Posted by Kevin McNulty on April 13, 2017
Coconut oil is all-the-rage these days. In addition to a healthy cooking oil, skin moisturizer, or health supplement, it also has medicinal purposes due to its antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral properties.
But, does this apply to dogs? Yes! It does!
You may feed your pets Omega-3 oils (containing essential fatty acids), but coconut oil is actually considered "conditionally essential" as well.
First, let's break down coconut oil. Coconut oil consists of more than 90% saturated fats -- primarily of Medium Chain Triglycerides. Triglycerides are made up of individual fat molecules called fatty acids -- coconut oil contains 64% Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA). Breaking it down further, the MCFAs in coconut oil are made up of 48% lauric acid, 8% caprylic acid and 7% capric acid, plus myristic and palmitic acids.
Most of coconut oil’s health benefits come from the MCFAs, especially lauric acid. Lauric acid has antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. Capric and caprylic acid have similar properties and are best known for their antifungal effects.
In dogs, the MCFAs in coconut oil balance the thyroid, helping overweight dogs lose weight and helping sedentary dogs feel energetic.
According to Dr Bruce Fife, certified nutritionist and naturopathic doctor and president of the Coconut Research Center, coconut oil gently elevates the metabolism, provides a higher level of energy and vitality, protects you from illness, and speeds healing. As a bonus, coconut oil improves any dog’s skin and coat, improves digestion, and reduces allergic reactions.
How much coconut oil should you give your dog? We suggest ¼ teaspoon per day for small dogs and puppies and 1 teaspoon for large dogs, or even just a dab if your dog's constitution is sensitive.
While you can give your dogs straight coconut oil from the jar bought from a grocery store, it may be better to combine it with a treat or a special version from Pets Plus. We love K9 Granola Organic Virgin Cold Pressed Coconut Oil! It is made from freshly pressed coconut milk, chilled and separated by centrifugal force. Allowing the coconut oil to remain RAW. It is an absolutely pure coconut oil.
Coconut oil can be applied topically too! It can disinfect cuts and improve your dog’s general skin and coat condition, making it healthier. Wounds also heal faster with coconut oil, and it helps to deodorize your dog’s skin and clear up some rashes as well.
A few of our topical products that include Coconut include
* Lucy Pet Surfin' Jack Coconut Shampoo & Leave-in Conditioner
* Warhorse Pet Shampoo with Coconut, Castor, Avocado, Almond and Raw Sunflower Oils
* Tropiclean Berry & Coconut Shampoo
* Tropiclean Coconut Milk Pet Bath