All 6 of our dogs get coconut oil every day, and they line up to get it when they see me get the jar of it out. Needless to say, their coats are sleek and shiny. The amount of coconut oil I give my dogs is primarily based on the reason I am giving it. I don’t know of any other guide for doing it. One is quite overweight with a known thyroid condition–about 90#, so he gets at least a couple of Tbsp. Two of the others have some dry “dandruffy” skin and weigh less, so they get about 3-4 tsp. per day. Another has absolutely nothing wrong with her, so I give it preventatively and to keep her coat good–about 1-2 Tbsp. as she is about 80#. The little one, about 20# gets at least a teaspoon–often more. She has very dry skin and I adjust it to her scratching. The outdoor dog (because she doesn’t get along with one of the others in the house, and she came last) gets about a Tbsp. just because she is out in the weather.
I also give it as needed as the occasion(s) arise. For instance, a couple of them recently had some parasites. My holistic vet recommended some other stuff for them, but by the time he got it in the mail to me, I only needed part of it because the coconut oil had already had a good headstart in getting the problem resolved.
These amounts are all subject to change, of course, depending on needs, but I just use common sense. I don’t worry much about giving them too much, as long as what I give seems reasonable. I am also in the process of making my own dog food, as the more I read about the processed stuff, the more I’m not willing to feed that stuff to my dogs. If I’m not willing to eat something, I’m not willing to feed it to my dogs. I am using coconut oil in all of their food.
I put Virgin Coconut Oil in my kitty’s homemade cat food, and her coat is gorgeous. Even the vet commented on how beautiful it was! I also keep a glob (its cold in NY so it stays hard) next to her food bowl, and she nibbles whenever she needs it. Sometimes she doesn’t touch it for a while.. then she will eat a lot the next week. I believe she just eats it when her body needs it.
My testimonial is for my beloved cat, Sara. Sara is over 13 years old and is absolutely spoiled rotten!!! She’s all black with green eyes rimmed in yellow, with a few stray white hairs on her chest. For the past 3 years Sara had been coughing. She’d stick her neck out close to the ground and cough, as if she had a fur ball. Most of the time while in the house she would not produce anything. It kept getting worse & worse. Once in a while we’d see some fur balls she had coughed up on our deck outside. I had talked to the vet about it many times. They ruled out any lung problems, tested her for thyroid disorders & diabetes…nothing. They determined it was fur balls and gave me a tube of hairball remedy. She licked it off the vet’s finger while at the office. I put it on my finger the next day and she would not lick it off. I then put it in her dish – she left it there to rot. I then put it on her paw — (so she would lick it off) — she flung it on the carpet and it stained! How frustrating & her cough kept getting worse. I thought – what am I going to do? Then I thought of coconut oil — it could soothe her throat and improve her fur. Why not? It’s very healthy — I use coconut oil in baking & cooking. I first heated up the oil and mixed it in her food & she would eat it. I noticed while she ate she would deliberately lick the coconut oil first – then eat her food. So now every morning I clean her little bowl and heat up a little coconut oil and I put about a teaspoon in her dish and she licks it right away! She now looks for it every morning and I haven’t heard her cough in months! Her coat is absolutely beautiful — so soft and shiny! The coconut oil ended the fur ball coughing, what a relief! Sincerely,
Coconut is a brilliant food for horses giving them extra energy and a shiny coat. I would not hesitate to say that it would do wonders applied externally to the skin of a horse also. In coconut communities coconut oil is a universal treatment for human cuts, abrasions, skin infections of all kinds.
My horse had some kind of irritation on it’s face. The vet said it wasn’t a fungus. I’ve been putting Virgin Coconut Oil on it almost everyday and it is definitely clearing. My friend’s horse had a cyst on it’s face. She has been putting Virgin Coconut Oil on it and the cyst went away. My mare’s face is 98% clear now. I also use it on one of my horse’s bald face to avoid sunburn. His white nose area would be bright pink when he came in from the pasture. I was putting suntan lotion on him but he would pull away. He loves the Virgin Coconut Oil on his face. They know what is good : ).
The horses really do like the coconut oil! We are having to feed our horses hay cubes to prepare them for a week at a Horse ranch where all they feed is hay cubes. My daughters horse particularly, does not like the cubes! I suggested to her to put some coconut oil on them to see if that would help him eat the cubes and it worked! He started eating them. My only concern now is being able to afford the coconut oil for both our horses and us!!
This information is supplied by a user for horses. I have not had direct experience. He told me that the horses in training for racing are fed between 50 gram and 100 gram per day. They develop greater stamina for both galloping and trotting races, and the shiny coat and general good health is a bonus.
MUST share this with you! I am glad that you have looked further into the coconut oil…I AM NOT attempting to SELL anything BUT please bear with me with one previous instance which frightened me to death…..The other morning I awoke to lots of blood in TIKI’s aviary (my Ducorps Cockatoo) evidently somehow she had cracked her beak quite seriously…unbeknownst to me….after bathing her because her feathers were quite bloody from her preening which I did not know at the time… I realized the blood was from her beak…The beak was seriously fractured AND still bleeding…of course it was the weekend with NO avian vets available….I was at a loss… So after cleaning TIKI, seeing she was calm…I took the coconut oil in my hands and abundantly on my fingers…TIKI rested her beak upon my fingers…..as if it were comforting…as if the bird KNEW this was going to help….for 15-20 minutes we continued applying more coconut oil and the bleeding subsided…..to BOTH our relief!!!!! Then, as I worried…I decided that it would be best to only offer TIKI soft foods & liquids with ALOE & coconut oil only, which TIKI nibbled at slowly but surely….each day TIKI healed remarkably…TODAY….four days later…there is little evidence of TIKI’s cracked beak…although I continue to feed TIKI oatmeal & veggies with coconut oil each morning very warmed and she eats very well…..SO, I am convinced that the coconut oil indeed helped HEAL TIKI… TIKI is totally back to normal now…. I even had calls to several vets…who merely said IF I controlled the bleeding there was little they could do UNLESS infection set in…then antibiotics would be necessary…WELL…..thank goodness….COCONUT OIL IS INDEED antiviral & antibacterial….I BELIEVE this is TRUE now….with our specific situation….TIKI continues to rub her beak into coconut oil daily as if the bird KNOWS she NEEDS it!! NOW that is remarkable I THINK!!
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