We want you to have the best possible ownership experience with your German Shepherd. So the health of your dog is always a high priority here at German Shepherd Place. And where possible we point you in the direction of some good nutritional possibilities that you may not be familiar with – the kind of thing that promotes vibrant health in your dog, which in turn means a better quality of life, and less money spent on vet bills!
Virgin Coconut Oil has been demonstrated to carry a broad array of healing and health promoting properties. It contains 90% saturated fats, and since they are all the medium chain kind (medium chain Triglycerides, or MCTs), they are highly beneficial. Lauric acid is the main one. It is loaded with antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. Most commonly, lauric acid is found in mother’s milk and builds the immune system. Adding virgin coconut oil to your dog’s diet also helps promote a healthy coat and supple skin.
Use virgin coconut oil externally on your dog to lubricate and sooth the skin in dry or irritated areas and to promote healing for cuts, bites and hotspots.
Virgin Coconut Oil is typically *available in 16 and 32 oz bottles – the larger size usually selling for around 80 cents to $1.00 an ounce. A convenient way to give it to your dog is to add it to his regular food – about a tablespoon per 30 lbs of his weight. But start with a teaspoon, and build to the full dose over the course of a couple of weeks. As with any new food, dogs can be sensitive to change, so the break-in period allows their metabolism to adjust.
Incidentally, the benefits of virgin coconut oil are not restricted to our canine friends. Many people are embracing it in their own diets with positive results. Used externally it is an effective skin lotion. In addition to making skin smooth and supple, it nourishes it and provides anti-aging properties. Coconut oil is also used with good results as a promoter of healthy hair and hair growth.
Until next time!
*Feb 15, 2014 note: For those of you resident in the US, Costco supplies the Carrington Farms organic extra virgin coconut oil for $15.00 for a 54 fl oz container. That’s about 28 cents/oz. – an excellent price! For those outside the US, and not familiar with Costco, it is a membership wholesale store. Perhaps you have a similar provider in your area.