Coconut can improve your pet’s quality of life, but there is a right way and wrong way to start supplementing your dog or cat’s diet with coconut oil.
Start slow and increase gradually.
Giving too much coconut oil too soon can cause digestive and detox issues. Because coconut oil kills bacteria, viruses, parasites, yeasts, and fungi, your pet may show signs detoxification signs: lethargy, headaches, flu-like symptoms, fatigue, and diarrhea.
Large amounts of coconut oil can cause diarrhea or greasy stools while the body adjusts to the change in diet. Start with small amounts, such as ¼ teaspoon per day for cats,
small dogs or puppies and 1 teaspoon for large dogs, or even just a dab if your pet’s constitution is sensitive. If your pet seems tired or uncomfortable or has diarrhea, just cut
back the amount temporarily.
Gradually increase the amount every few days. It may also be helpful to give the small amounts of coconut oil in divided doses throughout the day.
Coconut oil is best given with food. Solid or liquid coconut oil can be added to food at any meal. Solid coconut oil can easily be melted quickly in hot water.
The optimum dose for pets is about 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight daily, or 1 tablespoon per 30 pounds.
How coconut oil can help your pet:
1. Increases your pet’s energy.
2. Improves breath.
3. Stop infection & relieve pain associated with wounds, rashes, dry or flaky skin and in ears. Apply coconut oil topically.
4. Improves skin and makes coat shinier.
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