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BENEFITS OF COCONUT OIL FOR DOGS
The coconut, also known as the “tree of life”, has been found to have many benefits not only for humans, but for our best friends as well. Many diseases and ailments, like yeast infections, smelly coats, cuts that have been infected, and even cracked paws, can all be cured with just a jar of coconut oil. When all forms of diet remedies have failed, then it is time to try out this miracle natural medicine for your dog. Lauric acid, a medium chain fatty acid, can help prevent bacterial and viral infections. This is most commonly found in a mother’s milk and builds the immune system. Fortunately, dogs can benefit from the same kind of protection and health advantages it gives throughout their lives..
In addition to preventing flea infestations, there are many other benefits of coconut oil for dogs. coconut oil can potentially reduce cancer risks. It also improves the digestion of your dog and becomes medicine for most digestive upsets. The thyroid function is also kept normal with coconut oil. It can give your dog a smooth glossy coat, as well as healthy, supple skin. Yeast and fungal infections are also treated and prevented through the use of coconut oil. Arthritis and similar pains can also be minimized or treated. Coconut oil can also balance your dog’s metabolism rate to keep his weight under control. Another area in which amazing results have been attained is in prevention of parasitic infestations, and apparently curing the problem in many instances. As described in an article on the HealingNaturallyByBee.com website:
Coconut oil may provide an effective defense against many troublesome parasites including giardia. Like bacteria and fungi, giardia can’t stand up against MCFA found in coconut oil. Research has confirmed the effectiveness of MCFA in destroying giardia and possibly other protozoa.5,6,7 By using coconut oil and other coconut products every day, you may be able to destroy giardia before it can establish a toehold.
Coconut oil can be given internally or applied externally, and can provide remedies for many skin infections. It can disinfect cuts and improve your dog’s general skin and coat condition, making it healthier. Wounds also heal faster with coconut oil, and it helps to deodorize your dog’s skin and clear up some rashes as well. Many vets and researchers today are recommending the regular use of coconut oil for dogs and many other pets as an excellent source of nutrients, which keeps your dog in good health.
The recommended dose is roughly 1 teaspoon of coconut oil daily per 10 pounds of body weight.
BENEFITS OF BREWER’S YEAST FOR DOGS
Brewers Yeast – Not to be confused with any other type of yeast, Brewers Yeast, is an inactive yeast that is a popular dietary supplement. Brewers Yeast has several uses for dogs. It is a source of B vitamins such as biotin, trace minerals such as zinc, proteins and amino acids. The amino acids and vitamins can help make a dog’s skin healthier and its coat shinier. Brewers Yeast is often recommended by holistic vets to help strengthen dogs’ immune systems.
According to the Encyclopedia of Natural Pet Care, Brewers Yeast was shown to protect chickens from salmonella-tainted feed. Brewers Yeast is also a common natural remedy for dogs with fleas.. It is believed to work against fleas because it contains sulfur compounds that make your dog less palatable to them. It’s recommended to give ½ teaspoon Brewer’s yeast daily per 10 pounds of body weight. I also use Brewers Yeast in my Frosty Pumpkin Dog Treats.
1 Cup Plain Kefir or Yogurt, preferably homemade
16 ounces organic pumpkin puree
1/3 cup Brewers Yeast
1/2 cup Salmon Oil
Use a blender to combine ingredients, blend until completely smooth.
Fill silicone molds, as desired.
Freeze 3 hours or until solid.
Transfer frosty pumpkin dog treats into to a container or plastic zip top bag and store in the freezer, serve frozen.
Give up to 2 treats per day
1 1/8 Cup Coconut oil
1/2 Cup Brewers Yeast
Small silicone pans
1. Combine melted coconut oil and brewers yeast together in your blender. Blend for roughly 10 seconds until smooth.
2. Transfer blended mixture into a plastic condiment bottle (trim tip to 1/4 inch opening) and use to fill 2 - small paw print silicone pans.
3. Chill in the refrigerator or freezer until set & solid.
4. Remove from the pan and store in refrigerator or freezer for up to 6 months.
*1/8 cup = 2 tablespoons
Give up to 4 small paw print Flea Prevention Dog Treat per day.
Benefits of Salmon/Fish Oil for dogs
Salmon/Fish Oil: Fish oil is probably the most important supplement you can add to your dog’s diet, regardless of what type of diet you feed. EPA and DHA, the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil, provide widespread benefits, but they are fragile and unlikely to survive storage in bags of kibble, or may be rancid even before being added to pet foods.
Proven benefits from EPA and DHA include:
Improving the coat and skin.
Reducing inflammation due to conditions such as arthritis, allergies, and inflammatory bowel disease
Regulating the immune system, boosting those that are suppressed and calming overactive immune systems for dogs with allergies or autoimmune diseases.
Aiding in mental development of fetuses and puppies, and improving cognitive function in older dogs
Lowering blood pressure and triglycerides
Providing support for dogs with kidney disease, heart disease, and cancer. – Promoting weight loss in overweight dogs.
CAUTION: Fish oil should be protected from light, heat, and air. Store liquid fish oil in opaque/dark colored bottles in the refrigerator. Purchase amounts that can be used within one or two months to avoid rancidity. If you notice an “off” odor, discard the oil.