Kim Hodge of Colkeririn Rhodesian Ridgebacks, owner of Kamba a Cruft’s Winner 2015
Many of us already enjoy the health benefits of Coconoil® for ourselves, but have you realised your canine companion can benefit just as much?
I’m lucky to own (or as some say, be owned by) seven beautiful Rhodesian Ridgebacks – 2 males and 5 females all of differing ages. For the past year, I have supplemented their diet with a level tablespoon of Coconoil® a day. (I started off with a teaspoon a day and increased gradually). I mix it into their diet, which consists of fresh ground meat and raw vegetables. Having sourced top quality ground meat and bones, and spending lots of fun time finding their favourite fruits and vegetables, I wanted an oil based supplement which maintained it’s purest form, and retained important properties to assist their immune systems.
When I discovered Coconoil® and learned it was picked, pressed and packed at source and contained a near 50% content of Lauric Acid which provides anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral properties, I knew this was the right product for us. Dogs get into all kinds of bumps and scratches when out running; barbed wire fences can cause cuts and abrasions, there are highly contagious airborne viruses (kennel cough being the most obvious), and having treated two of my older dogs for Valley Fever when we lived in the South West USA – I know first hand how quickly fungal infections can take hold, and the importance of fighting them quickly. Thankfully we don’t have Valley Fever in the UK as it exists in dry, desert like ground conditions, but we do have threats from other ground spores or contaminated bird droppings, and one thing dogs do like doing is sniffing the ground! Knowing my dogs are supplemented with a food that’s fighting the possibilities of them contracting any bacterial, fungal or viral infection is great for my peace of mind.
Almost a year since starting them on Coconoil®, I’ve noticed their teeth are cleaner, their breath is fresher and not that they have ever been smelly dogs, they hardly emit any odour at all. Not only that, their coats are gleaming. Rhodesian Ridgebacks should not have soft, silky coats – and Coconoil® hasn’t changed the softness, but their coat condition is exactly how I like it to be.
Rubbing a little Coconoil® around their teeth and gums assists even further with them having healthy mouths and I can’t help but sneak a little Coconoil® into their favourite home-baked treats. Here’s a recipe I’ve adapted to include Coconoil®: Great for training, a nice way to thank them for being such good dogs, and a great way to save money on expensive shop bought treats.
Kamba’s Sardine & Coconut Cookies
270g Scottish Porridge Oats
60g Plain Flour
2 120g Cans of Sardines in Tomato Sauce
2 Tablespoons Coconoil®
1 Splash of Water
Mash the Sardines, Coconoil® and Water with fork in a large mixing bowl and add the Oats and Flour until a firm dough is formed. Roll out the dough to about 1 cm thick and with a cookie cutter make about 30 cookies. Place them on parchment paper on a baking sheet and bake in a pre-heated over for about 20 – 25 minutes at 180 C or Gas Mark 4. Allow to cool on a wire rack before treating your dog!
If you’re looking for the perfect gift for your dog for Christmas get them a jar of Coconoil® – you won’t be disappointed, neither will your best friend!
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