The coconut, also known as the Tree of Life, has been found to have many benefits not only for humans, but for our best friends too. A lot of dog diseases and ailments can be reduced, remedied or cured with the use of coconut oil.
Hot spots, yeast infections, cracked paws or noses can all be cured with a jar of extra virgin coconut oil and it is also known to kill and prevent fleas and other parasites.
What kind of Coconut Oil can I give my Dog?
Virgin coconut oil means that it is unrefined, and it can be used for both dogs and humans.
Important side note: The label “extra virgin” applied to coconut oil is meaningless in many countries. Unlike for example olive oil, there are no worldwide regulations governing the purity of coconut oil. There are essentially two types of coconut oil virgin and refined. Virgin coconut oil, or VCO, is made by pressing fresh coconut meat, milk or milk residue. Refined, bleached and deodorized, or RBD, oil is made from the coconut copra or dried kernel and maybe chemically treated. So how can you tell the difference? VCO and RBD oils have the same milky white appearance but VCO tastes and smells like coconut, while RBD oil is essentially free of odor and flavor.
Coconut oil is over 90% saturated fat and has antibacterial, antiviral, antiparasitic and antifungal properties it is also an incredible source of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs), which have been shown to have many health benefits.
A short list of the many benefits of Coconut Oil
Helps prevent infections
Helps to improve the condition of their coats and removes bad odors
Helps to reduce allergic reactions and improves skin health
Helps the healing and disinfects minor cuts, wounds, hot spots, bites and stings when applied directly
Helps to moisten dry skin, noses and paw pads when applied directly
Helps balance your dog’s metabolism rate to keep his weight under control
Helps to reduce bad breath
Helps to improve digestion and nutrient absorption
Helps with administering pills
How do you give it or apply it?
It can be given as a treat, mixed into their water or applied externally. According to most guidelines 1 teaspoon for each 10 to 20 pounds of body weight of your dog. Start small, by giving a small amount, about a teaspoon and then increasing over time and gradually work your way up.
My Bulldogs all loved coconut oil. As soon as they hear me open a jar they will come running. It works wonders for their skin and coats, no more cracked noses or paws and it’s a great way to give them their medication hidden in a little lump of coco. I would recommend it to every Bulldog owner, especially when your Bulldog has skin problems. I give about a teaspoon a day and rub a little on their coats, noses and paws. It has numerous health benefits, they love it and your Bulldog will carry the lovely smell of coco. I like to call them Bounty Bullies 😉
So in conclusion Coconut Oil is a Must Have for every Dogowner.