Coconut Oil has been the big trend for the past couple of years. I don’t know about you, but I use it on everything from cooking to skin care. But is it good for your dogs too? YES! Coconut oil is great for your dogs digestion, it improves their coats, prevents infection, and supports a healthy thyroid. But too much coconut oil can have negative affects.
Basically coconut oil is fat, but it is a good kind of fat and is classified as a super food. Coconut oil is made up of MTC, medium chain triglycerides. MTC is made up of Lauric Acid, Capric Acid, Caprylic Acid, Myristic Acid and Pamitic Acid. The Lauric acid has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. The Capric and Caprylic acid also have anti-fungal properties.
MCTs are metabolized quickly to provide an immediate source of energy which can help sedentary dogs feel energetic and overweight dogs lose weight.
If you are interested in giving your dog coconut oil, you want to make sure you don’t give them too much. If you give them too much they could have diarrhea or greasy stools. For smaller dogs give them 1/4 teaspoon a day and for larger dogs give them 1 teaspoon per day. Once your dog has adjusted you can typically give them 1 teaspoon per 10 lbs of body weight. As you increase the dosage, watch your dog to make sure they are not reacting poorly. You want to make sure to give them the right amount so you are helping them and not just giving them the trots.
In addition to adding it to their food you can also apply it directly to their coat and skin. A topical treatment will help their skin stay soft and healthy. If you are giving your dog a bath, apply it to their coat and let it sit for about 5 minutes. Then give them a light rinse. If there is still too much oil on them, give them a light shampoo.
In addition to giving your dog orally, coconut oil can be applied directly to your dogs coat and skin. As we stated earlier, because coconut oil contains lauric acid, it is a fabulous immune builder, both orally and topically.
You can pick up coconut oil at most grocery stores. As with any dietary change it is a good idea to consult with your Albuquerque vet to make sure it is a good addition to your dogs diet.