I consider Coconut Oil my ultimate multi-purpose tool for dogs.
At least 4x a week, I scoop a teaspoon of coconut oil and mix it with Anmitu's meals. Coconut oil contains Lauric acid, which has antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. The body can efficiently metabolize coconut oil to provide an immediate source of fuel and energy, enhancing athletic performance and aiding weight loss. Coconut oil also improves digestion and reduces allergic reactions. Hence...I rub Anmitsu with coconut oil after every bath!!!
Here is a list of Coconut oil health benefits!
- Clears up redness/dry spots (As some of you already know, Anmitsu suffered from food allergies when she was a puppy. Her skin was bumpy and red from eating Kibble (Fromm and Victor). This is where I started to become extremely cautious of what I fed her. Once I switched her to Stella and Chewy's her allergies improved. AND when she was a little older, I switched her to farm fresh raw.
- Protects against fleas, ticks, and mites... and other bugs in general. (Anmitsu is NOT on any flea or heart worm medication. I use essential oils and coconut oil to protect her. As for heart worm, she receives a blood test to ensure she is heart worm free. We also live in a dry climate with very little mosquitos!)
-Makes coat and skin soft and glossy!
-prevents yeast and fungal, especially in-between their paws! (eliminates the awful popcorn smells!)
-Improves digestion and nutrient absorption. Also GI disorders!
-Kills parasites in tummy
-reduces bad breath in dogs (get those toothbrush out pawparents!)
-supports the immune system
-promotes normal thyroid function (important in BULLDOGS!)
-builds strong bones
- promotes healthy nerve development
While coconut oil is generally safe for dogs, some dogs may have an allergic reaction to the supplement. So make sure your dog is NOT allergic to coconut oil. Test a spot on their skin for a few weeks and/or offer them a little to eat. If everything is ok, then slowly increase the amount.
Finally do not buy cheap coconut oil for your dog. Choose cold-pressed, Virgin/Extra Virgin coconut oil, preferably organic and sold in a glass jar.
When I visit Anmitsu's vet, they are quick to prescribe medications which usually contain synthetic, chemical compounds. Sometimes our dogs DO require prescription drugs, but I realized, especially this year, that many of the issues seen in my own dogs could have been alleviated by taking a more natural approach.
BUT please use your best judgement...AND RESEARCH!
***Some dogs with illnesses should NOT eat Coconut oil. I heard dogs prone to pancreatitis should watch their coconut oil intake.