Can My Pet Benefit From Coconut Oil?
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, chances are you’ve heard about the popularity of coconut oil for people. Coconut oil has antibacterial properties, beneficial fatty acids, and a not-too-shabby taste or smell. People are using coconut oil in their kitchens, on their skin, and even as a dental regimen! Naturally, we had to ask: can my pet benefit from coconut oil?
And the answer is…
Yes! Coconut oil can improve energy levels, skin and coat conditions, digestion, and reduce allergies thanks to medium-chain fatty acids. These fatty acids are absorbed in the GI tract and go directly to the liver to be metabolized by the body. These fatty acids are medically proven to help cognitive function and with both physical and digestive issues. Also, it’s all natural!
How do I give coconut oil to my pet?
First, we always recommend chatting with your veterinarian before adding any supplement to your pet’s diet. Coconut oil is generally administered with pets’ food at mealtime. The amount will vary by dog size, but most experts suggest ¼ teaspoon per day for small dogs and 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon per day for large dogs.
There is also the option of administering the oil topically for flaky skin or to add shine to their coat. Simply put a bit of coconut oil on your hands and massage into the skin. The best part is there’s no worries if they lick it off!
Can coconut oil be dangerous to my pet?
Too much coconut oil can cause diarrhea or weight gain and isn’t recommended for dogs prone to pancreatitis due to its high-fat content. Otherwise, it is a safe, natural addition to your pet’s diet or bath time routine. As we stated earlier, chat with your vet first, but if your pet is scratching or having digestive issues we always appreciate an all-natural option first.