The Health Benefits Of Coconut Oil in your dogs

On my way to getting my own backside into healthier eating regime, I stumbled across coconut oil used in so many ways to aid your dogs health.
Of course I’m gonnae share it wi’ ye!
Besides including other articles and links for you to check out, I’ll share my own experiences.
Coconut oil is an antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial.  So when Teegy had chewed on his paw until it was raw, I cleaned it down and applied coconut oil for a few days.  My thinking behind this was, I’m sure polysporin would work too, but if he licks the area again, I don’t want him eating polysporin, yeuch!  If he licks coconut oil off what harm can it do.
Now many Prey Model Raw feeders don’t agree with coconut oil internally as the dog would not find this out in it’s natural environment, application on the outside they are super cool with.  I totally dig that and understand their reasoning indeed, but I’ve discovered so many things that it’s good for in dogs that I’d kick myself if I didn’t let them benefit from it.
Because it’s a medium chain triglyceride it absorbs into the system better than other oils.  My vet told me it’s great for dogs who’ve suffered pancreatitis that need oils in their system for energy need and weight, keeping the metabolism balanced.  It also increases nutrient absorption.
If your dog has abrasions or bumps on their skin or perhaps dandruff, massaging coconut oil into their skin daily will definitely aid in healing.  Many people’s pets suffer hotspots, I will advise against using it on these as it keeps the area moist and you don’t want that, for that I’d suggest Colloidal Silver or Black Tea the tannins dry out the hot spot, this works well.
If your dog is on medication and refuses to take pills, grind them down between two spoons and mix with some coconut oil.  I often grind up some of the boys favourite dehydrated treats and mix it with coconut oil.  In the summer months I crush a small clove of garlic and let is sit in a couple of tablespoons of melted coconut oil, I mix it into the boys food to help keep pesky bugs away.  Garlic you say, but I thought that was toxic to dogs?  An entire head of garlic is toxic, the proportions I give my dogs are very minimal.
Some people even brush their dogs teeth with it and it improves their breath.  Feeding it to your dog every once in a while is a great idea.  If your dog is struggling to poop, the addition of some coconut oil to their diet will soften their poops, but you don’t want it too soft, need to keep those anal glands expressing properly.
I use coconut oil as a moisturizer, a make up remover, to cook with and believe me it makes everything taste just that bit more delicious.  As far as a moisturizer, I wanted to get skin care that had the least amount of additives in it, well this contains, ummmmmmmmmmm coconut oil and it’s incredibly absorbant.  My elbows have never been so soft.
This article is from Dogs Naturall Magazine

Although supplements can be a confusing topic for many pet owners, most dog owners have heard of the benefits of feeding fish oils. There are however, a variety of oils that you can also use to your dog’s benefit, each with different actions and benefits.

Coconut oil consists of more than 90% saturated fats, with traces of few unsaturated fatty acids, such as monounsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Most of the saturated fats in coconut oil are Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs). The main component (more than 40%) of MCTs is lauric acid, followed by capric acid, caprylic acid, myristic acid and palmitic. Coconut oil also contains about 2% linoleic acid (polyunsaturated fatty acids) and about 6% oleic acid (monounsaturated fatty acids).

Most of the coconut oil benefits come from the MCTs. For example, the lauric acid in coconut oil has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. Capric and caprylic acid have similar properties and are best known for their anti-fungal effects.

In addition, MCTs are efficiently metabolized to provide an immediate source of fuel and energy, enhancing athletic performance and aiding weight loss. In dogs, the MCTs 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, 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.

Fed regularly to pets, coconut oil may have multiple benefits:

Skin Conditions

  • Clears up skin conditions such as eczema, flea allergies, contact dermatitis,and itchy skin
  • Reduces allergic reactions and improves skin health
  • Makes coats become sleek and glossy, and deodorizes doggy odor
  • Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections, including candida
  • Disinfects cuts and promotes wound healing
  • Applied topically, promotes the healing of cuts, wounds, hot spots, dry skin and hair, bites and stings

Digestion

  • Improves digestion and nutrient absorption
  • Aids healing of digestive disorders like inflammatory bowel syndrome and colitis
  • Reduces or eliminates bad breath in dogs
  • Aids in elimination of hairballs and coughing

Immune System, Metabolic Function, Bone Health

  • Contains powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal agents that prevent infection and disease
  • Regulates and balance insulin and promotes normal thyroid function
  • Helps prevent or control diabetes
  • Helps reduce weight, increases energy
  • Aids in arthritis or ligament problems

Why not give coconut oil a try and introduce it to your dog?  It offers many benefits for your dog and is a more sustainable and less toxic source of oils than fish.

Integrative Veterinarian and Naturopathic Doctor, Dr. Karen Becker, says “Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) have been shown to improve brain energy metabolism and decrease the amyloid protein buildup that results in brain lesions in older dogs. Coconut oil is a rich source of MCTs. I recommend 1/4 teaspoon for every 10 pounds of body weight twice daily for basic MCT support.”

http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2013/12/16/coconut-oil-treatment.aspx

Here is the link to Dr. Becker and what she has to say about it.  I wish there were more vets out there who spoke up about getting away from big pharma and the evil that is known as the massive pet good conglomerates.

Keep your pets happy and healthy in the most natural way you can and smooches from my pooches.

Winter Woofstock 2012

 

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