Dogs And Coconut Oil – Is That A Good Combination?

A question that gets asked often is, “Is coconut oil good for my dog”?

Well, there has been a diet fad that has swept across the nation.  And that fad is including coconut oil in many of the foods we eat.  And although there has been proven health benefits in consuming coconut oil in humans, there is not a lot of research for dogs.

Research has shown that medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) can be very beneficial to humans.  Such benefits are repairing dry hair and skin and increase energy and metabolism.  But in pets, we should be a little more cautious until more research can be done.

Being aware of your dog’s diet is a very important function in caring for your dog.

When asked if a dog can have coconut oil, the answer is ‘yes’, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they should.  Coconut oil can add unnecessary fat and calories to a dog’s diet.  A better choice might be to find a dog food that includes enhanced botanical oils.  Those oils have been shown to increase mental alertness in dogs age 7 or older.  See, as a dog ages, their glucose is metabolized slower.  Glucose is needed for energy.  And with the decrease metabolization of glucose often comes memory or decision-making issues.  That is true in dogs just like in humans.  

Again, look for dog foods that have those enhanced botanical oils.  Research has shown great improvement in alertness, energy, and memory for dogs age seven and older. If you are shopping for the right dog food with the right amount of beneficial oils, maybe start with the adult and maturity line from Purina.

Attribution:Source: Purina

Author: Bo Connlley

I've been very fortunate to have been raised with dogs and love and care for dogs, even to this day. That's why I love to share funny and inspirational stories about 'Man's Best Friend'.

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