What can coconut oil do for your canine?
Coconut oil for your dog. 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!
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 out slowly and carefully. Plus, you should always check with your vet to be sure that coconut oil won’t cause a problem with other treatments or your vet’s plan. In addition, 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, 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 – Given orally or used topically, coconut oil can 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. Also may 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 in turn helps with conditions caused by a weak immune system.
Anti-fungal – When rubbed on the site, the lauric acid in coconut oil is said to fights bacterial and fungal infections.
How we use coconut oil (so far)
Janey, our 13 year old Aussie, has allergic problems, arthritis and hot spots. I started looking for ways to combat her issues and found this miracle substance(?). It sounds like it’s worth trying since the benefits seem to far outweigh the side effects. We’ve started feeding her coconut oil, a teaspoon twice a day, to see if we can help clear things up and make her more comfortable. We haven’t been doing it long, so I’ll have to keep you posted on how it’s working.
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!
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 Acupuncture for your pets or What is animal reiki? 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 to hear about something else.