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The Many Health Benefits of Coconut Oil for Dogs

Updated: Jul 9, 2020

Natural, Versatile Coconut Oil!

The benefits of coconut oil for dogs are often underestimated. When we first opened our doggie daycare I was contacted by CoCo Therapy and they discussed the various uses. I have always been open minded to alternative drug therapies, especially since my son and I both contracted Lyme disease and it’s the alternative therapies – combined with traditional medicine that have worked. When we had a number of clients with poor skin and digestive issues, I gave them bottles to try. They came back for more – it clearly makes a huge difference.

A common use for coconut oil has been as topical treatment for dry and itchy skin, hot spots, and dry or undernourished nails and coats. As a natural, homeopathic remedy, coconut oil is an ideal option to try for many kinds of skin concerns. But it is not just a skin treatment. With its anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-inflammatory properties, it has been used as a therapeutic dietary supplement, as well. 

WholeDogz uses CocoTherapy coconut oil products because they are made from 100% pure, USDA certified organic, cold-pressed virgin coconut oil. These coconuts, organically grown stay on the tree for 12 months ensuring the highest amounts of lauric acid which aid in killing yeast.

CocoTherapy owners, point to research that shows that unlike the saturated fats from animal sources, the fats in coconut oil are about 64% Medium Chain Fatty Acids, which are more quickly broken down for energy and therefore seldom end up as body fat. The extract of Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT oil) derived from coconut oil contains an even higher proportion of these fatty acids, at about 93%. Coconut oil contains no cholesterol, and coconut oil and its extract of are thought to boost the immune system and cognitive function, and reduce inflammation, without causing weight gain. 

Coconut oil and MCT oil have been used as therapeutic supplements to ease symptoms caused by allergies, environment, and old age. In countries where coconuts grow abundantly, such as in the Philippines, according to an article on HealthyPets, generations of people have been using coconut oil and its extract as both food and medicine for animals and people, including as a low-cholesterol antiviral and antifungal preventative measure.

Do you have a pet that is unable to process fats? Even pets (dogs and cats) who need low-fat diets, for example, animals with lymphangiectasia or protein losing enteropathy (PLE), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) can absolutely put these patients on a low-fat diet and use coconut oil or MCTs as their source of therapeutic fats to help with those medical conditions.

If you have a severely debilitated animal who is highly intolerant to fats and needs an ultra-low-fat diet, it's best to go with MCT oil that contains around 93% medium chain triglycerides vs. virgin coconut oil, which is comprised of 63% medium chain triglycerides.

Consult your holistic vet about how our CocoTherapy coconut oil products can help your furry friend. View the CocoTherapy products available from WholeDogz here:

You can read more about the benefits of coconut oil from CocoTherapy in this article on the HealthyPets website on the CocoTherapy website

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