Is Coconut Oil Good For Dogs?

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coconut oil dog dietCoconut Oil has been the big trend for the past couple of years. I don’t know about you, but I use it on everything from cooking to skin care. But is it good for your dogs too? YES! Coconut oil is great for your dogs digestion, it improves their coats, prevents infection, and supports a healthy thyroid. But too much coconut oil can have negative affects.

Basically coconut oil is fat, but it is a good kind of fat and is classified as a super food. Coconut oil is made up of MTC, medium chain triglycerides. MTC is made up of Lauric Acid, Capric Acid, Caprylic Acid, Myristic Acid and Pamitic Acid. The Lauric acid has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. The Capric and Caprylic acid also have anti-fungal properties.

MCTs are metabolized quickly to provide an immediate source of energy which can help sedentary dogs feel energetic and overweight dogs lose weight.

 

If you are interested in giving your dog coconut oil, you want to make sure you don’t give them too much. If you give them too much they could have diarrhea or greasy stools.  For smaller dogs give them 1/4 teaspoon a day and for larger dogs give them 1 teaspoon per day. Once your dog has adjusted you can typically give them 1 teaspoon per 10 lbs of body weight. As you increase the dosage, watch your dog to make sure they are not reacting poorly. You want to make sure to give them the right amount so you are helping them and not just giving them the trots.

In addition to adding it to their food you can also apply it directly to their coat and skin. A topical treatment will help their skin stay soft and healthy. If you are giving your dog a bath, apply it to their coat and let it sit for about 5 minutes. Then give them a light rinse. If there is still too much oil on them, give them a light shampoo.

 

In addition to giving your dog orally, coconut oil can be applied directly to your dogs coat and skin. As we stated earlier, because coconut oil contains lauric acid, it is a fabulous immune builder, both orally and topically.

You can pick up coconut oil at most grocery stores. As with any dietary change it is a good idea to consult with your Albuquerque vet to make sure it is a good addition to your dogs diet.

Time To Spay and Neuter Albuquerque!

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low cost spay neuter albuquerqueAlbuquerque has a huge wild pet population. This is primarily due to pets not being spayed and neutered and being abandoned. Bob Barker had it right when he told everyone on The Price is Right to spay and neuter your pets. It is better for your pet and better for the animal community. Unless you are a breeder, you do not need to keep your pet unaltered. If you are thinking of having puppies, why not consider adopting someone else’s? It is best to get your pet altered by about 6 months old. If you are unsure about the age of your pet or when is the best time for spay or neuter, please call Vetco and we can help you.

Spay male puppies can help with problems like: mounting, marking their territory, dominance, aggression, and roaming.

Did you know that allowing your puppy to go into heat for even one cycle increases their risk of breast cancer from 0 to 8%, and if they go into their second cycle it is increased to 25%. Neutering your female puppy can literally save their life.

Altering your pet (in other words getting them spayed or neutered, or “fixed”) does not cause weight gain. This is a common myth. It reduces their metabolism by 30%, so this needs to be taken into consideration when determining their diet.

Altering your pets will not cause them to have a different personality. Your pets personality is not determined by their sex hormones. It is determined by their genetics and environment. However, altering your dog can positively affect some behavior and dogs can be more affectionate an less likely to run away, bite, or be aggressive.

The biggest deterrent to spaying and neutering pets is cost. Vetco in Albuquerque prides ourself on having low cost spay and neuters. You can even get some extra savings by checking out our promotions where we often offer added discounts on surgery.

Is My Dog a White Walker or Is It Just Cataracts?

If you have ever seen a dog with cataracts and you have seen Game of Thrones you will immediately understand the reference. Cataracts make your dog’s eyes look cloudy and grey. In Game of Thrones, the white walkers have grey and blue eyes. We already know winter is coming but as your dog ages are cataracts coming?

Many people believe that cataracts are a natural part of aging. Not all aging animals, or people, develop cataracts. Cataracts are caused by a disease affecting the lens of the eye. They cause impaired vision and can even cause blindness.

The most common cause of cataracts is genetics. But there are other conditions such as diabetes, nutritional disorders, eye injury, or infection that can also lead to cataracts.

Symptoms

  • A bluish, gray, or white layer in the eye
  • Impaired vision which can be noticed by a reluctance to climb stairs or jump on furniture, and clumsiness.
  • Eye irritation (redness, discharge and excessive blinking)
  • Rubbing and scratching of their eyes.

Your Vetco veterinarian will have to determine if your dog actually has cataracts. This is done with an eye exam. Depending on what is going on with your dog, your vet may want to run some blood tests to determine the underlying cause.

Once diagnosed there are treatments available. They can get eye drops to help with the inflammation. Most of the time cataracts are not treatable. You should discuss with your vet the best ways to help and care for your dog once they have cataracts.