It seems everyone is talking about the benefits of coconut oil, and for good reason! It tastes great and can improve your animal’s health.
Coconut oil is a medium chain triglyceride (MCT). MCTs are made up of shorter chains of fatty acids, like lauric, capric and caprylic acid, which can be more easily digested and absorbed by without the use of several digestive enzymes produced by the pancreas. This is especially important for dogs that suffer from digestive and metabolic problems as it puts less strain on the pancreas and digestive system.
Lauric acid helps combat a variety of bacteria, yeast, fungi, and enveloped viruses. Capric and caprylic acid are best known for their anti-fungal effects.
Coconut oil goes directly to the liver to be converted into energy, rather than being stored as fat for later use. This helps overweight dogs lose weight and feel more energetic, and improves athletic performance.
Improves skin and coat
- Infected cuts
- Cracked paws
- Hot spots
Improves digestion and metabolism
- Athletic performance
- Weight loss
- Boosts energy
Supports immune function
- Bacteria and fungi
- Yeast infections
The recommended dose is one teaspoon of coconut oil per ten pounds of dog. Start with about 1/4 the recommended dosage and build up to the full dose over three to four weeks.
Michele Dixon is the Health and Nutrition Specialist with Petcurean Pet Nutrition (petcurean.com).