If you’re already on the coconut oil kick to improve your health, kudos to you! But did you know coconut oil can benefit your pets, too?
From your pocket pug to your cuddly lap cat, coconut oil can be useful for grooming your pet, reducing itchiness and treating ear infections, and even as digestive aid. Keep reading to find out how coconut oil is the cat’s pajamas!
Quick tip: Always be sure to consult your vet before you introduce your pet to coconut oil! Your vet can make recommendations on how much coconut oil you should use, if you should dilute it, and if other actions should be taken to ensure your pet is healthy, active, and happy!
1. It helps soothe itchy ears, ear mites & infections
It’s easy to feel a little paranoid every time your dog or cat takes a swipe at their ear with their paw. Do they have an ear infection? Ear mites? Or are they just itchy?
Coconut oil can relieve your stress and soothe your pet’s ears. Just add a few drops to their ear, then massage the area around their ear to help clean out any wax and soothe itchiness.
Guess what? Coconut oil will also smother any bothersome ear mites!
You only need to apply coconut oil to your pet’s ears every day or two to keep them clean, healthy, and itch-free.
If you haven’t tried coconut oil yourself, don’t let your pet have all the fun! Skip the harsh chemicals and use our DIY coconut oil makeup remover instead!
2. It gives your pet a healthy coat & loosens tangles
If your pup’s been playing in puddles or kitty’s been napping in the backyard, it might be time for a B-A-T-H. Add some glossy shine to your pet’s coat with coconut oil. Just add a few drops to your pet’s shampoo and it will act as a conditioner, soothe any irritated skin, and deodorize any lingering smells. (If your kitty desperately needs a bath, check out Petfinder’s guide on how to give your cat a bath!)
If your pet isn’t one for bath time but you still have matted fur and tons of tangles, use coconut oil as a natural detangler. Add a few drops to your hands and massage it through your dog or cat’s fur, then let it sit a few minutes before grooming. Those mats will be no match and tangles will fall right out!
If your four-legged friend has hot spots, massage a few drops of coconut oil onto the irritated areas. Its high vitamin E content will help naturally soothe any irritations. Ahh!
3. It helps with digestion problems
Did you know you can feed coconut oil to your pet? Some claim that coconut oil for dogs can lessen that smelly doggie breath, meaning more puppy kisses all around.
Other health benefits of coconut oil for dogs and cats include improved digestion, skin, and coat health, along with better weight loss and diabetes management, helping with constipation, and improved energy and heart health.
The reason why coconut oil is such a powerful natural cure for pets is the same reason why it’s so amazing for us humans. Not only is it high in vitamin E, coconut oil contains middle chain triglycerides, or MCTs. If you’re reading that and thinking, “What is that?!,” you’re not alone! MCTs include things like lauric and oleic acid, and these make it naturally antiviral and antibacterial.
The best part about feeding coconut oil to your pet? They love it and they can’t get enough of it! Of course, that doesn’t mean you should give your dog or cat as much coconut oil as they want.
Instead, start out with small doses and gradually build up to a full dose, as recommended by your veterinarian. Larger pets can typically be fed 1-2 Tablespoons a day, while smaller pets should have no more than 1-2 teaspoons of coconut oil per day.
Your turn! Have you tried one of coconut oil cures for dogs and cats? Let us know how it went in the comments below!