Is Coconut Oil Good for Dogs?


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Coconut oil is good for dogs in moderation. It improves dogs' digestive function and coat quality. It may also stimulate the thyroid gland, leading to healthy metabolism. However, too much can cause diarrhea.

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Coconut oil contains fatty acids, which are easily digestible and can improve skin and coat quality. It also has antibacterial and antifungal properties, which can help prevent yeast infections. It should be slowly introduced into a diet, adding only 1/4 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon to a dogs meal at a time.

Coconut oil is soothing and can be applied topically to insect bites and skin rashes to reduce itching and discomfort. However, the smell is appealing, so a dog should be prevented from licking it off and further irritating the area. It can also be used during bathing to help prevent dry skin.

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