Coconut Oil For Your Dog: 10 Ways to Keep Them Healthy and Happy!

We’ve all heard the saying that “a dog is man’s best friend”. But have you heard the saying “coconut oil is a dog’s best friend”? Okay, okay you probably haven’t, but we swear it could be true! Coconut oil is not only good for you, but it is good for your beloved dog too. Here we list the ways you can help improve your dog’s daily life using coconut oil.


1. Ward Off Fleas: Brush through your dog’s coat to help kill off fleas. Coconut oil contains lauric acid that has anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties, making your dog’s coat less attractive to fleas and other unwelcome guests.


2. Minimize Doggy Odour: Brush through your dog’s coat to help kill off bacteria that might be attributing to that “wet dog smell”.


3. Create a Sleek and Glossy Coat: Brush through your dog’s coat to keep it shiny, healthy, moisturized and tangle free. 


4. Help Wound Healing: Apply topically to any scratches, or wounds that you find on your dog to speed up healing. The lauric acid in coconut oil will help to keep the wound disinfected.


5. Improve Digestion and Bowel Problems: Start mixing a ¼ teaspoon of coconut oil in your dog’s food, working your way up to 1 teaspoon to help aid in digestion. 


6. Help Bad “Doggy” Breath: Feed your dog a teaspoon of coconut oil in the morning to help kill off bacteria that may be causing bad breath. 


7. Increase Energy: If your dog seems lazy and sedentary, help increase its energy by giving mixing coconut oil in with its food. Coconut oil is made up of medium chain fatty acids, which are absorbed quicker into the body and converted directly into energy. 


8. Soften Paws: Apply topically to paws that seem abnormally rough, cut up, or extremely dry. Coconut oil will help to moisturize and soften the pads of your puppy’s feet.


9. Helps Heal Bites and Stings: If your dog happens to get a bee sting or bit by another dog or insect, apply coconut oil to the area to help promote healing and keep the area moisturized to reduce itching and swelling. 


10. Lose Weight: If your dog could stand to lose a few pounds, incorporate coconut oil into its diet to increase metabolism. The medium chain fatty acids in coconut oil are converted into energy immediately rather than being stored as fat- increasing metabolic function. 


Well, there you have it. A few more ideas to get your dog to love you more than they already do (as if that was possible!). Have you ever tried any all natural remedies on your pet? Let us know which ones have and haven’t worked for you!


Paul Baluch