Unrefined coconut oil is one of my favorites, for myself and my dog alike. It’s soft to the touch, has a pleasant smell, and is said to have anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial properties. It’s good for the body inside and out. Scroll down for a quick video clip with Autumn sampling coconut oil.
Is coconut oil good for dogs?
Coconut oil is good for dogs, and us too! The fat in coconut oil (medium chain triglycerides, or MCT) is absorbed quickly and efficiently, making it quite usable by the body in general.
Coconut oil can aid in cognitive function, inflammatory conditions, viral and bacterial issues and much more.
This oil is solid at room temperature and feels like velvet, melting when eaten or applied to skin. I use it every day as part of my skin care protocol – which is basically applying a mixture of coconut and olive oils.
For my dog, I would also use it topically should she have a rough patch of skin, or as part of a soothing regimen for some kind of wound (obviously with proper vet care alongside).
Daily, I include coconut oil in my dog’s food. I give her about a teaspoon per day, sometimes a bit more. My girl weighs about 75 pounds, and I just let her lick it off the spoon, which she thinks is great fun. Or, sometimes I will drop it into her bowl and she will come running at the sound of it.
The amount you give will depend on your dog’s weight, calorie requirements and other nutritional needs. But it is a highly beneficial, medicinal food. Coconut oil has about 120 calories per tablespoon.
Enjoy! And see a quick video of my coconut oil, and Autumn sampling it.
Sarah Whitman, MS, Founder
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