In spite of beliefs that many have held in years gone by, there are many benefits of coconut oil for dogs.

In the past there have been misleading rumors, speculation and information about coconut oil being hazardous to the arteries and heart of humans and pets. In the last few years, some health care experts have advised that the intake of coconut oil is not only good for us, but also our dogs. In spite of these most recent findings, the world still goes blindly along with the current low-fat/no-fat fads, and hasn’t bothered to yet distinguish between good and bad fats.

The medical explanation for bad fats is that they contain long chain triglycerides, which means they have a lot of fatty acids, which apparently are the sinister players.

In contrast, Coconut oil is one of the “good” fats. Coconut oil contains only medium chain triglycerides (MCT), which cannot be converted to fatty acids whether eaten raw or heated. To the contrary, MCT has many healthy benefits to humans, such as improving thyroid function, better metabolism, assisting in weight loss, and an energy booster.

It is important to know which natural products that have shown to be good for us may also be of benefit to our dogs (and other pets) in improving their health. As society gets more advanced, more health problems are being recognized as being caused or at least aggravated by food processing and additives. The same has happened to our dogs. Most of the products we buy are already packed with additives, and are processed foods, not natural.

Obesity is one of the many bad effects that are aggravated by processed foods for dogs. In fact, many of our canine friends suffer from diabetes, thyroid problems and many other diseases, at least some of which can be attributed to processed foods and additives.

To cut the story short, many studies have shown the benefits to your dog by including coconut oil in his diet to help maintain a healthier lifestyle and ward off disease.

According to Ian Hunt of Millies Paws, there are many benefits of coconut oil for dogs:

  • Coconut oil is a good treatment for Candida and yeast infections.
  • Coconut oil also helps balance and regulate the amount of insulin in your dog’s system, which is a good preventive measure against diabetes.
  • Coconut oil helps to prevent different infections.
  • Dogs that have skin diseases or itches can benefit from topical application. It helps prevent and heal flea allergies, hot spots, contact dermatitis and other skin problems.
  • Topical application can also help dogs recover from cuts, wounds, stings, bites and similar injuries.
  • Thyroid function can be improved when being fed coconut oil.
  • Weight loss and a healthy diet can also be achieved using coconut oil. It also helps dogs have stronger joints, better mobility and increases their energy.

Another great benefit, especially for senior dogs, is mentioned in this excerpt from an article in Dogster.com:

…coconut oil is excellent for brain health; it’s being used to stave off dementia in humans, and it’s a must to keep senior dogs’ minds from becoming cloudy….

The benefits of this amazing natural product just keep piling up! If you want to start taking advantage of the benefits of coconut oil for dogs, then when you start feeding your dog coconut oil, be sure to begin with a small dosage first, about ½ teaspoon a day. Their system will adjust with no problem, but it should be done slowly. Gradually build up to the dosage recommended by your vet. Do this every day to maintain your dog’s health and treat him for any disease, ailment, or anything that your vet may recommend using coconut oil. Small dogs can have a typical maximum dosage of 1 to 2 teaspoons, while bigger dogs can be fed 4 to 5 teaspoons a day, but these may vary depending on his health condition and the vet’s advice.