Coconut Oil - Blog Post
In the last few years coconut oil has gotten a lot of attention. People have hailed its praises for both humans and animals alike. The health benefit claims range from skin health to cancer prevention. When something gets this must attention, you can't help but wonder is it all true? Can something as simple as coconut oil have all those health benefits? We will try to cover some of the health benefits and let you decide for yourself. We can say we have used coconut oil for various ailments with all types of animals and had success. So let us introduce you to coconut oil and its many benefits.
Coconut oil is extracted from the meat of coconuts which grow on the Coconut Palm (Cocos Nucifera) tree. Coconut palms are found in 80 countries all over the world, mostly in tropical and subtropical areas. Indigenous people have long used coconuts as a source of food as well as for medicinal purposes.
Coconut oil is more than 90% saturated fats with some unsaturated fats thrown in. Most people, when they see the words “saturated fats” think of “bad fats”, so why is coconut oil good for you? Most of the saturated fats in coconut oil are Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs). According to med.nyu.edu,
“MCTs are fats with an unusual chemical makeup that allows the body to digest them easily. Most fats are broken down in the intestine and remade into a special form that can be transported in the blood. But MCTs are absorbed intact and taken to the liver, where they are used directly for energy. In this sense, they are processed very similarly to carbohydrates.”
This makes the fats in coconut oil easier to process than animal fats and is why it is often used for both weight loss and weight gain. The most abundant component (more than 40%) is lauric acid, which has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral properties.
Since most pets like the taste of coconut oil, it's not hard to incorporate it into their diets. We have yet to find a dog that didn't absolutely love the taste of coconut oil. Even finicky cats don't mind it in their food.
Fed to your pets on a regular basis, coconut oil has many benefits:
Skin and Coat
Immune System, Bones, Metabolism
Not all coconut oil is created equal. To get the maximum benefits, make sure to get organic, extra virgin, cold pressed and non-GMO coconut oil. We recently were surprised to find coconut oil in Walmart near the other cooking oils. It met the above criteria so that is one place, along with your health food store or online, that you can purchase it.
It's best to give your pet coconut oil with her food, although we have seen dogs and even cats eat it right off the spoon! When introducing coconut oil to your pet, start out slowly and increase to ¼ teaspoon per 10lbs of body weight twice daily. If you prefer once a day the dosage would be ½ teaspoon per 10 lbs of body weight once daily.
Introduce coconut oil to your pet today; you will be glad you did.
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Thank you so much for posting this! I've been hearing so much about coconut oil. And with Cora's allergies, I have been wanting to try it. I found this soo helpful! Thank you!
Thank you for this information!
Unfortunately, King has not taken kindly to the taste of Coconut oil. I actually had to laugh because he turned down his boiled chicken due to smell :clap:but once I rinsed it off, there wasn't much to say of the chicken! He loves his massages with the Coconut Oil however, and his coat and skin hasn't looked better.
I never thought of using it to massage them! Great idea! I give both my boxer Dutch and my pit Chino massages every night. I have been saying that I wanted to get a more shinier coat so I too will give this idea a try! Thanks! ~Misty~
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