Coconut oil seems like a miracle fix for almost everything. You have a cut? Coconut oil. Itchy? Coconut oil. Dry skin? Coconut oil. What many people don’t know is that coconut oil is just as good for the inside of the body as it is for the outside, for humans and animals alike!
I have been feeding coconut oil to my dogs and horse for years now with great success. Here are a few benefits to feeding coconut orally …
- improves digestion
- increased nutrient absorption
- aids arthritis and joint problems
- reduces allergies
- improved skin health
- prevents yeast and fungal infections
- creates shiny, soft coats
- reduces bad breath
- supports healthy weight
Why would you not feed it?! I started feeding coconut oil to the dogs because of the skin and coat benefits, not even aware of the plethora of other good things it was doing for them. Feeding coconut oil is an easy, inexpensive way to supplement your dog.
To get started, you’ll need a few supplies …
- Coconut Oil
- Syringe – you should be able to get these from Walgreens or CVS, and if not – your vet will have them!
To start, you’ll need to heat up your coconut oil until it is in liquid form, which usually takes about four minutes in the microwave for my big bucket of oil. I buy the gallon sizes from Amazon, it’s much cheaper than buying small jars at the grocery store. Click here to learn about why I use refined oil vs. unrefined oil.
Once you have liquid oil, use the syringe to fill the molds in your silicon tray. Although coconut oil can be served in liquid or solid form, I prefer frozen, pre made molds for two reasons. Less mess, and I know he’s getting the same dose every single time.
Don’t overfill the molds – there is nothing worse than coconut oil all over the floor. I typically fill about 3/4 of the way, and then once I get the molds into the fridge, I will go back and finish filling them. This cuts down on spills when transferring the tray from the counter to the fridge.
Put your trays in the fridge or freezer, whichever you prefer. They will be ready in less than ten minutes in the freezer, but I prefer the fridge because they have a solid, level surface to sit on. Again, I’m all about reducing spills.
After 30 +- minutes in the refrigerator, your oil bones will be ready! Simply pop them out, and transfer them to whatever you will be storing them in. I keep mine in a mason jar in the fridge, but they can be stored in the freezer as well!
To feed, simply pop a few into your dog’s food bowl, or feed by hand! Coconut oil works best when fed regularly at a consistent dose. The recommended dosage is one tablespoon/30 pounds. It takes a little more than three bones to make one tablespoon, so little Ward gets three per day!