While humans are learning to appreciate the powers of coconut oil and using it for everything from cooking to lotion, this superfood also benefits dogs. It’s ending up in more doggy diets, and there’s more than one reason why. There’s a long list of health benefits associated with the “good” fats that make up coconut oil. Adding a small amount to a dog’s daily diet will have a noticeable difference in their overall health and happiness. Here’s why dog owners do it.
#1 – It Helps Clear Up Skin Issues
Itchy skin, dermatitis, eczema—it can all clear up with the regular addition of coconut oil to a dog’s diet. They feel more comfortable in their own skin, and they’re less likely to develop serious conditions. Coconut oil has antiviral, antibacterial, and antimicrobial properties that work both internally and externally. You can drizzle it on their food or apply it to their skin like a lotion. If they don’t end up licking it off, it’ll work to reduce the effects of everything from hot spots to cracked paws.
#2 – It Makes Their Fur Shine
While the powers of coconut oil work wonders on your dog’s skin, their fur will also show signs of improvement. Dogs with dull fur gradually transition into gleaming, healthy-looking pups. They’ll look good, and you’ll also notice the difference when you pet them. Instead of being rough or coarse, your dog’s fur will feel soft and smooth.
#3 – It Can Help Heal Wounds
Studies suggest coconut oil promotes faster healing for cuts, insect bites, and stings. The same antibacterial properties that clear up skin issues prevent infections in open cuts and wounds. It’s also an anti-inflammatory and moisturizer that can prevent scarring. After the cut has stopped bleeding, dab a small amount of coconut oil directly onto the open area. Apply a bandage if your dog lets you, or keep it open and do your best to stop your dog from licking it.
#4 – It Promotes Good Digestion
Coconut oil has an ingredient called Medium Chain Triglycerides, or MCTs for short. They’re a type of fat that’s metabolized in a way that leads to more efficient energy production. Many researchers believe they also have a hand in the doggy digestive system. They help relieve symptoms associated with digestive disorders, and the regular consumption of MCTs can help prevent puppy tummy troubles.
#5 – It Supports Healthy Joints
As dog’s age, they’re more likely to feel joint pain. They start to slow down because moving is painful, and they may even stop doing the activities they love. Dog owners who want to see their senior pets live their best lives often rely on coconut oil for its anti-inflammatory benefits. It’s safer than using prescription pain relievers, and it’s inexpensive.
The Pure Organic Virgin Coconut Oil Supplement for Dogs from the Project Paws® line of canine health products is untouched by chemicals and fertilizers. It’s grain-free, soy-free, and gluten-free for those pups with allergies and dietary sensitivities. The coconuts come from an organic farm in Sri Lanka, and there’s only one ingredient—coconut oil. Your purchase will help your pup’s overall health and feed seven shelter dogs as part of the Project Paws® mission to help dogs in need.
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