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The Healthy Dog Blog

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Coconut Oil for Dogs: Your Ultimate Guide

Coconut Oil for Dogs: Your Ultimate Guide

People are always curious about adding coconut oil to their dog’s diet. This is because coconut oil is perceived to have many beneficial uses for dogs and humans alike. Whether it be an ingredient in a dog’s food, or mixed in separately, it may have some positive effects on a dog’s overall health. Some of these benefits include increasing metabolism, cardiac benefits, and better cognition. Because of its unique properties and fatty acid makeup, coconut oil is also known to aid in digestion and dental health. But is coconut oil safe for dogs? If so, how much should you use?...

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Top 5 Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar for Dogs

Top 5 Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar for Dogs

Apple cider vinegar has long been used as a household remedy for cooking, cleaning and medicine. Anecdotal reports of its use extend back hundreds of years, which has recently led to more scientific research beginning being done on its potential health benefits. After the positive results of research done on humans, many have begun wondering about the possible health benefits of supplementing their dog’s diet with apple cider vinegar. It is now understood to have many beneficial uses for dogs and humans alike. With the correct amounts included in a dog’s food, it may have positive effects on a dog’s...

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Coconut Oil for Dogs with Constipation: Does It Work?

Coconut Oil for Dogs with Constipation: Does It Work?

Coconut oil is understood to have various beneficial uses for dogs. It may have some positive effects on a dog’s overall health, such as boosting fat loss, heart health, and brain function because of its unique fatty acid profile. Some say it can also aid in digestion. So can coconut oil be used to help treat constipation in dogs? Dogs are a lot like their human counterparts. While we share many traits, we  sometimes can share the same health problems. One of these common yet frustrating problems for dogs is constipation. This can occur when your pet has issues with...

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Is Coconut Oil Safe for Dogs? What Scientific Studies Say

Is Coconut Oil Safe for Dogs? What Scientific Studies Say

Coconut oil has become an increasingly popular ingredient for dogs over the past couple of years. This is because coconut oil has been shown to provide many benefits to dogs. In some studies, coconut oil has been used to effectively reduce seizures in epileptic dogs[*] and counterbalance the effects of aging in older dogs[*]. With all of these benefits and different applications, of course we would want our dogs to take advantage of it. But is coconut oil safe for our dogs? This science-backed article puts to rest the debate on whether or not coconut oil is safe for dogs...

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Is Coconut Oil Effective for Cleaning Dogs' Teeth?

Is Coconut Oil Effective for Cleaning Dogs' Teeth?

For at least 4,000 years, many have viewed coconut oil to be a superfood amongst superfoods. It has been used for everything from skin care and wound healing, and of course as a staple in many foods worldwide. However, this is just the beginning of coconut oil’s many beneficial applications. Coconut oil is one of the most bioavailable sources of energy for dogs, and coconut oil has many scientifically proven benefits for dogs including mental clarity, improved cognition and more. But can it also be effective for cleaning dogs teeth? It is theorized that coconut oil contains organic material that can quickly kill harmful bacteria in the mouth....

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