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    what kind of oil?

    What kind of oil is it that people feed their dogs to keep their coats shiny? I wanted to give some to the rats, but I don't know which kind to use...

    My mom said it's probably caster oil, does anyone know?
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    Im not sure about giving rats oil..but i give a teaspoon of Canola Oil to Molly and Daisy, mixed in with their food

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    I give Kia Safflower oil.

    I'd check with your vet to find out what oils if any to give to a rat.
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    Thanks guys I was thinking about it being Canola oil, I'll look it up to see if it's aklright for rats, thanks
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    Ok so I've heard that oils like mineral oil and castor oil don't get absorpbed enough to be beneficial to the skin....they act more like a laxative. Now I have no idea if this is true or not. I'm sure some people have used those with success. I've always used either Solid Gold flax seed oil or 3-V Omega fatty acids (fish oil). I prefer the flax seed because the other makes Elvis smell a little "fishy" and he sleeps on my pillow. lol
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    I give Cisco Fish Oil that comes in capsules. It has omega-3 Fatty Acids that are good for the coat and the heart. I put a whole in the capsule with a knife and squeeze the oil on his kibble. It smells!! It sure does a number on his coat. He didn't like it at first, but now he loves it. I only give it to him a couple times a week, because this seems like it works well for him. I started this with the advice of my vet and you can buy these capsule at the wal-mart or any vitamin store. Talk to your vet about the dosage to use.
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    With the food Max is on he doesn't need oil, his fur is very shiny, even when he hasn't had a bath in 6 months.

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    Originally posted by Cheshirekatt
    Ok so I've heard that oils like mineral oil and castor oil don't get absorpbed enough to be beneficial to the skin....they act more like a laxative.
    Yep, they're both laxatives and stool softeners! Wouldn't use those unless you're a glutton for punishment!

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