About coconut oil
Coconut oil is the natural, edible oil extracted from the meat (or kernel) of the coconut, the fruit of the coconut tree. A member of the palm tree family, the coconut tree is believed to have its origins in Southwest Asia. The only abundant source of lauric acid outside of breast milk, coconut oil is one of nature’s true Superfoods. And coconut oil for dogs is just as beneficial!
Benefits of coconut oil
Coconut oil aids a dog’s digestive system, aids weight loss and boosts a dog’s energy levels by raising its metabolism. It also improves a dog’s breath and improves its skin and coat condition. And, thanks to its abundance of lauric acid, it has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. These help relieve allergies and problematic skin conditions, for which it can also be used topically.
Want more? Okay, coconut oil for dogs is said to help improve cognitive function, eliminate fleas and ticks and is beneficial for arthritis sufferers.
Many of the above can be put down to its richness in saturated ‘good’ fat and medium-chain triglycerides.
And as if that wasn’t more than enough benefits, coconut oil can even be used as a coating to help fussy dogs swallow pills! Its many health benefits make it an absolute essential for any homemade dog food pantry.
Suffice to say, as a canine nutritionist, I can’t recommend coconut oil highly enough!
At normal room temperature, coconut oil will solidify. This is perfectly normal. To turn it into a liquid again, place it in some warm water or near to a warm air source. The change from liquid to solid and back again does not affect the quality of the oil in any way, no matter how many times you do it.
Simply drizzle a little liquid coconut oil over any cooked vegetables to make a healthy and tasty snack for your best friend.
Coconut oil in homemade dog treats
Coconut oil is certainly worth adding to your dog’s diet. One way is to reward your best friend with a homemade dog treat which has coconut oil as an ingredient.