VCO For Your Furkids
They say dogs are man's best friend, but in actuality, all furkids are. On that note, taking care of the wellbeing of your furkid is as important as taking care of yourself. So when there’s an amazing, natural supplement like virgin coconut oil, you know you need to incorporate it into their diet.
Does Coconut Oil Work On Your Dog or Cat?
Why is Coconut Oil Healthy For Furkids?
Coconut Oil is highly recommended for furkids simply because of the healthy fats constituting it. Coconut oil is almost exclusively (more than 90%) saturated fat and is one of the few foods that can be classified as a ‘superfood.’ You’re probably perplexed right now, thinking that fats are not good for you. There are actually two types of fats: saturated fats and unsaturated and enclosed within each group are several more types of fats.
Medium chain triglycerides (MCT) is good fat and coconut oil’s armour. This type of fat provides one with a myriad of benefits which include digestion improvement, immune system support, metabolic function that aids in weight loss, skin and coat health and thyroid health. So naturally, it works as a great supplement for your pet.
To get a little technical, MCT is made up of Lauric Acid, Capric Acid, Caprylic Acid, Myristic Acid and Palmitic. Coconut oil also contains about 2% linoleic acid (polyunsaturated fatty acids) and about 6% oleic acid (monounsaturated fatty acids).
Another reason why coconut oil is healthy for furkids is lauric acid - potent with antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. Capric and caprylic acid also share somewhat similar properties to lauric acid.
If we haven’t convinced you enough, when MCTs are efficiently metabolized, it provides a prompt source of fuel and energy, which enhances athletic performance and weight loss. Meanwhile, in dogs, the MCTs in coconut oil works somewhat similarly, balancing them as a result, help overweight dogs shed some pounds and sedentary dogs with a boost of energy.
Following are some of the predominant benefits of coconut oil for your furkids:
Promotes Healthy Skin and Fur
- Clears up eczema
- Aids flea allergies, contact dermatitis and itchy skin
- Minimizes doggy odor
- Reduces allergic reactions
- Creates sleek and glossy coats
- Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections
- When applied topically coconut oil promotes wound healing
- Also can help with hot spots, dry skin and hair, bites and stings
- Improves digestion
- Increases nutrient absorption
- Helps with colitis and inflammatory bowel syndrome
- Reduces or eliminates bad breath
- Helps with coughing
Works as a "Superfood"
- Assists with weight loss
- A powerful antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal agents
- Balances insulin and promotes normal thyroid function
- Helps prevent or control diabetes
- Aids arthritis and ligament problems
- Helps prevent infection and disease
- Aids in increasing energy
- High blood pressure
- Respiratory difficulties
- Liver disease or dysfunction
Now, the question is how much Virgin Coconut oil should your furkids ingest?
You can start with small amounts first, for example, ¼ teaspoon per day for small dogs, puppies and cats while one teaspoon for larger dogs or a dab would do if your dog is sensitive. Give some time for their bodies to adjust to the coconut oil; you can then adhere to the general guideline for the optimal dose which is about 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight daily or about 1 tablespoon per 30 pounds.