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Old September 26th, 2007, 10:07 PM
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Extra Virgin Coconut Oil

We're at the end of our big jar so I thought I would see what the general consensus is amongst other folks who having been adding this to their pet's food.

Personally I'm impressed. It's made a huge difference in skin and coat condition ~ Declan's in particular. I'm not one to bathe my dog's ~ they see the groomer a few times a year and that's just fine. But Declan has ALWAYS had greasy, grimey skin and no matter how hard I try to keep him brushed his shedding is hugemongous and his coat is dull. All of that has improved significantly ~ in all three dogs, but in Declan's in particular. And, they love the taste! I'm feeding about 2 tablespoons per day mixed into their kibble.

Thumb's up from me and I'll be heading out to the health food store for another $25 () jar.
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Old September 27th, 2007, 10:42 PM
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Yes, it is truly a miracle product. I sell the Nutiva brand through my business & I recommend it to every dog owner I come across. I have personally witnessed miracles with two different dogs who consume the Nutiva brand; miracles!

One lady told me she gives it to her pet rat, who has/had a skin issue, which is no longer present.
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Old September 28th, 2007, 07:28 AM
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Goldens4Ever, any testimonials from cat owners? And whether there was any problem with the taste?
(I have a friend who puts it on her morning toast )
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Old September 28th, 2007, 10:54 AM
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We're at the end of our big jar so I thought I would see what the general consensus is amongst other folks who having been adding this to their pet's food.

Personally I'm impressed. It's made a huge difference in skin and coat condition ~ Declan's in particular. I'm not one to bathe my dog's ~ they see the groomer a few times a year and that's just fine. But Declan has ALWAYS had greasy, grimey skin and no matter how hard I try to keep him brushed his shedding is hugemongous and his coat is dull. All of that has improved significantly ~ in all three dogs, but in Declan's in particular. And, they love the taste! I'm feeding about 2 tablespoons per day mixed into their kibble.

Thumb's up from me and I'll be heading out to the health food store for another $25 () jar.


as far as I know kibble has quite alot of fats and oils, supplementing with even more oil is not too much?

So far my dog seems to not have any problems with her coat or skin but I was wondering if it would be a good idea to give her a little bit of some good oil (fish, coconut, flax or other type).

I am just changing her to Wellness puppy now but she's not that crazy about it ...

Thanks!
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Old September 28th, 2007, 10:58 AM
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also what oil is the best to give them
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Old September 30th, 2007, 03:15 AM
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as far as I know kibble has quite alot of fats and oils, supplementing with even more oil is not too much?

So far my dog seems to not have any problems with her coat or skin but I was wondering if it would be a good idea to give her a little bit of some good oil (fish, coconut, flax or other type).

I am just changing her to Wellness puppy now but she's not that crazy about it ...

Thanks!
The lesser quality brands tend to have more bad fat because it adds "flavour" .

If your dog has no issues with her skin or coat then you probably don't need to supplement.

And, fyi my dogs didn't care for Wellness either.

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also what oil is the best to give them
Some people find success with olive oil, others use herring or salmon oil happily. The fish oils have the omega's as an added bonus. My dogs tired of the fish oils fairly quickly and didn't cotton to olive oil.
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Old September 30th, 2007, 09:34 AM
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There are different types of fats. Omegas & olive oil, for example, are essential fatty acids, which if given too much (Omega 3), can be toxic. Their bodies require these, but only in certain amounts. Some dogs have an essential fatty acid deficiency (an internal dysfunction), so they require additional supplementation. For instance, Aspen has Seborrhea, so she has to take a veterinary strength Omega 3, 6, 9 supplement daily. Goldie does not recieve or require any additional EFA supplement. If dogs are on a super healthy food & do not have problems with an EFA deficiency, then they do not need an Omega supplement.

Coconut Oil is a saturated fat (medium-chain fatty acid), that is not toxic at any level given. Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil refers to the way in which the coconut oil is processed-this is the statement you want on the jar. This is beneficial for any dog (I don't know anything about cats). Kibble does contain some fat, it's not the same as a healthy spoonful of a concentrated source of saturated fat-adding some of this to their food will only benefit them (if given the correct amount). Here is the slip I give my clients who purchase this:

WHY GIVE NUTIVA ORGANIC EXTRA VIRGIN COCONUT OIL TO DOGS?

-A healthy source of saturated fat (medium chain fatty acids)
-Provides energy & aids in weight loss
-Dramatically improves skin & coat health
-Possesses natural antifungal properties
-Helps reduce symptoms associated with allergies
-Aids in healing minor skin abrasions and bug bites

HOW TO FEED:
a) For dogs & puppies weighing 10 pounds & under, start with 1/4 teaspoon per day for 1-2 weeks. Gradually work your way up to 1 teaspoon per day.
b) Feed 1 roughly tablespoon per 30 pounds of weight. But, introduce it gradually, starting out with a few teaspoons for 1-2 weeks & then working up to however many tablespoons they need for their weight. It may be given in liquid or solid form. (Mine lick it off the spoon)!
*If you introduce too much of this product too soon, it may result in loose and/or runny stools. It takes a week or two for their stomachs to adjust to the richness of this food. If this occurs, reduce the amount given & work up from there.

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Old September 30th, 2007, 12:53 PM
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Goldens4Ever, thank you for your informative post.
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Old September 30th, 2007, 01:24 PM
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Would it be any help for "oily" ish coats. Molly's coat looks a bit oily and when you scratch her your hands sometimes get a whitish oily coating on them. Adding more fat to her diet seems contradictory but I could be wrong. Anyone know?
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Old September 30th, 2007, 07:08 PM
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Thumb's up from me and I'll be heading out to the health food store for another $25 () jar.
How long does a jar last for your 3 dogs M3X ? Not that my doggies seem to need it , but if it would help with Sam's shedding .....
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Old September 30th, 2007, 07:22 PM
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Jeepers Frenchy about two or three weeks I think (can't remember when I bought the first jar).
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about two or three weeks I think (can't remember when I bought the first jar).
So about a month 1/2 for one dog .... does it really make a difference with the shedding or only with the skin and fur condition ?
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Old September 30th, 2007, 07:42 PM
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Oh and one more thing , what does jeepers means ?
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Old September 30th, 2007, 08:34 PM
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"Jeepers" is kinda like "Yikes"...sometimes used in the case of "jeepers creepers" which is more like "what the heck"

Don't think it's yeast infection for Molly - her skin isn't smelly or scaley/crusty, just oily, sometimes you get white oily residue on your hands but her skin LOOKS OK. Chole (rip) had similar condition and the Sebolux shampoo seemed to help her a bit, made her coat very soft and reduced the oiliness. The "condition" seems to get better and worse at different times, no idea why. Itchiness is the worst part for poor Molly thus it's getting critical to do something so she doesn't go mad.

I'm off to "civilization" (Thunder Bay then Calgary - we don't have a pet store or a vet in my town:sad next weekend so i'm going to try and get some coconut oil, then the week after we'll be seeing the vet again and hopefully get some shampoo. Anything else I should be looking for when i'm in the city that might help with itchiness?
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Old October 15th, 2007, 01:40 PM
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i never new of this
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