The coconut tree has always been called the ‘Tree of Life’ because of the various products that one can make from its parts: its leaves can be used for thatching, coconut husks can be made into ropes, there’s the coconut juice that will satisfy your thirst, its shells can act as floor polishers, sticks from its leaves can be made into brooms and so many others that people, especially Filipinos, have benefitted from for years.
But one thing that has gained the spotlight nowadays are its oil, particularly the kind extracted from the single press of fresh coconut meat that was grated and dried for a couple of hours. Called Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO), this pure oil from the tree is often believed to be excellent for human health due to the fact that it can boost your immunity, therefore preventing you from getting sick.
In line with the pandemic, studies are still being conducted if VCO’s healing effects can also help cure patients infected with the coronavirus.
Studies also show that VCO can be good for your dogs, too. In a report published by healthline.com, the lauric acid found in coconut oil has been shown to keep hair healthier than other fatty acids. In short, VCO can be used to improve the appearance of your dog’s fur.
In addition, antimicrobial effects can help dogs prevent getting ticks, fleas and manges. This claim was justified when select dogs were treated with a shampoo containing coconut oil in a study conducted by Gregory Viste, Rosenio Silvestre, Nida Tabije and Juliana Silvestre titled “Efficacy of Virgin Coconut (Cocos nucifera ) Oilsoap Against Mange in Dogs” in 2013.
But, using VCO should be taken with precautions because as the old saying goes, too much of anything is bad. Coconut oil may cause unnecessary cholesterol thus, it could weight gain or weight loss for your pets depending on the state of their body. You may want to consult your trusted veterinarian before adding it to their diet.