Coconut oil is a natural remedy you can apply topically or add to your pet's diet to treat skin and digestive issues as well as improve overall health. The benefits mainly come from the medium-chain triglycerides that make up the saturated fats in coconut oil
Regularly adding coconut oil to your pet's diet helps improve his skin and coat condition. It can also be applied directly to your pet's skin to help moisturize his skin and clear up skin conditions such as hot spots. In addition, coconut oil may resolve problems including eczema, allergies and yeast and fungal infections.
Coconut oil helps improve your pet's digestion and allows for better nutrient absorption. It also helps improve conditions like inflammatory bowel syndrome and colitis. Coconut oil reduces, and sometimes completely eliminates, bad breath in dogs as well as reducing hairballs in cats.
Coconut oil has natural antimicrobial properties and helps to prevent and heal bacterial, viral and fungal infections and diseases. Applied topically, it disinfects and speeds healing of wounds and cuts.
Other Health Benefits
Coconut oil helps to manage your pet's weight by helping to regulate insulin and thyroid function. Insulin regulation is also beneficial to pets with diabetes. Coconut oil also improves joint health and mobility, especially in older dogs.
Adding too much coconut oil to your pet's diet may result in loose stool and diarrhea. Adjust the amount of coconut oil you are feeding. According to Dogster, you can also feed some canned pumpkin to help firm your pet's stool.
If this is the first time your pet has had coconut oil, watch him to make sure he does not suffer from an allergic reaction to coconut. Contact your veterinarian immediately if this occurs.
Always check with your veterinarian before changing your pet’s diet, medication, or physical activity routines. This information is not a substitute for a vet’s opinion.
Maureen Malone started writing in 2008. She writes articles for business promotion and informational articles on various websites. Malone has a Bachelor of Science in technical management with an emphasis in biology from DeVry University.