|" I love coconut oil," says Harley.|
What do I like about coconut oil? It's a healthy choice ~ one that has many benefits not only for your own hu-family, but it is a great addition to your dog's diet as well. What's so great about adding coconut oil to your pet care? Ah, let me count the ways! To quote DOGS NATURALLY MAGAZINE, the possible benefits include:
- Clears up skin conditions such as eczema, flea allergies, contact dermatitis,and itchy skin
- Reduces allergic reactions and improves skin health
- Makes coats become sleek and glossy, and deodorizes doggy odor
- Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections, including candida
- Disinfects cuts and promotes wound healing
- Applied topically, promotes the healing of cuts, wounds, hot spots, dry skin and hair, bites, and stings
- Improves digestion and nutrient absorption
- Aids healing of digestive disorders like inflammatory bowel syndrome and colitis
- Reduces or eliminates bad breath in dogs
- Aids in elimination of hairballs and coughing
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- Contains powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal agents that prevent infection and disease
- Regulates and balance insulin and promotes normal thyroid function
- Helps prevent or control diabetes
- Helps reduce weight, increases energy
- Aids in arthritis or ligament problems
HERE is also another great article from WHOLE DOG JOURNAL that covers the topic of the benefits of using coconut oil for our pets.
~Carrie Andress, .M.S., L.Ac.
Chloe and Harley greet acupuncturist and nutritional counselor Carrie Andress with some Sibe kisses.
I, personally, am a huge proponent for using and/or incorporating holistic and natural ways of healing in combination with traditional medical/veterinary care, all depending on what it is that I and my Huskies need. So, how did I, personally, start thinking about using coconut oil? Well, first let me start by saying that my own personal acupuncturist and nutritional counselor, Carrie Andress, M.S., L.Ac. of ANDRESS ACUPUNCTURE, who has been recommending the use of coconut oil for more than 15 years and she says has seen the benefits in both humans and canines.
|Carrie Andress, M.S., L.Ac.|
As with any new change in a pet's diet and healthcare plan, please always consult your veterinarian first to be sure that what you want to start your dog on does not interfere with any other medications, health concerns, or treatments.
In addition to potentially helping her gastrointestinal issues, Harley
also has arthritis and a slight rotating tear to her CCL (from all her years of spinning in circles trying to catch her tail), I learned that coconut oil can also help aid in those areas as well. Talk about a trifecta win! With two other Sibes having ligament, CCL issues, and growing arthritis issues (and knowing at the very least they would have even healthier coats than they already do), I decided to give organic virgin coconut oil a try with all of my FiveSibes. And so, I began my journey with coconut oil for my Sibes.
And just how is Harley now, you ask? She has had another round of severe irritable bowel symptoms on the heels of going on a needed medication. I have taken her off the meds for now and put her back on gentle food and coconut oil. Two days later, her bowels have returned to normal once again. Yay! I will gradually add her medication back in once her tummy has healed. In the meantime, she is getting a little coconut oil in with her food and quite frankly, for Harley, the improvement was obvious. Not to mention that the sweet smelling coconut also encourages even my pickiest of eaters to nibble at their food!
Don't forget to stop back over here tomorrow to check out our review of an organic virgin coconut oil that we love!
A lot of our readers have asked for us to share some of our FiveSibes recipes, so here is one of our Canine Cooking Corner house omelettes using coconut oil called, "FiveSibes Cuckoo-for-Coconut Veggie Kibble Omelette."
So, yes, we are certainly cuckoo for coconut oil here! And, as always, just another reminder that when introducing something new into your dog's diet or healthcare plan, please always check with your veterinarian first.