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Dear Daisy Dog

I have a 130-pound retriever mix with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). One of your columns recommended coconut macaroons or dried coconut to control the diarrhea associated with IBD.

Since I have been feeding coconut, my dog has good days and bad days, so I think I need to be more consistent with how much and how often I give it.

How much coconut should I give each day? I’m concerned about the calories because I don’t want him to gain more weight.

Daisy Responds

You didn’t read that recommendation in our column. It was in The People’s Pharmacy, a column by Joe and Teresa Graedon, who said coconut macaroons had helped one reader’s dog.

Neither I nor my doggie friends have IBD, so I checked the Veterinary Information Network (VIN), an on-line resource for veterinarians and animal columnists like me.

VIN’s veterinarians had never heard of treating IBD with coconut, so they were unable to support the idea or suggest a dose.

If you want to continue experimenting with coconut, consult your veterinarian about a treatment plan. Measure carefully and keep accurate records.

Talk with your veterinarian about helping your dog lose weight, too.

Let us know the results of your experiment.

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