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Ten Reasons to Add Coconut Oil to Your Dog's Diet
Taken from dogster.com from the Living with Dogs - dog life and style tips by Julia Szabo
With more and more Americans appreciating the fantastic flavor and health benefits of coconut oil, there are many excellent brands out there. My favorite happens to be Tropical Traditions because it's made from certified organic coconuts that have not been treated with chemicals or fertilizers. Plus, it comes in a generously-proportioned glass bottle (which I much prefer to plastic) so I always have enough to share with my beloved five-pack of dogs!
My K9s get a loving spoonful of the stuff at every meal - a teaspoonful, to be precise, straight from the bottle - and I do all my cooking with it (coconut oil makes the best-ever stir-fries). I even give a bottle to my neighborhood falafel place; trust me, chickpea balls are out of this world when they're bathed in hot coconut oil.
Fed regularly to pets, coconut oil can have many health benefits – for their skin, digestive and immune systems, metabolic function, even their bone and brain health! Here are the top 10 reasons to add coconut oil to your dog's diet:
1. Coconut oil improves overall skin health, and clears up skin conditions such as eczema, flea allergies, contact dermatitis, and itchy skin.
2. Incredibly emollient, coconut oil helps moisturize the dryest K9 skin and makes a dog's coat gleam with health – whether you add it to her diet, her shampoo, or both!
3. Applied topically to the skin, coconut oil promotes the healing of cuts, wounds, hot spots, bites, and stings.
4. The antibacterial and antifungal properties of coconut oil help reduce doggy odor, and its pleasantly tropical aroma imparts a delightful scent to a dog's skin and coat.
5. Coconut oil prevents and treats yeast infections, including candida. Its antiviral agents also help dogs recover quickly from kennel cough.
6. Digestion and nutrient absorption are improved by the addition of coconut oil to a dog's diet. It can, however, cause stool to loosen; if that happens, just add a few spoonfuls of canned pumpkin to your dog's diet (go here for more stool-firming tips).
7. Coconut oil reduces – and sometimes eliminates – doggy breath. Some dog lovers even brush their pets' teeth with the stuff! Which makes sense, as dogs love the taste of coconut oil, and that makes the chore less arduous for brusher and brushee.
8. Like cinnamon, coconut oil helps prevent diabetes by regulating and balancing insulin. It also promotes normal thyroid function, and helps prevent infection and heart disease.
9. Helping to reduce weight and increase energy, coconut oil also promotes mobility in dogs with arthritis and other joint issues.
10. Again like cinnamon, coconut oil is excellent for brain health; it's being used to stave off dementia in humans, and it's a must to keep senior dogs' minds from becoming cloudy.
For secure bedding for incontinence: make a base of foam (you can carve out to size) then cover with a baby mattress pad, then put a absorbent cotton such as baby diapers or disposable diapers, over that put two or more layers of fleece for wicking the urine. So the dog does not sleep in urine.
Suggestion from Lisa Sossin: If having problems expressing a bladder. She uses a scarf around the belly and lifts the dog with the scarf. She can empty the bladder by adjusting the scarf a couple of times.