Coconut oil. You’ve probably heard about it on the news or on social media. Everyone is talking about coconut oil and the many benefits that it has for our health. But did you know that coconut oil is healthy for dogs? In fact, there are many different ways that it can benefit your dog and it is time to take a look at what those benefits are. As well as how we can make the best of coconut oil in your dog’s life.
What is Coconut Oil?
Coconut oil is simply the fatty oil that comes from coconuts. It is found in coconut milk and in the actual meat of the coconut.
While that is the simple explanation, coconut oil is actually a lot more. It is fatty acid that consists of about 6% monounsaturated fatty acids. It is this fatty acid that provides coconut oil with many of the health benefits that it offers people. The oil is high in several fatty acids including:
- Myristic acid
- Lauric acid
- Capric acid
- Palmitic acid
- Caprylic acid
All of these are used by the body and account for different health benefits, which we will go over later.
Is it Safe for Dogs?
Yes, coconut oil is safe for dogs. Unlike other oils, coconut oil has been proven through studies to not only be safe but well tolerated. This means that few dogs experience any side effects when coconut oil is added to their diet.
However, whenever adding a new food, do so gradually and cautiously. Watch for any signs of an allergy in your dog. Also, some dogs suffer from mild stomach upset, including diarrhea, when first using coconut oil supplement. If your dog gets diarrhea, discontinue use if the diarrhea does not resolve itself within a few days.
With coconut oil, be sure to only use extra virgin coconut oil for your dog. In addition, avoid bleached, deodorized or refined coconut oils. This is often seen on the jar as RBD coconut oil.
Unlike some other supplements, coconut oil can be added to food, given as an oral supplement or even used as a topical remedy. There are actually many different ways that you can use coconut oil to ensure optimal health for your dog.