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Coconut Oil and Scent Discrimination (SAR)

From another post on the forum, I started perusing this site called Skeptvet. Interesting reading. This posting mentioned one small study (which I know means almost nothing) that use of coconut oil decreased scent discrimination for dogs.

Coconut Oil for Pets? | The SkeptVet

Just interesting to keep in mind for our SAR dogs.

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wrote something which disappeared - will have to do it later --

but quick answer is `nonsense`

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I don't know, I feed coconut oil and my male does competitive scent detection and has an awesome sniffer. On Monday we did a demo for a veterinary assistant class at the local college and he was 100% in his finds. And my young bitch just started tracking and picked it up like no dog I've ever seen.
If it affects their scenting ability, it can't affect it very much.

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Dog eating coconut oil or was coconut oil being used to hide a scent? I would put coconut oil on max's nose when its dry. He hates the smell of it. Had to stop using it.


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The article was for dietary supplementation it was very interesting. Actually I have not been giving coconut oil but giving foods with high animal oil content
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Hi Nancy. What is your thought there... about the high animal oil content?

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Fat burns cooler....i am talking 30..20 time tested for SportDog mixes
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Is there any truth to this


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http://www.news.cornell.edu/stories/...-dogs-sniffers

There is a lot we don't know now in this study this was detection dogs protection dogs tend to work in bursts and rest in between sessions. Working search dogs tend to work steadily for long periods of time. but obviously both have to use their nose. Now I would not be too excited about giving a dog lots of corn oil but it does raise interesting questions on dietary components and performance
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Thanks for that article! Very interesting. Nancy, what do you feed Beau? I'm mixing two foods right now one at 28% protein and 13% crude fat and one that is 19% protein and 17% crude fat. Long story why... What have you tended to? Do you add polyunsaturated fats at all?

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