The Miracle of Coconuts and Your Pet’s Health

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Coconut – A Natural Miracle

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There is content in the following article that comes from Essentially Dogs which is a blog published by Janie Lerner. It is focused on holistic care for dogs and reveals the secrets that the pet industry and many traditional vets keep from pet owners. There are also articles about pet tech, health insurance, and provide important information and resources for dog owners.

I add oil to my dogs’ diet. I alternate different types of oil that I add to their food each day. One of my favorites is coconut oil. I add coconut oil to my own diet as well. I have applied coconut oil topically to heal hot spots and other skin irritations. When you decide to add coconut oil to a dog’s diet, it is important to understand that not all coconut oil is the same. The healthy stuff is only the coconut oil that is raw virgin and organic. Processing alters the molecular structure of the coconut oil in a bad way. It is ONLY coconut oil that is in its organic raw virgin form that carries all the wonderful health benefits. Coconut oil may be taken internally or applied topically.

There have been several studies that have yielded conflicting results. The reason why is simple. It is because some research was performed on processed and refined coconut oil (ex. hydrogenated). This is why I cannot stress how important it is that the coconut oil in its most natural form that has boundless health benefits. Various processing is unhealthy!

I add oil to my dogs’ diet. I alternate different types of oil that I add to their food each day. One of my favorites is coconut oil. I add coconut oil to my own diet as well. I have applied coconut oil topically to heal hot spots and other skin irritations. When you decide to add coconut oil to a dog’s diet, it is important to understand that not all coconut oil is the same. The healthy stuff is only the coconut oil that is raw virgin and organic. Processing alters the molecular structure of the coconut oil in a bad way. It is ONLY coconut oil that is in its organic raw virgin form that carries all the wonderful health benefits. Coconut oil may be taken internally or applied topically.

There have been several studies that have yielded conflicting results. The reason why is simple. It is because some research was performed on processed and refined coconut oil (ex. hydrogenated). This is why I cannot stress how important it is that the coconut oil in its most natural form that has boundless health benefits. Various processing is unhealthy!

The benefits of raw organic coconut oil:

  • Improves condition of the skin and coat
  • Soothes itchy or irritated skin
  • Helps ease allergy symptoms
  • Helps relive kennel cough
  • Strengthens immune function
  • Expels or kills intestinal parasites
  • Helps keep blood sugar in balance
  • Improves energy and balances metabolism
  • Improves digestion and nutrient absorption
  • Reduces or eliminates body odor & bad breath
  • Improves oral health and whitens teeth
  • Helps reduce excess body fat and maintain proper weight
  • Protects against digestive disorders such as ulcers and colitis
  • Prevents and fights bacterial, viral, and yeast infections
  • Helps build strong bones
  • Helps prevent and ease joint pain and ligament problems
  • Speeds healing from cuts, burns, insect bites, hot spots, and other injuries
  • Regulates and balances insulin and promotes normal thyroid function
  • Helps prevent and control diabetes
  • Protects against fleas, ticks, mites, and other parasites

The brand that I have tried is cold pressed, contains no bleaches, no chemicals, and no additives. It is organic, raw and unrefined. It is made by a company called Cocotherapy. They also make Coconut Chips for dogs which are actually pure flakes of high quality coconut with nothing added. The Cocotherapy product is featured on the cover the Bruce Fife’s book. He has written several books about coconut oil. He has often been called “Dr. Coconut” because he knows just about everything there is to know about coconuts.

Another great use for coconut oil is for dry irritated eyes. A little bit of coconut oil can be applied directly into the eye. Yes- right onto the eyeball. This will soothe the eye and help heal with its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.

Dr. Karen Becker recommends 1/4 teaspoon for every 10 pounds of body weight twice daily for overall health.

Sources:

Antigua, Charisa. “Allergies and Coconut Oil.” Dogs Naturally Magazine Jul. – Aug. 2012: 21 – 23. Print.

Fife, Bruce. Coconut therapy for pets. Colorado Springs: Piccadilly Books, Ltd., 2014. Print.

“Ask Dr. Coconut.” Healthy Ways Newsletter 4-3 by Doctor Bruce Fife. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Oct. 2014.
http://coconutresearchcenter.org/hwnl_4-3.htm

Essentially Dogs Essentiallydogs.com is an educational resource, and all information herein is strictly for educational purposes. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent, or cure disease, nor is it meant to replace the (prescribed) veterinary treatment. Always inform your veterinarian or healthcare provider of any products that your pet is taking, including herbal remedies and supplements. Please do plenty of research so that you may equip yourself with the knowledge necessary to be an effective advocate for your dog’s well-being.