Daily Doggie Tip #11
Benefits of Coconut Oil
Many of us supplement our dogs with some kind of oil, usually Salmon Oil, Cod Liver Oil or Evening Primrose Oil to name but a few. However, there is much anecdotal evidence to suggest that Coconut Oil has many properties that are good for your dog’s health and well-being.
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 benefits of the coconut oil come from its saturated fats in the form of medium chain triglycerides. In coconut oil, these have anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. In addition these are also a good source of fuel and energy for your dog, perfect for working dogs of any breed. They also help to balance the thyroid, help overweight dogs lose weight and help your dog feel energetic (http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/the-health-benefits-of-coconut-oil/ )
It is also a fantastic oil to add to keep your dog’s skin and coat in tip top condition; it helps improve and aide digestion; can eliminate bad breath and can help ease the painful symptoms of arthritis. It can also be applied topically straight onto the skin, to promote the healing of hot spots, stings, bites and dry skin.
A dessert spoonful a day, mixed with your dog’s food can help keep your dog in tip top condition. By mixing it with dry kibble, it is also a way to tempt fussy eaters to their bowl. Be sure not to give too much, as large amounts can cause diarrhea or greasy stools, fatigue and listlessness. When using coconut oil, as with any supplement, talk to your vet first to ensure that it is right for your dog.