Coconut Oil Benefits For Dogs

Coconut Oil For Pets

From caring for your luscious locks to leaving skin radiant and glowing, we’re sure you’ve heard all about the virtues of using our coconut oil as a beauty product.

However, did you know that it can also be used to groom and care for your four-legged friends too? Yup, whether it’s for pampered pooches, coddled cats, or even horses, we like to use our coconut oil to spoil even the poshest of pets.

You see, here at Lucy Bee, we love our furry friends – and we try to indulge them as much as we can. If, like us, you want to spoil your precious pets, then read on to see how our coconut oil can give them a helping hand.

Why is Coconut Oil Beneficial to Pets?

Lucy Bee is rich in saturated fats, much of which are Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs). Many of these same MCTs consist of lauric acid (that same stuff found in a mother’s breast milk), which is loaded with incredible antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties (1).

These MCTs are clever little things and are also used as an instant source of fuel and energy, which is fantastic for both athletic performance and weight loss. This is great for dogs and other animals because it can balance out the thyroid, helping overweight canines to shift weight or even giving older dogs a much-needed energy boost (2). 

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How Can Coconut Oil Help My Pet?

The uses of coconut oil for animals are endless. You can use it for your pets to get glossy, luscious coats, help to aid digestion, prevent infections, soothe fleabites, treat rashes, teeth and so much more.

Whether it be for fluffy felines or loveable pups, here are some of our favourite uses for coconut oil on animals:

Treat Skin Conditions

Whether your pet suffers from eczema to allergies, dermatitis or even itchy skin, Lucy Bee coconut oil can be applied to treat it. As we mentioned, the lauric acid found in coconut oil is antibacterial and antifungal (3), which means it can help to clear up and soothe problem areas a treat.

The fats in Lucy Bee are also a fantastic way to add moisture to the skin, especially on cracked or dry paws. As if that’s not enough, we’ve even found that coconut oil can reduce allergic reactions, soothe rashes, boost skin health, disinfect cuts and heal wounds, bites and stings. What’s not to love? 

Give a Glossy Coat

If your dog is looking less show dog and more matted and bedraggled (we blame it on the jumping in muddy puddles), then this could be the one for you. When used regularly – whether your pooch eats it by the teaspoon, or you place it in their bath water – then our coconut oil can give your dog as glossy a mane as your own. It can even help you to run a brush through their hair a lot easier.

If your pooch loves to roll in mud, then coconut oil also has the added benefit of deodorising that lingering smell, leaving them fresher than a daisy – and that’s never a bad thing, right?

Aid Digestion

If your animal struggles with poor digestion, then why not try giving them a spoonful of Lucy Bee with their dinner? Not only has coconut oil been found to boost digestion in animals but it also helps them to absorb more nutrients from foods (4).

It’s also a fantastic and natural way to treat inflammatory bowel syndrome (5) and, if you’re a cat lover, coconut oil is even known to help with hairballs. Heck, Lucy Bee can help to freshen even the smelliest of dog breaths – surely a better alternative to meat-flavoured toothpaste?

Improve Health

The antibacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties make coconut oil a powerful weapon in fighting diseases and infections in our four-legged friends (6).

As with us humans, Lucy Bee can be used to prevent blood sugar spikes, meaning it’s a great way of controlling diabetes in animals. It can also promote normal thyroid function, aid weight loss in overweight cats and dogs, and ease the pain of arthritis and muscular problems (7).

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How Do I Use Coconut Oil On Dogs And Cats?

Thankfully, unlike with many other medicines or pills, your dog or cat will most likely love the taste of coconut oil. In fact, we’ve watched many animals gobble it up in a matter of seconds – it seems that they’re just as nutty for coconut as we are at Lucy Bee!

So, how do you go about using it? Well, we simply like to mix a little bit of oil in with their food and watch them reap the benefits of coconut oil instantly. The recommended dose is around a teaspoon of coconut oil for every 10 pounds of dog.

However, we suggest that you start with around 1/4 of that and build it up over a few weeks – introducing too much too soon can upset their stomachs and no one wants that!

For adult cats, we suggest 1/2 a teaspoon to start, increasing to around 1-2 teaspoons in a few weeks’ time. Meanwhile, for precious little kittens, try starting with ¼ teaspoon and build it up to a whole teaspoon over time.

If you don’t own a cat or a dog, then don’t worry - we’ve also heard of people feeding our coconut oil to all manner of other pets and animals, whether it be horses, cows or even goats.

If your animal loves Lucy Bee as much as us, then be sure to get in touch and send us a picture!

Coconut Oil For Pets Reviews From Amazon

By boogie. 2nd June, 2015. 5 stars.
Love it. I don’t like it in my coffee as I like my coffee strong, but great with everything else. I use it on my face, too, nice and smooth and does not leave any greasy residue. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, great for pets as well, I scrape some into my dog’s food every morning. Would highly recommend. Jar will last for ages.

By Minx. 22nd May, 2015. 5 stars.
I’ve bought this product to help aid my dog’s sore skin, two weeks later and her skin is lovely. No more flakey skin for her.

By Kimberley Piper. 15th May, 2015. 5 stars.
This is brilliant for dry skin, I use it on myself and my two dogs, I add it to our bath water.

By laineylew. 11th May, 2015. 5 stars.
I bought this to add to the dog’s food but I’m also using it for mine too. Its well worth the money and I will buy again.

By Philippa Williams. 24th April, 2015. 5 stars.
Really has improved the dogs’ coats.

By Ms. CA Carlton “CA”. 11th April, 2015. 5 stars.
My dogs love it!!

By Sarah. 29th March, 2015. 5 stars.
This stuff is lovely. It has a great mild smell and a lovely taste. Yum. So far we have used for roasting potatoes and chicken and its great. We also add a teaspoon of it to our golden retriever’s dinner every day. He is 13 this week and his coat is no longer dry, it is beautifully soft and glossy.

By Monty’s Mum. 6th March, 2015. 5 stars.
Monty is loving this coconut oil and his coat and skin seem to be benefitting from its use, as he seems to be molting a lot less than he used to. It is easy to store and Monty licks it off a spoon. He has a quarter of a teaspoon every couple of days after an initial period of daily use. As he is a mini wirehaired dachshund and weighs about 11lbs, this is apparently the recommended dose.

References

1. http://healthimpactnews.com/2012/coconut-oil-offers-hope-for-antibiotic-resistant-germs/

2. http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/the-health-benefits-of-coconut-oil/

3. http://healthimpactnews.com/2012/coconut-oil-offers-hope-for-antibiotic-resistant-germs/

4. http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/the-health-benefits-of-coconut-oil/

5. http://www.thedrakecenter.com/blogs/risks-and-benefits-coconut-oil-for-pets

6. http://www.dogingtonpost.com/benefits-of-coconut-oil-for-dogs

7. http://www.dogingtonpost.com/benefits-of-coconut-oil-for-dogs

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