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Old 04-13-2013, 07:33 PM
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I met a natural pet products store owner last weekend who had a booth down at Hoosier Horse Fair. We were discussing supplements and when I told him Sally was allergic to fish he suggested using organic coconut oil rather than fish oil to add omegas.

Has anyone heard of feeding coconut oil? The ones I've seen have been white goop, is it supposed to look like that? How much would I give a 55 lb dog?
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Old 04-13-2013, 07:38 PM
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I feed coconut oil, just started back recently. I fed it last year as well.

To give it to the dogs, you put it in a small container in hot water and it'll turn to liquid, it's pretty cool. I give 1-2tbsps. daily.

Here's an article about it: http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com...f-coconut-oil/
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Old 04-13-2013, 07:42 PM
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Yes I feed it, just put a glop in the bowl. We eat it ourselves and so do our animals. As healthy of a medium chain fatty acid that it is, It is NOT a source of omega 3's
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Are there Omega 3 supplements that dogs can process that are not derived from fish? Jack can eat fish oil but it's Sally that has a fish allergy...

What are the benefits of the rest of the fatty acids? I thought it was Omega 3 that was the desirable one?
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Are there Omega 3 supplements that dogs can process that are not derived from fish? Jack can eat fish oil but it's Sally that has a fish allergy...

What are the benefits of the rest of the fatty acids? I thought it was Omega 3 that was the desirable one?
Flax seed oil has some omega-3s. If she's okay with krill, krill oil is a very good source of omega-3s as well.

I do not feed coconut oil yet, but plan to start soon.
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Old 04-13-2013, 08:39 PM
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Interesting.

I've never considered this. We use it all the time for cooking. It makes the best buttermilk biscuits! I also use it to take off makeup and moisturize. And now..the dogs can eat it! Wonders never cease! We were just talking about fish oil for coats. Watching this thread!
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Flax seed oil has some omega-3s. If she's okay with krill, krill oil is a very good source of omega-3s as well.

I do not feed coconut oil yet, but plan to start soon.
Stupid question--krill is a shellfish, right? Which is different than a standard fish? It was an allergy test at the vet's and there was no shellfish listed on the list of allergens tested for...
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Stupid question--krill is a shellfish, right? Which is different than a standard fish? It was an allergy test at the vet's and there was no shellfish listed on the list of allergens tested for...
Krill are arthropods. Not fish at all.
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I've fed it for about 5 years and love it. The dogs' coats look and smell good and they love it too. I make it into little measured blocks and then hand them out at breakfast. We have a lot of dogs though.
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I fed it for a short time last year after reading the benefits of it (particularly a story about a VERY smelly Lab whose odor dissipated while on it). I notice no change when feeding it to any of my dogs so when the large container of it was gone I just stopped feeding it. Not saying it didn't and doesn't have any benefits that I can't see however, so I might feed it again, but from the outside no I myself noticed no difference in my dogs appearance, or in the way Noodle smells.
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