Coconut Oil is a powerful home remedy for arthritis in dogs. Often times dogs will experience improvement very quickly from this natural treatment.
How Does Coconut Oil Help Arthritis?
Coconut Oil is a natural anti-inflammatory. It also helps to lubricate joints. It is a highly nutritious oil with medium chain fatty acids and lauric acid. Coconut Oil also helps to fight infections, including viral, bacterial, and fungal. These types of infection have been linked to arthritis in some cases.
How Much Coconut Oil Should I Give My Dog for Arthritis?
At first, give a smaller amount of coconut oil to your dog and increase the amount you give him until you find the dose that works for him. Coconut oil is a natural remedy for constipation, so a sudden addition of a lot of coconut oil could cause loose stools. Increasing the dose slowly will help you monitor the effect on your dog. Remember this chart is just a guideline. Each pet is different. It is possible that your dog may need less or more than the suggested dosages. You know your pet best.
Coconut Oil Dose Chart for Dogs
|Weight in Pounds||Initial Suggested Dose||Maximum Daily Dose|
|4-8 lbs||1/8 teaspoon||1/4 teaspoon|
|9-15 lbs||1/4 teaspoon||3/4 teaspoon|
|16-30 lbs||1/2 teaspoon||1 1/2 teaspoons|
|31-60 lbs||1 teaspoon||1 tablespoon|
|61- 90 lbs||1 1/2 teaspoons||1 1/2 tablespoons|
|91-115 lbs||2 teaspoons||2 tablespoons|
|116-150 lbs||3 teaspoons||3 tablespoons|
How Can I Get My Dog to Take Coconut Oil?
The good news is that it is usually not difficult to get your dog to take coconut oil. Coconut Oil can be mixed with food. Coconut oil can be mixed with peanut butter or yogurt or many things that your dog likes. Keep in mind that this oil is solid below 77 degrees and liquid above that. If you want to mix it in to food, keep it in a warmer spot so it will be easy to measure out and mix with food. However, since some dogs will likely just take it right off a spoon, keeping the coconut oil in a solid state may make it easy to dose. Do not refrigerate coconut oil. It won’t harm it but will be so hard it will be difficult to measure out.
Some dog owners find that their dog is happy to take coconut oil capsules instead.
Five Advantages of Coconut Oil for Arthritis in Dogs
- Coconut oil is safer than drug therapy.
- Coconut oil is easy to find these days online or at your grocery store.
- Coconut oil is not an expensive cure.
- Coconut oil is very nutritious and a great all around supplement for your pet, especially an elderly pet.
- Coconut oil is a remedy for low energy. Do not be surprised if you dog seems to have more spunk while taking coconut oil.
Read on and find out how well coconut oil has worked for arthritis in the dogs of our contributors.