We all want the best for our pets, and nutrition is key when it comes to making sure they are healthy. February 20th is National Love Your Pet Day, and what better way to show your pet some Valentine’s Day love than by making them a delicious treat that you know is good for them! Much like our own food, pet food often contains added preservatives, chemicals, and ingredients that can affect the health, energy, and livelihood of your pet. And much like humans, dogs can benefit from a few of the known superfoods – in this case, coconut oil – just like their two-legged owners. Carrington Farms Coconut Oil recognizes this, and they are celebrating National Love Your Pet Day with a special recipe that will be sure to make your dog – and you – very happy.
Can Dogs Have Coconut Oil?
The short answer is YES! Although coconut oil has become a brand new super food for humans, many pet lovers have begun to explore the uses of coconut oil for their furry friends. According to petMD, coconut oil in dogs can increase energy levels, improve their skin and coat, improve digestion, and reduce allergic reactions.
The fatty acids in coconut oil have been proven to be very beneficial to pets. They help to slow cognitive dysfunction in dogs by lining the synapses in the brain, and they help line the intestines to help with digestive issues. However, some dogs may have allergic reactions to the added supplement in their diet, so be sure to look out for shortness of breath or any unusual behavior after consumption. Also, too much coconut oil can give dogs diarrhea.
There are several ways you can give coconut oil to your dog. One of the most common and easily identifiable changes comes from when you apply the coconut oil topically. Simply rubbing it into your dog’s coat and onto their skin can help soothe dry and irritated skin and improve the sheen of their fur. And since it can be given orally you don’t have to worry about your pet licking their fur after application.
Another way to give your dog coconut oil is orally. The amount generally varies on the size of the dog, but petMD recommends 1/4 teaspoon for smaller dogs up to 1 tablespoon for large dogs. This can be given one to two times per day. Be sure to watch for signs of an allergic reaction, and if your dog is obese you may want to only give coconut oil every other day as it is high in fat content.
Many dogs won’t like taking straight coconut oil, as it is difficult to swallow as it starts to melt. However, coconut oil is a great base for dog treats. Experts recommend using organic extra virgin cold-pressed coconut oil, like the one from Carrington Farms, as it contains no extra additives or ingredients and is easy to digest.
A Valentine’s Recipe Your Dog Will Love
Pet parents want to show their furry companions love on National Love Your Pet Day, so why not bake them some healthy, nutritious treats with a superfood like coconut oil from Carrington Farms.
Peanut Butter Coconut Heart Treats
- 1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 tablespoon of Carrington Farms Coconut Oil
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup whole wheat flour
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Whisk together peanut butter, honey, oil, and chicken broth. In a separate bowl, combine flours and oatmeal. Mix dry ingredients into wet ingredients.
- Place dough on flour dusted surface. Roll or press dough out to about 1/4″ inch thick. Use a small heart cookie cutter to cut out cookies. The size is up to you, depending on the size of your dog. Roll out leftover scraps and cut out as many as possible.
- Put cut out cookies on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 14-16 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack.
- Store at room temperature in an airtight container for about a week, or longer if you store in the refrigerator.
EXPLORE AND CONNECT
Our pets mean the world to us, and on National Love Your Pet Day we want to be able to give them something that we know they will love and that we know is good for them. Coconut oil has so many benefits for your pet including decreased cognitive dysfunction, improved digestion, and a healthier skin and coat. This recipe for a special treat will be sure to make your dog jump with joy, and you’ll know it’s something that you can stand by too.