Benefits of Coconut Oil For Dogs

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There are many benefits of coconut oil for dogs being discovered for dogs, even though it was not recommended in the past. The coconut, also known as the “tree of life”, has been found to have many benefits not only for humans, but for our best friends as well.

There are many products and furniture made from coconut lumber and leaves. Many foods and desserts have at least a bit of coconut milk in them. But the most popular use of the coconut, in the field of health and medicine, is the coconut’s oil, which has been found to cure or alleviate many diseases.

Benefits of Coconut Oil For Dogs

Many diseases and ailments, like yeast infections, smelly coats, hot spots, cuts that have been infected, and even cracked paws, can all be cured with just a jar of “virgin coconut oil.” When all forms of diet remedies have failed, then it is time to try out this miracle natural medicine for your dog. Virgin coconut oil means that it is unrefined, and it can be used for both dogs and humans. Lauric acid, a medium chain fatty acid, can help prevent bacterial and viral infections. This is most commonly found in a mother’s milk and builds the immune system. Fortunately, dogs can benefit from the same kind of protection and health advantages it gives throughout their lives.

There are many other benefits of coconut oil for dogs, all good reasons why you should give your dog some virgin coconut oil. First, it can potentially reduce cancer risks. It also improves the digestion of your dog and becomes medicine for most digestive upsets. The thyroid function is also kept normal with coconut oil. It can give your dog a smooth glossy coat, as well as healthy, supple skin. Yeast and fungal infections are also treated and prevented through the use of coconut oil. Arthritis and similar pains can also be minimized or treated. Coconut can also balance your dog’s metabolism rate to keep his weight under control.

Another area in which amazing results have been attained is in prevention of parasitic infestations, and apparently curing the problem in many instances. As described in an article on the HealingNaturallyByBee.com website:

Coconut oil may provide an effective defense against many troublesome parasites including giardia. Like bacteria and fungi, giardia can’t stand up against MCFA found in coconut oil.

Research has confirmed the effectiveness of MCFA in destroying giardia and possibly other protozoa.5,6,7 By using coconut oil and other coconut products every day, you may be able to destroy giardia before it can establish a toehold.

It can be given internally or applied externally, and can provide remedies for many skin infections. It can disinfect cuts and improve your dog’s general skin and coat condition, making it healthier. Wounds also heal faster with coconut oil, and it helps to deodorize your dog’s skin and clear up some rashes as well.

And unlike most herbal products that are good for your dog’s health, coconut is something that your dog will most probably love to eat. They will most likely gobble up the coconut oil and not be too picky with it. Just as humans can get a bit nutty for coconut, so can our beloved buddies. Mix it with their food – it has cured many picky eaters.

Many vets and researchers today are recommending the regular use of coconut oil for dogs and many other pets as an excellent source of nutrients, which keeps your dog in good health.

The recommended dose is pretty easy; just give a teaspoon of coconut oil per 10 pounds of dog, or you can give a table spoon per 30 pounds. Start with about 1/4 the recommended dosage and build up to the recommended level over 3-4 weeks, as sometimes flu-like symptoms can appear if you hurried it right away.

More benefits of coconut oil for dogs are being constantly discovered. Get some for your fur baby’s health and well-being.

Have you already started using coconut oil for your dog? Feel free to share this article with others below.

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  1. My dalmation/dobe mix (10y/o) this past winter had terrible dry skin & hair loss. I live in the Northeast, so it’s not normal for dogs to shed that time of year. About 2wks after starting to add coconut oil to her food her skin was much better. Now it’s routine, about a teaspoon unmelted added to her dry food twice a day. She loves it & her fur is beautiful – thick & shiny. I am also now treating a skin tag she has on her lower eyelid with a dab of coconut oil. It looks a little smaller now … time will tell whether it shrinks up to nothing.

    • almost forgot to mention that I also started rubbing it on the tips of her ears, which were dry & hairless. The hair has grown back & ears look almost back to the way they were when she was younger.

  2. Don’t just look for grains and byproducts in your dogs’ food. My German Shepherd turned out to be allergic to poultry of any kind, as well as grains. She now eats Acana Ranchlands, which has lamb, beef and bison, plus fruits and vegetables. She still has some environmental skin allergies, but NOTHING like before we changed foods. I’m going to give the coconut oil a try. She gets pumpkin every day, but the vet recommended dosage of fish oil every day wasn’t doing anything, the poor furkid still itches.

  3. Great article! Thanks so much for the helpful information! The benefits of coconut oil seem to be endless :)
    I shared this article on our facebook wall!
    Coconut Oil is fantastic for dogs! It is so healthy and not to mention delicious- dogs do seem to like it. We incorporate organic virgin coconut oil in our sauce for dogs called KetchPup®!
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  4. My puppy is a VERY picky eater!! So ever since I started mixing a little less than a teaspoon of coconut oil in his kibble (i use wellness core puppy formula) he gobbles it up!

    • Melt the coconut oil down in a small dish in microwave for 30 seconds per Tbsp. This stuff is amazing for all the remedies it works on. Soft coat, and no itching anymore. Very good for your skin and makes your hair shiny. Just amazing stuff. Over 101 useful uses with coconut oil. I swear by it.

      • My new rescue seemed itchy after his first grooming (he had to be shaved). I gave him a coconut oil massage and he really enjoyed it. My question is: Can I do this every day? It seems like the oil could eventually clog the pores or follicles, causing his skin not to “breathe” ???

      • Microwaving can destroy any nutrients in the coconut oil. Just put the container in some warm water until it melts

      • I would not recommend microwaving it as microwaves change food molecularly. However, coconut oil melts easily just in the warmth of your hands. I am treating my Golden Retriever’s yeast infection in an ear with it and I just put a small amount 1-2 tsp in a little container and use my fingertip to apply. It is almost miraculous; 2 applications so far and the skin is healthier – less scaley, redness, and yeast!

  5. do U melt the coconut or do U just spoon it out of the jar & feed it to them? & to apply it on them again melt it?

    • I usually melt a teaspoon of the unrefined coconut oil (don’t use refined) and I put it in his food. Just make sure to cool the oil down a little once melted because it gets hot quick and can burn the dog’s mouth.

  6. You give the amount per pound to give your dog, but, you don’t say if it’s every day, three times a week? My kiddos eat twice a day. Do they get the coconut oil at each meal? What is the dosage frequency, please. I want to give them enough, but not overdo it! Thanks much!

    • Hi Tina Marie!
      The amount recommended is per day… you can give it at one of your dogs’ two meals, or split it into both. Thank you for asking for clarification – because coconut oil is, well, an oil, it does contain calories and fat. Too much can cause weight gain.

      When you first begin feeding, start with half of the recommended amount for the first few days to avoid upset stomach.

  7. My dog was not eating, 4 days went by and he would not eat, I read the article on giving the dog coconut oil. OMG I had to give him some with a syringe and he ATE immediately after getting the coconut oil! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE ADVICE. I don’t have money right now for the vet and I was so worried about my dog. Yeah he is eating and I am hooked on this coconut oil and will be giving it to all of my dogs on a regular basis.

  8. I have 2 Great Danes, one 3 yrs and the other 1 1/2 yrs old. They both have rashes on the stomach’s. I have found that udder balm helps but if I don’t use it every day the rash comes back. Plus I have to watch they don’t lick it off, (I think it’s the clove in it). My question, if I feed the coconut oil will that be enough to help with the rash??
    We’ve been to three vets, they say it’s allergies but trying to pin point just what they are allergic too is impossible, I can’t afford testing.
    Any help would be GREATLY appreciated.

    • The coconut oil, both orally and topically, may help with the rash. You’ll still be having to watch that they don’t lick it off.
      However, by what you’ve written, I’m inclined to believe that your dogs ARE allergic and that they are probably allergic to the food they are eating. Read the ingredients and get away from the corn and corn by-products.
      While our dogs we’re on coconut oil for some years, both in their food and on their skin, our oldest girls’ skin didn’t really get better and stay better, until we switched to a lamb/fish and rice food last year.

    • Do you look to doing anything natural for your 2 dogs? Our lab retriever is 13 years old & going strong plus I do the organic coconut oil.

  9. Hi Everyone,
    My adolescent jack russell mix, Wilson, developed a skin rash a few years ago. I thought it was fleas so I took the route to clear up fleas and it went away for a while but came back worse than ever last year. I went to two vets. The first vet said he had no bugs but had environmental allergies, prescribed an antibiotic. This worked, but as soon as the prescription ran out, the spots came back. They are red pimply bumps that peel and shed the hair. They are all over him (looking like flea hotspots on his belly). The second vet gave me antibiotics and an anti-inflam. Again, as soon as the medicine ran out, the spots came back. I called the vet again, he said that when the winter came the rash would go away, most likely a mold allergy. I live in northeastern US, it is almost January and Wilson’s skin is worse than ever. HELP ME. I bought coconut oil, rubbed it on him today and am going to give him some to eat tonight. Will this help?

    • yes coconut oil is amazing ! My dogs have not had fleas in three years using this and keeps their joints lubricated and keeps ear mites at bay.I use it for my fibromyalgia too,You should research this stuff.It is awesome .I had no cavities at all on my dental visit.You can brush you a nd your dogs teeth with it too

    • Is your dog on a wheat free diet? Im asking because I’ve read a lot about the connection between hot spots, skin rashes and overgrowth of yeast inside the body. Basically the rashes are an exterior symptom. Id switch to grain free food, use coconut oil in the food daily, and hopefully within a month you’ll see results. Good luck!

    • My girl has the exact same issue. Nothing worked except coconut oil. What do is place some in an old asprin jar/lid on and run it under hit water until it starts melting. Melting it this way the oil melts but is not to hot to apply/eat (Im not a microwave fan). I apply a full eye dropper ( shes 60 lbs) between the shoulder blades just like you would flea drops. The dogs skin mives the oils around on its own. I then use non latex gloves and put some on thr belly and underside of tail as their skin normally doesnt mive the applied drops to thos areas. She loves eating the oil from the dropper too lol

  10. Is it possible that a dog could have an allergy to coconut/coconut oil? my shih tzu has had some allergy/itching issues and I cannot seem to resolve them, but I’m worried she might have an allergic reaction to the coconut.

    • Hello Natalie,

      I have a shih tzu who is allergic to many things and would get hot spots bacterial and fungal. He would also get ear infections and eye infections. I started giving him a tablespoon twice a day orally and would rub on hot spots and put in his ears and it has helped him so much. With my shih tzu coconut oil in his ears helped to clear up faster than any antibiotic cream given by vet. Be sure to use virgin coconut oil. You can get at grocery store. GNC has it and I like theirs the best. Good luck!!

    • I sympathize with you on the allergy and itching problems, my cattle dog is having them himself. But yes, it is possible for her to be allergic to coconut, just as it is possible for you to be allergic to it as well. I hope you two find relief soon!

    • Yes, it is completely possible, just as it is in humans. My best friend is deathly allergic to coconut, in fact. Stop using it for about 1 month – 2 months, and see if her issues clear up. If she’s a purebred, it’s not unusual for her to have allergies/irritants. Try to remove the most common ones from her diet, one at a time. (She could also [possibly in addition to or exclusively] be allergic to corn/cornmeal, eggs, etc.)

  11. I feed my cats coconut oil about twice a week. Their coats are shiny, and they are all very healthy. I like to use the coconut oil from Tropics Best (tropicsbest.com). I have tried other coconut oils, but they seem to like this one the best. It is also unrefined, which is VERY important and it is virgin. I also have 5 cats, and they have large 1 gallon pails, so the coconut oil lasts longer!

    • We started using coconut oil on my mom for dementia. And we saw immediate improvement. She was able to email family members again, and was taking her medications without missing them. So, we are going to start my friend’s dog on it. She seems to have a sort of dementia in her old age, can’t seem to settle down in the evenings and paces as if she forgot if she’d just gone out or not. It will be interesting to see if it has any effect on her dog’s mental situation. She was always such an excellent, sweet, smart dog, we hate to see her struggling. It’s worth a try, especially if it is harmless if it doesn’t work.

      • I just read your remarks on using coconut oil for your dog. Can you tell me how it is working? My 14 year old dog suffers slightly with the same problem.

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  15. Ron,
    Have a 5 year old Cav. Mylo who a couple of times a year will get an itchy right eye to the point that he runs his face on the carpet resulting in opening the skin around the affected area. Been to the vet, but stumbled upon this post regarding Coconut Oil. Question, can I rub this in my hands and then apply to the skin around the eye? I had him on fish oil and took him off, thinking the Coconut Oil might be of more value. Thoughts please.
    Lisa

    • Yes u can! I have a Chinese Shar Pei, the Sar Pei community group highly recommends virgin, “unrefined” coconut oil for all cuts and infections. I tried it and it works wonders! A teaspoon of it for ur dog to eat everyday makes the coat healthy, and made a huge difference in skin alleries on my dog. Melaluca honey (health food store) also works!

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