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Coconut Oil for Dogs

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Benefits of Coconut Oil for Dogs

Coconut oil can have numerous health benefits for dogs, particularly dogs with itchy skin and coats. 
We hear about a host of canine health problems here at Bridger Animal Nutrition. Flaky skin, hot spots, yeasty ears, dull smelly coats, infected cuts, cracked paws ... it's not pretty. 
Once we determine that the maladies aren't related to diet (sub-par dog foods can contribute to the issues listed above), I suggest the next best line of defense and it's often coconut oil.
Coconut oil for dogs (and people) is often called a miracle in a jar. "Virgin" (or unrefined) coconut oil helps to support and maintain overall health in both humans and dogs. Coconut oil contains Lauric acid, which is a medium chain fatty acid that is also found in mother's milk. Lauric acid is the substance that prevents infants from getting viral, bacterial and protozoan infections, and those same benefits seem to apply to dogs as well.

Benefits of Feeding Coconut Oil 
The advantages of feeding your dog coconut oil are far-reaching: 
•Reduces risk of cancers
•Improves digestion and addresses digestive disorders
•Promotes normal thyroid function 
•Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections
•Helps balance metabolism for a healthy weight
•Relieves arthritis
•Supports healthy skin and coat

Applied topically coconut oil can:
•Disinfect cuts 
•Clear up rashes 
•Improve skin and coat condition 
•Speed wound healing

Dosing is easy: give one teaspoon per ten pounds of body weight, or one tablespoon per thirty pounds. 
Work up to the suggested dosing amount gradually, as the detoxification process can trigger flu-like symptoms in weakened dogs that are started on the full dose right away.

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