Today we would like to share with you the benefits of Coconut Oil - The Super Food for Dogs!
We are talking about “Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Coconut Oil” , this is the ONLY type of coconut oil you should take for health benefits, NOT the highly refined and processed ones that have gone through high heat and chemical treatment.
If you are not already taking coconut oil for your own health benefits, do remember that the same benefits apply to humans, animals and even reptiles! Best of all, most dogs love the taste of unrefined coconut oil making it a breeze to add to their daily meals.
Coconut oil has now replaced fish oil as the oil of choice when dogs start training activities. It improves the brain function and helps Fido learn faster. Why coconut oil vs other oils? Coconut oil contains the same fatty acids found in breast milk which makes it easily utilised for energy unlike other kinds of oil (olive oil included) where the organs need to work harder to break it down.
It can be taken internally or applied externally.
When taken internally:
- balances thyroid functions to maintain healthy weight and keep energy levels up
- improves skin and coat
- improves digestion and better absorption of nutrients
- reduces doggy odour
- minimises allergic reactions
- assists in formation of red blood cells
When applied externally:
- moisturises the skin and coat
- heal hot spots and cracked foot pads
- kills fleas and parasite eggs
- relieves inflammation and itchy skin
Duke gets 1 tablespoon of coconut oil mixed in daily with his food. It keeps the bumps away and also the redness in the folds of his skin. It helps him maintain a healthy weight as bulldogs are prone to weight problems which may lead to breathing issues for short nosed dogs. Even the cats get a dose of coconut oil every day!
How much to give your 4 legged friend? 1 tablespoon for every 30lbs of weight. Go slow at first with 1/2 teaspoon and then build to full dose. This is because coconut oil is a great detox and can lead to loose stools if full dose is given to a dog the first time. For humans, take up to 3 tablespoons a day before meals.
This is another great healthy food that you and Fido can share. Try some today and see the results for yourself!