Based on the healing properties of coconut oil and our own many years of experience in its use, we will combine knowledge about the introduction of coconut oil not only in our daily diet, but also in the nutrition of your pets.
Currently, there are multiple studies on the effects of coconut oil on the human body, and most of the evidence about its beneficial effects on animals is already in the hands of veterinarians and dog and cat owners who love their pets, who have been able to appreciate the amazing properties of products made from the fruit of the coconut palm tree.
At the same level as the general effect on the human body, regular use of coconut oil has a positive effect on:
- immune system of animals
- improves metabolism
- improves the condition of the pet’s skin and fur (reducing the smell of “dog”, by the way)
- strengthens bones
- improves brain function
- increases the animal’s physical activity
- cleanses the liver and pancreas of toxins, participating in reducing the excess weight of the animal
- relieves various skin diseases.
And also coconut oil:
- improves absorption of food and nutrients
- helps in the treatment of digestive disorders (such as constipation, inflammatory bowel syndrome and colitis)
- is an excellent antibacterial/antifungal/antiviral agent, which allows it to prevent infection and ease the course of chronic diseases
- helps regulate and balance insulin levels
- is an excellent source of omega-6 fatty acids, which improve communication between brain cells, which in turn helps maintain proper brain function.
- Coconut oil reduces inflammation and helps relieve symptoms of arthritis and joint pain.
- New research has shown that the causes of arthritis are actually related to bacterial infections that spread to the muscles and joints. The bacteria become embedded in the joint tissue, leading to the development of arthritis, even after the bacterial infection itself has cleared. With daily use of a daily dose of coconut oil, you can significantly reduce the painful symptoms of arthritis and arthrosis in your pet (and in people too).
Helps prevent parasitic infections
Coconut oil has been proven to help protect against many parasites, including giardiasis. Studies have confirmed the effectiveness of MCFA (medium chain fatty acids) in killing giardia and other protozoa. Adding coconut oil to your dog’s daily diet will help kill any parasites before they can take hold in your dog’s body.
It is an excellent antiseptic, with regular local application, helping to heal sutures after operations, wounds, bites (including insect bites) and burns.
Just rub the affected area with coconut oil two to three times a day and you will see the progress.
Moisturizes the skin and rough pads of the paws
If you notice that the pads of your dog’s paws are cracked or dry, simply apply coconut oil to the pads of her paws after walks outside and at night before bed.
By using a small amount of coconut oil to brush your pets, you’ll help prevent tangles, which is especially important for long-haired breeds.
During the local use of coconut oil, the dog or cat will remove its excess on its own, and you will not worry about the harmful chemical composition of the medicine – everything is natural and equally useful for both external and internal use.
You can use the antibacterial properties of coconut oil by rubbing it on your dog’s favorite plastic/rubber toys or leather leash. By the way, with the help of oil, it is easy to lubricate the “carabiner” of the leash or the metal parts of the collar that get stuck in the cold.
Coconut oil is used to clean your pet’s ears, which in itself serves as protection against frequent ear parasites.
Some of our friends wipe the eyes of their dogs and cats with a small amount of coconut, successfully using it as a bactericidal agent or for allergies. As you yourself understand, everything is purely individual and often intuitive.
The correct dosage of coconut oil for pets
For food, veterinarians recommend starting with 1/4 teaspoon of coconut oil per 5 kg of animal weight.
You should gradually (over a period of two weeks) transition your dog to the normal recommended daily dose of coconut oil of 1 teaspoon per 5 kg of dog, either by mixing it into the dog’s food, greasing a favorite play ball, or offering the oil to the dog in its pure form.
In the case of a sudden transition to the daily norm of oil, symptoms similar to the stomach flu may appear – the food is unusual, and the detoxification process proceeds excessively quickly due to the specific properties of coconut oil. Hence the discomfort. However, this may not happen. Dogs often eat coconut oil by themselves, without persuasion, with great pleasure and without any negative consequences for themselves. And to your health!