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You may have noticed that human health trends tend to be applied to our pets — for example: antioxidants, probiotics, and grain-free diets. But not all trends are actually healthy for our pets, because dog and cat physiology and nutritional requirements are different from our own. Pets are not little people in fur coats, so we must evaluate the pet health trends that come along.

In some circles, it is becoming popular to add coconut oil to a pet’s diet. But is this a good idea? For the answer, we turn to a veterinary nutrition expert, Dr. Angela Witzel Rollins, who discussed coconut oil with attendees at a recent veterinary conference. 

Dr. Rollins said, “I often have clients ask me if they can use coconut oil as their pet’s fat source. I have to tell them no, because it lacks essential fatty acids like omega-3 and omega-6[.]”

She also noted that coconut oil is 90% saturated fats, which makes it a solid at room temperature. Too much of this oil in a pet’s diet could lead to pancreatitis, a serious illness requiring hospitalization.

Finally, Dr. Rollins stated that no studies have been done regarding the use of coconut oil in dogs and cats, which means that there is no official evidence of the health benefits of adding coconut oil to a pet’s diet.

So for now, skip this health trend. 

 

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