A very good
customer of ours came into the store the other day and asked me about coconut
oil. Her dog has had some problems with itching and bumps on her skin. She said
she starting applying coconut oil on her dogs skin and she was giving it to her
as a treat as well. She had noticed that her dog's skin had cleared up. I
assured her virgin coconut oil was very good for both her and her dog.
There are reports of people feeding it to their tropical birds, cats and dogs.
It not only improves the appearance of skin and coat, but can reduce pet odor
when added to their diet. It can help dogs reduced scratching who may have skin
allergies. It can also be applied topically to scratches, bites, etc. to promote
faster healing. Coconut oil can be given to cats to alleviate fur ball problems.
Coconut oil is antibacterial, antiviral and antimicrobial.
Coconut oil is a natural way to rid your pet of ear mites. Gently apply warmed
oil with a cotton ball once or twice a day being careful not to probe too deeply
into the ear canal. You can dropper the oil into the ear to get greater
penetration. Coconut oil has reported to be successful in killing mites.
The first step in using coconut oil is making sure you purchase Certified
Organic 100% Pure Virgin Coconut Oil. Most commercial grade coconut oils are
made from copra. Copra is basically the dried meat of the coconut. If standard
copra is used as a starting material, the unrefined coconut oil extracted from
copra is not suitable for consumption and must be purified - i.e. refined. This
is because the way most copra is dried is very unsanitary. Most of the copra is
dried under the sun in the open air, where it is exposed to insects and moulds.
The standard end product made from copra is RBD coconut oil. RBD stands for
refined, bleached, and deodorized. Both high heat and chemicals (e.g. solvent
extractions) are used in this method.
It is recommended to begin slowly, adding liquid or solid coconut oil to the
food and gradually working up to about 1 teaspoon per 10 lbs. of body weight per
day. It has been recommended to start with 1/4 teaspoon per day for small dogs
or puppies and 1 teaspoon per day for large dogs. If too much is given and your
pet has not had the opportunity to adjust to the coconut oil, it can cause
diarrhea while the body adjusts.
Coconut oil can be a very effective supplement for both pets and people. We have
some on order and will be in the store soon.
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