​Coconut Oil and Your Diabetic Dog

Posted by Nancy For PetTest, AAHA Certified Diabetes Educator on Jun 16th 2020

​Coconut Oil and Your Diabetic Dog

Today’s topic may seem a little controversial to some of you. I know that we are told over and over to watch fat consumption with our diabetic dogs. Coconut oil is the exception in my book, here’s why. Coconut oil is an MCT (medium chain triglycerides), this type of fat doesn’t require the pancreas to digest. That makes it well tolerated by dogs with chronic pancreatitis, EPI and other forms of fat malabsorption.

In other countries, the Philippines specifically, pets don’t get antibiotics or antiviral or antifungal medications, they get coconut oil. Coconut oil has all of those properties and is the “go to” treatment for many maladies.

Many veterinarians here in the US suggest coconut oil for hot spots, cracked nails, cracked paw pads, dry noses, “old dog skin”, itchy bellies, etc. it’s one of the best topical remedies ever. In fact when my Finn was bitten by a rattlesnake, I used it on the puncture wounds. After a couple days I took him back to my vet for a checkup and he was amazed that all of the redness and swelling was gone. The wounds were not tender to the touch and healed in record time. He has since changed his aftercare protocol to include coconut oil on the wounds to speed healing.

In human medicine, there is a huge amount of research on the benefits of coconut oil to improve cognitive function. There have been no studies for this application in pets, but those that have tried it have seen improvement. If your pup is showing signs of doggy dementia, you can try giving him/her some coconut oil. The “dosage” is 1 teaspoon for every 10 pounds of weight. You will need to start slowly and work up to that dose if your pup is tolerating it well.

I am a HUGE fan of coconut oil and the many benefits of it for myself and for my boys. I used it to brush my boys teeth, to settle an upset stomach, to stimulate eating, to smear on them if they had dry skin, etc. If you haven’t explored coconut oil for your pups, please consider it. There are some great books on the subject written by Dr. Bruce Fife.

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