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If you follow me on Instagram then you already know that Walter (along with our current foster pup, Arti) is about as spoiled as they come. One little delicacy that I’ve treated him to since he was a puppy is 1/2 a tsp of coconut oil each night before bed. He never forgets that it’s coming, but if I forget to give it to him he’ll refuse to come to bed until it’s delivered (such a drama queen).
Walter is 4 and has never had his teeth cleaned! In fact, on his 3rd birthday I made an appointment and took him in and the vet sent us home saying his teeth had “nothing to clean off”! I contribute this mostly to the coconut oil.
Feeding coconut oil to your furry friend provides him with many health benefits, including elevating the metabolism, increasing energy and vitality, protecting them from illness, speeding up healing, soothing and healing skin conditions, improving digestion and reducing allergic reactions. It also promotes healthy skin, a healthy coat, and healthy teeth and gums! (To learn more about the benefits check out this article from Dog’s Naturally Magazine.)
Previously I kept a jar in the bathroom and would feed him a small scoop. But every summer this becomes a problem because the melting point for coconut oil is 76 degrees, which means it turned to a jar of liquid! This minor issue led me to experimenting with creating small frozen treats, and the result is so convenient and well-liked that I’ve decided to do this year-round.
Simply scoop your favorite organic coconut oil into a zip-lock bag and seal it tightly. Line a baking sheet or platter with parchment. Trim the tip off a corner of the zip-lock so that you can use it like a pastry bag, and begin squeezing small dollops of coconut oil onto the parchment.
If your home is at a comfortable temperature (around 72-75) you’ll find it very easy to squeeze out, but if it’s a little stiff in the bag trying heating it slightly with body heat. When you’re done creating the dollops, place your pan in the fridge or freezer. It will solidify quickly and can then be transferred off the parchment and into a jar or air-tight container for storage in the fridge or freezer. You can also try mixing in an essential oil such as peppermint (for breath), lavender (to ease anxiety when traveling or introducing new people) or clove oil (for a teething puppy). Be sure to only use pure therapetuic grade essential oils (I use Young Living).
If you give them a try be sure to share them with me on Instagram or Twitter by tagging @Thyme_is_Honey!