Why You Should Be Using Coconut Oil For Your Dog

When it comes to my dog’s health, I’m a big advocate for keeping things simple. So when someone mentioned that coconut oil could ease some issues that my dog was experiencing, we had to try it.

Why You Should Be Using Coconut Oil For Your Dog

Coconut oil is available as a few different forms.  Unrefined, virgin coconut oil has higher amounts of nutrients and dietary bioactive compounds.

Uses of coconut oil

Coconut oil can be applied to cuts.  This is due to the antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal properties of coconut oil.  No need to worry about your dog licking it off because it is safe to eat.

Use as a natural flea/tick repellant.  Rub on your dog’s coat before going on walks. It smells great while keeping your dog safe.

Dry skin is no problem!  Rub some coconut oil on your dog and let it soak in for a few minutes.  You can rinse off any excess and/or use a gentle shampoo afterwards to prevent buildup.  Adding coconut oil to your dog's food can prevent dermatitis and dandruff.

Improve digestion and increase nutrient absorption with coconut oil.  Both soothing and anti-inflammatory, it can prevent colitis flares and inflammatory bowel disease.

How much should you give your dog

If giving coconut oil to your dog, start slow and gradually increase the amount given.  Too much coconut oil can cause diarrhea and greasy stools.

Give 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight.

Improvements are seen in 1 - 2 weeks, especially if giving for skin and coat issues.

One thing is for sure, not only is coconut oil good for my dogs but it is delicious too!  Keep your dog looking and feeling good by adding a small amount of coconut oil to their daily diet or applying to their skin.