The use of coconut oil has become a more popular trend in recent years with good reason! We people are using it for everything from cooking to a health & beauty product with much success. But did you know that this wonder product can have just as many benefits for your furry friends?
Coconut oil can help aid your pets’ digestion, improve their coats, help prevent infection and more. In the wild, carnivorous animals like cats and dogs would have consumed a high amount of saturated fat. Using the beneficial fats in coconut oil is a great way to make sure they are getting enough of these “healthy fats” in the diet. Many diseases and ailments, like yeast infections, smelly coats, hot spots, cuts that have been infected, and even cracked paws, can all be cured with just a jar of virgin coconut oil! Taken internally, coconut oil may help promote healthy bones and joints, aide in a healthy metabolism, assist in weight loss and promote healthy thyroid function.
Here is an interesting fact:
COCONUT OIL MAY PROVIDE AN EFFECTIVE DEFENSE AGAINST MANY TROUBLESOME PARASITES INCLUDING GIARDIA. LIKE BACTERIA AND FUNGI, GIARDIA CAN’T STAND UP AGAINST MCFA FOUND IN COCONUT OIL. RESEARCH HAS CONFIRMED THE EFFECTIVENESS OF MCFA IN DESTROYING GIARDIA AND POSSIBLY OTHER PROTOZOA.5,6,7 BY USING COCONUT OIL AND OTHER COCONUT PRODUCTS EVERY DAY, YOU MAY BE ABLE TO DESTROY GIARDIA BEFORE IT CAN ESTABLISH A TOEHOLD.
As always, when starting something new, please check with your veterinarian and get his or her approval based on the individual needs of your loved pet. So, how do we introduce coconut oil into our furry friend’s daily regimen?
Adding to your pets’ diet:
- In order to avoid any digestive problems, start slowly and increase gradually
- The optimal dose for dogs is about 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight daily or about 1 tablespoon per 30 pounds, but don’t start with these amounts in the beginning!
Most cats also love the taste of coconut oil and will eat it without a problem. As with many similar supplements, if your cat won’t eat it in food, just put a dab of coconut oil on the paw before or after meals. He or she will lick it off and get it that way.
For external use: (skin problems)
- Apply topically to treat a rash, wound or dry skin. Your pet may try to lick it off, (it tastes so good!) Try wrapping the skin in a rag or towel for a few minutes to let the oil soak in before they get a chance.
Have you used coconut oil with your pets? If so, please tell us about it! For a chance to win a free jar of our TresOmega Nutrition Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil