We've all heard about the benefits of oil in a dog's diet, fish oil specifically. But what do you do if your dog, like our very own Christopher, has shown an intolerance to fish oils? Unless you've been in hiding, you will no doubt be aware of coconut oil and the latest craze surrounding this natural product.
From teeth whitening to eczema, the ways in which it can be used seem never-ending. But how effective is it, and can your dog benefit too? Well, in short - yes, and here's why.
Coconut oil is packed with natural goodness. Full of antibacterial, anti-fungal, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, it can be used to treat numerous skin conditions, boost immune systems and promote healthy joints.
It is also naturally high in saturated fats and because of this, it's packed full of Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs) which can help to balance a dog's thyroid, promote healthy weight loss and make lethargic dogs feel more energetic, naturally.
Here's what our friend and celebrity dog owner, Hollyoaks actor Sarah Jayne Dunn discovered when she and her Pug, Ming Ming, put CocoMutts Virgin Coconut Oil For Dogs (£9.99/500ml) to the test.
Being a qualified Personal Trainer and therefore part-time health addict, I've known about the benefits of coconut oil for some time now and have used it for many purposes myself.
However, I have never thought about the benefits of using coconut oil for your pet, not until I was lucky enough to be sent a tub of CocoMutts Virgin Coconut Oil for my dog, Ming Ming.
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We received a very generous sized tub and as with human use, there are so many benefits to using the oil.
I considered adding it to her breakfast but Ming Ming was more than happy to have a little spoonful as a treat every morning instead. By giving regularly, it can help give your dog a healthy, shiny coat and has lots of other health benefits just through consumption.
You can run some through your dog's coat after bathing or just to make them smell a little sweeter - never a bad thing!
Ming Ming had also developed a bit of a dog rash under one of her legs, so I rubbed CocoMutts on it for a few days to soothe and moisturise the area and hey presto the rash has gone.
So it turns out coconut oil is just as beneficial for dogs as it is for humans, what's not to like!