Is Coconut Oil Good For Dogs?
By Hungry Bark | July 6, 2020
Coconut oil is all the rage in the human world. Take a look at the shelves of your nearest health food store, and you’ll find an assortment of coconut oil options. While we’ve recognized the health benefits of coconut oil for humans, as dog people, we wonder about the potential health benefits for our dogs, too.
Can Dogs Benefit From Coconut Oil?
The verdict is: yes, dogs can reap some research-backed benefits from coconut oil. Dog owners can use coconut oil both topically and as an addition to mealtime to improve dogs’ health and wellbeing.
What Are The Benefits of Coconut Oil For Dogs?
Coconut oil has some amazing properties that make it a notable health benefit when used as a topical treatment, food ingredient or dietary supplement. The benefits include antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, digestive health, improved energy, improved brain function, decreased allergies and an improved coat.
Benefits of Coconut Oil as a Topical Treatment
Due to coconut oil’s antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, it makes for an effective skin salve for dogs with dry skin or eczema. Additionally, lauric acid, a fatty acid found within coconut oil, has the ability to penetrate hair shafts. This means that when coconut oil is applied to your dog’s fur, it can lead to a beautiful, shiny coat.
Benefits of Coconut Oil as a Supplement
When consumed, coconut oil provides an assortment of benefits:
- Improved digestion
- Increased energy
- Improved cognitive function
- Reduced allergic reactions
- Improved skin and coat
Coconut oil benefits are numerous! This is why Hungry Bark has included this superfood ingredient supplement in all 3 grain-free dry food recipes. The coconut oil makes for a tasty and nutritious addition to your dog’s mealtime.
MCT: The healthy fat in coconut oil
Medium Chain Triglycerides are the main fatty acids found within coconut oil. MCTs are a wonderful source of healthy fats and are believed to contribute to improved cognitive function. Additionally, MCTs are easily digested by the digestive tract and quickly transferred to the liver where they are turned into usable energy.
How Much Coconut Oil Should I Give My Dog?
There are many benefits to adding coconut oil to your dog’s daily regimen, but this doesn’t mean you should head to your cabinet and plop down a bowl of coconut oil for your dog. As with any new supplement or addition to mealtime, it’s important to consult with your veterinarian and do your own research to ensure you’re giving your dog their proper dosage.
Most veterinarians recommend starting slowly when introducing coconut oil to your dog’s food as they may experience digestive upset or diarrhea. Additionally, as coconut oil is high in fat content, dogs may experience weight gain. If you have an obese or overweight dog or a dog that suffers from pancreatitis, your veterinarian may recommend that you administer a lower dose of coconut oil or steer clear entirely.
If you’re looking for an easy way to incorporate coconut oil in your dog’s meal, take a look at all three Hungry Bark grain-free kibble formulas. These kibble blends are laden with superfoods and natural ingredients like flaxseed, ginger, pumpkin, cranberry, and of course, coconut oil.