Coconut oil has a variety of benefits for humans, but researchers now say it’s good for pets. Like humans, pets can suffer common health problems, like skin issues and poor digestion.
Using coconut oil can potentially be a safer, less expensive alternative to using prescribed medicines or drugs during non-urgent circumstances.
Coconut oil is safe for pets to ingest. A recommended kind to buy is cold-pressed virgin coconut oil, meaning it has not been cooked-down or refined with other products.
Skin afflictions can happen to canines too. Dry, flaky or irritated skin can cause dogs to incessantly itch and scratch the surface of already-irritated skin. When used in bathes or applied to the skin, coconut’s anti-fungal and antiviral qualities can help to heal inflamed skin while soothing hot spots. Other officials suggest using a dab of virgin coconut oil to reduce the size and discomfort of flee and bug bites. In an open forum at www.naturepacific.com, dog owners discuss a variety of issues and how coconut oil helped. Some report that coconut oil has provided relief for ear infections, while others note miraculous success in healing rashes, lesions and even lumps.
It has also been said that coconut oil aids in digestion, and can provide a healthier, shinier coat for any pet when added to food or bathes. It can even reduce body odor and unpleasant pet scents, including bad breath.
In horses coconut oil can reduce the risk of infection when applied to wounds or insect bites. Equine experts also recommend using coconut oil to treat cracked hooves, much like humans would use a moisturizer for damaged skin. It has also been deemed effective in treating mud fever, due to coconut oil’s anti-microbial properties.
Feeding a horse coconut oil can also yield twice the energy of standard oats or grains.
“It gives your horse a readily digestible energy, without the “hotness” that generally comes with high grain diets,” says Impact News.
A few drops of coconut oil in your cat’s food every day can improve the appearance of their fur, while delivering authentic moisture to the skin.
When applied topically, coconut oil can alleviate cracked paws, lesions and other flesh wounds. Warming a drop of coconut oil and gently applying it to your cat’s ears has also been said to treat ear mites and different kinds of infection. It is recommended to add ¼ tsp. of coconut oil to food for every 10 lbs. your cat weighs, up to twice a day.
Hairballs are another gross problem coconut oil has been rumored to improve. Warm weather is often the offset of hairball season, because it induces shedding. Hairballs are not really as normal as we’d like to think. While a cat’s digestive system is structured to eliminate a certain amount of hair, coughing up hairballs means something could be backed-up. It’s a sign that something isn’t quite right. Because coconut oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, it can improve the overall state of a cat’s digestive system, lubricating the esophagus, and enabling them to more easily eliminate accumulating debris and hair.