Health & Nutrition | Dogs | Cats | October 1, 2015

Benefits of Coconut Oil for Pets

It seems that everyone is talking about the benefits of coconut oil for pets, and for good reason! Not only does it taste great, but given regularly can improve your pet’s skin & coat, digestion and metabolism, and overall immune function.

Although coconut oil has over 90% saturated fats, many of its health benefits come from the fact that it contains Medium Chain Triglyceride (MCT). MCTs are made up of shorter chains of fatty acids, like lauric, capric, and caprylic acid, which can be more easily digested and absorbed by your pet, without requiring the use of several digestive enzymes produced by the pancreas. This is especially important for dogs and cats that suffer from digestive and metabolic problems, including pancreatitis, as it puts less strain on the pancreas and digestive system.

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Coconut oil goes directly to the liver to be converted into energy, rather than being stored as fat for later use. This not only helps overweight pets lose weight and feel more energetic, but also improves athletic performance.

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Improves skin & coat:

  • Infected cuts
  • Cracked paws
  • Hot spots

Improves digestion & metabolism

Many health professionals are now recommending coconut oil as a healthy part of pet’s diets. An easy way to do this is to buy a pet food made with fresh coconut oil.

Otherwise, supplementing their current diet can be done in a snap. The recommended dose is one teaspoon of coconut oil per 10 pounds of dog or cat. Be sure to start with about 1/4 the recommended dosage and build up to the recommended dose over 3-4 weeks.