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How Can Coconut Oil Benefit Your Dogs?

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By LITTLE PUPPY PAWS | April 19, 2023
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Coconut oil has become a popular dog supplement in recent years due to its potential health benefits. When giving coconut oil to your dog, it’s important to start with small amounts and gradually increase the dose over time. But how can coconut oil be good for your dogs?

Coconut oil can provide several potential benefits for dogs, including improved skin and coat health, better digestive health, immune system support, joint health, and improved brain function. Coconut oil is rich in fatty acids, which can help improve skin health and promote a shiny, healthy coat.

Is Coconut Oil Healthy for Dogs? 

The fats in coconut oil provide significant health benefits. Coconut oil is almost entirely saturated fat and is one of the few foods classified as a superfood. Saturated fats and unsaturated fats are the two types of fats, and there are several more types of fats within each group.

Coconut oil’s secret weapon is MCTs. Medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) are good fats with various benefits such as digestion improvement, immune system support, a metabolic function that aids in weight loss, skin and coat health, and thyroid health.

MCTs, include lauric acid, capric acid, caprylic acid, myristic acid, and palmitic acid. Coconut oil contains approximately 2% linoleic acid (polyunsaturated fatty acids) and 6% oleic acid (monounsaturated fatty acids).

Lauric acid is antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal. Capric and caprylic acids are similar to lauric acid and are best known for their antifungal properties.

Furthermore, MCTs are quickly metabolized to provide an immediate fuel source and energy, improving athletic performance and assisting with weight loss. MCTs in coconut oil balance the thyroid in dogs, helping overweight dogs lose weight, and sedentary dogs feel more energetic.

What are the Benefits of Coconut Oil?

Coconut oil is a natural and healthy supplement that can provide several potential dog benefits. The medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil can improve skin health and promote a shiny, healthy coat in dogs. Some of the benefits of coconut oil for your dog include the following:

  • Reduce inflammation
  • Fight against harmful fungi and bacteria.
  • Aid in digestion
  • Reduce coughing
  • Help your skin and hair
  • Make their coat shine
  • Remove odors
  • Reduce brain lesions that worsen with age in your dog.
  • Improve their thyroid function
  • Assist with bad breath
  • Reduce allergic reactions to pollen in the environment
  • insulin equilibrium
  • Make them more active.

How Can You Give Your Dog Coconut Oil?

There are numerous creative ways to incorporate coconut oil into your dog’s diet. However, be careful not to overdo it. If you do, your dog may develop health problems in the future.

Coconut treats that don’t require baking. These simple treats have only four ingredients and do not require baking. Combine coconut oil, xylitol-free peanut butter, rolled oats, and shredded coconut to make. You can shape them however you want and give them to your dog in moderation.

Coconut Oil Frozen Treats 

You can make these treats however you like. Combine bananas, coconut oil, and peanut butter to make a traditional treat, and place in a silicon tray and the freezer.

Treats with Peanut Butter and Coconut Oil

You can also try this simple treat. You only need coconut oil, peanut butter, and a pinch of cinnamon. On a stovetop, combine all of the ingredients and melt them together. Once melted and combined, pour the mixture into silicone molds. Freeze. Refrigerate after it has hardened.

Treat with Coconut and Pears

This recipe requires effort. Coconut flour, pear puree, pear baby food, honey, coconut oil, and water are all required. To begin, combine the ingredients. Roll them into small balls and place them on a baking sheet. Finally, bake them at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes.