Is Coconut Oil Beneficial to Dogs?
Is seems coconut oil is all the rage these days. Everywhere you look there is either another recipe featuring coconut oil like it is the main ingredient or some unique use for this unusual oil.
I know that I use it to remove my make up before bed. I also use it as my night time moisturizer with a couple drops of Frankincense oil to ward of damage from years of enjoying a bit too much sun. Heck, people are even using coconut oil for its reported ability to fight off dementia and Alzheimer’s.
With as much benefit as coconut oil is providing the two-legged variety it only makes sense to take a look at how it might improve the lives of the four-legged types.
If you look at the make-up of coconut oil you’ll find that most of the coconut oil benefits come from the Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT). Luric Acid in coconut oil has been shown to have antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. Anti-fungal properties are in the Capric and Capylic Acids.
Dr. Bruce Fife of the Coconut Research Center attributes the following benefits to coconut oil:
- Kills viruses, bacteria and fungi
- Expels or kills tapeworms, giardia, and other parasites.
- Improves insulin secretion and utilization of blood glucose.
- Reduces symptoms associated with pancreatitis.
- Improves digestion and bowel function.
- Reduces inflammation.
- Supports tissue healing and repair.
- Supports and aids immune system function.
- Helps protect the body from cancers.
- Functions as a protective antioxidant.
- Reduces epileptic seizures.
- Supports thyroid function.
- Promotes loss of excess weight by increasing metabolic rate.
- Has no harmful or discomforting side effects.
And this is a short list of what Dr. Fife mentions! If you would like to see more please visit The Coconut Research Center.
Is it any wonder at all why Coconut Trees are called
“The Tree of Life”?
Now that you know coconut is beneficial to your dog you need to know a bit more about the oil. Purchase organic, extra virgin coconut oil. The oil is in a solid white form at temperatures below 76 degrees and completely liquid at 78 and higher.
Introduce the oil slowly and build up over a week or two.
Small dogs and puppies could start at about ¼ teaspoon per day. Large dogs might be able to start with a teaspoon. If your dog is particularly sensitive you may want to introduce even a smaller amount. Gradually increase the amount every few days. I recommend you keep an eye on your dog’s comfort level (and stools) and you will know when you have hit the right about for your buddy.
And while you’re at it you may want to consider coconut oil for yourself too! After all, healthy dogs need healthy people! Are you ready to learn how to SUPERCHARGE the benefits of your Coconut Oil? Be sure to read The Secret to Supercharg
Linda Troup is a Canine Wellness Consultant who specializes in Senior Dogs and those with Physical or Emotional Challenges. She is known for her compassion as she helps pets’ golden years be shiny gold through the use of Tellington TTouch, Therapeutic & Rehabilitative Massage, Energy Work and Therapeutic Essential Oils. Linda teaches people how they can enhance their senior or disabled dog’s comfort, wellness and mobility.
Helping her own French Bulldogs through challenges ranging from chronic allergies to paralysis and spine surgery she has found her passion in life…Helping senior and challenged dogs feel their best!