Coconut oil is gaining popularity with the health conscious, and we got to thinking… “Would coconut oil be beneficial for dogs, too?” The answer is yes and we look at all of the health benefits of coconut oil for dogs in this article on PetGuide.com.
Let’s talk about the benefits of coconut oil for dogs
I’ve been a fan of coconut oil for about three years now and incorporate into my daily diet. Once thought of as a “bad fat,” nutritional experts are now saying that’s not the case at all. In fact, coconut oil comes with a boat-load of benefits: it moisturizes your skin, it helps you burn fat and it helps fight infections (just to name a few awesome pluses). And this is just the tip of the iceberg. After a trip to SuperZoo this year, I noticed that coconut oil was also being used in certain dog foods. That got me thinking – what are the benefits of coconut oil for dogs?
What’s So Great About Coconut Oil?
It does more than give a light, mild taste to what you’re cooking with it. Coconut oil contains more than 90% of saturated fats – which was why people were so sure that it was once bad for you. As it turns out, this is the kind of saturated fat that do a body good. Most of the saturated fats found in coconut oil are Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs). These MCTs contain lauric acid, capric acid, caprylic acid, myristic acid and palmitic acid… and that’s where coconut oil gets its healthy boost from.
Let’s take a closer look at the benefits of coconut oil for dogs:
- An overall improvement in digestion and nutrient absorption
- You’ll notice your dog has better smelling breath
- Helps to heal digestive disorders (inflammatory bowel syndrome and colitis)
- Helps with coughs and hacking problems
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