and fatty acids, have been shown to help fight infection, decrease inflammation, aide the immune system and speed up healing. But as great as these effects are, you have to use this stuff right.
As with pretty much anything, your dog could be allergic to it. Or they could develop diarrhea or loose stools if you feed too much at once. So start slowly and carefully. Plus, you should always check with your vet to ensure that coconut oil won’t cause a problem with other treatments or your vet’s plan. Besides, if it isn’t effectively resolving an issue, you still need to find a way to address that issue.
The jury is still out about all of the benefits of coconut oil for dogs, but many vets recommend at least trying coconut oil for your dog. Here are some things you could treat.
Some of the ways to use it
Skin issues – Coconut oil can be given orally or used topically to help moisturize the skin. Using coconut oil on the skin or in shampoo can also help decrease smell due to antimicrobial properties. It also may help with healing and fighting infection due to the lauric acid it contains. Many people use it to help heal hot spots too.
GI – Feeding this oil is said to help digestion. The anti-inflammatory properties of coconut oil can help decrease irritation from IBS or colitis. The fats are more directly absorbed into the system too. It may also help with weight reduction and energy levels.
Pain – Given orally, the anti-inflammatory properties of lauric acid in coconut oil can help decrease pain naturally, while the fatty acids can help lubricate joints
Immune system – Coconut oil is high in anti-oxidants, so it boosts the immune system, which helps with conditions caused by a weak immune system.
Anti-fungal – When rubbed on the site, the lauric acid in coconut oil fight bacterial and fungal infections.
How can you use coconut oil for dogs?
We have tried this stuff on our dogs, and here’s what we found. Janey, our 13-year-old Aussie, had allergic problems, arthritis, and hot spots.
I started looking for ways to combat her issues and found this miracle substance(?). We tried feeding Janey coconut oil, a teaspoon twice a day, to see if we can help clear things up and make her more comfortable. It helped with some of her itchiness, and she definitely liked the taste of it.
We have lots of animals that we’re always trying to help. Some of the other posts I’ve written that you might like are Dog acupuncture or Reiki and dog. I’m always looking for more information on ways to help my animals. Watch for updates and new posts, or let me know if you’d like more helpful information.
Have you tried coconut oil in any form for any reason with your dog? Tell me in the comments below what you’ve done and how it’s worked. I can’t wait to hear it!