Even though coconut oil has become well known for being rich in health benefits for people, there are many benefits good for your pets as well! Incorporating organic coconut oil into your dogs’ and cats’ lives both internally and topically will undoubtedly lead to dramatic improvements in their overall health!
Coconut oil is commonly used topically for hair and skin moisturizing and conditioning, as well as a balm for burns, cuts and other wounds. For these topical treatments, coconut oil works just as well for animals. Coconut oil can also be used as a repellant for ticks and fleas just by smoothing some over the animal’s diet will also give them many, if not all the same health benefits as it does for people.
Numerous benefits have been attributed to coconut oil, from assisting recovery from diseases such as cancer and diabetes to healing skin conditions. Bone strength, weight loss, hair health, improved vitality, increased immunity, maintenance of blood pressure levels and improved digestion are other touted benefits of this coconut derivative, with many believing it to be the healthiest oil on Earth. To verify this long exciting list of benefits, more extensive studies are needed, but a few clinical studies exist that mostly verify its impact on some skin conditions.
There are many other benefits of coconut oil for dogs. It improves thyroid function, improves dog’s digestion, and makes the animals coat glossy and smooth, and healthy supple skin. Fungal and yeast infections are also prevented and treated through the use of coconut oil. Arthritis and similar pain can be treated or minimized through the use of coconut oil. Coconut can also balance your dog’s metabolism rate to keep their weight under control.
Adults: ½ a teaspoon to start, increasing to 1 – 3 teaspoons over the period of 1 – 2 weeks. Add to food once a day and serve.
Kittens: ¼ of teaspoon to start, increasing to 1 teaspoon over the period of 1 week. Add to food once a day and serve.
Large – medium sized breeds: 1 teaspoon to start, gradually increasing to 1 – 2 full, generous tablespoon size over the period of 1 – 2 weeks. Add it to their food once a day and serve.
Small – toy dog breeds and puppies: ½ – 1 teaspoon to start, increasing to 1 full tablespoon over the period of 1 – 2 weeks. Add it to their food once a day and serve.
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