Coconut Oil for Dogs

Life is better with a dog. Or two in my case. In my family, we tag each other in cute and funny dog memes. We are, for better or worse, unconditional dog lovers. My dogs get their yearly check ups, I bought a fleece jacket for my black lab-Bassett hound mix for when its too cold out and the fur doesn’t keep her warm. My corgi, on the other hand, seems to stay nice and toasty under all that long fur of hers. I make sure they exercise often (it’s a win-win because it means I exercise too), and I feed them only what’s good for them (their food, fruits, vegetables and coconut oil).

Yup, coconut oil. It’s all the rage for people, and now even the American Kennel Club agrees that it’s good for dogs too. Did you know that coconut oil contains Lauric Acid which has anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. It may also fight off viruses. Coconut oil is made up of roughly 90% Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) which some vets believe can help with digestion and digestive issues, along with improving brain function in older dogs. And, that’s not it, there are benefits to using coconut oil topically like helping itchy, dry skin, hot spots and even make their coats shiny and sleek.

My dogs get a teaspoon full of coconut oil every morning and they LOVE it!! But, not all coconut oil is created equal. Look for organic virgin unrefined coconut oil ( I love the one from Carrington Farms) to make sure your furry friend is reaping all the benefits this amazing oil can give them. It’s tail-wagging goodness from the inside out.