We’ve all heard the hype about coconut oil and its many benefits. Maybe you have used it for some delicious recipes, to moisturize your skin, to nourish your hair, or all of the above. You may be surprised to learn that coconut oil is not just beneficial for humans, but it can also do wonders for your dog!
But as with most things, it is best to use it in moderation. And make sure to check with your vet before using it on your dog – you never can be too careful!
How Exactly Can Your Dog Benefit from Coconut Oil?
Many dog owners find that their dogs are able to achieve the same benefits as humans do with coconut oil, and the results are incredible. Following are 8 ways your dog can benefit from its use.
- Immune System Boost: The acids in coconut oil are antiviral, which can help your dog fight sickness and keep the immune system in good condition.
- Digest the Best: Coconut oil can help dogs absorb nutrients from other foods easier, which can be a great help in the digestive process.
- Fresh and Healthy Skin: Coconut oil can ease eczema, dry skin, yeast and fungal infections, hot spots, and stings when applied a few times a day.
- No More Doggy Odor: Even the cleanest dogs can be stinky – coconut oil can help keep their fur and breath smelling fresh.
- A Glossy Coat: Applying coconut oil to your dog’s fur (or adding it to their food) can help keep it sleek and glossy.
- Weight Loss: Along with exercise, adding coconut oil to a dog’s diet can help them lose a little of that extra weight.
- Treating Small Wounds and Cuts: It acts as antiviral and anti-fungal, which means it is a good option for small wounds.
- Keeping the Brain Young: Just as coconut oil can slow dementia in humans, it can also help keep dogs bright and sharp in the head.
If you get the okay, coconut oil could be the best thing that happened to you and your furry friend! If you want to know how/if it can benefit your dog, call our office today to schedule an appointment for a checkup! Your dog will thank you with a healthy coat and skin, fresh breath, happy insides, and a tail that won’t stop wagging!