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Feb 2012

Tropical Delight

It’s February, and unless you are lucky enough to live in a temperate climate, you are probably eager for winter to be over. As your thoughts stray to warm, sandy beaches and swaying palm trees, I’d like to talk about my favorite tropical delight… coconut oil.

Next to a home cooked diet, with quality protein and the best vegetables for dogs, adding coconut oil is one of the smartest and healthiest things you can do for your pet. Coconut oil is one of the richest sources of medium chain triglycerides (essential fatty acids). It is a wonderful source of energy and contains lauric acid, which has been shown to be extremely beneficial to the immune system. The lauric acid in coconut oil is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral.

I love coconut oil for dogs even more than fish oil because it is very easily digested, making it ideal for dogs with gastrointestinal issues such as IBD and sensitive stomachs. The reason behind its easy digestibility is that coconut oil does not require pancreatic secreted lipase or bile from the gall bladder in order to be assimilated by the body. Most fatty acid supplements require both lipase and bile secretions in order to be properly digested. Coconut oil does not demand any additional requirements from your dog’s body for digestion or absorption. It is also free of the toxic substances found in fish oil.

The anti-bacterial properties in coconut do an excellent job of balancing the good to bad ratio of bacteria in the intestines of dogs having GI issues. Used externally, these same anti-bacterial properties can help heal minor cuts, sores, abrasions or burns. Coconut is an excellent moisturizer for dry, cracked skin on a dog’s nose, elbows and the pads of their feet. Taken internally, it is wonderful for dogs with allergies and/or skin and coat problems such as dry, flaky skin, thin coats or excessive shedding. I use a mixture of coconut oil, lavender oil and chamomile oil to treat hot spots and itchy paws.

A Modern Twist To An Old Remedy

For thousands of years, coconut oil has held a respected and valuable place in local folk medicine. Today, published studies in modern medical journals have shown that coconut oil can provide a wide range of health benefits. Besides killing viruses, bacteria and fungus, coconut oil has been shown to kill or expel tapeworms, making it a natural dewormer. It provides a nutritional source of quick energy while improving insulin secretion which helps regulate diabetes. Coconut oil increases calcium and magnesium absorption which supports strong bones. It is also a great anti-inflammatory for dogs with arthritis and ulcers.

Coconut oil improves the body’s utilization of essential fatty acids and has been shown to protect the liver and helps protect against kidney disease and bladder infections. Its ability to equalize the immune system makes it ideal for treating hypothyroidism and lupus.

Most dogs love the taste of coconut oil and will eat it directly from a spoon or with their meal. It has a sweet odor that is great for masking pills and medication. The standard dosage of coconut for dogs is 1 teaspoon per 20 pounds of body weight per day.

So the next time you reach for the fish oil, pick up some coconut oil instead. It is a far healthier choice for your dog and you will love the results - glossy coat, bright eyes and a happy tummy!

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