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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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Thanks so much for this info Dave! This helps a lot. Now I just need to decide which one, both or none

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So fish oil is for the health of the heart whereas coconut oil is for the skin and coat? Yes, I could google this, but it's so much easier to just ask you all . . .

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Layla's Mom just posted this in the Definitely Need Feedback thread . . .

Coconut Oil vs. Fish Oil For Dogs

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Essential fatty acids must be provided by diet .Coconut oil is beneficial but don't believe everything you hear about it. The Dog Food Project - Nutrients: Essential Fatty Acids
coconut oil http://www.thepossiblecanine.com/supplements-revisited
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