5 Reasons Why You Should Give Your Dog Coconut Oil

5 Reasons Why You Should Give Your Dog Coconut Oil

Posted by on Mar 1, 2018 in tips n' tricks |

Coconut oil has long been hailed a “super food” for humans, but did you know that it’s equally as beneficial to dogs? The healing powers of this tropical nut are expansive and can impact your pet’s skin, coat, digestive system, immune system, joints, and endocrine systems! Exterior Beauty and Health Rejuvenate your pup’s skin and coat. When applied topically, the oil assists with wound healing—including hot spots, dry skin, and hair, bites and stings. Coconut oil also helps clear up eczema, mild allergic reactions, and contact dermatitis. Prevent & Treat Infections In addition to helping your pup’s skin and coat, coconut oil has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that help prevent and treat yeast and fungal infections. Gut Health As breakthroughs in modern medicine reveal the importance of gut health in humans, we can cross-correlate these finding to our dogs. Effective digestion, nutrient absorption, and keeping inflammation at bay are key to canine health and happiness and coconut oil can help. Not only does it reduce inflammation, colitis, and IBS, but it also aids in digestion and nutrient absorption. No matter how amazing the food that you feed your dog is, if he can’t absorb the nutrients, then you are just manufacturing very expensive excrement. Insulin and Thyroid Function Did you know that diabetes, obesity, and thyroid disorders are at a record high in our dogs and cats? The annual Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) report showed that 58% of cats and 54% of dogs of the 1,224 dogs and cats assessed were overweight or obese. More than half! While coconut oil is not the singular solution, it does assist with weight loss, helps balance insulin levels, and promotes normal thyroid function. Sexy Strut As your pup ages or if he is battling a weight issue, his joints need special attention. Coconut oil can help with arthritis and ligament problems in addition to everything else. While the oil helps soothe your pup’s joints it also helps provides a little spike in energy for him, adding a little pep to his strut! How Much Coconut Oil to Give You’re convinced that you want to try this super food/miracle nut on your dog, so how much oil do you give? Oil is rich so it’s important to start slowly to allow your dog to adjust to its superpowers. If you give too much too soon, your pup may experience diarrhea. Start with: ¼ teaspoon per day for small dogs and puppies 1 teaspoon per day for large dogs Slowly increase weekly until you finally reach: About 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight daily (or 1 Tbsp per 30 pounds) Don’t increase by more than double from one week to the next. Try giving 1 teaspoon daily for week one, then, on week two, give 2 teaspoons daily. If he doesn’t tolerate the maximum recommended amount, then land on the...

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Meet Killer: A Sassy Chihuahua with Something to Prove

Meet Killer: A Sassy Chihuahua with Something to Prove

Posted by on May 23, 2017 in features |

Tatiana has enjoyed dog sitting for years. One of her regular clients had their hands full with four dogs and recruited her help often with the smallest yet highest maintenance dog, Killer. Tatiana fell madly in love with this rambunctious tiny ball of energy. “It was love at first sight.” After a few years of frequent dog sits and because the owner was always out of town, she decided to let Tatiana have Killer. This was five years ago. Tatiana already had a 6 year old Chihuahua named Tiki who usually didn’t get along with other dogs, but Killer was an exception. The stars seemed to align, so Killer became part of the family. Bowel Troubles Killer used to have a really hard time passing a bowel movement. “His poop was really bad. He would walk when he pooped and it was spotty, watery, and he strained a lot every time he went. It looked really uncomfortable. He also had no hair on his neck. It was actually really cute, and I didn’t realize it was a problem until I changed his food. I took him to the vet and they seemed indifferent since there was no blood in his feces, nor was he malnourished.” She tried hard to find a solution, including making homemade dog food. “My boyfriend and I would boil chicken, brown rice, peas and carrots. I think we were missing a lot of vitamins. We made their food for four years! We also tried the Trader Joe’s Dog Food, but Killer had trouble digesting both the homemade food and any other dog food we’ve tried. Introduction to a Solution After over four years of trial and error and a ton of research Tatiana’s old boss (who runs a doggie daycare and boarding company) introduced her to The Honest Kitchen. He swore by them. She looked them up online and saw great reviews and loved the fact that it was human grade. “I mean, I can eat it, and if I can eat it, I feel better serving it to my dogs.” She also loved the convenience of The Honest Kitchen products. “I love that it’s dehydrated so it won’t go bad.” She had been battling with her dog’s food spoiling because each can would turn after it had been open for a day or two. “Killer is tiny, he can’t finish an entire can of dog food before it goes bad. Plus, when I go away for the weekend I can just put each meal portion in a ziplock and it’s good to go.” Can’t Get Enough Before THK, both of her dogs wouldn’t finish their food so it always spoiled. The second she introduced THK to them they licked their bowls clean and then even switched to lick each other’s bowls to make certain every morsel was eaten! Within one week of their new diet, Killer’s stool looked...

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