September 22, 2016 | Erin | 10 Comments I think it is probably safe to say that most all of us have heard of the benefits of coconut oil. It seems as if I am constantly reading about a new use of coconut oil, one that can be added to the current list of about 1,000 ways to use it. While the topical uses of coconut oil are pretty darn amazing, it is one of the few foods that has earned the title of “superfood”. It is one of the richest sources of good saturated fat and when included in our diets, studies have shown that it can help us fight bacteria and viruses and helps regulate thyroid function and lower cholesterol. It has been credited with anti-aging properties , for preventing heart disease and as a boost to the immune system. The list of the good things about coconut oil appears endless! What I wonder, though, is coconut oil good for dogs? Coconut oil is made up of over 90% medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) which act as an immediate energy source and helps regulate a dog’s metabolism. Dogs are designed to easily process fats so it stands to reason that they can benefit from the addition of coconut oil in their diet. So no surprise here, the answer is YES coconut oil is good for dogs too.! Benefits Include Improves digestion, nutrition absorption and can help with digestive issues Acts as an antibacterial agent and can reduce allergic reactions Can improve energy Provides protection to fur and skin Can reduce bad breath Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections Can help control diabetes Can ease symptoms of arthritis Can help stop fleas, ticks or mites Can help retain cognitive function Can clean up eye or ear infections May reduce the risk of cancer Veterinarians recommend, as a rule of thumb, 1 tsp for every 10 lbs of body weight. As with any change in your dog’s diet, please make sure to gradually work up to giving your dog the recommended dose. Doing so will help alleviate any digestive upset. For anyone that has a dog with health issues, I suggest speaking with your dog’s vet before starting your dog on coconut oil. Please keep in mind that since coconut oil is a fat, there are calories involved and you may want to adjust the portions of food that your dog receives to avoid any weight gain. It is simple to give your dog coconut oil. My dogs love it mixed in their food and since they are both on daily medications, I give them their pills in the oil. I freeze small dollops to give them as a special treat when it is hot out. That is a tasty, nutritious reward that your dog is sure to savor!