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Coconut Oil for Dogs? You Betcha!


Do you have coconut oil in your pup’s first aid kit? How about your own first aid kit? I just found this great, short post from Care2.com about the health benefits of coconut oil and many of these are dog-friendly!

Here are four dog-friendly reasons to keep coconut oil around for your pet (and yourself).

  1. Digestion: The saturated fats in coconut oil have anti-bacterial properties that help control, parasites, and fungi that cause indigestion and other digestion related problems such as irritable bowel syndrome. The fat in coconut oil also aids in the absorption of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, making you healthier all around.
  2. Fitness: Coconut oil has been proven to stimulate your metabolism, improve thyroid function, and escalate energy levels, all of which help decrease your unwanted fat, while increasing muscle. Because of this, coconut oil has shot to popularity by being the world’s only natural low-calorie fat.
  3. Skin Care: Wanna look like you just came back from an hour of yoga? Coconut oil works wonders as a moisturizer for all skin types, especially dry skin and aging skin, leaving you refreshed and looking wide-awake. No headstand required! The fat in the oil helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles without any irritation. Coconut oil can also help with skin problems like psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema and other skin conditions. In fact, the oil is frequently used in expensive skin care products.
  4. Healing: When applied on scrapes and cuts, coconut oil forms a thin, chemical layer which protects the wound from outside dust, bacteria and virus. Coconut oil speeds up the healing process of bruises by repairing damaged tissues. (Care2.com)

Four dog-friendly uses for coconut oil taken from article on Care2.com
Read the full article here: https://www.care2.com/greenliving/6-healthy-uses-for-coconut-oil.html