Coconut Oil

posted Jul 25, 2011, 7:44 AM by James Cass
This is some wonderful information I came across on a yahoo group, that I completely agree with.  Please feel free to share it.

*Coconut Oil and other foods: Scientists claim you can teach an old dog new tricks if you feed them right*

A Toronto University study, published in the *British Journal of Nutrition*,
showed that dogs fed an anti-age diet containing special dietary fats found
in some natural vegetable oils such as coconut oil, can improve their memory and learning skills.

An article, “*Scientists claim you can teach an old dog new tricks if you
feed them right,”* in the* Telegraph* reported these special dietary fats,
called medium chain triglycerides or MCTs, are unique in that they can
easily be converted into energy that can be absorbed by an aging brain,
providing fuel that it needs to help maximize brain function.

*Coconut Oil Benefits For Dogs*
* *By Robin Plan

If you are already using coconut oil you might have wondered if it's as
healthy for dogs as it is for you. The answer is positively yes. There are
many benefits to feeding your pup this healthy oil. Most dogs love the
taste, making it one of the easiest, natural supplements to feed.

o Control doggy odors without excessive bathing. Virgin coconut oil
deodorizes anything it comes in contact with and it helps to deodorize my
Shelties as well.
o Use it as a doggy toothpaste. The dogs will lick it off the toothbrush so
I have to be fast when brushing their teeth.
o Helps with any skin problems such as allergies, dermatitis, dry flaky skin
and itchy skin. Helps heal sores. Add it to their food and use on their body
for best results. It is very slow absorbing so you can give a doggy massage
for a few minutes to let it soak in.
o Gives super shiny fur without extra expensive and time of using coat
o Helps to trim down a thick canine waistline. Coconut oil is gaining
respect for being a fat burning food. I've been feeding my Shelties about a
tablespoon on their food and they have lost that roll of belly fat.
o Many dogs have found relief from painful arthritis, sore joints due to
over exercise and age related stiffness.
o It has been shown to help balance the thyroid in people and their canine
o Improves digestion, prevents and helps stomach problems in dogs and
o Prevents and helps control yeast infections, ear infections and viral
o Conditions dry cracked paws.
o Helps to detox, very important if your dog has been raiding the garbage or
eating a low quality food.

Use only organic virgin coconut oil.
Start slowly with a half teaspoon a day for each 20 pounds of body weight. 
It's best to divide it and give a little though out the day. 
Work up to a full teaspoon once or twice a day for a 20 pound dog.

If your dog seems to feel bad and has loose or greasy looking stools you
should cut back on the oil for a few days. Remember that coconut oil helps
to detox the body so you need to give it in very small doses so your dog
doesn't feel the effects of detoxing all at once.

*Do you know about Coconut Oil?*

Added to the diet coconut oil can help slim overweight dogs, condition dry
shabby-looking coats, offers some relief to painful arthritis or ligament
problems, can help balance the thyroid, gives dogs a natural source of
energy and helps keep dogs smelling better. My favorite use of coconut oil -
improves digestion and nutrient absorption. I replace all oils in the doggy
treats I bake with Coconut Oil.

People have found with topical use their dogs ear infections improve, as do
flea allergies, contact dermatitis, and other skin irritations. It's also
been shown to help get rid of moles, heal sores and condition the dog's dry
cracked feet pads.

The oil can be applied to sores. It is slow absorbing so try to keep the dog
occupied for several minutes after applying it. Try it on hot spots, sore
foot pads, minor bites or even to clean ears.

Coconut oil will deodorize anything it touches and will make your dog smell
better when it's fed to him.

Dogs love the taste of coconut and many will lick it off a spoon. It can be
feed alone or mixed in dog food. Start very slow. Work up to a teaspoon a
day for each 20 pounds of body weight. If you notice greasy stools cut back
the oil for a few days. The oil will help detox the system so it's important
to go slow and over several weeks

Using natural dog products doesn’t have to be expensive. The best coat
conditioner I found is coconut oil. Coconut oil
is also good for health inside and out. It’s not expensive and the dogs love
the taste.