If you are a pet parent, then you must have an idea that your pooch’s body demands some amount of oil intake for healthy living. But, have you ever wondered what kind of oil your dog actually needs? Most of the parents add Fish oil to their dog’s diet being unaware of the fact that this oil sometimes adversely affects your dog’s health. Are you in a dilemma after reading this? don’t worry; we are here to solve this perplex situation of yours!
Why oil intake is important for dogs?
First thing first, you should know why oil intake for dogs is important. Like us humans, a dog’s body also demands a certain amount of lubrication. Oil intake helps in improved digestion, and it also protects your pooch’s body from fungal and bacterial attacks. A good amount of oil intake also builds up a strong immune system that ultimately leads to a happy pooch!
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Coconut vs Fish Oil (Difference in structure)-
In order to find what’s the best oil suited for dogs, many types of research have been done by the researchers and one of them describes the structure of both Fish and Coconut oil.
This oil extracted from a variety of fishes living both in cold and warm water types. If we talk about the structure of this oil, it is made up of long chain fatty acids, comprised of a chain of 18 carbon atoms. These highly unsaturated fats contain 6 and 5 double carbon bonds on their long structured chain. Because of the double carbon bonds, fish oil is more unstable and prone to oxidation when subjected to light or high heat during its storage, and if this oxidized oil is provided to dogs, it may result in diseases.
In comparison to Fish Oil, the structure of Coconut Oil is a bit different; this oil is made up of medium chain fatty acids, comprised of a chain of 12 carbon atoms. This means that the oil is stable and not prone to oxidation or free-radical formation. Coconut oil does not need to be refrigerated and has shown no signs of rancidity, even after three years of storage. Therefore, it is highly safe for your pooches.
Why choose Coconut oil over Fish oil (Benefits)-
We are not at all saying that fish oil is bad for your dogs or it is non-consumable as this oil has many health benefits too, we just want you to know that if you want to avoid any type of health issues in your pooches related to their diet and others, then you must switch to Coconut oil. This oil has shown amazing results in dogs’ health and also improved their skin coats.
Also to mention, the lauric acid (found in breast milk of mammals) that is present in coconut oil is converted into monoglyceride monolaurin by the body, which keeps animals from getting viral, bacterial or protozoal infections. So this is ideal for puppies as well.
Along with this, the MCFAs (Medium Chain Fatty Acids) are broken down and used for energy production and seldom end up as body fat or as deposits in arteries. Whereas, intake of fish oil may sometimes result in increased body fat.
Coconut oil gently elevates the metabolism, provides a higher level of energy and vitality, protects from illness and speeds healing. The MDFA found in coconut oil balance the thyroid, helping overweight dogs lose weight and helping sedentary dogs feel energetic.
Thus, when researchers compared the benefits of Coconut Oil to that of Fish Oil, they found that if fish oil is replaced with coconut oil in a dog’s diet, there will be more good results that will be shown in a dog’s health.
- Treats Joint problems
- Resolves Osteoporosis
- Helps in Treating Diabetes
- Insulin resistance
- Controls High blood pressure
- Resolves Respiratory difficulties
- Helps in resolving liver disease or other liver dysfunctions
- Easing Digestive Issues
- Improves Eye-sight, treats hearing issues
- Treats bad smell from the mouth
If you want a Healthy and Happy pooch, start adding Coconut Oil in their diet or buy food that contains fatty acids that completes the lubrication demand of the body. If you are adding Coconut Oil is your Dog’s diet, then you should know how much its intake should be?
We always recommend that when you switch your pet’s diet, you should go off slowly. There’s no need to rush. The recommended dose is approximately 1 teaspoon of coconut oil per 10 pounds of dog. When starting out, give a 1/4 of the recommended dose and monitor your dog to see how they react to it. From there, you can gradually increase the dose.
We don’t have to tell you that no two dogs are alike. Yes, coconut oil is all natural and non-toxic. However, while one dog may have no reaction to coconut oil, the next might have a few minor side effects.
Also to mention, Coconut oil may also be problematic in dogs with digestive health issues or with a history of pancreatitis. For this reason, before switching to coconut oil, you should ask your vet first.