Everybody is asking about coconut oil lately.
We use it. Jasmine's acupuncture vet uses it for her dogs, and believes it's awesome.
Lauric acid in the coconut oil is believed to have antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties.
Coconut oil is believed to be beneficial to dogs suffering with various skin and coat issues, and helpful in balancing the immune system.
Jasmine doesn't complain when I add it to her food, and neither does her body.
Some believe that coconut oil can even replace fish oil in the diet. I wouldn't go as far, since coconut oil does not contain any omega-3 fatty acids. We are worried about fish oil contamination too, that's why we use pharmaceutical grade fish oil supplements.
After I've read enough material praising the benefits of coconut oil for dogs, I decided to try it.
My policy in trying anything new is easy does it. Particularly with Jasmine, I have to introduce things gradually, carefully, and one at a time. In case something didn't agree with her, I need to know what it was exactly. I think it's a good policy with any dog.
I do believe that coconut oil deserves to be considered.
It is best, though, to always consult with your veterinarian or nutritionist, before introducing new stuff.
Dr. Becker is the resident proactive and integrative wellness
veterinarian of HealthyPets.Mercola.com.
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The Health Benefits Of Coconut Oil