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Is Coconut Oil Good for Dogs (Senior)? FAQ

I have been using coconut oil for a long time now and I can say that this oil is a super supplement you can ever imagine. In a nut shell here are benefits I have realized:

  • I use it for my hair and the results are amazing, no dandruff, no dry scalp and the hair is silky shiny.
  • I used to have a dry skin on my fingers and how it is well nourished and moisturized when I started applying coconut oil.
  • I tried it for my cooking and I realized that the meals are sweet, no stomach problems.
  • My weight used to worry me but when coconut oil became part of my cooking, I am perfectly fit with no overweight problems.
  • My nutritionist also surprised me that coconut oil is a source of healthy fats that prevents diseases and could be the reason as to why I have taken long without any health problem.
  • My two kids are also sharp and bright since coconut oil has boosted their mental abilities.

I am also a pet owner and I will be happy if I learn that my Roxy a Siberian husky can also benefit from this oil. I have since asked myself; is coconut oil good for dogs? By doing extensive research, I was surprised to learn that coconut oil has many benefits for dogs. But for those who don’t know about this product:

What is coconut oil?

Coconut oil is extracted from the meat of mature coconuts that come from a coconut palm. Like olive oil, coconut oil also contains great percentage of saturated fats and other mineral elements that are highly beneficial to the body.

What are the benefits of coconut oil for a dog?

In a nut shell, coconut oil improves digestion and metabolism, strengthens immune system hence reducing infections, illness and allergies, boost memory and nourishes dog skin and coat. Now in details we have the following for you:

Internal Health benefits

  • Plays important role in weight loss
  • A strong antifungal and antibacterial oil
  • Prevents diseases such as diabetes, heart problems, arthritis and ligament complications
  • Boost energy in the body due to improved digestion and metabolism
  • Reduces respiratory difficulties and prevents coughing as well as reducing hair balls
  • Promotes faster healing of wounds and cuts as well as soothing the pain when a dog scratches herself
  • Coconut oil has essential elements for improved cognitive functioning especially among senior dogs
  • Improves the rate of digestion and proper nutrients absorption in the body hence reduction in constipation

External Skin and Coat benefits

  • Coconut oil prevents dog fleas and allergy
  • It heals and also prevents dog skin conditions such as eczema, contact dermatitis and other forms of allergies
  • Stops and prevents doggy odor
  • For sleek and glossy dog coat
  • Being antifungal, it cures and prevents yeast and fungal infections
  • Suitable for dealing with dog hot spots and bites
  • Helps in getting rid of dry skin and dandruff
  • Soothes the skin in case of stings, scratches or external skin injuries
  • Strengthens and protects dog paws

What happens if a dog eats a lot of coconut oil?

Too much coconut oil is not good for your canine pet. You should always start small while intruding your dog to coconut oil. When a dog eats a lot of it, there can be side effects such as diarrhea, stomach rambling, vomiting or greasy stool. Small amounts allow the dog’s body to adjust to the oil and eventually does fine when you slightly increase the amount to recommended levels.

How much coconut oil for my dog?

Coconut oil can be given orally and also applied directly on the skin. This will enable the canine to experience both internal and external benefits such as strong immune system, protection against infections and soft sleek coat.

When you have decided to give your dog coconut oil, it is good to begin with small amounts as follows:

  • Give ¼ teaspoon for small dog breeds and puppies
  • For large dog breeds, give 1 teaspoon
  • Eventually give 1 teaspoon of coconut oil for every 10pounds ( 4g coconut oil/4,5kg weight)

Some dogs will not like taking the oil directly, you will therefore be required to mix with her daily wet or dry food. It I also important not to give your dog coconut oil days you have given her food rich in omega-3. Too much can result into digestive problems. If you are not sure about what to do, speak to your veterinarian about it.

What kind of coconut oil is best for my dog?

Extra-virgin coconut oil is the best type since it does not contain impurities. Organic oil will be of the highest quality compared to refined, bleached or deodorized coconut oil. Extra-virgin coconut oil can be purchased from grocery stores, food stores and some pharmaceutical stores.

How to apply coconut oil to dog

Applying coconut oil directly to your dog’s skin constitutes a lot of benefits especially in dealing with common skin problems such as fleas, itchy skin, contact dermatitis and eczema among others. It is also a way of promoting a healthy and shiny young looking coat. To apply the oil, you need the following:

  1. Purchase the high quality organic or extra-virgin coconut oil from a food store. Avoid processed type that has no important nutrients. The oil can either be in a solid or liquid state depending with the storage temperature.
  2. For solid oil, scoop one tea spoonful and place between hands and rub them to warm the oil. For liquid one, obtain ½ teaspoon.
  3. Gently rub the oil over her skin and as you focus more on areas with dry skin, itchiness, bites or sting. Rub and ensure the back, stomach and lower legs have been reached.
  4. Place more oil on your hand and run through her fur. This should be once or twice a day for effective results.
  5. Cover your dog with sweater for some time until the oil is absorbed. Do not be worried if she tries to lick the oil. Be careful not to let her relax on your seats or carpet since they will be messed up.

What are the side effects of coconut oil for dogs?

Coconut oil is safe for dogs and we have seen that it has plenty of good than harm. However, some dogs may be sensitive to the oil and begin showing symptoms of allergic reaction. In such a case, you should stop or discontinue giving the oil.

Too much coconut oil for your pet can also causes digestion problems such as diarrhea and loose stool. Start giving in small amounts until you reach the recommended levels.

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