Charisa Antigua & Carmina O'Connor
There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about fats and coconut oil that can be confusing for pet owners. What are the differences between saturated and unsaturated fats? Which is better, Omega 3, 6, or coconut oil? Aren't saturated fats bad for you? Can coconut oil cause pancreatitis? Is it safe to give to cats? With so many brands available at various price points, aren't they all the same? Separate fact from fiction, and get in the insider's world of coconut oil and what you need to know before feeding it to your pet.
Sisters Charisa Antigua and Carmina O’Connor know a thing or two about coconut oil. Coming from a coconut producing family, coconuts have been a big part of their family for three generations. Growing up in the Philippines, Charisa and Carmina watched their grandmother make coconut oil in her small kitchen, using only the freshest coconuts sourced and harvested from the family plantation. The sisters grew up with a knowledge and understanding of the potent healing power of coconut oil, and the meticulous attention to detail that goes into making therapeutic-grade coconut oil. Through personal experience with Charisa’s beloved Yorkie, Violet, Charisa and Carmina quickly learned that there were differences in coconut oil and how it can help animals with chronic allergies and other health issues. After launching CocoTherapy in 2009, Antigua and O’Connor have worked to tirelessly teach others about therapeutic-grade coconut oil and have seen how it has helped countless animals around the world. In 2014, Charisa worked with naturopathic doctor and lipid expert, Bruce Fife ND, to provide data and stories for his book, “Coconut Therapy for Pets,” which discusses amazing ways coconut oil has helped numerous animals. Based in Illinois, both Charisa and Carmina also spend time on their family’s coconut farm in the Philippines, as well as create delicious and healthy coconut-based, organic, human-grade treats for pets.
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