Lately, coconut oil has been gaining popularity among dog owners but do you know the science behind it? Well, here are a few points to help you understand the health benefits of coconut oil for dogs.
Although the use of coconut oil was dissuaded in the past, with recent developments even dogs can enjoy their benefits. Coconut oil has many medicinal properties. It’s known to cure many ailments and diseases such as infected cuts, cracked paws, smelly fur and yeast infections.
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Why Coconut Oil?
The oil comprises 90% saturated fat. To be specific, all fats and oils are composed of triglycerides. Coconut oil is primarily composed of Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT). This means they will break down into energy rather than being stored as fat.
It might be confusing how fats can be beneficial. The science behind this has been proven by The American Society of Nutrition, Dr. Bruce Fife, Certified Nutritionist and a Naturopathic doctor and President of the Coconut Research Center, Dr. Katie Gryzb, a Brooklyn-based veterinarian, Dr. Pema Melu, DVM, of Holistic Veterinary Healing in Germantown and various other experts.
Here are a few ways coconut oil can be beneficial for dogs both internally and externally.
Lustrous Skin and Fur
Coconut oil will make your dog’s skin healthy and fur glossy. In addition, the oil also has properties that reduce allergic reactions, contact dermatitis, eczema, itchy skin, etc.
Strong Immune System
It also prevents yeast and fungal infections and heals minor wounds. Besides, it helps with hot spots, dry skin, hair, bites, and stings. It also boosts your dog’s immune system.
Coconut oil improves your dog’s digestion by leaps and bounds. Start by adding a spoon of coconut oil to their daily meals and see the results yourself! Coconut oil also increases nutrient absorption, aids healing of inflammatory bowel disorders and other digestive disorders.
Fights Foul Breath
The oil contains powerful antibacterial and anti-fungal properties and reduce the risk of cancer. It clears up your dog’s stinky breath too! So, don’t forget to add some in your pet’s food next time!
The most beneficial properties of the oil is that it regulates the insulin in dogs and controls diabetes. In addition, it promotes normal thyroid function and helps your dog reduce weight.
Improves Brain Function
Coconut oil helps strengthen bones and reduces arthritic discomfort. For older dogs, it treats an aging brain and improves brain function. Melt the oil and use it as drops to clear up ear and eye infections.
However, before adding coconut oil to your dog’s diet, consult your veterinarian as the safety of its use is still being researched. Make sure you pick up virgin coconut oil as they are unrefined and best for dogs and humans.
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