Coconut oil is the favorite product of health-conscious people, and it sure rules the world. It does everything from healing skin problems, alleviating allergy symptoms, to enhancing ingestion, and some use it instead of conventional toothpaste.
Given that it is so healthy, coconut oil has become an essential ingredient in every kitchen throughout the world.
If it is good for you, why can it benefit your pet as well? It should not be limited to use in people only. Add it to your dog’s diet to provide it with some of the benefits you get by using coconut oil.
Why is coconut oil good for your dog?
There are about 525 million pet dogs in the world, and each of these is considered as a family member. This means that dogs get the same health care as their fellow humans. This involves giving it a healthy amount of coconut oil every day.
Dr Bruce Fife, a certified nutritionist and naturopathic doctor, believes that coconut oil has the following effects in dogs:
- Gives more energy and vitality
- Gently boosts metabolism
- Protects against common diseases
- Disinfects and clears cuts; Speeds up the healing of wounds
- Improves skin and fur
- Enhances digestion
- Alleviates allergy symptoms
- Relieves arthritis-induced inflammation and ligament problems
- Eases the elimination of hairballs and coughing
- Eliminates bad breath
At that is not all! Coconut oil can do much more than this, and here is the question you will probably ask: ‘What makes such a simple oil that potent?’
What is the power of coconut oil?
Medium chain triglycerides give coconut oil its great power. Lauric acid is the main component of these fats, and it is known for its antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. MCTs also contain capric and caprylic acid, and these are appreciated for their anti-fungal potency.
Given that medium chain triglycerides are easily metabolized, their benefits are noted almost instantly, which provides plenty of benefits. The exact same thing happens in dogs.
Dr Karen Becker, an integrative veterinarian and naturopathic doctor explains, “MCTs have been shown to improve brain energy metabolism and decrease the amyloid protein buildup [found in older dogs].” The doctor suggests that you give your dog a quarter teaspoon twice a day, for every 10 pounds of its weight. She says that you should gradually increase the amount of coconut oil until you reach the desired dose. If you wonder how to implement coconut oil in your diet, here is a nice idea.
Coconut oil dog treats
You can give your dog coconut oil in so many ways, but treats will probably be its favorite.
Combine the healing properties of medium chain triglycerides with a variety of healthy, whole foods.
2 medium-sized organic sweet potatoes, cooked and peeled
- 1/2 cup organic coconut flour
- 2 medium-sized organic sweet potatoes, cooked and peeled
- 1/4 cup organic gelatin powder
- 1/2 cup raw and organic coconut oil, melted at room temperature
- 1 free-range organic egg
- 1-2 tbsp water
First, preheat your oven to 350°F. Combine the ingredients in a large bowl, and stir well until everything is well combined. If your mixture is too saggy, add some more coconut flour. You should get the same consistency as Play Dough.
Split the mixture into golf ball sized forms, and place them on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Use a spoon to flatten the balls. Bake until the edges turn golden brown. This should take about 20 minutes. Take the baking tray out of the oven, and let the treats cool completely. Transfer them in an air-tight container, and keep it in your fridge. They will remain good for several weeks, and up to a few months if you store them in the freezer.
The healthiest type of coconut oil
The only thing that is left to consider is the type you should be using. Opt for organic coconut oil that is sold in grocery stores. But, if you are seeking for a cheaper coconut oil alternative, buy some unrefined oil that will satisfy your dog’s taste buds.
Source: Healthy Holistic Living