For the last few years I have been hearing more and more about the wonders of Coconut Oil, not only for dogs but also for people and other animals but does it really live up to all the hype?
For me, my interest really peaked when back in December 2014 I featured the amazing Tia in Off the Leash. Tia, if you remember her story is a rescued Doberman who without being overly dramatic was almost at deaths door when she arrived with her new owners Debbie and Mark and they credit Coconut Oil with transforming her into a dog who is now the picture of health, with the trophy to prove it.
When I saw first-hand the way Tia’s horrendous skin complaint had improved I started to look into Coconut Oil. I discovered countless reports of it providing relief from itchy skin and allergies, aiding recovery from skin complaints, helping to ease stiff joints, improving digestive problems, speeding the healing of wounds, be used to maintain general condition, the list went on and on. I wanted to know why, what is it about this saturated fat, that gives it these fantastic properties?
I discovered through my research that the answer lies within its molecular structure of medium chain triglycerides (MCT) which are made from a combination of Lauric, Capric and Caprylic acids. Because of the structure of these acids not only are they easily utilised by the body but they also provide antiviral, antimicrobial, antifungal and antiprozal properties enabling the wide reaching health benefits which are being seen.
Coconut Oil can be used either topically, applying it directly to problem areas or internally in the food as a supplement or as my own dog likes it straight off the spoon! It can be a solid white substance or a liquid, depending on the temperature it is stored at but regardless of its state the positive attributes remain and provided it doesn’t become contaminated a jar will last a long time due to its antifungal and antimicrobial nature.
As with any change of diet or introduction of a supplement it is best to start with a small amount to check your dog’s tolerance and reducing the chance of any stomach upsets or diarrhoea. You can then slowly build up to the required dosage gradually over a period of time watching for any adverse effects. It should also be said that care should also be taken with dogs with conditions such as pancreatitis as increased fat levels in the blood may be counterproductive so seeking veterinary advice before introducing Coconut Oil to the diet would always be recommended.
So if you have a dog who has an ongoing issue or you simply want to promote good health and condition Nutriment Coconut Oil is well worth considering as an addition to their diet.