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Best of the CocoTherapy Blog 2018

So, we're in the final few days of 2018! We hope you've had a great year, and thanks for supporting CocoTherapy!

As this is our final blog post of 2018, we'd like to take the opportunity to highlight some of our favorite blog content from this year. So, if you only read and share one of our posts in 2018, make sure it's this one!

We've covered a wide range of topics on the blog this year; including the science behind coconut oil's amazing health benefits, pet behavior, and general pet health. Keep reading for our favorite posts of the year organized into categories for easy reference. If you'd like to read the full posts, simply click on the titles.

The Science Behind Coconut Oil

Scientists are continuing to discover more and more about the science behind coconut oil's amazing health benefits. In the following posts, we take a close look at what makes coconut oil so special:

A Guide to Medium-Chain Triglycerides

If you're a regular reader of this blog, you may know that virgin coconut oil is the richest source of medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) found in nature.

But what exactly are MCTs? And what benefits can they have on your pet's health? In this post we cut through the jargon and answer these questions in the simplest way possible.

What's the Difference Between Saturated and Unsaturated Fats?

Fat is a major source of energy for the body. It's also used to absorb vitamins and minerals, support the growth and development of cells, maintain brain and nerve function, and keep skin and tissue healthy.

In this post, we explain why fat is essential to your pet's health. We also look at how different types of fats impact overall health, and explain why not all saturated fats are the same.

What's the Big Deal About Ketones?

Ketogenic diets have become popular in recent years – both for pets and humans. But many people still don't understand what ketones are, and how they can be beneficial to health.

In this post we take a look at what ketones are, how they function in the body, and why a ketogenic diet is beneficial for cats and dogs. We also look at the latest scientific research on coconut ketones and the specific health benefits of ketone production.

Coconut Oil Vs. Fish Oil

Lots of customers have asked us whether they should supplement their pet's diet with fish oil as well as coconut oil. The short answer to this question is yes, but it's a good idea to rotate coconut oil and fish oil on alternate days so that your pet gets the benefits of both types of oils.

In this post we look at the structures of coconut oil and fish oil and explain their function in your pet's body. We then explore some of the specific health benefits of each oil, and how to introduce them to your pet's diet.

Coconut Oil for Specific Health Issues

Coconut oil has countless health benefits for both pets and people. The following posts take an in-depth look at treating specific health issues with coconut oil:

Coconut Oil and Cancer

Cancer is now the leading cause of death in both cats and dogs, and it is estimated that 50% of dogs and 33% of cats will die from the disease. That's why it's so important that pet owners do everything they can to minimize their pet's risk of developing cancer.

In this post we explain how the MCFAs in coconut oil bolster the immune system and help the body fight off cancer. We also take a look at the latest scientific research that highlights the anti-cancer properties of our favorite dietary oil.

Coconut Oil and Diabetes

Diabetes is a modern-day epidemic that affects pets as well as people. But the good news is that most cases of diabetes in pets are entirely preventable.

In this post we take a look at the causes, signs, diagnosis, and treatment of diabetes. We also look at research that links coconut oil with prevention of the disease and a reduction in its symptoms. Finally, we share some quick tips to help you prevent your pet from developing diabetes.

How Coconut Oil Can Help Support Liver Health

The liver is one of the hardest working organs in the body. It detoxifies, builds proteins, secretes hormones, produces bile necessary for digestion, and performs innumerable other tasks that ensure the body functions efficiently.

As our pets age, their liver health can suffer. But did you know that recent research suggests that coconut oil has powerful liver-protecting properties? In this post we explain how therapeutic-grade coconut oil can protect against liver toxicity and support your pet's overall health.

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General Pet Health

As a responsible pet owner, the health of your pet is a big concern. The following articles look at simple daily routines and preventative measures to keep your pet fit and healthy for years to come:

How to Understand the Guaranteed Analysis on Pet Food Labels

Diet is central to the health and longevity of our pets, but selecting the right pet foods is not always an easy task. The secret to selecting a high-quality commercial diet is understanding the guaranteed analysis on pet food labels.

In this post we help you understand the guaranteed analysis and how to use it to choose appropriate foods for your pet that will support their health and wellbeing.

Why Do Pets Need Fiber in Their Diet?

You may have noticed that dietary fiber is a common ingredient on pet food labels. But what exactly is it, and why is it an important part of your pet's diet?

In this post we take a closer look at the importance and function of dietary fiber. We also explain why coconut fiber is an excellent addition to your pet's diet, and a simple way to make sure your pet is getting enough fiber to support their health.

How to Naturally Detoxify Your Pet

Toxins can build up in your pet's body, increasing their 'toxic load'. Over time, this toxic load can become too heavy for their body to manage – putting them at risk of developing chronic health conditions.

With 2019 just around the corner, it's a great time to consider naturally detoxifying your pet. In this post we take a look at how toxins enter your pet's body and the health problems they can cause. We also explore ways to minimize your pet's exposure to toxins and help reduce their toxic load.

3 Healthy Foods That Can Help Your Pet Lose Weight

Excess weight in pets can lead to serious and potentially life-threatening health issues including diabetes, heart and kidney problems, cancer, and a shortened lifespan. That's why it's important to control and manage your pet's weight throughout their lifetime.

In this useful post, we share 3 healthy foods that can be added to your pet's diet to help prevent obesity and aid weight loss.

Pet Behavior

If your pet has behavioral issues, you'll know just how frustrating the problem can be. The following articles explore behavioral patterns and ways to minimize and eliminate negative behaviors in pets:

3 Common Cat Behavior Problems (And How to Fix Them)

In this post we take an in-depth look at 3 of the most common behavioral problems in cats: litter box avoidance, aggression, and fearfulness. So, if your cat displays these unwanted behaviors, be sure to give this one a read!

3 Common Dog Behavior Problems (And How to Fix Them)

In this post we highlight 3 of the most common dog behavior problems: hyperactivity, aggression, and separation anxiety. We also explore the reasons behind these problems, and give you some practical tips for effectively preventing them.

Bonus Post

Why Does Coconut Oil Get So Much Bad Press?

Wondering why coconut oil has received so much bad press lately? In this post, we summarize some important articles from coconut oil expert Dr. Bruce Fife, C.N., N.D., to give you a better understanding of the other side of the negative press surrounding coconut oil.

Wrapping Up

We hope you enjoyed today's post and discovered some hidden gems on the blog! Thanks again for supporting CocoTherapy. We're passionate about what we do, and we love helping your pets live longer, healthier, and happier lives.

Want more? Please check out our blog archives for more useful posts. Thanks for reading. Enjoy the holidays and we'll see you in 2019!

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