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Post  LisaIzzyAggy on 1/19/2011, 8:21 am

I know this has been talked about before but I can't remember. If I want to start the girls on coconut oil, how much do I start with and what amount do I build up to?
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Post  GingerSnap on 1/19/2011, 8:29 am

If I recall, the optimal "dose" is 1 teaspoon for 10 pounds of body weight per day. My guys are about 18 pounds, and I give them a little more than a teaspoon, morning and night. I've heard to start with a smaller dose and build them up or runny poo can result. I sort of did that, but I haven't had any issues.
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Post  ChaLou on 1/19/2011, 8:37 am

I'm intrigued, what does it do?
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Post  PugLady3 on 1/19/2011, 11:02 am

According to the Whole Dog Journal, start out at 1/4 t. per day & then gradually increase every few days until you're at 1 t. per 10 pounds daily.
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Post  SacramentoPugs on 1/19/2011, 2:08 pm

ChaLou wrote:I'm intrigued, what does it do?
It provides an ideal balance of essential fatty acids, etc. -- but the biggest plus is that it makes your pug's coat feel like velvet! I alternate coconut oil and wild salmon oil for Marlee.
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Post  LisaIzzyAggy on 2/3/2011, 8:34 am

Just wanted to give an update. We're up to about 1/2 teaspoon twice per day. Izzy's allergies are looking great. It's been over a week without any Atopica because she doesn't seem to need it. She still gets her Benydryl twice per day. I don't know if it's the removal of the fish oil, the addition of the coconut oil or a little of both but I'm very pleased. I'm sure once the Spring itchies hit we'll have to start the Atopica back up but it's great to be able to take a break from it. And as an added bonus, she smells a lot better on the coconut oil....no more fishie kisses. Very Happy
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Post  juneau hunter on 2/3/2011, 9:33 am

I'm curious about where to find Coconut oil?
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Post  Pugsavers on 2/3/2011, 9:50 am

juneau hunter wrote:I'm curious about where to find Coconut oil?

I get it at the natural foods co-op here but upscale grocery stores like Whole Foods carry it too. In the cooler months it is a "solid" (sort of), so it will be in a jar like peanut butter.
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Post  LisaIzzyAggy on 2/3/2011, 11:23 am

juneau hunter wrote:I'm curious about where to find Coconut oil?

I got mine at the vitamin store but next time I'm getting from Amazon because it's way cheaper.
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Post  northernwitch on 2/3/2011, 11:49 am

LisaIzzyAggy wrote:Just wanted to give an update. We're up to about 1/2 teaspoon twice per day. Izzy's allergies are looking great. It's been over a week without any Atopica because she doesn't seem to need it. She still gets her Benydryl twice per day. I don't know if it's the removal of the fish oil, the addition of the coconut oil or a little of both but I'm very pleased. I'm sure once the Spring itchies hit we'll have to start the Atopica back up but it's great to be able to take a break from it. And as an added bonus, she smells a lot better on the coconut oil....no more fishie kisses. Very Happy
Lisa:
something that I found out with Tank is that he is reactive to salmon oil. Here I thought I was being this great mom giving him (wildly expensive) wild salmon oil and his itchies often got worse. So now I go back and forth between herring oil and coconut oil. I may go completely with coconut, but in his case, his gut can blow out easily so I only use it every other day with herring oil being given on the non-coconut days.
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Post  MandyPug on 2/3/2011, 12:21 pm

Coconut oil makes my guys reek of it (and the smell makes me rather nauseated). So i just use my coconut oil to moisturize my tattoos :)
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Post  SacramentoPugs on 2/3/2011, 2:18 pm

MandyPug wrote:Coconut oil makes my guys reek of it (and the smell makes me rather nauseated). So i just use my coconut oil to moisturize my tattoos :)
Really? I've never noticed a coconut smell on Marlee. And I'm not a big coconut fan, so I think I'd pick up on it. Makes sense that a pug could excrete a coconut aroma when taking the oil, though. Ick.
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Post  LisaIzzyAggy on 2/3/2011, 2:26 pm

MandyPug wrote:Coconut oil makes my guys reek of it (and the smell makes me rather nauseated). So i just use my coconut oil to moisturize my tattoos :)

If you think coconut is bad try fish oil for a couple of years. afraid
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Post  LisaIzzyAggy on 2/3/2011, 2:36 pm

northernwitch wrote:
LisaIzzyAggy wrote:Just wanted to give an update. We're up to about 1/2 teaspoon twice per day. Izzy's allergies are looking great. It's been over a week without any Atopica because she doesn't seem to need it. She still gets her Benydryl twice per day. I don't know if it's the removal of the fish oil, the addition of the coconut oil or a little of both but I'm very pleased. I'm sure once the Spring itchies hit we'll have to start the Atopica back up but it's great to be able to take a break from it. And as an added bonus, she smells a lot better on the coconut oil....no more fishie kisses. Very Happy
Lisa:
something that I found out with Tank is that he is reactive to salmon oil. Here I thought I was being this great mom giving him (wildly expensive) wild salmon oil and his itchies often got worse. So now I go back and forth between herring oil and coconut oil. I may go completely with coconut, but in his case, his gut can blow out easily so I only use it every other day with herring oil being given on the non-coconut days.

Thanks Blanche! I had great luck with the fish oil for about 4 years. Over the holidays I forgot to take it to Grandma's with us and she was itching less. I finally realized she was getting allergic to it. I was using Welactin which says it has salmon oil and "fish" oil. One good thing with Izzy is that she has a stomach of steel. Aggy has tummy issues though so I'll take it real slow with her. Right now she's happily finishing up the fish oil.
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Post  MandyPug on 2/3/2011, 3:18 pm

LisaIzzyAggy wrote:If you think coconut is bad try fish oil for a couple of years. afraid

I use Cold Water Fish Oil on Izzie currently and i've used Salmon Oil in the past, never smelled like fish!

All i can chock it up to is she doesn't metabolize the coconut oil as well as she does the fish oils and her body detoxes itself of it and pushes it out through her skin.

The only time i'll recommend any plant oils (flax, sunflower, coconut, etc.) is if the dog is allergic to the fish oils. Dogs are carnivores and their bodies don't typically handle and utilize the plant based omegas as well as the fish based ones.
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