Is coconut oil good for your pet?
Updated: Oct 28, 2019
You might have heard of the benefits of coconut oil to humans, but did you know that coconut oil is great for your dog, too? Coconut oil can help ease tummy troubles, improve your pup’s coat or aid with infections and allergies. Today we will share some additional details about the benefits of coconut oil, how to incorporate it into your pet’s life, and a quick and easy treat recipe using the oil.
The Science Behind Coconut Oil
We aren’t scientists but the American Kennel Club has done some research for us to explain the ins and outs of coconut oil. Here is what they have to say:
“Coconut oil comes from the meat of coconuts harvested from the coconut palm. Coconut oil consists of at least 90% saturated fats, most of which are Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs). Although we're used to thinking of fats as bad for us, MCTs are “good” fat and can provide several benefits, including being a source of fuel and energy. The components of MCTs include lauric acid, which is antibacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral; capric acid and caprylic acid, which are known for their anti-fungal effects; and other acids that are polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids.”
Benefits of Coconut Oil
1. Coconut oil helps maintain healthy coat and skin for your pup. If you pup is suffering from dry or itchy skin, coconut oil can help with relief and reduce the dryness as well.
2. Due to the antiviral and antifungal benefits, coconut oil could be used to treat small wounds and cuts on your pup.
3. Lauric acid in coconut oil can help boost the immune system and fight off bacterial infections.
4. If your pup is experiencing tummy trouble, coconut oil can help increase metabolism and help with digestion.
How to use coconut oil
1. Supplement to diet - Check with your veterinarian about adding coconut oil to your dog’s diet. As with anything else, use coconut oil in moderation for your dog. Simba’s BARKery pupcakes are also made with coconut oil and other natural ingredients.
2. Apply on skin – While there is no limit on how much you can apply to their skin, a teaspoon is plenty to apply a few times a day.
Peanut Butter & Coconut Oil Dog Treats Recipe
· 1 cup all-natural peanut butter (please make sure the only ingredient is peanuts)
· 1 teaspoon unrefined organic coconut oil
· 1 teaspoon cinnamon
· Silicone mold
Coconut oil has the tendency to harden in colder temperatures. Before using it in this recipe, please ensure that it is in liquid form. If not, you can heat in a small saucepan.
Mix the peanut butter, coconut oil and cinnamon thoroughly. Pour into silicone mold and freeze until set. Carefully take them out of the mold and store in airtight container in freezer. Serve the delicious treats to your pup!
About the Author
My name is Nikita Hemani and I am the owner of Simba’s BARKery, an all-natural, gourmet dog bakery. The idea of Simba’s BARKery began in 2012 when I started volunteering with a local dog rescue as a foster parent. Since then I started baking treats for all my dogs at home.
At Simba’s BARKery we create treats that are carefully crafted from natural and quality ingredients. The treats are baked fresh every day with human-grade ingredients and the selection changes seasonally. Each treat then goes through an official tasting and approval by the Barkery’s personal Labrador taster, Simba. For more information, you can follow Simba’s BARKery on Facebook or Instagram
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