Coconut Oil For Pets
We covered some of the uses of coconut oil in an earlier blog (http://www.earthmavin.com/7 ways to use coconut oil/). The uses of this inexpensive oil go far beyond people and household tips.
Coconut oil has many applications for your pets. Because it is an antibacterial, anti-fungal and even an antiseptic, it is a natural for healthy living.
Here is a short list of things I have used coconut oil in place of commercial products:
- Minor cuts, scratches or hotspots – coconut oil can be applied every day to any area, like a hotspot on your pets. If they have a minor cut, apply it heavily. I usually try to wrap gauze lightly around any area on the legs where my pet can lick at it. Although there are positive benefits of coconut oil in your pet’s diet, you don’t want to exacerbate a hotspot by renewed licking.
- Summer Bug Bites – When flies and mosquitoes are biting, they can be very irritating to your pets. Constant licking can cause a hotspot and future infection. Apply the oil to the bug bite and cover with light gauze for first hour.
- Dry Winter Skin – No matter how good your pet shampoo and conditioner, winter can be tough on our pets. Coconut oil can be lightly rubbed into your hands and then massaged into the skin of your pet. If your pet has long hair, be sure to comb it thoroughly first.
- Dull coat and hard stools – A teaspoon of coconut oil in your pet’s food will help their coat shine and ease release of stools. 1 teaspoon for 45-80lb dogs, decrease accordingly for smaller breeds and cats. Watch stool to make sure you are not giving them too much. You will know if you are!
- Senior Pets – Adding coconut oil to one meal a day can help ease pain in joints for our senior pets. As was mentioned above, add slowly to make sure their digestive system isn’t derailed. The anti-inflammatory benefits of coconut oil will aid your senior enjoy life again.
- Strong Organs – Coconut oil has many positive properties, and can aid in keeping the thyroid, heart and cholesterol in check, for humans as well as pets. This is something you should discuss with your Veterinarian if your pet has diabetes. Coconut oil is known to prevent spikes in pet insulin levels.
- Tummy Troubles – one teaspoon of coconut oil can sooth an upset stomach and bring back a waning appetite. Your pet will get some of the nutrients it is missing when not eating like they should, due to an upset stomach.
- Flea and Lice Repellant – Blend coconut oil and apple cider vinegar in a 50:50 mix in a bowl. Transfer to spray bottle and spray on daily to pet’s coat, bed and any where they like to play.
- Dental Applications – To keep your pet’s gums free from bacteria, rub a little coconut oil on their gums daily. To get rid of bad breath, add 1/8 teaspoon to your dog’s toothpaste or use just the coconut oil. Brush teeth as usual.
- Female Pet Help – Give your pet ½ teaspoon daily to prevent any type of yeast or fungus infection.
Have you used coconut oil with your pets? Please let us know how you use it.