Every passing year, more and more Indians are welcoming ‘paw-some’ companions into their homes. Most pet-owners view their furry buddies as an extension of family - and nobody skimps in care for family. India's pet care sector is valued at about 81 billion and is expected to grow at over 35% every year. Not surprisingly, this is almost solely attributed to a desire to do what’s best for our pets. As pet owners, we view branded products as the ultimate way to care for our dogs and cats.
But what if that’s not true? Can coconut oil be as beneficial for our furry buddies as it is for us?
The answer is yes. Organic, chemical-free coconut oil has proven to be an all-natural solution to many pet problems. Coconut oil is made up of 90% saturated fats. Most of these fats are Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) which are made up of lauric acid. This lauric acid works wonders on dogs as it is antifungal, antibacterial, and helps to balance the immune system. Coconut oil, when used as a skin treatment for dogs, improves their skin and coat by moisturizing it. It also naturally treats fungal and yeast infections.
A simple way to use coconut oil is to use it as a soap-free shampoo by applying it thoroughly, massaging into skin and coat. After this, just let it sit and absorb for a while, and then wash and pat dry. Say hello to a clean, healthy, and happy doggy!
Coconut oil can also be used as a salve or balm for cuts and bruises. As our dogs run around and have their own adventures, they are bound to have itchy, rash-prone skin. Coconut oil not only soothes their skin but also prevents easy injury. It is also very healing for hot spots and cracked paws.
Coconut oil that is cold-pressed, virgin, and chemical-free can also be ingested in small quantities by dogs and cats. While there are multiple supplements available today that can be used as dietary supplements, they cost outrageous amounts of money and are hardly natural. Coconut oil proves to be a great natural alternative that actually works. It is an excellent way to improve immunity and reduce allergic reactions. It also boosts energy levels and improves digestion in our four-legged companions. Coconut oil also helps slow down cognitive dysfunction as fatty acids are integral to cognitive function.
So how exactly should you go about introducing coconut oil to your pets? Start with 1/4 teaspoon a day for small dogs and 1 teaspoon for large dogs. Start slow - too much, too fast can cause diarrhea, since coconut oil has a detoxing effect. You can also add coconut oil to dog treats as dogs love the taste of coconut oil. But be sure to use only organic, virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil for all your pet-woes.
Coconut oil is nothing short of a boon for pet parents. It is an inexpensive yet effective solution for a myriad of problems. So share that jar of coconutty goodness with all your loved ones, two-legged or four!