WHY DO WE USE COCONUT OIL?
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THE BENEFITS OF COCONUT OIL FOR YOUR DOG
SKIN & COAT HEALTH
Coconut oil should help manage any mild digestive conditions your dog suffers from and improve digestion generally. Its nutritional make up helps with the absorption of minerals, vitamins and other essentials in your dog’s diet and even more severe conditions such an inflammatory bowel conditions and colitis can be soothed. As mentioned if your dog has stinky breath, coconut oil can help improve it and the same can be said for any annoying coughs they pick up.
The benefits of coconut oil don’t stop there. Those anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties boost this ingredient to superfood status. It can also help balance insulin and promote the normal functioning of your dog’s thyroid for better weight management and it has even been said to soothe and help reduce the pain associated with arthritis, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties.
HOW MUCH COCONUT OIL SHOULD I FEED YOUR DOG?
Adding any new ingredient to your dog’s diet should be something you do gradually so as not to shock their system, especially if you know they have had side effects to new foods in the past. The main side effects of introducing too much coconut oil too soon will be greasy, unpleasant stools so it is probably something you want to avoid if possible! The amount of coconut oil you give your dog will depend on his or her size but dependent on constitution and size it is recommended you begin with between ¼ and 1 teaspoon of oil.
Smaller dogs and even large puppies should begin on lower amounts with larger amounts for larger dogs. Once their bodies have adjusted and you’ve seen no adverse effects, you can increase the amount incrementally to find your dog’s perfect level.
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TRY OUR EASY TO MAKE COCONUT OIL DOG TREAT RECIPE
Plenty of our handcrafted, home batch biscuits for your dog are made using coconut oil, but if you’d like to have a go yourself at home, try our easy Peanut Coco Balls, which your pup is bound to love.
PEANUT COCO BALLS
- 50g coconut oil
- 3 tbsp peanut butter
- 225g rolled oats
- 25g desiccated coconut
With no need to bake or cook in anyway these easy to make treats are always popular and are packed full of good fats and nutrients. Simply blend together the coconut oil, oats and peanut butter and then roll the mix into small balls. Each ball can then be rolled in the shredded coconut and popped in the fridge to cool, ready for your pup to snack on. Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, or freeze for up to a month.