Dental hygiene is one of the most important factors in staying healthy, especially when it comes to dogs. Sadly, it is also one of the most overlooked issues.
Today we will discuss the benefits of coconut oil. Will coconut oil remove tartar from dog’s teeth? The short answer is yes! And here’s why.
Benefits of coconut oil for oral hygiene
Finding the right product that won’t harm your dog’s teeth is a difficult task. There are many choices out there that have their pros and cons. However, when it comes to coconut oil, it is one of the best options available!
Coconut oil is considered a superfood since it is made out of 90% saturated fat. It contains MCT – medium-chain triglycerides, which is a good fat that provides a long list of benefits such as improved digestion, immune system boost, weight loss, skin, and thyroid health, among other things(1).
Will coconut oil remove tartar from dog’s teeth?
This MCT is made out of Lauric Acid, Capric Acid, Caprylic Acid, Myristic Acid, and Palmitic. Coconut oil also contains about 2% linoleic acid – polyunsaturated fatty acids – and about 6% oleic acid – monounsaturated fatty acids.
These components have antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal capabilities. Alongside this, MCTs are easily metabolized and provide a great source of fuel and energy. This enhances both athletic performance and aids in weight loss.
Basically, coconut oil helps the balance of thyroid, and thus overweight dogs are more prone to lose weight, and it even makes sedentary dogs feel more energetic.
Using a soft baby toothbrush, you can clean your dog’s teeth easily with coconut oil. If you add two drops of parsley oil on the toothbrush along with coconut oil, you will get rid of bad breath as well(2).
If you want to get rid of plaque without getting your dog to the vet, you can use a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and aloe vera. It can then be easily chipped off with a fingernail or a toothpick (3).
To maintain your dog’s dental health, continue using coconut oil. Brushing your dog’s teeth daily is unavoidable; however, if you want to keep your dog healthy, you must do it!
There are even other ways of using coconut oil without the need to brush your dog’s teeth. Some owners have put coconut oil in their pets food (4).
Soaking the bones in coconut oil before letting your dog chew on them is very beneficial. The bone is good for them, and they like the taste of coconut oil.
The recommended dose for the use of coconut oil is around a teaspoon of oil per 10 pounds of your dog, or a tablespoon per 30 pounds(5).
You should start with ¼ the recommended dosage and then slowly build-up to the recommended level over 3 to 4 weeks. This is in order to avoid flu-like symptoms which can appear if you hastily start using coconut oil.
Did you know?
– You can use coconut oil on certain toys as well. The dog will chew on the toy anyway, and the oil will find its way inside the dog’s system.
– Coconut oil can disinfect cuts and improve your dog’s general skin and coat condition, making it healthier.
– Wounds can heal faster with coconut oil, and it helps to deodorize your dog’s skin and clear up some rashes as well.