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Health Benefits of Coconut Oil For Pets

Lori Waters

Lori Waters

Animal Expert Extraordinaire! at The Litter Sitter, inc.
Lori Waters is the author and voice behind Thee Inside Poop as well as the owner and operator of The Litter Sitter, a local dog walking and pet sitting company in Miami Beach, FL. When she's not busy blogging and taking care of clients' pets you can find her running around with her german shepherd Zoey or having in-depth conversations with her two fur balls, Michi and Oakley!
Lori Waters

Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

This week I had a friend of mine ask me what product he could use to clear up his dogs dry nose and the first thing that popped into my head was COCONUT OIL! When I told him this, he asked: “Really? I don’t need to go to the store and buy some kind of product?” To which I replied: “You can if you want to but this is cheaper, natural and will probably do the same job as the other thing you’re going to end up buying.” He was pretty impressed and amazed at the fact that he could use this household item to treat his pups dry, itchy nose and that got me thinking I wonder how many other pet parents out there don’t know about the awesome benefits of using coconut oil for their pets!

So here we are, learning the basics of Coconut oil 🙂

What Is Coconut Oil?

Coconut oil otherwise known as a superfood is comprised of 90% saturated fat, which might be alarming to some people being that the average intake for fat is on average 20-30% but lucky for us, most of the saturated fats found in coconut oil are MCT’s (Medium Chain Triglycerides) which means they provide antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties (not bad for fat) among other things! Essentially you can consider the fats found in coconut oil to be one of the healthy fats kind of like avocados and almonds and should be of course taken in moderation for both our furry friends and ourselves!

Skin Benefits

One of the main reasons why I enjoy using coconut oil for my pets, aside from the fact that they love the way it tastes and I love the way it smells, is because it has so many benefits for their skin and coat, the most obvious being the soft and glossy coat you’ll soon notice on your pet after using this oil for a few weeks.

You can use coconut oil orally (by feeding 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds twice a day starting with 1/4 of the amount first and then working your way up so as not to bombard their digestive tract) or topically (literally applying to dry or itchy area) and treat skin issues such as:

  • Dry, itchy skin,
  • Dandruff
  • Flea Allergies
  • Contact Dermatitis
  • Eczema

It’s also great if you have stinky dogs (or cats) in that it helps deodorize their smell (think of it as pet deodorant) and you can even use it as a topical ointment for:

  • Cuts,
  • Scrapes,
  • Hot spots (my personal favorite)
  • Rashes (also another personal favorite)
  • Bites and stings

as this bad boy is amazing at promoting healing!

Digestion Benefits

Coconut oil is also great in aiding in digestion for pets which is something to keep in mind if you have a pet with constant GI issues, as well as nutrient absorption and as an added bonus it’s great for hairballs (in cats), bad breath and even coughing! My favorite bit is the hairballs and bad breath being that my cats have both… so unfortunate.

Other Benefits

I’m sure most people enjoy using coconut oil for it’s skin and coat benefits but if you use it orally you not only get the shiny and healthy coat but you’ll also be helping your pet in terms of:

  • Weight Loss
  • Increased energy
  • Arthritis
  • Diabetes management
  • Promoting healthy thyroid function

Great For Humans Too!

Using coconut oil for myself is how I found out about this superfood! I started using it for my dry and damaged hair and within a few weeks I noticed a ridiculous amount of moisture being harbored in my locks but prior to using it I learned that it also aids in:

  • Prevention of heart disease and high cholesterol
  • Skin and hair health
  • Promoting weight loss
  • Digestion
  • Regulating metabolism
  • Boosting immune system
  • Preventing diabetes
  • Dental and bone health

So if using this oil for yourself isn’t reason enough to pick this product up then you should definitely pick it up for your furry friend! It’s a win/win: they’ll love the taste and smell and you’ll be aiding in their health 🙂

Top 5 Types of Food To Feed Your Dog or Cat

Lori Waters

Lori Waters

Animal Expert Extraordinaire! at The Litter Sitter, inc.
Lori Waters is the author and voice behind Thee Inside Poop as well as the owner and operator of The Litter Sitter, a local dog walking and pet sitting company in Miami Beach, FL. When she's not busy blogging and taking care of clients' pets you can find her running around with her german shepherd Zoey or having in-depth conversations with her two fur balls, Michi and Oakley!
Lori Waters

Top 5 Foods To Feed Your Pet

Feeding your pet the right type of food is crucial in the quality of life our pets will live. There is a huge difference between a pet that survives and a pet that thrives and I think we owe it to our pets to feed them the best quality food we can! Whether that’s feeding your pet a balanced raw diet or a high quality dry food there are a variety of options for pet parents to choose from if they’re main objective is to make sure their pet eats healthy.

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Are Rawhide Chews Good or Bad For My Pet?

Lori Waters

Lori Waters

Animal Expert Extraordinaire! at The Litter Sitter, inc.
Lori Waters is the author and voice behind Thee Inside Poop as well as the owner and operator of The Litter Sitter, a local dog walking and pet sitting company in Miami Beach, FL. When she's not busy blogging and taking care of clients' pets you can find her running around with her german shepherd Zoey or having in-depth conversations with her two fur balls, Michi and Oakley!
Lori Waters

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Not too long ago I had a client schedule pet sitting services and during our consultation, when I asked if there was anything about her dog I should know about, she mentioned that he wasn’t allowed to have rawhides, whatsoever. This caught me off guard because usually when pet parents mention their pet isn’t allowed to do or have so and so they don’t feel so strongly about it so naturally I was curious and went ahead and asked why.

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Pet Food Review: Orijen Adult Dog

Lori Waters

Lori Waters

Animal Expert Extraordinaire! at The Litter Sitter, inc.
Lori Waters is the author and voice behind Thee Inside Poop as well as the owner and operator of The Litter Sitter, a local dog walking and pet sitting company in Miami Beach, FL. When she's not busy blogging and taking care of clients' pets you can find her running around with her german shepherd Zoey or having in-depth conversations with her two fur balls, Michi and Oakley!
Lori Waters

Pet Food Review: Orijen Adult Dog If I had to choose one thing that my dog absolutely had to have it would definitely be a great quality food. Our Zoey has extremely sensitive skin and for the first 2 years of her life she was constantly itching, scratching, biting and licking every single part of her body that she could reach. It was terrible! My husband and I couldn’t stand it and we were constantly getting on to her about it especially when she would decide to start going at it in the middle of the night! I can’t tell you how many times we’ve both lost sleep because she just would not stop scratching at herself. At one point it got to be so bad that she was balding in certain spots and had red and raw skin. Unfortunately this seems to be very common with german shepherds, they’re apparently very prone to allergies, so I knew that it was very important that we find a good quality food. One that wouldn’t add to her already out of control skin issues, specifically one that was free of grains since I knew that this was a source for many skin allergies in dogs. I was so happy when I finally found Orijen’s Adult Dog Food and even more impressed after a few months of Zoey being on it that now I pretty recommend it to everyone I know. Family, friends, clients, random people on the street you name it and they’ve probably already heard about it from me! (You are welcome) Continue reading

Avocado: Toxic or not?

Lori Waters

Lori Waters

Animal Expert Extraordinaire! at The Litter Sitter, inc.
Lori Waters is the author and voice behind Thee Inside Poop as well as the owner and operator of The Litter Sitter, a local dog walking and pet sitting company in Miami Beach, FL. When she's not busy blogging and taking care of clients' pets you can find her running around with her german shepherd Zoey or having in-depth conversations with her two fur balls, Michi and Oakley!
Lori Waters

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I can’t remember who I spoke to but someone once told me that avocados were toxic to pets and I never thought to double check the information so whenever I came across someone who asked me about it or when I saw someone trying to feed their pets avocados I’d always tell them they were toxic! But lo and behold that isn’t necessarily the case… sort of!

Persin a natural, oil-soluble fungicide and also the toxic component of avocados is contained within the  leaves, bark, seeds, skin and pits of avocados. It’s virtually harmless to humans unless they suffer from some sort of allergy but can be deadly in certain species of animals. For the record, it is not toxic to both dogs or cats, the only thing pet parents should be concerned about is the rather large pit of the avocado which if swallowed can cause a blockage or obstruction in the pet’s esophagus, stomach or intestinal tract. Other than that if your pet is a fan of avocados they can definitely eat it so long as it is in moderation as it can cause vomiting and diarrhea if given in excess.

As for our other furry friends and large animals caution is to be exercised.

 

For our birds, signs to look for for persin toxicity include:

– Difficulty breathing

– Weakness

– Unable to perch

– Liver/kidney failure

– Death

 

For rabbits (and mice) look for signs of:

– Difficulty breathing

– Inflammation of the mammary glands

– Decreased milk production (if your pet is lactating)

– Cardial arrhythmia

 

For large animals (cows/horses):

– Mastitis

– Decreased milk production (if lactating)

– Gastritis

– Colic

– Sudden death

 

Now that we’re all in the know let’s spread the good news about avocados!

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