Ways That Coconut Oil Can Help Your Dog

Give your pet the TLC he or she so richly deserves.

Coconut oil is among the most versatile oils there is. It has distinct health benefits that enhance the wellness of humans and canines. It can be used to cook with and as an ingredient in many recipes. Coconut oil can also be used topically and orally. It’s something that you may want to have on hand at all times as a caregiver to your furry friend.

Here are some of the ways coconut oil can help your dog:

  • To freshen breath. Adding coconut oil to your dog’s diet can freshen their breath quickly. It is antifungal and antibacterial so it works well as a “toothpaste” that you brush onto their teeth and gums. You can also add it to their diet in small doses based on their body weight. Once they’ve grown used to the oil, you can give them 1 teaspoon for every 10 pounds of body weight or 1 tablespoon for every 30 pounds of body weight.
  • To increase the shininess of its coat. Coconut oil improves the condition of the skin and also provides a beautiful sheen to your pet’s fur when applied topically to your dog. You can give them a good skin massage once a week using coconut oil as long as your canine doesn’t appear to be allergic to the substance. Keeping a jar of coconut oil strictly for massages is ideal because you can scoop out a dollop, rub your hands together, and work the substance into your dog’s skin and coat.
  • To improve joint function and mobility. If you want your pet to remain young-at-heart and active, you need to make sure their joints are protected. Coconut oil is great for promoting joint health. Your dog will have an easier time moving around because age-related health conditions such as arthritis won’t be of concern. Even if your pet does have joint issues, they’ll move better because you were mindful enough to add coconut oil to their diet.
  • To help with weight loss. If your pet is overweight, you can use the Petrics App to monitor their feedings, receive up-to-date information about product recalls, look up individual ingredients as well as brand names of food and treats, and even alert yourself to check-ups with your pet’s vet. Using the app and coconut oil as a way to promote weight loss in your pet is a powerful combination. You can even keep track of when you’ve given your pet coconut oil throughout the day so you don’t make the mistake of giving them too much.

If your dog doesn’t have a sensitivity to coconut oil, feel free to use the substance on them and add small amounts of it to their diet regularly. It will improve the quality of their coat, promote good oral hygiene, provide them with energy, and help their joints to stay limber. Coconut oil is easy to use and readily available in most retailers that sell food. As long as your pet isn’t allergic to the substance and doesn’t show an intolerance to it when you introduce it to their diet, you’ll be able to use it daily to help improve their health.

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