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some info on oils from Sabine "Coconut oil and fish oil are completely different and not interchangeable at all.
We give fish oil because of its high omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acid content (mainly EPA, DHA and DPA), to lower the overall omega 6:3 ratio of the diet.
Coconut oil consists mainly of medium chain fatty acids and about 50% of its total fatty acid content is lauric acid.
Another thing to keep in mind is that any fat or oil provides about 40 kcal per teaspoon. For a small dog who only needs, say, 300 kcal per day to maintain weight, that's over 13% of the caloric intake, and you are not providing any minerals and not much in the way of vitamins. If you gave that dog one teaspoon of fish oil per day, and one teaspoon of coconut oil, that's almost 27% of daily calories.
It's important to weigh exactly what you are trying to accomplish with fatty acid supplementation, and to reduce other calories accordingly, or you'll have a fat dog in no time."
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