This week I had a friend of mine ask me what product he could use to clear up his dogs dry nose and the first thing that popped into my head was COCONUT OIL! When I told him this, he asked: “Really? I don’t need to go to the store and buy some kind of product?” To which I replied: “You can if you want to but this is cheaper, natural and will probably do the same job as the other thing you’re going to end up buying.” He was pretty impressed and amazed at the fact that he could use this household item to treat his pups dry, itchy nose and that got me thinking I wonder how many other pet parents out there don’t know about the awesome benefits of using coconut oil for their pets!
So here we are, learning the basics of Coconut oil 🙂
What Is Coconut Oil?
Coconut oil otherwise known as a superfood is comprised of 90% saturated fat, which might be alarming to some people being that the average intake for fat is on average 20-30% but lucky for us, most of the saturated fats found in coconut oil are MCT’s (Medium Chain Triglycerides) which means they provide antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties (not bad for fat) among other things! Essentially you can consider the fats found in coconut oil to be one of the healthy fats kind of like avocados and almonds and should be of course taken in moderation for both our furry friends and ourselves!
One of the main reasons why I enjoy using coconut oil for my pets, aside from the fact that they love the way it tastes and I love the way it smells, is because it has so many benefits for their skin and coat, the most obvious being the soft and glossy coat you’ll soon notice on your pet after using this oil for a few weeks.
You can use coconut oil orally (by feeding 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds twice a day starting with 1/4 of the amount first and then working your way up so as not to bombard their digestive tract) or topically (literally applying to dry or itchy area) and treat skin issues such as:
- Dry, itchy skin,
- Flea Allergies
- Contact Dermatitis
It’s also great if you have stinky dogs (or cats) in that it helps deodorize their smell (think of it as pet deodorant) and you can even use it as a topical ointment for:
- Hot spots (my personal favorite)
- Rashes (also another personal favorite)
- Bites and stings
as this bad boy is amazing at promoting healing!
Coconut oil is also great in aiding in digestion for pets which is something to keep in mind if you have a pet with constant GI issues, as well as nutrient absorption and as an added bonus it’s great for hairballs (in cats), bad breath and even coughing! My favorite bit is the hairballs and bad breath being that my cats have both… so unfortunate.
I’m sure most people enjoy using coconut oil for it’s skin and coat benefits but if you use it orally you not only get the shiny and healthy coat but you’ll also be helping your pet in terms of:
- Weight Loss
- Increased energy
- Diabetes management
- Promoting healthy thyroid function
Great For Humans Too!
Using coconut oil for myself is how I found out about this superfood! I started using it for my dry and damaged hair and within a few weeks I noticed a ridiculous amount of moisture being harbored in my locks but prior to using it I learned that it also aids in:
- Prevention of heart disease and high cholesterol
- Skin and hair health
- Promoting weight loss
- Regulating metabolism
- Boosting immune system
- Preventing diabetes
- Dental and bone health
So if using this oil for yourself isn’t reason enough to pick this product up then you should definitely pick it up for your furry friend! It’s a win/win: they’ll love the taste and smell and you’ll be aiding in their health 🙂