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Add Coconut Oil to Your Pet's Diet with These Treats
Although adding coconut oil to your pet's food is an excellent way to give your furry friend the supplement, you can also make sure your pet receives a daily dose of the oil by making one these pet treat recipes.
Wellness Mama's Homemade Dog Treats
With both coconut oil and coconut flour, these treats offer a double dose of coconut.
Pretty Fluffy's No Bake Coconut Dog Treats
Have you been looking for a natural way to improve your pet's health? Try coconut oil. The oil has been credited with improving a variety of human health problems, ranging from poor digestion to kidney stones. It not only makes your skin look softer and smoother, but can also prevent tooth decay and improve your "good" cholesterol level. Coconut oil offers many of the same types of benefits for your pets.
How Does Coconut Oil Improve Health?
Coconut oil contains saturated fats, called medium chain triglycerides, that provide anti-fungal, antiviral and antibacterial benefits when taken orally. The oil also improves metabolism, which can be helpful in weight loss, and reduces healing time for infections and injuries.
How Will Coconut Oil Help My Pet?
Coconut oil offers a variety of benefits for pets. It can:
How Much Coconut Oil Should I Give My Pet?
Your pet only needs a small amount of coconut oil to enjoy the health benefits. Generally, small dogs should receive 1/4 teaspoon daily, while larger dogs should be given 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon, depending on their size. Just 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon is plenty for cats. Many pets like the taste of coconut oil and will gladly eat food coated in the oil. If your cat prefers food without any additives, coax it to lick the oil from your finger instead. Before you decide on a dosage, ask your pet's veterinarian for a recommendation.
For best results, feed your pet virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil. Since coconut oil is a saturated fat, it can cause weight gain if you give too much to your pet. High amounts of coconut oil can also cause diarrhea. Coconut oil should be avoided if your pet has had pancreatitis in the past, as ingesting the oil could cause a flare up.
Are you interested in learning if coconut oil or other natural supplements are good choices for your pets? Call us and schedule an appointment to discuss the ways you can help your pet enjoy good health.
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Don't take a good vet for granted, that's what I say. I currently live in another state and have taken my 10 year old dog to numerous vets over the years (California, Colorado, Vegas, and then some). Never have I ever received the attention and care I've gotten w/Dr. Hines. Within the past 3 months alone, my dog went to 3 different vets for a horrible and painful skin problem that broke out all over her body.
The first vet: I spent more time ponying up the $175 for the visit than the Dr. spent actually looking at my dog. He performed a woods lamp exam for ringworm. Even without Google or a veterinary degree, I could tell it wasn't ringworm. Thanks for taking my money.
Second vet: "Here's some spray, now here's your bill. Bring her back in two weeks so I can charge you another visit." No tests, nothing.
Between the two, I felt like I got nowhere. No definitive answer on why this affected my dog and the medication given wasn't even for a diagnosed condition. Just some general topical spray. I could have bought it at Petsmart and saved myself the time and money.
Recently, on a visit to Idaho, I planned ahead to bring my dog to the Rupert Animal Clinic. I asked the same questions, had the same concerns and now have different results. Dr. Hines gave me options on what route to take, ran appropriate tests and communicated with me every step of the way (even calling me personally when test results came in). My primary concern was cancer. Our dog is like our child- we'll pay the money if we can keep her healthy and safe. In the future, I've resolved to bring my dog to Rupert Animal Clinic on our annual trip for all of her exams. I know she won't be treated as a little cash cow to exploit an owner's love for pets.