Coconut Oil For Dogs
My littlest boy Pepe, recently had his annual health check up that comes along when it’s vaccination time. This year, his teeth, shall we say, failed! Pepe does not like to chew, we have tried many things with little success. Chewing, on the right kind of things is a big part of how dogs keep their teeth clean and gums healthy. The latest advise from the vet is to try coconut oil.Chewing, on the right kind of things is a big part of how dogs keep their teeth clean and gums healthy. The… Click To Tweet
Just like people do the oil pulling thing as part of their dental routine, dogs can benefit from this too. How to implement this new advise needed some thinking about. More on that later.
Coconut Oil – The Science bit!
Coconut oil contains of MCT (Medium Chain Triglycerides) which consists of Lauric Acid, Carpic Acid and Caprylic Acid too.
It also contains linolenic Acid, a polyunsaturated fatty acid (Omega 6) and Oleic Acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid (Omega 9) Lauric Acid (also found in breast milk) converts to monoglyceride monalaurium in the body bringing antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties.
Capric Acid has anti-fungal properties Caprylic Acid also has anti-fungal properties and can help keep ph levels balanced
Can I See Your Teeth Please?
Pepe has been prescribed coconut oil, by our vet Sarah, to help clean his teeth and soothe his gums which are a little inflamed. Attempting to have him sit still and swirl a spoonful around his mouth for 10 minutes is just not going to happen, ever! So, I have had to get a little creative.
Initially only a tiny dose of coconut oil is required (see why later!) but it also needs to be effective. Most things that go into Pepe’s mouth do not linger – they are swallowed as fast as possible, in as large a piece as he can manage without choking. I needed something he would keep in his mouth for more than a split second in order to let the coconut oil do its job. I came up with the following cunning little plan.
Frozen Blueberry Coconut Nibbles
You will need A baking sheet Baking parchment or grease proof paper Sticking tape Cocktail stick or similar (I have a reusable one that did the job for me) Blueberries Coconut oil
Line the baking sheet with the parchment/grease proof paper and stick the edges down so you have a stable flat paper surface. In a small bowl place a tablespoon of coconut oil and warm it gently to turn it liquid. You can warm it by leaving it out in a warm place or by using gentle heat.
Dip the blueberries into the liquid coconut oil using the cocktail stick, coating each berry all over. Place the coated berries onto the lined baking sheet and place level into the freezer Leave the berries for a few hours till frozen Once frozen, keep in a sealed storage box in the freezer.
These Frozen Nibbles are a huge success with Pepe, he loves them. When he first eats one it’s really cold. It gets rolled around in his mouth and dropped out, then picked up again, rolled around again and this happens a few times till the oil softens and the chill goes off and then he can eat it properly with the oil going around his teeth and gums just as we want it too!
Even More Health Benefits Of Coconut Oil For Dogs
Helps to reduce bad breath Improves healing in cuts and wounds Improves nutrient absorption Soothes dry or itching skin patches Helps keep Thyroid activity balanced Linolenic Acid repels fleas Energy boosting Soothes dry and rough skin on paws
As with many things, too much is never a good thing. If you choose to start your furry friend on coconut oil it is important to get the quantity right. Start with a very small daily amount of 1/4 teaspoon and over a few weeks gradually increase the amount if your dog shows no signs of an upset tummy – 1 teaspoon per 10lbs/4.5kg up to 1 tablespoon for dogs over 30lbs/13.5kg. Coconut Oil is a fat and you should account for in your dog’s daily calorie allotment and inform your vet that you give it your dog
Pepeloves is really pleased to now stock a range of superb quality treats for your dog. These treats have a coconut oil base, just another way of adding an excellent supplement to your dogs diet. CC Bear treats are made with human grade ingredients that are only natural and healthy. There are 4 different varieties to choose from too!
If you would like to see more Really Useful things about coconut oil for dogs and other pets (including horses!) check our Pinterest Board – Pet Talk