We’ve been asked countless times “Is Coconut Oil Good for Puppies?” Well, the verdict is in. Coconut is a powerful superfood for puppies too!
It all comes down to a special ingredient which makes up 90% of coconut oil, Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFAs). Medium Chain Fatty Acids are easily digested by your puppy. MCFAs are processed directly by the liver, rather than being absorbed and stored as fat.
Below is a list of 7 wonderful reasons why you should use coconut oil for your puppies.
For tips on how to use this superfood, visit our article here How to Use Coconut Oil For Puppies.
#1 Coconut Oil Can Help Your Puppy Lose Weight
Obesity is a common issue for puppies, especially in breeds that love to eat. The problem with this is that overweight puppies are significantly more susceptible to medical issues such as:
- Joint problems
- High Blood Pressure
- Respiratory Difficulties
- Liver Disease
Coconut oil can help to balance your puppy’s thyroid and create the hormonal balance needed for maintaining a healthy weight. MCFAs can also potentially reduce the size of existing fat deposits in puppies.
#2 Coconut Oil Can Disinfect Wounds and Soothe Cracked Pads
Coconut oil has powerful natural antiviral, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties. As a result, coconut oil is a great natural topical ointment for puppies.
Coconut oil applied directly to your puppies superficial wounds can greatly improve healing times and soothe itchiness. If your puppy chews the pads of their feet, then coconut oil is perfect for soothing pain and helping them to heal.
Since coconut oil is safe for puppies to eat, you don’t have to worry about your puppy licking their wounds when you treat them with coconut oil.
#3 Coconut Oil Keeps Puppy Coats Shiny and Skin Healthy
Coconut oil hydrates your puppy’s dry skin and increases the presence of healthy oils and lipids, rather than stripping them like chemical treatments do. For this reason, it’s an exceptional moisturiser for puppies with dry skin or dandruff.
As an added bonus, coconut oil keeps your puppy’s coat shiny, sleek, and smelling fantastic.
#4 Coconut Oil Boosts Puppies’ Brain Function
Just like humans, puppy’s brains need a little extra stimulation as they get older. Coconut oil has been shown to improve cognitive function in puppies and older dogs, also. The Medium-Chain-Fatty-Acids found in coconut oil stimulate nerve and brain function and help to prevent the onset of dementia.
#5 It Improves Gut Health in Puppies
Our understanding and appreciation of gut health has grown and developed in recent times. More and more studies are discovering a link between the health of the digestive tract with the body’s overall health.
Fortunately, coconut oil is a cheap, natural, and effective treatment for gut imbalances. Coconut oil can remove excess yeast from the digestive tract, increase nutrient absorption, and reduce inflammation. If your puppy is showing signs of digestive illness then perhaps coconut oil could soothe their illness.
#6 It Cleans Puppies’ Teeth
That’s right, coconut oil works as a fantastic puppy toothpaste. The antimicrobial properties of coconut oil make it effective at removing unwanted bacteria from your puppy’s mouth.
The best thing? Puppies love the flavour of coconut oil, making it easy and enjoyable for everyone involved. Using a toothbrush, a puppy toothbrush, or your fingers apply a small amount of coconut oil to your puppy’s teeth. This can be performed at the same time that you bathe your puppy.
#7 It Helps Repel Fleas, Ticks, and Mites
Studies have found that coconut oil is an excellent treatment for fleas, ticks, and mites. The lauric acid found in coconuts is repellent to these nasty parasites and will cause fleas, ticks and mites to jump off your puppy’s back.