Coconut oil and its health benefits for dogs

Coconut oil and its health benefits for dogs

We use coconut oil all the time in our cooking. But, have you ever thought to feed it to your dog? Usually, our first instinct is to think any oil is terrible for dogs. However, this is not true. Oils can be very beneficial to your dogs health. Just make sure you feed the right oils. Do your research. And make sure you feed in moderation. Feeding in moderation will help to reduce the overall calorie content of the dish you are creating. But, how can coconut oil help our dogs health? Let's explore more below.

Coconut Oil for Dogs

Coconut oil has been gaining popularity nationwide. This is due to its numerous health benefits for dogs. Coconut oil is a completely natural oil, derived from the fruit of the coconut palm. It is not only beneficial for humans but great for dogs too. We use coconut oil regularly in our recipes. This is because it is our primary oil of choice due to its numerous health benefits. However, bear in mind any oil is high in fat. Due to this, you will notice we do use limited quantities or give recommendations to substitute with lower-fat alternatives.

When used in moderation, coconut oil can improve your dog’s health as it...

Promotes a Healthy Skin and Coat:

One of the most well-known benefits of coconut oil for dogs is its ability to improve skin health and promote a lustrous coat. The medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil have natural antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. These properties can help alleviate skin allergies, hot spots, and dry, itchy skin. Not only can you feed coconut oil to your dog, but you can apply it directly to their coat too.


Supports Digestive Health:

Coconut oil can aid in digestion and help improve nutrient absorption in dogs. The medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) in coconut oil are easily digestible. They can be beneficial for dogs with digestive issues, These issues include inflammatory bowel disease or sensitive stomachs. Adding a small amount of coconut oil to your dog's diet can promote overall digestive health.


Boosts Immune System:

The natural antibacterial and antiviral properties of coconut oil can help boost your dog's immune system. In doing so, this protects them from infections and illnesses. Regular consumption of coconut oil can support your dog's overall health and well-being.


Reduces Inflammation: 

Coconut oil contains antioxidants that can help reduce inflammation in dogs. This can be particularly beneficial for senior dogs. This is due to supporting those with joint issues or suffering from conditions like arthritis. Adding coconut oil to their diet can help alleviate inflammation. It can also help to improve mobility.


Improves Brain Function: 

The MCTs found in coconut oil are known for their cognitive benefits. Regular consumption of coconut oil can support brain health. It can also improve cognitive function in dogs. This is especially true for senior dogs experiencing cognitive decline.


These are just some of the reasons coconut oil is a great choice for your dogs. It is completely safe to use in dog treats and on their coats and paws too. We even use it in our handmade Lavender paw balm. 

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