One of the most popular questions we get asked here at Dogs Naturally is if giving your dog coconut oil is a good idea or just a lot of fuss about nothing.
The truth is we love coconut oil for dogs.
Wondering why coconut oil is such a healthy addition to your dog’s diet?
It all starts with the medium chain fatty acids …
Medium Chain Fatty Acids
There are a lot of different fats you can feed your dog. And those fats carry a variety of health benefits.
Coconut oil is a great way to add to your dog’s diet and take advantage of those benefits. Here’s why.
First of all, coconut oil is made up of a mixture of saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Together these 3 fats contain an impressive list of fatty acids. Many of these are Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFAs), including 48% lauric acid, 8% caprylic acid and 7% capric acid, plus myristic and palmitic acids.
Coconut oil also contains about 2% linoleic acid (polyunsaturated fatty acids) and about 6% oleic acid (monounsaturated fatty acids).
It’s the MCFAs in coconut oil, especially the lauric acid, that give it such a powerful punch when it comes to your dog’s health.
But that’s not all it can do …
7 Reasons To Use Coconut Oil For Dogs
Here are just a few of the reasons to feed your dog coconut oil:
#1 It helps with weight loss
Obesity in dogs is a common issue, one that can have some long term health effects. If your dog’s overweight, this puts stress on his body and can lead to:
- High blood pressure
- Joint problems or osteoarthritis
- Diabetes or insulin resistance
- Respiratory difficulties
- Liver disease or dysfunction
Adding coconut oil to your dog’s diet can balance the thyroid and help with weight loss.
Studies show feeding a diet featuring MCFAs will help with weight gain and can potentially decrease the size of fat depots.
Your dog’s body can metabolize MCFAs to get an immediate boost of energy, enhancing athletic performance and helping with weight loss. The energy boost can also help with increased stamina.