Coconut Oil and your pets

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This is a great post from Red Barn Premium Pet Foods about coconut oil and your pets.  Here’s a snippet:

What is Coconut Oil? What are the Benefits of Coconut Oil for Dogs and Cats?

Coconut Oil is a super food, consisting of more than 90% saturated fats. While fat sometimes makes people nervous, in the case of Coconut Oil there’s no need to be. The majority of the saturated fats in Coconut Oil are Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs), which have benefits like improved digestion and immune system support. MCTs also have metabolic functions that assist with kidney health, lower cholesterol levels, and skin and coat health.

Click here to read more! 

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Canidae: Jealous dog vs Possessive dog

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This blog post from Canidae Pet Foods highlights differences between a dog who is just jealous and a dog who is possessive.

It’s not always easy to determine if your dog is acting out because he’s trying to protect you or is a jealous or possessive dog. Sometimes it could be all three, but there is a difference between the behaviors. Just because a dog is jealous doesn’t necessarily mean he’s possessive or protective. Your job is to figure out what’s bothering him before you can address his behavior.  Read more here.

Fungal skin infections in dogs

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Freddie has a fungal infection. The poor thing has had to wear this cone of shame to keep from scratching around his eye.

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The doctor wasn’t sure exactly what kind of fungal infection it was, but she was able to discover that that’s what was causing his malaise by using a blacklight. Fungal infections will sometimes show up under those and poor Freddie lit up like a Christmas tree. He’d gotten into a tiff with a cat earlier and we believe that may be where this started…

One fungal infection I read about was Malassezia Dermatitis.  It’s apparently more common in some breeds of dogs, including dachshunds.  It’s caused by an overgrowth of yeast and can cause symptoms like scaly skin and redness.  The doctor gave Freddie’s parents an anti-fungal shampoo to use and some medication as well.

Always trust your gut when it comes to your pet.  You know better than anyone how your dog or cat usually acts, and if you notice something abnormal, there’s probably a good reason.  We’re lucky Freddie’s parents are so dedicated to him because it took 3 trips to 2 different vets to figure this one out!