In 2014 our blog was the first to publish an entire article on coconut oil for dogs and cats, today as then and in preview, we explain in this post the benefits of MCT OIL for dog and cat, how it is better in many aspects to coconut oil food and how it can support the animal in the course of major diseases.
MCT oil for cat dogs
We now know all the benefits of coconut oil for dogs and cats, but we don’t know much about the importance of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) or MCFA (Medium Chain Fatty Acids) C6-C8-C10 added to the diet.
Difference Coconut oil VS Oil MCT
Coconut oil contains mainly medium-chain triglycerides, in particular lauric acid (C12), a fatty acid with antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antiviral activity. It is a saturated fatty acid excellent for the well-being of the skin and hair, has antiviral activity, and helps to strengthen the immune system.
The MCT oil must be obtained 100% from coconut (no palm) and is composed of
Caproic acid, also called hexanoic acid (C6: six carbon atoms)
Caprylic acid, also called octanoic acid (C8: eight carbon atoms)
Capric acid, also called decanoic acid (C10: ten carbon atoms)
Lauric acid, also called dodecanoic acid (C12: twelve carbon atoms)
Advantages of medium chain triglycerides Contained in MCT oil
- MCT fats are not modified by digestion, they represent the optimal supplement in case of inflammatory diseases, pancreatitis, liver diseases.
- They immediately enter the circulation, provide ready natural energy useful in dogs and malnourished cats, who refuse food, with IBD intestinal inflammation, colitis, intestinal malabsorption, chronic pancreatic insufficiency, neoplastic cachexia.
- Rebalance hormonal levels by improving insulin response
- Help maintain healthy instestinal bacterial flora
- Helps improve bad breath in dogs and cats
- To be digested they do not need the adjuvant action of bile
- Capric acid, also called decanoic acid contained in MCT oil has strong anti-epileptic effects
Better MCT oil must be free or contain a very low amount of lauric acid,
this is because lauric acid is a yes medium chain acid, but it is a fatty acid
very close to long chain acids.
Coconut oil ok for external use and to strengthen the immune system
MCT oil ok as a supplement for internal use
A good MCT oil must not contain lauric acid (it slows down the assimilation of other medium-chain MCTs (C6-C8-C10)).
Coconut oil abounds mainly in lauric acid (C12), contains low levels of caproic (C6), caprylic (C8), and capric (C10).
If the goal is to work on the immune system there are other functional supplements and much better supporting natural cures.
MCT Oil in Cat and Dog IBDs
A high-fat diet is not recommended for dogs or cats with IBD and may aggravate diarrhea, so it is preferable to administer medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) that have the effect of promoting intestinal mucosal healing and are easily digestible.
Oil MCT cat dog for which diseases
Oil MCT is the best source of medium-chain fats (MCT) in case of
- Pancreatic failure
- Food intolerances
- Hepatic pathology
Oil MCT for dog and cat which supplement to choose
Buy only organic MCT OIL from coconut oil and not from palm oil or palm kernel. It is recommended that the animal be gradually included in the diet to avoid side effects such as abdominal pain, vomiting and diarrhoea. Always feed diluted in liquid or food, the amount should be determined exclusively by the holistic veterinarian. It should not be given to animals with diabetes, ketosis or acidosis.
Disclaimer: The contents are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances may they constitute a prescription for treatment or replace the specialist examination or the direct relationship with one’s veterinarian/medical practitioner. All the information reported here is derived from Bibliographic Sources, Personal Experience and Public Domain Clinical Studies. All information on special diets and dietary supplements for pets is for information purposes only. This information serves as a general guideline, cannot be applied to all pets or considered as an alternative to professional advice