Coconut is extremely healthy in dog diet
Coconut is not only safe for dogs but also brings extra health benefits, especially for diabetic dogs or those with high cholesterol!
* Coconut is packed with antioxidants to support the immune system. Although the ingestion of coconut hasn’t proven to cure any diseases, there have been studies supporting its anti-viral properties. Along with its ability to reduce inflammation, coconut is a great snack ingredient for a dog that’s healing from illness or injury. Inflammation is the main cause of arthritis, so feeding coconut to your dog might make his aching joints feel a little better, as the inflammation settles down.
* Coconut oil can be used internally and externally, as the oils are very beneficial for your dog’s skin and coat. Even if your dog just ingests the coconut meat, his skin conditions might improve. The anti-inflammatory properties will help reduce any yeast infections, hot spots, flea allergies, and dry itchy skin. Those healthy saturated fats (lauric acid) destroy bacteria that cause stomach ulcers, and dental cavities, and cause urinary tract infections. It reduces inflammation and helps speed the healing of cuts, hot spots, and other wounds.
* Coconut flour is gluten-free and hypoallergenic. According to Dr. W. Davi's study (2011), gluten can lead to lethargy and bloating and may cause tumors and arthritis. Nowadays gluten is becoming a very common allergen among dogs and some may develop an intolerance to it. Moreover, coconut flour contains approximately 45% fiber, which is known for its ability to reduce the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream, but also lower cholesterol and improves digestive health by removing toxins. Is also high in protein and is a great alternative to meat protein. Coconut flour is also low in sugar and contains less than 10% digestible carbohydrates. It is ranked with a low score on the Glycemic Index (GI).