It's best to get the cold pressed, unrefined, virgin and ideally, organic oil.
Brands that contain hexane is not good because it's a chemical used in mechanical extraction process I'm not sure why, but I prefer the cold pressed and organic is always good..
The one I bought is from walmart it's $10 forgot how much it had, but I tried a little bit of it and it tasted good had a hint of coconut in it. The one at walmart I found in the vitamin section.
Here's a few links with benefits of coconut oil
Coconut oil - All is Well
Nice video on the benefit of coconut oil
E how What Are the Benefits of Coconut Oil for Dogs?
The Health Benefits Of Coconut Oil
Apparently can be used as toothpaste on your dogs toothbrush, it improves digestion and nutrient absorption, helps control body and breath odor, aids healing of digestive disorders like inflammatory bowel syndrome and colitis, contains powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal agents that prevent infection and disease, prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections, including candida, promotes normal thyroid function, helps prevent or control diabetes, aids in arthritis relief, reduces allergic reactions, improves skin health and hair condition, disinfects cuts and promotes wound healing, and is an antioxidant, 50 times more potent than Vitamin E
According to this site and few others.
"Dogs usually like the taste of coconut oil, so it can be added to their food at any meal. Some dog parents just let their dogs lick the oil off from a spoon. How much coconut oil to give to a dog depends on the size and health condition of the dog, As a general guideline, give about 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight per day. However, remember not to start with the suggested amount. You need to add coconut oil to your dog's diet a little at a time in divided doses. Because coconut oil kills harmful bacteria, viruses, and fungi, the burden of removing dead organisms can trigger symptoms of detoxification. Too much coconut oil at a time may also cause diarrhea and greasy stools in dogs. As a start, try giving 1/4 teaspoon/day for small dogs or puppies and 1 teaspoon for large dogs, and gradually increase the amount every few days. Reduce the amount if your dog has diarrhea."
Here is Dr. Karen Becker video on coconut oil.
I plan to slowly work up both dogs and myself to the amount we need..
I'll probably use it for fruit smoothies for myself. Saya ate it off my finger with no issue sniffed it for a second and then licked it right up usually it takes her longer to like new things.
I plan to buy the Nutiva brand to try next seems good for the price.
nutiva coconut oil from amazon
The Nutiva Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 29-Ounce Jars (Pack of 2) seems to be a good price for amount you get..
I found the one in walmart in the vitamin section and I believe GNC has it probably any vitamin shop or health food store will have it.
Just be sure it's the virgin, organic and unrefined kind. Refined kind might have chlorine and hexane.
I rather get the unrefined kind better be safe then sorry.
I'll post more if I find anything different from adding this to me and the dogs diet..
Spectrum naturals is another brand someone on the dog forum I go to use and it seems like good brand too.
I guess any brand is good as long as it's the right kind.
I'll be sure to slowly introduce it to see how it goes.
I might try making brownies with it or a stir fry might be good.
I'm not saying to go out and buy coconut oil and give to your dog I'm just writing this because I found it interesting.
Saya only gets vitamin E twice a week, cranimal very berry and vibe every day and sometimes I skip a day, but I try to give it every day.
She doesn't get fish oil because Saya gets raw smelt, saury, and caned sardines, mackerel and salmon she also gets raw mackerel sometimes, but I haven't gotten any more right now.
So I feel she is fine and don't need fish or salmon oil supplemented.
I plan to try this coconut oil to see how it goes.
I'm not sure if coconut oil would replace fish oil? I know they both have different vitamins and minerals or whatever so I'd probably give one one day and one the other or something like that I wouldn't replace one for the other.
The coconut flakes in backing section is most likely not good for dogs has sugar added to it. I'm sure health food places have coconut flakes natural and not sugar added.
I got this info from hare-today.com website they recently just started carrying this.
I think any health food place would sell it and human grade would be fine coarse I'll check to be sure.
I plan to check it out soon to see if they got it.
I think this would also be a good supplement for Saya.
She is actually doing much better energy and health wise and she seems to be even spunkier and more happy lately.
Well before she was happy, but it seems she is even more playful. Maybe it's the coming of fall and winter that got her so energized over it.
Well I'm off to bed I'll be sure to say if I notice anything with her fur, teeth or whatever.
|Saya says"Good night and hurry up and turn the lights off!|
I added this link to the whole dog journal with info on coconut oil pretty much same info..
whole dog journal on coconut oil