Dog Treats & Coconut Oil for Dogs with CocoTherapy

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Navigating the vast market of dog treats and pet supplements can be overwhelming for pet parents. With countless options available, choosing the right product becomes a challenge. In this oversaturated market, it’s crucial for pet parents to prioritize transparency and quality in the ingredients of the products they choose for their furry companions. On this episode of Your Natural Dog with Angela Ardolino, Angela is joined by special guests Charisa Antigua and Carmina O’Connor, the dynamic sister duo and co-founders of CocoTherapy. Renowned for creating top-tier coconut oil for dogs, cats, and birds, as well as innovative coconut-based products that address chronic and acute health issues in pets, Charisa and Carmina share their expertise on making the best dog treats, and the benefits of coconut for dogs. The trio delves into the critical aspects of ingredient sourcing, discussing not only the quality but also the methods of harvesting and extraction when it comes to natural products. Discover the fascinating journey of how Angela collaborated with CocoTherapy in crafting the finest vegan CBD dog treats, Blanche’s Edibles. 

Episode Recap: 

  • Sourcing the best dog treats for Blanche’s Edibles & Nina’s Edibles
  • Importance of ingredients in dog treats
  • Vegan Treats for Dogs & Pets
  • Dog treats with limited ingredients
  • Sourcing ingredients locally, asking for COAs
  • Making the best dog treat takes time
  • CocoTherapy & CBD Dog Health’s CBD dog treats
  • CocoTherapy’s Coconut Oil from their family farms
  • Sourcing, harvesting & extraction matters with natural products
  • Benefits of coconut for dogs & pets
  • Teaching veterinarians about the benefits of coconut oil
  • Dispelling myths about coconut oil for dogs & pets
  • How often can dogs have coconut oil & MCT oil?
  • How has the pet supplement industry changed?
  • Blanche’s Edibles – the best vegan CBD dog treats

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About Angela Ardolino

angela ardolino your natural dog podcast cbd dog health mycodogAngela Ardolino is a holistic pet expert and educator who has been caring for animals for over 20 years. Angela owns and operates Fire Flake Farm, an animal rescue. She’s also the founder and formulator of CBD Dog Health, which offers high quality, all-natural cannabis health and wellness products for pets; and MycoDog, which creates and produces high-quality medicinal mushroom and adaptogen tinctures specifically for pets.

Accordingly, she has used CBD Dog Health’s CBD for Dogs, and now MycoDog mushrooms for dogs, on all her pets at her rescue farm every day since 2016. Angela’s pack includes rescues Jolene, Maza and Rhemi. In addition, she has 4-10 more any time she is fostering or boarding. She is a member of the Society of Cannabis Clinicians and the Veterinary Cannabis Association. In fact, Angela has educated hundreds of medical doctors and veterinarians on the therapeutic uses of medical cannabis on animals.


About CocoTherapy Founders Carmina & Charisa

Cocotherapy Coconut oil for dogs Founders Carmina charisaFounders Charisa Antigua and Carmina O’Connor have a multi-generational legacy deeply rooted in coconuts and virgin coconut oil. Hailing from a family farm and facility where organic coconuts and virgin coconut oil have been produced for over three generations, Charisa and Carmina grew up not only using coconut oil as a culinary staple but also as a potent medicinal remedy for themselves and their beloved pets.

Through their experiences, they came to realize that not all coconut oils are created equal, and that this distinction can significantly impact animals suffering from chronic allergies and various health concerns.

In 2009, they established CocoTherapy, driven by a personal ordeal involving their beloved dog, Violet, who grappled with severe allergies. This pivotal moment prompted Charisa and Carmina to further their education, obtaining certification in Companion Animal Nutrition from the University of Illinois. Armed with this knowledge, they embarked on a mission to create impeccably clean and health-giving treats, meticulously crafted from organic ingredients. Through CocoTherapy, their dedication to producing the finest quality products is not just a business endeavor, but a heartfelt commitment to the well-being of pets everywhere.

In 2014, they collaborated with naturopathic doctor and lipid expert, Dr. Bruce Fife ND, contributing vital data to his book, “Coconut Therapy for Pets.” This work illuminates the incredible transformations coconut oil can bring to the lives of countless animals. Currently, they’re in the final stages of producing a Coconut Oil Research Guide, a comprehensive compilation of scientific studies focused on coconut oil, categorized by specific health concerns (to be released in a few weeks).