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The big debate: Fish Oil compared to Coconut Oil

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You only want the best for you dog, but sometimes it is hard to determine what is best. We wanted to look beyond the hype and get the facts on which supplement is best for your dog.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is 90% saturated fat. Most of these are Medium Chain Triglycerides or MCTs. Lauric Acid makes up almost half of the MCTs in coconut oil, followed by capric acid and caprylic acid. These acids have antiviral, antibiotic, and antifungal properties. They are also easily converted into energy. They may help overweight dogs lose weight and may give sluggish dogs more energy by elevating the metabolism.

Coconut Oil Benefits

It can be beneficial for skin conditions including allergies, dry spots, and eczema. Basically, any skin condition your dog has, it may help. You can give it to your dog internally and apply it externally to any trouble spots. It may improve digestion and treats conditions like Irritable Bowel Syndrome. It also may help to prevent infections and relieves the symptoms of arthritis.

Fish Oil

Fish oil contains the omega 3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. These nutrients are essential for a healthy body, especially brain function.

Fish Oil Benefits

Omega 3's may provide many of the same benefits as coconut oil. They may help strengthen the immune system and help with allergies, IBS, and arthritis. They also may help brain function, promote weight loss and lower blood pressure.

The fact is that coconut oil is better for certain conditions, and fish oil is better for others.

Dogs that may benefit most from Coconut Oil

  • Dogs with skin conditions
  • Dogs that are lethargic or have a lack of energy

Dogs that may benefit most from Fish Oil

  • Dogs that are pregnant or nursing
  • Puppies
  • Older dogs with low cognitive function
  • Dogs with inflammatory conditions like arthritis

Dogs that may benefit from either equally

  • Dogs with allergies
  • Dogs with compromised immune systems
  • Dogs that are overweight

We hope this information has been helpful to you and helps you choose the best supplement for your dog. Like many things in life, there is no one size fits all answer.

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