Natural Dog Care with Coconut Oil

Scientists claim you can teach an old dog new tricks if you feed them right.

A Toronto University study, published in the British Journal of Nutrition, showed that dogs fed a diet containing special dietary fats found in some natural vegetable oils such as coconut oil, can improve their memory and learning skills.

An article published in the Telegraph, titled: “Scientists claim you can teach an old dog new tricks if you feed them right,” reported these special dietary fats, called medium chain triglycerides or MCTs, are unique in that they can easily be converted into energy that can be absorbed by an aging brain, providing fuel that it needs to help maximize brain function.

If you are already using coconut oil you might have wondered if it’s as healthy for dogs as it is for you. The answer is positively yes. There are many benefits to feeding your pup this healthy oil. Most dogs love the taste, making it one of the easiest, natural supplements to feed them.

The benefits to feeding your dog coconut oil, may include:

  • Doggy odor control without excessive bathing. Virgin coconut oil deodorizes anything it comes in contact with and it helps to deodorize my Shelties as well.
  • Doggy toothpaste. The dogs will lick it off the toothbrush, so be fast when brushing their teeth.
  • Assistance with skin problems such as allergies, dermatitis, dry flaky skin and itchy skin. Add it to their food and use on their body for best results. It is very slow absorbing so you can give a doggy a massage for a few minutes to let it soak in.
  • Super shiny fur without extra expensive and time of using coat conditioners.
  • Help to trim down a thick canine waistline. Coconut oil is gaining respect for being a fat burning food. I’ve been feeding my Shelties about a tablespoon in their food and they have lost that roll of belly fat.
  • Many dogs have found relief from painful arthritis and sore joints due to over exercise and age related stiffness.
  • Balance for the thyroid.
  • Improved digestion with a possible decline in stomach discomfort.
  • Possible assistance with yeast infections, ear infections and viral infections.
  • Improvement to dry cracked paws, when gently applied repetitiously over time.
  • Help with detox, which is very important if your dog has been raiding the garbage or eating a low quality food.

    Use only organic virgin coconut oil.

    Start slowly with a half teaspoon a day for each 20 pounds of body weight. It’s best to divide it and give a little though out the day. Work up to a full teaspoon once or twice a day for a 20 pound dog.

    If your dog seems to feel bad and has loose or greasy looking stools you should cut back on the oil for a few days. Remember that coconut oil helps to detox the body so you need to give it in very small doses so your dog doesn’t feel the effects of detoxing all at once.

    To help summarize, when added to your dog’s diet, coconut oil may help slim overweight dogs, correct shabby-looking coats, offer some relief to painful arthritis or ligament problems, help balance the thyroid, giving dogs a natural source of energy while helping keep dogs smelling better.

    My favorite use of coconut oil is to improve digestion and nutrient absorption. So, I replace all oils in the doggy treats I bake by using only Coconut Oil.

    People have found with topical use that their dogs ear infections improve, as do flea allergies, contact dermatitis, and other skin irritations. It’s also been shown to help get rid of moles, heal sores and condition the dog’s dry cracked feet pads.

    Also, coconut oil can be applied to sores. It is slow absorbing so try to keep the dog occupied for several minutes after applying it. Try it on hot spots, sore foot pads, minor bites or even to clean ears.

    Using natural dog products doesn’t have to be expensive. The best coat conditioner I found is coconut oil. Coconut oil is also good for health inside and out. It’s not expensive and dogs love the taste.

    Article originally published @ and appeared there on June 11, 2013.

    Please note that while this site offers information, it should not be taken as medical advice.

    Please consult a trusted medical professional before using the information on this site.

    Results should be expected to vary from individual to individual. Also, please understand that you may still need to do other things to support your health in addition to using the information on this site as the information on this site is not intended for diagnosis or treatment.

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