We all love our pets and want them to live long, healthy lives. Whether your four-legged friend is a cat, dog, ferret, or even a bird, you want what's best for him. When our pets are happy, so are we, and when they are suffering, we suffer with them. When I first found out about the advantages of organic coconut oil, I learned that it's as good for our pets as it is for us. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised to learn of all the health benefits not only for myself, but for my pets.
It's always a wise decision to speak to your doctor when trying something new, especially if you have never had it before. The same goes for your pet, you should speak with the vet. You want to make sure you and your pet don't carry a food allergy. It's smart to slowly introduce it to your daily diet. The recommended dose for coconut oil for pets is 1/4 teaspoon for each 10 pounds, taken twice a day but you should slowly introduce the organic coconut oil to your pets diet.
When I included it in my diet, I started out with just a 1/2 teaspoon in my coffee. After a few days, I slowly increased it. For my pet, though, I started out with just a little amount in her water bowl and slowly worked my way up to the recommended dose. It can also be mixed with their food, if that's easier. My friend feeds it to her pet ferret daily and says her pet is incredibly active with an improved digestive tract. She definitely sees a change for the better in her ferret's fur which is shiny and healthy.
I feel very confident feeding it to my pet because it's really good for the teeth, gums, and bad breath. Dental health is a big concern so it's great to know that it will help with that. Coconut oil for pets is utilized two ways: taken internally and applied externally. It's great for the immune system when ingested and helps soothe, treat, and heal skin problems when used externally. Coconut oil is 50% lauric acid, which is why it's anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-microbial.
Some skin conditions include itchy skin, flea allergies, eczema or dermatitis. It also works to prevent and treat candida, heal wounds, and give your pet a healthy coat. Coconut oil for pets will help increase their energy, lose weight, as well as prevent and help control diabetes. Continued use will help improve digestion, improve oral health, help his body absorb vitamins and nutrients, and help heal stomach disorders.
Hi, my name is Melissa and I enjoy writing about the benefits of organic coconut oil mainly because there are so many. I started using coconut oil six months ago and I have come to love it. I use it everyday internally and externally and started giving it to my pet. I really don't have any major health issues but it's good to know that my daily use of coconut oil may be protecting me and strengthening my immune system (and my beloved pets, too!!) Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/7043479
Tis the season for allergies for humans and canines alike!
Bella, my English Mastiff had another lump, hind quarter area. Having her a year, I have learned her sensitivities. She is how I discovered the money saving benefits of coconut oil.
Last year she was put on antibiotics and steroids for skin and ear infection. Were these effective? For her ears, yes. But she continued to scratch. The vet recommended another round, I declined and sought out alternative treatments.
What kept reappearing- coconut oil! Being a bit skeptical, I continued my search, finding only positive results with the oil. Being a food, it surely couldnt hurt and may help. I was amazed!
I began giving her a tsp twice a day and increased to 2 tblsp a day. The recommended dosage for humans and pets is 1 tblsp per 30 lbs of body weight.
Improvement was obvious within 3 days. She stopped itching, her coat was healthier looking. I also began using it in her ears as a wash every few weeks. I am believing coconut oil for pets is a great alternative.
Other reports suggest the coconut oil benefits our pets in many areas. Allergies, arthritis, hip dysplasia, thyroid to name a few.
Some pet owners use coconut oil for parasite treatment and prevention, others for minor first aid. Applied to hotspots, it is said to cool and heal naturally.
It is said to aid in digestion, reduces doggy odor and bad breath.
For our senior pets, the medium chain fatty acids are said to assist in brain health. As it has been shown to assist Alzheimers, the same benefits apply to dogs.
Talking to a dermatologist about natural oils, I told him of my use with coconut oil. He smiled and said "I use it on my horse, it is great for the hair and mane,it shines!"
Cats love it, placing a chunk by their food dish, they will lick it. This give them benefits to them as well. It is reported to assist with hairballs.
Coconut oil has antifungal, antibacterial and anti viral properties that can enhance the immune system. Possibly keeping ailments at bay.
Beginning a coconut oil supplementation for your pet may help prevent some ailments.
With the claims of its internal benefits, maintaining health is much easier than treating what may come.
These claims are not scientifically proven. The proof lies with the pet owner who has witnessed the success first hand.
As for the lump on Bella, after 3 days of applying the oil directly on the lump, it is gone! The vet said it may be a type of cyst. An area he will monitor to see if it returns. I did get a funny look when I told him I was using coconut oil!
As with any illness, the advice of a professional is recommended. It is your decision on treatment, but the health care provider should be aware of what it is.
Unfortunately, there are not a lot of holistic veterinarians, and they are pricey! Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/7066645