The Health Benefits of Coconut for your Dog
Pet owners have been using coconut oil for their dogs for many years. We know that it can benefit the skin and coat greatly. But are there benefits in plain coconut meat? The answer is yes, of course! Coconut meat is just as healthy, if not healthier, than coconut oil. If your dog loves the taste then there is no problem with giving him/her some delicious coconut.
What Is a Coconut?
Despite having the word “nut” in its name, the coconut is actually a fruit. Coconuts need to be cracked open like a nut before reaching the meat which is the actual fruit. Coconut meat is loaded with a medium-chain fatty acid known as lauric acid. This allows the body to absorb whole molecules and use them as an energy source. Lauric acid aids the body in fighting off different types of viruses. Adding coconut into your dog’s diet can provide many different benefits.
Coconut is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. This comes in handy, especially with your dog's skin. Not only does it help dry, itchy skin but it helps speed up the healing process. This means that hot spots, cuts, and other wounds will heal quicker and more efficiently with the help of coconut. It can also help relieve some inflammation in the joint caused by arthritis. Coconut is safe for dogs of all ages with all different types of conditions.
Loaded with antioxidants, coconut is great support for the immune system. Coconut helps the body create a healthy response to microbes. This basically means coconut is used as an extra defense against any bad bacteria or viruses that may enter the body. If your dog is feeling a little sick or just had surgery, coconut can be given as a snack to give the immune system a boost.
Best known for its incredible benefits for the skin and coat, coconut meat has the same effects as coconut oil. The anti-inflammatory properties help prevent and reduce hot spots, flea allergies, and yeast infections. The fatty acids found in coconut meat leaves your dog's coat soft and healthy.
How To Give Coconut Meat To Your Dog
If your dog loves the taste and texture of coconut meat you can give him/her small pieces as a snack or add on top of food. Be sure that the meat is taken off of the hard outer shell to prevent choking.Our Grain-Free and Wheat Free Bases Mixes both contain all-natural dried coconut. If you are looking for high quality and natural food for your dog this is a great option. This can be given daily or every once in a while to switch up your dog's food to keep him/her excited for mealtime. The coconut, along with many other great ingredients, found in our Base Mixes will benefit your dog's overall health. You can find our Base Mixes on our website by clicking here!