The Benefits of Coconut Oil For Dogs

benefits-of-coconut-oil-for-dogsCoconut oil is causing one of the biggest health-related buzzes at the moment. People use it to grow their eyelashes, for cleansing their face, and even for hair masks. But you can also use it for your beloved four-legged friend to help with many things that you wouldn’t expect. Below we explain some of the things you can use it for!

Skin

Especially good for clearing up skin conditions and blemishes, coconut oil can clear up a lot things like itchy skin, hot spots and eczema. It also disinfects cuts and makes the healing of scratches or cuts fly by. To use on skin, rub small amounts onto and around affected areas, being sure to fully cover the scratch or cut.

Coat

Coconut oil doesn’t just help with skin. It also makes your furry friend’s coat beautifully soft and shiny too! Regular doses of coconut oil will have your dog’s coat the talk of the dog park. For this, you will need to stir the amount below into your dog’s food on a daily basis.

Overall Health

Whilst some vets say that giving your dog coconut oil can help to protect against cancer, coconut oil has also been found to help with digestion, and coconut oil can reduce bad breath and help with coughing and hairballs. It is also beneficial in aiding in weight loss and can give your pet a boost of puppy energy.

For this, just mix the recommended amount for your dog’s weight and size into their food.

How much coconut oil to use

Now, you must be wondering, how much coconut oil should I give my pup? The answer depends on your dog’s size.

Puppy to small dog.                                       Medium to large dog

¼ a teaspoon                                                    up to 1 teaspoon

As your dog gets used to the coconut oil, the recommended amount increases up to 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds, or 1 tablespoon per 30 pounds twice daily. But at the beginning do not give your pet that much, as their digestive system isn’t used to it.

So, as you can see, coconut oil has many benefits, and as long as you use the recommended amounts you can see some great things happen to your pet in a small amount of time. You’ll be able to praise your pooch for good behaviour without getting gassed by puppy breath, and when you’re looking for the perfect solution for their dry skin you can simply go to the kitchen cupboard for a quick fix. It’s great to think that something sold almost everywhere, and affordably, its something that can enhance your pets health in so many ways.