Cold-pressed extra virgin coconut oil and Tanuki

Brandilynn
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Post   » Mon Jan 08, 2007 8:15 am


Get rid of fungus!!

Yea - hydrogenization and heating of the oil is what makes it crappy for people.

And now you know all the good it can do you too!! Little for Tanuki, little for mama's feetz!

It can be used like shortening, it has a higher smoking temperature than some other oils, but it turns into not great for you then.

fairysari
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Post   » Mon Jan 08, 2007 10:05 am


Ok, I called the vet and I have an appointment at 11am tomorrow.

I scheduled the appointment to have a look at his nose, and also to ask questions to see if I want this vet to neuter Tanuki. So I've read the Cavy Spirit page on neutering, and plan to print it out and ask all the questions suggested, but is there else anything I should know or ask about? I don't have a clue about this vet's surgical skills, so anything to help figure out if I should trust this vet will help.

Oh and should I mention the coconut oil? Or just ask for Program? 'm assuming Program is available in Canada?

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rshevin

Post   » Mon Jan 08, 2007 10:07 am


I've never had a pig neutered but isn't one of the key questions supposed to be "how many guinea pigs do you neuter a year/month?" Who neutered Costanza for you? Or is he with a spayed sow? I can't remember.

fairysari
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Post   » Mon Jan 08, 2007 10:13 am


Costanza is intact. He's with a spayed sow, who was spayed in rescue due to a really bad uterine infection before I got her.

Ideally it would be nice to just find a spayed sow for Tanuki, too, but it's not so easy. He really seems to want to have a friend to play with.

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rshevin

Post   » Mon Jan 08, 2007 10:15 am


If you still have a contact with the rescue still, I would call and see what they think of this vet and who they recommend.

I also think it's been far too long since we've seen pictures of Costanza in the random pictures thread too. I don't think I've ever seen your little lady either! I'll just have to run over to GPC and poke around then. :-P

fairysari
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Post   » Mon Jan 08, 2007 11:25 am


My rescue contact was AliceMcmallis :)

I did ask her about neutering before, and I could go to Dr. Munn, but that is maybe an hour and a half drive from me, so I'd like to get it done closer to home if possible. If I end up not trusting the vet, then I'll start thinking about travelling to do it.

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rshevin

Post   » Mon Jan 08, 2007 11:50 am


Sounds like a plan to me.

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LandosMomma

Post   » Mon Jan 08, 2007 1:15 pm


I was so happy to see this thread today!!! My girls are doing so much better now as well. I found the coconut oil and it was actually really reasonable here. I started it on Friday and they look great! Your lil Tanuki is precious!

fairysari
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Post   » Tue Jan 09, 2007 12:03 pm


I just got back from the vet. She doesn't think anything is wrong with him. I'm just a paranoid mommy, I guess.

On the plus side, I think I can trust her to neuter him.

I'm going to keep doing the coconut oil, just to see if it make a difference.

pogolysmom

Post   » Tue Jan 09, 2007 1:33 pm


I love your little skinny. So glad that he's doing better.

I was so happy to see this thread too. I had just added a thread the other day to the medical forum about the wonders of coconut oil. My Tina had a fungus last summer that I battled for months with a prescription. (As an aside, I had confirmation that it was ring worm because I used to cuddle with her up next to my face and got ring worm myself, ugh!) She just got another fungal infection a few weeks ago and I remembered someone talking about coconut oil. I tried it and within a week she had new hair. It's a miracle! Love this stuff.

fairysari
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Post   » Tue Jan 09, 2007 1:40 pm


Pogolysmom, how often were you applying the oil? And how thick?

If it worked for you, I want to make sure I am using it the same way!

I also forgot the other bonus of the vet trip... The vet might know of some babies that need homes when they are born in a few weeks, and the mom is long haired - a long haired sow would be perfect for Tanuki, and I never thought I'd get a baby, but it would be awesome if I did!

pogolysmom

Post   » Tue Jan 09, 2007 2:01 pm


I put it on twice a day. I have a small (1.5") wooden spatula that the health food store gave me. I scrape out about 1/4 teaspoon and rub it on her bum. It immediately melts into her skin.

All the best for your little skinny.

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LandosMomma

Post   » Tue Jan 09, 2007 4:58 pm


I haven't been using that much even here. I rub it on my hands first and work it into their skin. I should try using a little more. It is great for that stubborn spot where the scent gland is and the crud that builds up there. It came right off! I have also only done it once a day. Good thing is they love it and allow me to do it. I was worried they'd pitch a fit about it.

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LandosMomma

Post   » Tue Jan 09, 2007 4:59 pm


Oh and you know we need pictures of his new friend as soon as they come home!

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rshevin

Post   » Wed Jan 10, 2007 5:33 pm


Well, I finally broke down and got some for my household too. My poor kitty is scratching himself absoutely raw and I don't know what to do about it so we're going to try the coconut oil on his skin first. Also, Piggy has one of the worst grease glands I've ever seen so I'm going to use it on him too.

Here's the thing though, it says extra virgin coconut oil medium chain fatty acids but nothing specifically about "cold pressed." Do I need to return it and keep searching or will this work?

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lisam

Post   » Wed Jan 10, 2007 5:54 pm


I may try it on one of the teddies here at the rescue. He's been treated for mites and fungus already. It's basically just dry dandruffy skin.

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Mum
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Post   » Wed Jan 10, 2007 6:00 pm


I think it matters more if it's cold pressed if you're going to eat it.

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rshevin

Post   » Wed Jan 10, 2007 6:14 pm


Definitely don't plan in eating it. Blech! I'll wait for BL to come home and weigh in before I open it. I also emailed the manufacturer to ask.

Brandilynn
Who's your Branni?

Post   » Wed Jan 10, 2007 9:05 pm


Actually, it needs to be cold pressed if you plan on using it for antifungal, antibacterial or antiviral purposes. The heating process ruins all the beneficial things in it.

I do not know the answer that if it is virgin or extra virgin (what?) does that mean it IS cold pressed or not.

Just remember the heating ruins the helpfulness. I am trying an experiment to see if it kills off my plantar wart virus!!

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Mum
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Post   » Wed Jan 10, 2007 9:11 pm


The heating process ruins all the beneficial things in it.
Ah - very good point (why didn't I think of that?)

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