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Add Coconut Oil to Your Pet's Diet with These Treats
Although adding coconut oil to your pet's food is an excellent way to give your furry friend the supplement, you can also make sure your pet receives a daily dose of the oil by making one these pet treat recipes.
Wellness Mama's Homemade Dog Treats
With both coconut oil and coconut flour, these treats offer a double dose of coconut.
Pretty Fluffy's No Bake Coconut Dog Treats
Have you been looking for a natural way to improve your pet's health? Try coconut oil. The oil has been credited with improving a variety of human health problems, ranging from poor digestion to kidney stones. It not only makes your skin look softer and smoother, but can also prevent tooth decay and improve your "good" cholesterol level. Coconut oil offers many of the same types of benefits for your pets.
How Does Coconut Oil Improve Health?
Coconut oil contains saturated fats, called medium chain triglycerides, that provide anti-fungal, antiviral and antibacterial benefits when taken orally. The oil also improves metabolism, which can be helpful in weight loss, and reduces healing time for infections and injuries.
How Will Coconut Oil Help My Pet?
Coconut oil offers a variety of benefits for pets. It can:
How Much Coconut Oil Should I Give My Pet?
Your pet only needs a small amount of coconut oil to enjoy the health benefits. Generally, small dogs should receive 1/4 teaspoon daily, while larger dogs should be given 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon, depending on their size. Just 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon is plenty for cats. Many pets like the taste of coconut oil and will gladly eat food coated in the oil. If your cat prefers food without any additives, coax it to lick the oil from your finger instead. Before you decide on a dosage, ask your pet's veterinarian for a recommendation.
For best results, feed your pet virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil. Since coconut oil is a saturated fat, it can cause weight gain if you give too much to your pet. High amounts of coconut oil can also cause diarrhea. Coconut oil should be avoided if your pet has had pancreatitis in the past, as ingesting the oil could cause a flare up.
Are you interested in learning if coconut oil or other natural supplements are good choices for your pets? Call us and schedule an appointment to discuss the ways you can help your pet enjoy good health.
Dogs Naturally Magazine:
PetMD: Coconut Oil
Wellness Mama: Homemade Dog Treats
Pretty Fluffy: No Bake Coconut Dog Treats