Susan prefers to use natural ingredients whenever possible in the home and garden. It is usually cheaper, easier and greener.
Using Coconut Oil for Dogs
Coconut oil used to be shunned as a bad fat, but recently it is being used more and more for its health benefits. Humans use it for cooking, moisturising and treating the body, and many people swear by coconut oil for a multitude of uses. You can also safely use it on your dogs. It is really good at helping the digestive system, making pets less gassy.
How Coconut Oil Can Soothe the Digestive System
Coconut oil contains a high number of minerals, vitamins and amino acids. It is made up of medium-chain triglycerides which are small in size and more easily digested and absorbed into the body than long-chain triglycerides. This oil has properties which make it anti-bacterial and anti-fungal as well as effective at getting rid of parasites in the gut.
It is thought that the soothing effect on the digestive system helps humans and animals get more nutrients from the food they eat. Your pet can happily digest a teaspoon a day and this small amount may help to stop a dog from farting or breaking wind. It is a totally natural product that will help your pet be more comfortable with less gas.
How to Give Your Dog Coconut Oil
In my experience, most dogs really like the taste of coconut oil so there is no need to disguise it when it comes to giving it to your pet. I give my old dog a teaspoon a day as a treat, and she really enjoys it. I offer it to her by spreading a spoonful around her clean food bowl with the back of a spoon and she will lick away at it for several minutes until every last drop has been cleaned away. I use it as a sort of activity for her as she is more elderly and doesn't do a lot most of the day! Tips for feeding your dog:
- You can melt it a little (coconut oil melts at a very low temperature so sometimes just holding the jar in your hands will liquify it) and mix it into regular food if you prefer or if your dog is very fussy.
- Don’t give them too much though. Coconut oil is a fairly safe product to use, but as with all things, don't overindulge your dog just because they like it, as you may upset their tummies.
How to Reduce Gas in Dogs
Coconut oil in the diet may stop a dog from farting in many cases, but often dogs who gulp down their food very fast will take in a lot of air when they eat, and this should be addressed as well. If a dog is eating fast because other animals might take the food, separate them when it comes to meal times to stop this. Maybe feed them a little earlier if they are getting too hungry to eat slowly.
The other thing to look at is the position your dog stands in to eat. If they are a tall dog and they need to stoop a lot to eat, try putting the bowl on a box or step so they are in a better position and might take in less air.
Cleaning Your Dog's Teeth With Coconut Oil
As well as resolving your dog’s gassy tummy, you can also use coconut oil to care for your dog’s teeth. The anti-bacterial qualities help keep their breath sweeter, and as pets like the taste, there isn't usually a fight about using coconut oil. Take a soft baby toothbrush and gently work the teeth, or simply use your finger and rub it all over including the gums. It can help with any inflammation of the gums.
Which Product to Use
It is important to make sure it is a good quality virgin coconut oil with nothing added. Check the label and make sure there is no added sugar because this is not good for your pet. You can pick it up from health food shops and online. It is a little more expensive than other oils but has many uses around the home for humans and pets, it can quickly become a household essential once you experience its benefits.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
© 2016 Susan Hambidge
Susan Hambidge (author) from Kent, England on December 28, 2016:
Thank you Flourish. I believe people do feed it to their cats in smaller quantities, but as yours has a condition, I think a vet's advice is warranted.
FlourishAnyway from USA on December 27, 2016:
This is useful and makes me wonder if it's safe for cats. I'll ask my vet. I have a cat who has irritable bowel syndrome and he farts worse than any person. Deadly but silent and usually we play the game "smeller's the fella" until we figure out it's just him again.
Susan Hambidge (author) from Kent, England on December 27, 2016:
Thank you Simplehappylife - She is an old Boxer mix actually. After recommending the oil to a family visitor the other day, I thought I'd write a hub about it! Air biscuits lol I like that name for it :)
simplehappylife on December 27, 2016:
LOL...Great hub! When I saw the title, I thought, "they must have a pit bull" ;) I do, and he is always dispensing air biscuits. LOL...sometimes so bad that I end up blaming others in the room.