In addition to its exquisite smell, coconut oil has many qualities that make it a superfood! After talking to you about Aloe Vera, here is everything you need to know about coconut oil, for better health of the natural dog.
Coconut oil consists of 90% saturated fatty acids, but also medium chain triglycerides (MCTs); in other words, good fats. Added to this are linoleic acid, oleic acid and lauric acid, which is a powerful antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral drug present in breast milk. All these ingredients together allow many positive actions on the body of the dog.
- The skin and hair: coconut oil makes the coat silky, reduces allergies, helps fight against canine odors, is an effective disinfectant, relaxes and repairs damaged pads, especially in winter and is an excellent remedy against eczema.
- The immune system: it helps the body to fight against infections of all kinds.
- The digestive system: the oil improves digestion, helps fight against digestive disorders and can even fight bad breath.
- Metabolism: it helps to properly function the thyroid gland, helps with weight loss and prevents diabetes by regulating insulin.
- The skeleton: coconut oil reduces inflammation and strengthens bones.
- Eyes, ears and mouth: it’s effective against ear and eye infections while improving oral health.
- The brain: in addition to its other qualities, it helps the proper functioning of the brain and prevents dementia.
- Parasites: coconut oil is finally a powerful parasite since it repels fleas and ticks but also eliminates internal parasites such as worms.
How to administer it?
Coconut oil can be applied directly to the skin of the dog, where there is a lack of hair, itching or the entire coat without problem. It can also be ingested. It is necessary to count ½ teaspoon of oil for 5kg of body weight and per day. A dog weighing 5 kilos will be entitled to 2.5 grams of product, while a dog weighing 20 pounds will have 10 grams.
Be careful though overdose which can lead to diarrhea. To avoid it, prefer to give less than the recommended dose to your dog to start and increase it in the coming days.
Generally, canines like the taste of coconut and it is very easy to make them take their daily ration, with the spoon directly. If this isn’t the case, you can always melt the oil in its bowl at mealtime.
Which coconut oil to choose?
The ideal is to buy a virgin oil, organic and cold pressed in a glass jar. Plastic may tend to alter the product. This oil doesn’t contain GMOs or chemicals. Cold pressure guarantees the preservation of all nutrients because the extraction was done mechanically and a so-called virgin oil hasn’t undergone any chemical treatment.
There are several brands that you can easily find on the internet or in organic stores. Moreover, if you already use it to cook or to make your cosmetics and that it fulfills these criteria, you can very well give it to your dog!