By Robin Plan
If you are already using coconut oil you might have wondered if it's as healthy for dogs as it is for you. The answer is positively yes. There are many benefits to feeding your pup this healthy oil. Most dogs love the taste, making it one of the easiest, natural supplements to feed.
Using natural dog products doesnít have to be expensive. The best coat conditioner I found is coconut oil. Coconut oil is also good for health inside and out. Itís not expensive and the dogs love the taste.
o Control doggy odors without excessive bathing. Virgin coconut oil deodorizes anything it comes in contact with and it helps to deodorize.
o Use as doggy toothpaste. The dogs will lick it off the toothbrush so I have to be fast when brushing their teeth.
o Helps with any skin problems such as allergies, dermatitis, dry flaky skin and itchy skin. Helps heal sores. Add it to their food and use on their body for best results. It is very slow absorbing so you can give a doggy massage for a few minutes to let it soak in.
o Gives super shiny fur without extra expensive and time of using coat conditioners.
o Helps to trim down a thick canine waistline. Coconut oil is gaining respect for being a fat burning food.
o Many dogs have found relief from painful arthritis, sore joints due to over exercise and age related stiffness.
o It has been shown to help balance the thyroid in people and their canine friends.
o Improves digestion, prevents and helps stomach problems in dogs and people.
o Prevents and helps control yeast infections, ear infections and viral infections.
o Conditions dry cracked paws.
o Helps to detox, very important if your dog has been raiding the garbage or eating a low quality food.
Use only organic virgin coconut oil. Start slowly with a half teaspoon a day for each 20 pounds of body weight. It's best to divide it and give a little though out the day. Work up to a full teaspoon once or twice a day for a 20 pound dog. If your dog seems to feel bad and has loose or greasy looking stools you should cut back on the oil for a few days.
Remember that coconut oil helps to detox the body so you need to give it in very small doses so your dog doesn't feel the effects of detoxing all at once.
Added to the diet coconut oil can help slim overweight dogs, condition dry shabby-looking coats, offers some relief to painful arthritis or ligament problems, can help balance the thyroid, gives dogs a natural source of energy and helps keep dogs smelling better.
My favorite use of coconut oil - improves digestion and nutrient absorption. I replace all oils in the doggy treats I bake with Coconut Oil.
People have found with topical use their dogs ear infections improve, as do flea allergies, contact dermatitis, and other skin irritations. It's also been shown to help get rid of moles, heal sores and condition the dog's dry cracked feet pads. The oil can be applied to sores. It is slow absorbing so try to keep the dog occupied for several minutes after applying it. Try it on hot spots, sore foot pads, minor bites or even to clean ears. Coconut oil will deodorize anything it touches and will make your dog smell better when it's fed to him.
Dogs love the taste of coconut and many will lick it off a spoon. It can be feed alone or mixed in dog food. Start very slow. Work up to a teaspoon a day for each 20 pounds of body weight. If you notice greasy stools cut back the oil for a few days. The oil will help detox the system so it's important to go slow and over several weeks.