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The Many Benefits of Coconut Oil For Dogs


There are many benefits of coconut oil for dogs being discovered, 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 other forms of diet remedies have failed, 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 by Healing Naturally By Bee.

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. 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 tablespoon 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. Be aware, however, coconut oil does contain fat and calories, so you may need to adjust your dog’s daily diet to compensate.

Have you already started using coconut oil for your dog?




  1. Pomapoo

    May 29, 2020 at 8:23 am

    At whole foods we picked up a bag of food called Nutrisca and it has no grains or potatoes. Only chickpeas and peas I believe

  2. Dog

    May 22, 2020 at 8:29 am

    Wow… At whole foods we picked up a bag of food called “Nutrisca” (made by dogswell) and it has no grains or potatoes. Only chickpeas and peas I believe. They call it a low glycemic dog food. Seems like overall pretty good ingredients. Thank you

  3. Brian Yates

    Apr 18, 2020 at 7:09 am

    Great to know I can give coconut oil to Dog. Thanks for sharing this.

  4. Puppy foodie

    Apr 17, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    The mixture of saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Is perfect


    Jan 30, 2020 at 9:45 am

    Coconut oils for dogs? when my friend told me about it I was skeptical but I was intrigued. Since coming across you post I have implemented some of these ideas and I think they seem happier and healthy. For example my french buill dog has always been a little ancy, but when I tried this he mellowed out quite some.

    I dunno if this was a reaction… but he seems happier and relaxed when visitors come over

  6. janice m

    Jan 2, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    Thanks for sharing this. We use coconut oil for our dog in so many ways!

  7. PetCareLover

    Oct 15, 2019 at 2:55 am

    Thanks a lot for sharing! Will try it. So need more information) about coconut oil and how it use for dogs

  8. Lina

    May 22, 2019 at 10:58 pm

    The truth is we love coconut oil for dogs. Coconut oil is made up of a mixture of saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Together these 3 fats contain an impressive list of fatty acids. Many of these are Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFAs), including 48% lauric acid, 8% caprylic acid and 7% capric acid, plus myristic and palmitic acids.

    Coconut oil also contains about 2% linoleic acid (polyunsaturated fatty acids) and about 6% oleic acid (monounsaturated fatty acids).

    It’s the MCFAs in coconut oil, especially the lauric acid, that give it such a powerful punch when it comes to your dog’s health.

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  9. Mary | Dog Sumo

    Apr 6, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    Honestly, I didn’t know coconut oil was that much beneficial for dogs. 🙂

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  11. Geneva Knight

    Feb 21, 2019 at 5:34 am

    First of all, thanks for this valuable information. I have been using organic coconut oil in my dogs food for a couple of years. Coconut Oil is fantastic for dogs! The benefits of coconut oil seem to be endless . I shared this article on our facebook wall!

  12. Paul Conwall

    Feb 18, 2019 at 1:20 pm

    You mention ‘just give a teaspoon of coconut oil per 10 pounds of dog’ , Is it for adult dog? How about puppy? I mean below 3 years old

  13. Jen

    Dec 11, 2018 at 9:13 am

    My dog suffers from Hot Spots – Thank you for the recommendation, I’m definitely going to apply coconut oil next time and see how it works!

  14. Smh Ripon

    Nov 29, 2018 at 3:33 am

    My dog did that also, its Hypothyroid.

  15. Sandra Ericson

    Oct 16, 2018 at 11:40 am

    Hi, Brandy. What’s up?

    Would you please suggest me some good coconut oil for my Tommy? What points should I follow before ordering a coconut oil for my dog?

  16. Kamal Chandel

    Sep 22, 2018 at 9:59 am

    Yes, coconut oil is beneficial for the dog but you don’t feed this oil on regular basis. So, try to buy some affordable grain-free dog food eg. and then feed to your dog regularly.

  17. Jennifer Wood

    May 12, 2018 at 12:29 pm

    So amazing, this is the new knowledge with me.
    Thanks for sharing this information.

  18. Michelle Nosurak

    Mar 8, 2018 at 11:28 pm

    My absolutely Brucey loves it & even knows when I get the jar out from the cupboard. Within nano seconds he’s sat by my feet waiting excitedly for his treat xx

  19. Luis Stiven

    Jan 22, 2018 at 12:56 am

    Omg!! i didnt know that the benefit of coconut oil for dog.. Thanks for your great effort for posting unique and essential Tips about dog

  20. Michael

    Jan 15, 2018 at 5:48 pm

    I’ve tried fish oil for my husky who is on a raw diet

    • Beverly Laberdia

      Jan 18, 2018 at 8:59 am

      Iidl new grocery in U.S. has coconut oil $4 16 oz.

      • Margaret Smith

        Mar 9, 2018 at 3:22 am

        Parasitic infestations can be prevented with coconut oil for sure

  21. Michael Cod

    Sep 12, 2017 at 12:35 am

    This is great information, I’m going to look into it a little more, my dog needs something just like This …

  22. John Howes

    Aug 17, 2017 at 10:55 am

    Thanks for sharing this great article. I never tried coconut oil for my dog. I will have to give a try 🙂

    Check this blog for more dog related info:

  23. Emma Engel

    Jul 16, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    Yes. Coconut Oil not only is useful for human but also is good for the dog. Great post!

  24. Karen Mitchell

    Jul 6, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Needs to be references to any good article worth reading

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  26. Jennie

    Apr 22, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    I use Coconut oil for my dog too!

  27. John Howes

    Apr 21, 2017 at 2:26 am

    Very interesting article. This is something completely new to me and came across for the first time. I will give a try with my dog.

  28. Beverley

    Apr 5, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    My dog has pancreatitis and is on a vet recommended very low fat food since he can't digest fatty substances properly.
    Does anyone know whether coconut oil would be a good match for him, I've been researching this and do know that some of them have quite high fat contents.
    Anybody know or have a suggestion?


    • Robin Keller

      Sep 20, 2017 at 7:37 am

      I make my own dog food chicken.turkey vegetables. Does very well.You can also get receipe over Internet and only feed them turkey or chicken no beef

    • Beverly Laberdia

      Jan 18, 2018 at 9:05 am

      Vets can’t make $ with coconut oil.

  29. Robert

    Apr 1, 2017 at 8:07 am

    Does anyone know if virgin coconut oil is of any use combating the dreaded "Alabama Rot" which is slowly creeping up the length of my country (UK) ?

    It's not quite in my neighbourhood as yet, but recent confirmed cases sadly prove that it is definitely on its way.

  30. Robin Pieri

    Mar 5, 2017 at 8:59 am

    how do you feed your dog the coconut oil?????

    • Kelly huff

      Apr 8, 2017 at 11:12 pm

      Melt it in the microwave for about 20 seconds

      • Elizabeth granet

        Oct 22, 2017 at 5:30 pm

        Never ever give you dogs anything from micowave.

        • Nancy

          Dec 30, 2017 at 6:24 pm


        • Brett Schwichtenberg

          Aug 11, 2018 at 2:35 pm

          Oh boy! Did you just say that?! You sound like…….OH
          NEVER MIND!! I can already tell how this is going to end. MY BAD LIZ!!
          ENJOY THE SNOW.

    • Dan Sauve

      May 17, 2017 at 6:05 pm

      We dip their bone cookies in the oil.

    • Lisa

      Jul 4, 2017 at 6:26 pm

      I put about a tablespoon in my hand and my boxers go crazy over it!
      They love the taste of it and it's very good for them!
      I also use it on the coats and they both have beautiful coats!
      Most dogs live the taste of it and will eat it straight from your hsnd

      • mimi

        Sep 15, 2017 at 6:37 pm

        I give it to my dogs on the spoon or roll it into little balls. They love it! It has cleared up my Collie's itchy red skin allergy. Calmed my pittie's tummy and helped keep my Beagle trim. No problem getting them to eat it. In fact my Beagle will sit in front of the cabinet and wait for her dose. Lol

    • Beverly Laberdia

      Jan 18, 2018 at 9:06 am

      Mine laps it up from a spoon

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  33. diana

    Jan 18, 2017 at 4:41 pm

    wow this is something new to me coconut oil for dogs?

  34. Leslie

    Nov 14, 2016 at 9:20 pm

    I give coconut oil to my dogs too!

  35. Leigh

    Oct 10, 2016 at 1:41 am

    There are still existing articles out there claiming how bad virgin coconut oil is for dogs but many more claims to debunk that.

  36. Christine

    Oct 8, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Can the coconut oil be given oral,if your dog has diabetis?

  37. Diana

    Jul 30, 2016 at 11:20 am

    I have been feeding my 3 1/2 year old 100 pound Rottweiler coconut oil for 2 1/2 years now. I started this because she had fleas and the flea shampoo made her itch more and started making her hair fall out. Since then I no longer bathe her only daily brushing, her coat is very shiny and she has no oder, I also brush her teeth with coconut oil daily no breath oder either. I will not use any flea prevention products since the first time I did she had diarrhea for a month. I use a flea comb if I see her scratch so far this year she has not had a single flea. Everyone says the fleas are very bad this year. Last year I found a total of 6 fleas that was in September the flea comb removes them quickly and doesn’T poison my girl. I believe that the coconut oil has her skin in such great condition and the oil helps in keeping the fleas off. I give her a good tablespoon of coconut oil twice a day also 1200 mg. of fish oil in her morning dose of coconut oil daily. I use the burp less kind of fish oil so she doesn’t have any bad breath.

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  39. lorie

    Jun 23, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    Can I put coconut oil on dogs fur and how much he’s about 60 lbs

    • Dan Sauve

      May 17, 2017 at 6:17 pm

      You can rub a little onto your dog's skin,just enough to moisten the skin. But the mess! Your dog will spend the next two days "cleaning" the delicious coconut oil off itself. We now dip their bone cookies in the oil. There is no need to apply the oil topically. Been feeding our dogs coconut oil for 1 week now and the dry skin is gone.

  40. debbie

    Jun 7, 2016 at 10:34 am

    I have two dogs a shitzu and a shorkies my shitzu has arthritis and my shorkie has anxity problems someone told me to start the cocnut oil I started last night they loved it would you give it to them twice a day or once a day

  41. Beverly Clark

    Apr 1, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    Would like to hear from anyone who has used coconut oil for your dogs breath problem and did it work ?

    • Leslie

      May 12, 2016 at 3:18 am

      YES! My oldest dachshund has always had a bit of funky breath, but as he got older it got so much worse. About a month ago I started giving all my dogs about a teaspoon of coconut oil as a bedtime treat. My youngest’s dachshunds fur is incredibly shiny and even the vet complimented her about it. My middle pup never had many problems, but her coat is more shiny now. So on to the one I have constant problems with, my oldest. His breath is worlds better than it was a month ago. And when I say this, it had gotten so bad I wouldn’t let him near my face. Now I am happy to let him lick my face again.

  42. Barbara

    Jan 6, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    What is the difference between coconut milk, coconut water? I used the coconut oil on my show beagle. I have one over weight dog , how much and when do I give her the coconut oil?

    • Stephen

      Mar 15, 2016 at 1:38 pm

      Hi Barbara.

      Coconut milk is extracted from coconut milk. Coconut water is what you get as soon as you open one.

  43. Michele

    Jan 5, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    Do you use the liquid form or coconut oil in a jar? And does it have to be organic?

    • Monica

      Mar 22, 2016 at 7:09 am

      All coconut oil is organic. Coconuts are naturally organic. Don’t be fooled by the label and pay more.

  44. Ela2926

    Dec 22, 2015 at 7:12 pm

    I have a Great Dane who weighs around 140-150#’s. Out of nowhere about a week and a half ago she came down with a horrible case of hives. She is now started losing hair and looks horrible. I’ve tried Benadryl which did not work at all, so I’m going to start her on coconut oil tonight and see if that helps. I am going to start her at 1 tbsp 2x a day and then work up from there…….Fingers crossed!

    • Babslynne

      Feb 28, 2016 at 1:03 pm

      My dog did that also, its Hypothyroid.

    • Holy Shitzu Batman

      Apr 7, 2016 at 1:06 pm

      Hey my Female 12 lb Shitzu had the same case. Did you get to try the coconut oil and what was the result?

    • Jill

      May 6, 2017 at 11:03 pm

      Your dog could have the mange caused by mange mites, which would explain why benadryl doesn't help. Could be thyroid problem but I would definitely use coconut oil externally on the skin and also feed the dog the oil as well. Have u bathed your dog? Use Hurts Bees or natural products to bathe skin. See if there is a treatment for mange. I use Advantix on my dog and it kills mange mites and fleas and ticks.

    • Jill

      May 6, 2017 at 11:14 pm

      I also read several articles that said coconut oil smothers fleas and .ktes so use it liberally on the skin. My dog is a boxer and he has persistent fungal infections in the ears. I clean his ears daily and use coconut oil quite liberally in his ears and this works better than antifungal creams over the counter. I also bought an ear cleanser/rinse for dogs and cats that contains tea tree oil, which is another powerful antifungal. I bought the ear rinse off but I haven't received it yet. Still, I know I use small amount of tea tree in a wash for my female area which is highly prone to yeast infections (fungus/yeast is the same thing, it's all a form of candida) anyhow try natural first it is much less expensive and more effective than anything a vet could prescribe. Coconut is antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral. I also use coconut oil on my face due to rosacea acne and it keeps my skin from peeling as badly and helps keep sits down to a minimum. U don't need much on your face, as too much oil will break it out. I use it under my breasts which get yeast infections. I say all this because coconut oil is good for absolutely everything and it is also anti-inflammatory! A jar of unrefined is about $10 to $20 but it lasts for several months! I eat 2 tbsp a day and it keeps my weight down and helps my skin!!

  45. Karen Mitchell

    Nov 26, 2015 at 8:20 am

    I’m not a vet. To cut a long story short, I’ve now researched pet nutrition for almost 6 years and been feeding our girls raw since they were 8 weeks old, the eldest is now 6 years young.
    I run a Facebook group “As Nature Intended”. This group is an advocate of 100% natural raw diet for pets. I invite holistic vets, researchers, trainers, breeders, whisperers, nutritionists and of course carers from all over the world. If you are looking for advice, considering on making the transition, or looking for guidance, hints and tips on how to make the transition or when and what to feed. Wish to learn the benefits of alternative medicine, raw feeding and much more?
    Then this informative group is there for you, 24/7

  46. Sindi

    Oct 22, 2015 at 3:34 pm

    I have also found it is useful for dog tartar build up & that pesky bad breath. Please keep in mind it is not a cure all for tartar build up, your dog should have still have dental’s by your Veterinarian.

  47. teresa norris

    Oct 19, 2015 at 11:30 pm

    secret benefits of coconut oil for dogs.

  48. Mandola Stills

    Oct 10, 2015 at 3:35 am

    Coconut oil is a multi-purpose, coconut oil to improve the skin, and show who you are. www[dot]//bit[dot]ly/1JQeSYe

  49. Anonymous

    Sep 30, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Can you give your dog coconut butter instead of coconut oil? Why or why not?

  50. Tiffany White

    Sep 27, 2015 at 8:15 pm

    I have a blue Pitt that has unfortunately got the skin issues that are notorious for this breed. He’s allergic to Grass,protein, and grains. He continuously kept hives and could not control the itching. We took him for weekly lime and sulfur dips at the vet which really helped but the cost got high and my frustration level did also. He was like family and to see him suffering really started to get to us, so I started researching countless hours and watching others YouTube videos that had this breed and the skin conditions until I found a video of a vet talking about coconut oil and I was shocked to learn of all the benefits for dogs it offered so I went to my kitchen and got the Unrefined cold pressed coconut oil I use for cooking and started him on it immediately and I am so serious when j say this in 24 hrs most his hives were dried up and healing and within 5days were completely gone I give him a tablespoon a day now and he has no more severe breakouts nor had to go back to the vet for lime and sulfur dips. Coconut oil is truly a miracle for this family and our beloved cotton he is so happy and active now and I truly give all the credit to it!

    • Sherrie Ashenbremer

      Nov 21, 2015 at 10:43 am

      Tiffany White, please send me a message or an email or friend request. My dog is so red from head to toe, his ears are bad. He has been seeing a dermatologist and I have spend over $2,000 since June. I just want my dog comfortable and safe. Please send me a message tell me what you did and how it works. Thank you

      • Karen Mitchell

        Nov 26, 2015 at 8:25 am

        Hello Sherrie,
        I’m not a vet. To cut a long story short, I’ve now researched pet nutrition for almost 6 years and been feeding our girls raw since they were 8 weeks old, the eldest is now 6 years young.
        I run a Facebook group “As Nature Intended”. This group is an advocate of 100% natural raw diet for pets. I invite holistic vets, researchers, trainers, breeders, whisperers, nutritionists and of course carers from all over the world. If you are looking for advice, considering on making the transition, or looking for guidance, hints and tips on how to make the transition or when and what to feed. Wish to learn the benefits of alternative medicine, raw feeding and much more?
        Then this informative group is there for you, 24/7

  51. Dora Hahn

    Aug 23, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    Hello, ive read so many great reviews on coconut oil so i went ahead and started my american bulldog on a tsp a day. It said start slow due to possible diarrhea so thats what i did. Im not sure what day i started maybe a week ago and out of no where 3 days ago my dog has come down with the worst hives ever. The only reason im not 100% sure if it is the oil, is because i also noticed fleas and treated him with a shampoo and flea collar just about the same time. Since the hives started i stopped the oil and removed the collar also washed him several times with just plain water hoping to rinse or dilute the flea amd tick wash. Not to mention trying to help releave the itch, i feel terrible but the benadryl has brough them down at times but then they flare up again. As much as i been researching i cant find anything any where of someone having similiar reaction due to the oil. Does any1 have any insight on this, or know the likely hood of coconut oil dping that to a dog??? Please any suggestions are welcome…Thank u

    • Jill

      May 6, 2017 at 11:21 pm

      The flea products are causing your dog an allergic reaction. Use Bert Bees products or any hypoallergenic shampoo, use coconut oil on the skin as well and comb thru with a flea comb to remove fleas and eggs and keep your dogs hair trimmed or shaved down short. Coconut oil did not cause that reaction. U could try using dove soap the sensitive skin kind that has no scent as a shampoo for ur dog as I have very sensitive skin and can only use the Simple brand of facial products and unscented dove soap for sensitive skin. I know it doesn't lather like shampoo but use enuf of it and it will work. Buy shampoo products that contain no alcohols and no sulfate. The least amount of chemicals the better. Coconut oil will help ur dog inside and out. I read where coconut oil smothers fleas and mites so rub it thru Jr dogs hair and skin and comb through with flea comb. Don't use flea products as ur dog has sensitive skin and breaks out with allergic reaction.

  52. Percy Chan

    Aug 7, 2015 at 10:58 am

    It’s been years that my samoyed have hair more than half a inch during spring and summer. Three months ago my skin problem got worst. Even putting the med., MALASEB, directly on the wounds without flushing it off every 2 days, those rashes just couldn’t go away. Hair and skin turned pink whenever touching the poison “MALASEB” One day I bought him coconut oil to eat and suddenly in a week of time I found that the rashes were all gone. I was so worry that I might overdoes him with “MALASEB” or else the coconut oil really working. It’s been almost 3 months now, rashes were all gone and didn’t came back ; even in bad weather with heavy rain, he only have 3 red dots on his legs. Now he is med. free for 2 months but still taking coconut oil every 2 or 3 days. If he stays problem free in the next 2 months, he will be all HEAL! All those years with a lot of steroid, antibiotics, “MALASEB” baths and diets… all couldn’t cure him but coconut oil????! It’s a miracle! And we didnt even finfish 1/10 of the jar… by the way, I usually give him 2 to three teaspoons of coconut oil every 2 or 3 days. Guess I am kind of worry about the cholesterol level…

  53. akita mom

    Jul 16, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    Coconut oil…yes it works on baseball size tumors. My dog had one large one on the back of her neck. I started with turmeric organic, and coconut oil, mixed it together applied to lump. Also put the turmeric on her food, and gave her coconut oil organic, she ate it off the spoon. Did this everyday for 5 months. Now I just give her coconut oil daily, and turmeric on her meals 3 times a week. No more turmor. Its just floppy skin, which you can see unless you know where the turmor was. Best bonus her hair has grown back in. Now it got worst before it got better several times I wanted to stop. But with lots of prays. I kept to it. It worked. And best, people can not believe it when they see her now. They all thought I was crazy and that I would have to get her surgery to remove it. Surgery was not an option she isn’t a spring chick and I knew it would be wrong to put her threw it.. so try this out and continue with coconut oil your dog will love it. A teaspoon at each meal. My dog weights 90 lbs. And that’s what I give her.

    • manda haas

      Sep 23, 2015 at 10:51 pm

      how much turmeric and coconut oil did use

  54. Kuljeet Soni

    Jul 13, 2015 at 1:48 pm

    Hi, first of all, thanks for this valuable information. My baby is over 7 years now and he has a wound on his foreleg, on tarsals’ joint. we treated iy once with Spectrazole , but he has been scratching it and so it’s not healing. I would try Coconut oil on his wound and see if this works for him. Thanks again.

  55. anonymous

    Jul 9, 2015 at 4:30 am

    My douge de bordeaux suffered from bad hair loss, ear infections and has had 2 oops on her eye as her lid kept perding and getting sore. After countless trips to vets and using steroids and antibiotics the problems would ease but then come back. I tried coconut oil in her feed and its been 4 months now, she’s never looked or felt so great! It’s the best medicine going and is far more cheaper than vets! I can’t rate it highly enough!!!

  56. Ally McBeagle's Mom

    Jul 2, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Since you give 2 him 2 tablespoons per day, may I assume that your dog weighs at least 60 lbs? I plan to try it to reduce the size of her tennis ball lipoma. I was thinking to using it topically, but now I also plan to add it to her food. She is 15.5 years old, and still has a lot of spunk but if the lipoma continues to get bigger, it’s going to stop her from using her left hind leg (to avoid trampling the lipoma).

  57. Donna

    Jun 28, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    I have been using organic coconut oil in my dogs food for the past year. His fur was so dry and flaky before I started using it. Now it’s so shiny and no flakes. I use one Tbsp in his morning meal and one Tbsp in his evening meal. He loves it.

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  60. stacy

    Jun 5, 2015 at 12:46 am

    My dog has yeast in her ears. Last vet treatment didn’t work. I want to try coconut oil. What’s the ratio of coconut oil to a 22lb dog? Does it matter how much you use? I want to use in her ears and then also in her food. TIA

    • Roney Perry

      Jun 27, 2015 at 10:15 am

      You can go on YouTube and see videos of how to administer it to your dogs specific size. I have a 34 pound Cocker and a 32 pound Cocker and they each get 1 table spoon full with their morning morning and evening meal.

  61. Rhonda

    Apr 10, 2015 at 11:21 am

    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.

    • Rhonda

      Apr 10, 2015 at 11:23 am

      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.

  62. Sandra More

    Mar 20, 2015 at 9:18 pm

    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.

  63. Lee

    Feb 26, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    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®!

  64. Romez

    Feb 24, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    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!

    • Kimi

      Mar 16, 2015 at 10:51 pm

      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.

      • Sami Mayner

        Mar 23, 2015 at 8:33 am

        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” ???

      • Helen Whittaker

        May 2, 2015 at 10:40 pm

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

      • Kimmarie

        May 5, 2015 at 4:49 pm

        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!

      • Anna

        Jun 21, 2015 at 3:34 pm

        DO NOT MICROWAVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        And make sure the Coconut Oil is Organic and unprocessed!!!!!!!!

  65. Lorraine

    Feb 12, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    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?

    • Romez

      Feb 24, 2015 at 3:57 pm

      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.

    • Kimi

      Mar 16, 2015 at 10:53 pm

      Melt 1 Tbsp in microwave in small dish for 30 seconds. So 30 seconds per 1 Tbsn of coconut oil.

      • Anna

        Jun 21, 2015 at 3:33 pm

        OIL. Make sure to get Organic and Unprocessed. It has a very low melt point. Also, my dog eats it as is. 1 tsp. per 10 lbs but DO NOT MICROWAVE. WRONG. BAD. Changes the molecular structure and beneficial properties.

  66. Tina Marie

    Feb 5, 2015 at 4:39 pm

    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!

    • Brandy Arnold

      Feb 6, 2015 at 10:52 am

      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.

    • Kimi

      Mar 16, 2015 at 10:54 pm

      Once a day is what I reccomend. You see improvements almost immediately.

  67. Tammy

    Feb 3, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    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.

  68. Sharon

    Jan 18, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    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.

    • Steve

      Jan 31, 2015 at 1:39 pm

      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.

    • Deb

      Mar 22, 2015 at 10:34 pm

      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.

  69. Becca and Wilson

    Dec 29, 2014 at 2:58 pm

    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?

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      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

    • steph

      Jan 21, 2015 at 6:29 pm

      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!

    • Trish

      Feb 25, 2015 at 6:31 am

      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

    • Anne-marie

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      My first time ever on a blog. I just went through sleepless nights, refusing the drug route to treat my Jack Russell. The breed is prone to mites and Yeast infection. First, I thought it was mites, but after hours and hours of reading, I decided to also treat him for Yeast infection. This was after the appearance of very red skin, hotspots (the bumps and black pimples was already there). As he was a rescue, it was very difficult to gather and the process of elimination is very painful. He got a major fewer and shivering as the toxins were working out of the body. My main change was adding firstly to eliminate all starches from his food – this include potatoes, rice, sweet potatoes, carrots, peas and corn, all of which forms sugar strains and an environment yeast thrives on – so you have yeast on yeast growth. Yeast is a spore like growth in the body. It remains there until the environment has change and it has nothing to “feed”on. The second, very important thing was to add Coconut oil, both to food and on the skin. It is also important to wash your Jack Russel twice a week with a Medicated shampoo to wash the toxins off. The yeast infection (as well as mites) have a cycle of living, breeding, dying and then shedding the waste into the skin. I used a very good shampoo we find in our country and added 5% Benzoyl Peroxide was (similar to acnee wash), which is the only substance that open the hair folicles (where the yeast or parasite lives) and wash the toxins layer upon layer away. Then, put coconut oil on the skin. You can add a few drops of Lavender to it. He is not scratching (but scratching after treatment can be a sign of healing, as long as it is not excessive). Be patient – sometimes it takes a few weeks of washing, changing diet and sitting up at night with a feverish dog, just giving TLC. It’s hard to go the natural route, but so worth it, knowing that you have helped your dog and aided his body to fight the condition on it’s own, which really, should also help his immune in the end. Keep a close watch at all times, especially if it’s an older dog. You need to get familiar with using a thermo and check your dog’s temperature. Also, one very important thing is to test the 5Step Thyroid glan – and you have to insist on this test with the Vet. I can write so much more, but this is my happy day, as my dog has broken the fever, the skin looks a bit flacky, but I know it is a sign of all the toxins that was released, washed away and not, Coconut oil to the rescue !!! Hope this will help you.

  70. natalie

    Nov 13, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    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.

    • RS

      Nov 24, 2014 at 4:18 am

      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!!

    • rebecca

      Nov 24, 2014 at 8:21 pm

      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!

    • Alise

      Nov 26, 2014 at 8:40 pm

      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.)

  71. Jenna

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    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 ( 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!

    • jojopittsburgh

      Nov 10, 2014 at 1:45 pm

      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.

      • Collins

        Nov 11, 2014 at 7:47 am

        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.

      • Karen

        Nov 27, 2014 at 9:25 pm

        If you are on Facebook, there is a group called Canine Cognitive Dysfunction that offers loads of information for canine dementia.

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    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.

    • michelle

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      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!

  78. Katie

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    My 5 year old Doxie has been scratching at his ears a lot over the last month or so. He scratches them so hard! The fur on his back has gotten really thin, and it seems like he is shedding like crazy(he is a short haired doxie). He also bites at his paws a lot! I’m thinking he might have allergies? I am trying to get him into the vet this week….but my question is, can I use coconut oil to put in his ears to help with his ear scratching problems? When I look in I can see some brown dirt-like stuff in there. They don’t stink or anything. A friend of mine said she used coconut oil in her dogs ears before when he had a yeast infection in them. The last two nights I have tried to put coconut oil in his ears, it’s been a challenge! I am going to get a dropper to make it easier so I can get it (The oil) to run down into his ears. He just ends up rubbing his face on the carpet and scratching at his ears after anyways! I just want him to feel better!

    • michelle

      Sep 19, 2014 at 7:11 pm

      Yes! I learned so much from the Shar Pei Community Group and unrefined, virgin coconut oil can be used in ears, paws, cuts, infections, and ingested for skin alleries…my dog had bad skin allergies, scratching, and chewing his paws…a teaspoon of coconut oil every morning, and within a month, his skin alleries have all but gone! Great stuff.

    • LK

      Jan 7, 2015 at 10:13 am

      I wouldn’t just pour in ears. Put a little on a cotton ball, then apply down in ears. Have you ever had water in your ears?


      Jan 8, 2015 at 8:08 am


    • steph

      Jan 21, 2015 at 6:38 pm

      It sounds like yeast infection, which is what my dog suffered from. I got sick of the antibiotics, and finally another vet told me it’s yeast in the ears, coming from his paws, which explained his constant feet chewing. He told me benadryl will keep it from spreading, and it worked. Still, I don’t want to give him benadryl all the time, and I just found out that coconut oil cures yeast infections in humans, so now Im trying it in his ears. (After reading some forums from people who had success with it.) Not as easy to apply to the feet, but in really hoping that adding the oil to his food will prevent it in the future and we can eliminate the benadryl all together.

  79. Sarah

    Aug 25, 2014 at 4:15 pm

    My rescued stray dog (doberman mix) had terrible dandruff for the first 2 years & nothing could get rid of it. I started feeding him a teaspoon of coconut oil per day & 3 days later the dandruff was gone. I still feed him the coconut oil most days but if I forget for a while the dandruff starts to come back. Recently he was with a dog-sitter for a couple of weeks & I’d forgotten to mention the coconut oil – she contacted me to say he’d developed dandruff, I told her about the oil, & again the dandruff went. Also his coat is so shiny & healthy now, he has a hard coat which remains hard but has a healthier feel to it.

  80. Sandy

    Aug 18, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    Question about feeding – I have a jar of virgin coconut oil but of course it is solid … Do you melt it first before mixing it in the food?

    • Emi

      Aug 18, 2014 at 8:41 pm

      Hi Sandy, I melted the coconut oil and mixed it with the solid dog’s food. My dog is picky but he loves it. At first, he just licks the coconut oil, but then he will start eating the food. I fed my dog with coconut oil three time a week since I don’t want him to be too addictive.
      Hope it helps.

  81. Marcia Vallee

    Aug 13, 2014 at 7:22 am

    My miniature doxie’s coat has an unpleasant scent. I put a small amount of coconut oil on my hands and rubbed it on her coat. The scent instantly went away. Thank goodness as my house was starting to smell like her!

    • Roni

      Apr 24, 2015 at 11:11 pm

      The smells comes from yeast infections on your dogs coat and ears due to dog foods from the market, for they are made with all kinds of foods that have sugar and yeast grows from sugar. Many dogs are allergic to potatoes, wheat, gluten, flour, rice and these foods develop yeast infections. Any kind antibiotics also creates yeast in humans and dogs. I went through it all with my dog Charly finally I started making him homemade food. I google what foods they could or not eat. I give them vitamin D, E, Coconut Oil, Fish Oil and Probiotic Multi-Enzyme Digestive to get rid of the yeast in the digestive system. When our dogs are not healthy it’s hard for their bodies to get rid of these infections. /Beware of STEROIDS worst thing to give your dogs, it kills their immune system and their little bodies become deform, even in humans.

  82. Marcia

    Aug 9, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    I just started rubbing coconut oil on my dogs teeth. He is 11 years old, the vet wants to clean his teeth. I was told not to let him at his age. I’ m hoping the coconut oil will help clean his teeth and keep his gums healthy. I have tried brushing but no way will he let me brush them. He loves the coconut oil and I can rub it on his teeth. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank.

    • shannon

      Aug 12, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      U may try toy rope and put coconut oil on it for ur dog to chew on

    • Linda

      Sep 13, 2014 at 3:16 pm

      Hi…Who told you that your dog should not have his teeth cleaned. Has he ever had them cleaned by your Vet? If not, get a second opinion from another Vet just to ease your mind. I have 3 Miniature Pinschers…all rescues. Their teeth were HORRENDOUS. Tartar that was so bad that one of the Pins lost 2 teeth. Their breath was HORRIBLE. Once they ALL had their teeth cleaned, and the oldest is 10, they are pearly white and absolutely NO DOGGIE BREATH. And your Vet can examine his/her entire mouth to make sure that he/she doesn’t have any teeth that are infected, etc. Like I said, my oldest just had hers done 3 weeks ago. My Vet does bloodwork BEFORE he puts them under. But you should get a second opinion just to make sure…Also, there are Holisitic Vets who clean teeth WITHOUT anesthesia. Hope all work out for your and your “buddy”…!!!

    • ronnie

      Nov 10, 2014 at 11:21 am

      I just feed my dogs a small amount right from the spoon but I’m also going to try spreading it on a dog treat to see if that gets it on the teeth even better.

    • rebecca

      Nov 24, 2014 at 8:35 pm

      I don’t know who told you not to let the vet clean your dog’s teeth, or why, but it is very important that he has clean teeth and healthy gums. Just as in humans, poor dental health can lead to a host of other health conditions and infections, no less the potential costly tooth extraction. If you choose not to have the vet clean your dog’s teeth, I would suggest giving him treats and toys designed to clean plaque buildup. There are Greenies, rope toys, Kong has some great toys designed for the job, and there are even additives like Tropiclean Fresh Breath Water Additive for Dogs that you can put in his water to help fight plaque buildup. I hope this helps 🙂

    • Pamela Ray

      Jan 3, 2015 at 11:59 am

      it will I had no cavities at my dental appointment.I know it was the coconut oil Brush with salt and coconut oil ,I saw u=it on Dr. Oz.

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  88. Allie Arnst

    Jul 9, 2014 at 4:35 pm

    Hello, we put our dog (Goldendoodle) on the raw meat diet. We were first on kibble and dry treats, but after much research and consultation with a holistic vet, we went to the raw meat diet. We buy premade patties, and add veggies and currently hemp oil. We had trouble with the dry kibble – she became itchy, ear infections all the time, chewing her feet. Antibiotics from the vet. When the vet suggested we put her on a kibble made from feathers, I kinda lost it. Feathers!!! All the kibble is overprocessed by heat and heat destroys nutrients. Not to mention grains. Our dog can’t do fish, and my friend’s dog can’t tolerate lamb, so you have to go through a process of elimination. We feed our dog elk, bison and duck patties, and duck and turkey necks, and raw meaty buffalo bones. I read most of the comments on here are concerned with itching, yeast, ear infections. It’s the kibble folks. I highly recommend going the raw meat way, it solved 90% of her issues. She dances around and barks and gets really vocal when we prepare her meals now, and she sure never did that before, not even close. I’m going to switch to coconut oil in her diet now. thanks all.

    • michelle

      Sep 19, 2014 at 7:19 pm

      I have my dog on an organic kibble with only 5 ingredients, hormone free, grain free, white potato free (white potato adds to allergy problems) and his health is so much better. Not a fan of raw. Preference of owner.

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  89. Tammy Harris

    Jul 4, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    My 6 year old doxie is always scratching and chewing to where her skin on her belly is red and sometimes sores. Have taking her to the vet and she gets a shot of antibiotics. It lasts awhile, couple months and then its back. I bought Coconut Oil, its in solid, when rubbed beteween hands it becomes liquid. I rub it one her and another doxie that has red bumps all over his belly. 5 minutes later there belly skin was so soft. They seem better. Can this be rubbed on their coat? Probably will be greasy but hair might soak it up to their skin? The one doxie has long hair, it’s that a problem and how often can I use the coconut oil on them???? Thank you

    • Traci

      Jul 8, 2014 at 4:39 pm

      It can be rubbed on your dog’s coat. Start with a small amount and work it down to the skin with your fingers or a zoom groom. It may help to part the dog’s fur to get it down to the skin. My dogs love getting a coconut oil rub down. I just have to watch them so they don’t try to lick the coconut oil off of each other! 🙂

    • michelle

      Sep 19, 2014 at 7:22 pm

      Yes, its wonderful for the coat. Rub it in after a bath. A little goes a long way so the coat isn’t an oil slick! 🙂

  90. Mike

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    • Donna

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      I found it better to purchase the unrefined extra virgin coconut oil that I use online. Personally, I like the Vitacost website but it’s always a good idea to shop around. In GA local stores charge $8 and up for a 12 oz jar. Vitacost charges around the same for a 16 oz jar. I’ve been using coconut oil for over two years both personally and for the dogs I foster. If giving it to them as a supplement be careful not to overdose as I’ve read it can cause diarrhea. I typically don’t give it to them daily – just a few times a week. Use the same caution as with humans when trying something new – measurement and monitoring are key.

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    Hi, I am looking for help with essential oils for my chocolate lab who has allergies and keeps gnawing at her paws. She doesn’t scratch her body, it’s just in her paws. She is four year old and the allergies started about 6 months ago. The vet thought it might be an allergy to the food she was eating. I didn’t think so, but we changed her food 4 times. She is still gnawing. I am thinking it’s environmental and I can’t afford the testing at the vets office being recently unemployed. Any suggestions please?

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    • Tammy

      Jun 25, 2014 at 1:34 pm

      Our yellow lab has same issue. It has after many years been diagnosed as yeast. Treating her yeast symptoms is helping greatly. I’m anxious to try adding coconut oil and see if this benefits her, too.

    • Russ

      Jun 26, 2014 at 1:09 am

      My Weimaraner had similar issues… we haven’t fully solved the issue but making great progress… usually the paws is an over heating of their system and usually from food sensitivities… some from Chicken (due to all the chemicals fed to intensively raised chicken) and some from the various grains found in most dog foods… Acana and Orijens are two from Alberta Canada that have absolutely no grain products and food grade animal proteins… going to their six fish version has mostly solved our issues / we’re still phasing in so it’s looking promising for when we get her on a full diet of the new food.
      Best way is to strip the food intake back to only your dog food and whole food dog treats (no manufactured treats with grains and many strange ingredients)… try dehydrated meats or carrots. Then change one thing at a time… it usually takes a few meals to react.

    • Kym

      Jun 27, 2014 at 9:54 pm

      My bullmastiff (now 13) started gnawing his paws and ultimately having seizures when he was about 2. After many diet changes, he has been a vegetarian for about 9 years and it has almost completely seizure free. I have found 2 brands that have truly vegetarian options: Wellness and Taste of the Wild. Make sure you read the ingredients carefully on anything you choose; many so-called vegetarian options still contain chicken broth and chicken by-product!

    • Karen

      Jun 30, 2014 at 1:43 pm

      I would defiantly try the coconut oil directly on her paws and give it internally as well. Coconut is anti fungal and anti bacterial. It would also aide in her digestion.

    • Jennifer

      Jul 15, 2014 at 9:04 pm

      Probely allergic to grass. U need long sox on all fours hold them on with rubber bands each time u go out side. Use main n tail lotion on paws. Ur dog will want to lick it off but correct ur dog

    • Boerboel mom

      Aug 2, 2014 at 4:49 pm

      We had the same problem with our dog for years, always licking and chewing his paws. Went through antibiotics, prednizone, surgery to remove hair follicles, food changes. He tested positive for every type of environmental allergy. After years of trial and error we finally discovered he had a fungal infection on his paws (like doggy athlete’s foot). The vet recommended an antifungal medication with terrible side effects. Long story short…. We eliminated all sugar from his diet (no sweet potatoes, yams, etc.). Sugar feeds fungus. He was already on a raw diet but it had yams as an ingredient. Found a great food.. Vital Essentials raw dog food and used Zymox cream on his paws, an all natural enzyme cream. It worked!! His paws have never been better! He does still get ear infections from time to time so I am going to try the coconut oil! It might have worked on his paws too as it is not only antibacterial but antifungal as well. Good luck! I hope you find a cure like we did. Don’t give up!! And don’t let the vet convince you to buy expensive medications that don’t work and that are bad for your dog! I spend more on raw dog food (my guy is 150 lbs) but less than I did at the vet! Can’t wait to add coconut oil to his food!! And try in his ears too!

      • karen

        Aug 17, 2014 at 2:09 pm

        My dog’s ear infections have been cleared using Calamine lotion (the pink liquid used for skin rash from poison ivy, etc.) First I clean the ears as well as possible using damp (Not soaking wet) q tips. Dry with a tissue. Then I twist a tissue so that it has a soft point, dip the point in calamine lotion (remove excess) and then put the tissue as far as possible into the ear canal (a dog’s ear canal is really long, it will not hurt them with the soft tissue) and make sure a thin film of calamine lotion is distributed throughout the ear. Let dry. You can remove the calamine lotion in a day or so with damp q tips, or simply leave it until the next time you clean their ears.
        I came upon this solution after a vet prescribed a medication called “Pellitol” for my dog’s ears. One of the key ingredients is calamine lotion. Pellitol is not easy to acquire, it seems, but I found that just using the calamine lotion works just as well. Good luck!

      • Debbie

        Sep 7, 2014 at 12:08 pm

        Where did you get the Zymox cream, and where do I find the raw dog food?

        • Boerboel mom

          Sep 28, 2014 at 12:31 am

          So sorry for the slow reply!! I just noticed your question!

          I order the zymox cream online from amazon. I get the hydrocortisone free because Idon’t like to use the one with the steroids. It’s all natural. They can supposedly lick it off with no adverse effects. For more info you can visit .

          In regards to the raw food we use…. It is called Vital Essentials. We get the frozen kind so have to buy it locally rather than online. If you go to you can read all about it and search for a retailer in your area.

          GOOD LUCK! So sorry, again,for the slow reply! My guy actually just got off of antibiotics for ehrlichia and now I’m dealing with yeast/fungus issues again. Ordered more Zymox today! Hope it does the trick again! Might try to coconut oil too.

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  96. David

    May 30, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Has anyone tried giving coconut oil to a Shiba Inu? Did it help with their extremely dry skin?

    • Meg

      Sep 7, 2014 at 8:28 am

      Not Shiba Inu but Akita Inu YES. It helps a lot with dry flaky skin and allergies.

  97. Lynda

    May 22, 2014 at 5:42 am

    i have a 9 year old long haired german sheppard , he has lost all is coat underneath from his neck down also has got sores on the fronts of his paws , he has been tested for thyroid , mange , fleas u name it and still no vet can tell me whats wrong im afraid he wont survive the winter if he looses much more of his coat , please can u help ???

    • Shannon

      May 28, 2014 at 9:24 pm

      Sounds like severe skin allergies. Dogs can have allergies to fleas, to their food, or to the environment. Keep him on flea control and do a food trial with a perscription diet from the veterinarian of a hypoallergenic food. If those 2 things don’t work then it is an environmental allergy. For environmental allergies they can be on a medication such as Atopica life long in order to control the allergy ( you can’t “treat” allergies) or you can get get him tested to see what the allergen(s) is/are and get a special vaccination made just for him against the allergen(s) but that’s the expensive approach. Doing the medication would be cheaper. Hope this helps! I too have a long haired German shepherd and he has seasonal allergies so every (summer/spring) he gets hot spots on his legs and sometimes ear infections as well! If you are worried about him being cold in the winter keep him indoors! Or get him a doggy coat.

      • Charles

        Jun 19, 2014 at 1:25 am

        Get your dog on a 9.5 or higher PH Alkaline Ionized Water and use the acidix water on skin and use Organic Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth in food (parasites) and skin (fleas)

    • Paula

      Jun 5, 2014 at 10:02 am

      My dog has the same problem and for her its yeast. Right now because the weather is warms she is flaring up really bad but get an anti-fungal from your vet to take by mouth and an anti-fungal shampoo. I have to bathe her at least once a week when she is doing good and every other day or at least every 3 days when she has a flare up and I rinse her with an apple cider vinegar rinse (about 1/2 cup to 1 cup of ACV to a gallon of water and you don’t dry them off afterwards, allow to air dry if possible). I’ve also cut out gluten in her food. I can’t afford really expensive foods like Blue Buffalo which is supposed to be the best so I use Diamond Senior 8+ which is wheat free and she does well with it. Now because she is continuously on anti-fungals she has started to build up a resistance to them and they don’t work as well as they used to. I am now trying a more holistic approach and using coconut oil and giving it to her by mouth and applying it directly to her skin and I’m using this web page as a guide,
      You can buy antifungal shampoos, look for ingredients with either Ketoconazole or miconazole. I even used a horse antifungal shampoo at my local feed store which my vet said was good to use. But before you try any of this consult your vet to be sure its yeast. Sometimes just changing the food is all you have to do because it could just be a gluten allergy.
      Good Luck.

      • Paula

        Jun 5, 2014 at 10:04 am

        Also don’t be discouraged if you don’t see immediate results. It takes a month of treatment before I notice any difference on my girl.

        • Charles

          Jun 19, 2014 at 1:35 am

          Paula blue buffalo is NOT the best not even close and Diamond is full of recalls and have a plant shut down The best is organic raw coupled with supplements I use raw, kibble % wet and 3 different supplements with teh c oil and DE and treats consist of a occassional shoe, chair and anything loose

    • Stephanie

      Jun 22, 2014 at 12:45 am

      I have a sheppard mix. She is about 12 and for the past few year has been “flea biting” and recently has begun to sratch like crazy. I started off thinking it was just minor allergies and gave her some benedryl and it helped for about 2 nights…then just seemed to get worse. After trying many things, I believe she has dermatitis, and is allergic to one of the many grasses in Florida. I JUST today gave her a medicated bath, changed her food to a grain free diet, AD ointment is doing wonders and I also shaved her down in order to prevent any yeast from growing after the bath. I am still keeping up with the benedryl for now. I bought coconut oil today and plan on using it tomorrow morning, heck I use it all the time for myself for many things, I am sure it will benifit her as well! Good luck, its frustrating, but it’s not the end of all ends, it will get better.

  98. Megan McLouth

    May 3, 2014 at 7:53 am

    My malamute wolf dog mix is constantly itching, I’ve spent days looking for fleas and he has nothing, but he’s itching so bad that he’s giving him self blisters (the vet said it’s from him itching and leaving saliva on his skin and put him on a medication, but after the madication it has returned) should I try giving him some coconut oil orally and rub some on all his itchy spots? Thank you for your time!

    • Amy Patterson

      May 16, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      Definitely both. Coconut oil is very soothing and has healing properties. I use it on my dogs whenever they have an itchy spot or a minor abrasion, and also on my older dog’s dry nose. It’s amazing stuff with no side effects. The trick is to keep them from licking it off, because dogs love the taste. 🙂 … Taken orally, it will take a while for the oil to benefit your dog’s skin and coat, so applying it topically in the mean time will help a lot. Like with fish oils, it’s important to give it to your dog every day, all year round, for maximum benefit.

    • Marie Solo

      Jun 2, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      It could be a yeast infection. I discovered a video series on you tube by Veterinarian, Dr Karen Becker of Mercola Healthy Pets, very informative. Dr. Becker is a proponent of coconut oil too. Good luck!

      • Charles

        Jun 19, 2014 at 1:40 am


    • Brandon

      Jul 7, 2014 at 4:29 pm

      Great for mals. Mine would constantly get hot spots, itchy spots, her fur would get extra oily and smell. She also had to take thyroid supliments. 1 year or 2 tbls of coconut oil on her food and no problems , doesn’t need her thyroid pills either. Also add 1 tsp of acv to her water daily.

  99. Mellisa

    May 1, 2014 at 9:21 pm

    When my female pekingese was 13 1/2, all of a sudden she started having problems walking. She would try to get out of her bed and her back legs went out from under her. When I took her for a walk, every dozen steps or so her legs went out and when she tried to go to the bathroom, she fell over.
    I took her to the vet and she said it was old age, her hips were going out and there really was nothing I could do. It would only get worse. After coming across an article on the benefits of VCO, I immediately put both of my dogs on it. (Building up to about a tsp./day.) After about 2 months I noticed that her legs were hardly going out anymore at all. A few months after that and she’s completely back to normal. Now, at almost 15 I have to say her health is amazing! Her energy level has skyrocketed and is like that of a dog half her age. I haven’t seen any hip problems in a year.
    Both my dogs love the taste too. I use Nutiva that I get at Costco. (About $17-18 for a 76 oz. jar.) I truly believe that the coconut oil not only saved her life, but made for a much better quality of living for her. I will always use and highly recommend giving to your doggies every day…even if nothing is wrong with them.

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    • Cherie

      May 20, 2014 at 11:49 pm

      Just my opinion, but I have a 2 yr old Pom-chi rescue dog, and she just likes to lick it off my finger. I rub it on her paws and she licks that off too. It smells and tastes great for them. I’m going to put some on the good-for-her food that she wont eat and see if it helps too!

      • Cherie

        May 20, 2014 at 11:51 pm

        ps I bought a jar of Trader Joes Virgin coconut oil from Ebay. 5 stars! After all the crap they put in dog food/treats now, I wouldn’t trust a ‘supplement’. This is pure as the driven snow. And its good for us too!

    • Sam

      Jun 16, 2014 at 5:36 pm

      You don’t need supplements – just feed it to them from the jar. I have never met a dog yet that does not like the taste.

      • Charles

        Jun 19, 2014 at 1:43 am

        half of my hounds wont eat it

  101. Lauren

    Apr 18, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    We have three greyhounds and have been giving them yogurt, pumpkin and fish oil as food supplements. They don’t have any serious skin issues, just a bit of dry skin and one of them has some flaking. The supplements have helped with the dry skin but not the flaking so much. If I start using coconut oil, should I keep them on the other supplements?

    • Erin

      May 1, 2014 at 6:55 pm

      Cow or goat yogurt? I ask as goat is much easier for dogs to digest.

      • Lauren

        Jan 22, 2015 at 3:25 pm

        We’ve just gotten plain yogurt from the grocery store. It didn’t specify, so I imagine it’s cow yogurt. I’ll look into goat yogurt and see if it makes a difference.

  102. Erika

    Apr 4, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    We have a 9 year old boxer that was the runt of the litter and has always been really skinny. He would eat all the time but never seemed to gain weight. We always thought that this was just normal and he was naturally thin. Finally we found out that he has acute pancreatitis and his body was not processing his food correctly. He was eating a ton, but just not keeping all of the nutrients. Our vet told us to put pancreatic enzymes and coconut oil on puppy food everyday, and within 2 weeks his ribs had already stopped showing. It was like magic! His coat is better, and he seems to have much more energy. We will continue with this from now on. Just wanted to share our story in case someone else is having trouble with a skinny dog!

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    • Denise

      Apr 3, 2014 at 12:09 am

      My miniature poodle has been suffering with skin disease for a few years. I had tried everything, fish oil, grain free, eliminating common allergy producing proteins like chicken. Finally I started feeding him about a teaspoon of coconut oil daily for the past 6 weeks. His skin is completely cleared up. He looks great. Wish I had tried it sooner.

      • Chris Arnold

        Apr 8, 2014 at 10:22 pm

        My American Bulldog has a skin allergy, a friend told me to try coconut oil in his food and it can be rubbed on his skin.
        I believe there is Virgin, Refined and Unrefined Coconut Oil, can the Virgin be put on his food as well as rubbed into his skin
        Many thanks

      • vanessa

        May 30, 2014 at 1:27 am

        hi, i hv a mini poodle with minor skin problems too. she is constantly scratching & licking herself. The vet said she has fungal infection, i tried pills, ointments, shots, malaseb shampoo, they are not working. Is VCO good for her? Articles say apple cider works but i haven’t try it out yet. Please reply me, thank you.

        • Contessa

          Jan 15, 2015 at 11:10 am

          I have 7 poodles 5 Standard a min & a toy. They all get coconut oil on their dry kibble. I also rub it on tbeir pads in winter. My min. (Well all) is a rescue who came with chronic ear infections so bad her inner ears had ‘cauliflowered’ after cold laser treatments to get them under control, I clean them with coconut oil on a cotton ball, never had any more problems. costco has two huge jars to a pkg for a very reasonable price. I also make a body butter for dogs and myself w/ coconut oil and cocoa butter. (You can even eat that)

  104. Bonnie

    Apr 1, 2014 at 11:00 am

    As I read down through these comments I found it interesting to read the negative ‘jabs’ made towards vets. That’s pretty sad. Obviously if you feel this way about vets then you have the wrong vet! We have a vet that looks at EVERYTHING and then makes a decision. The last resort is a prescription that is ‘deadly'(as one person said here!). She is a very holistic professional that always looks outside the box to see what is truly best for your animal. We have been very thankful to have found her and drive quite a distance with our 3 dogs, 2 Cocker Spaniels and an English Bulldog, just to see her! She is absolutely one in a million! I suggest before you belittle the veterinarians that you take the time to TRULY care about your pets and find them a ‘doctor’ that cares about them. After all, don’t you do that for yourself? Just a thought!

    • Charles

      Jun 19, 2014 at 1:54 am

      Bonnie you made the case against vets with your own 1 in million remark that means there are NO GOOD vets left you have the only one Most Vets are just above clueless just walk in and see the food they are pushing (holistic excepted) its not al their fault its a hard profession as they have to deal with a range of differnt type animals

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      Nov 9, 2014 at 1:58 pm

      You are lucky to have found a vet that you trust. Not everyone is able to do so. I have bred dogs for 50 years, and in that time only found two who were “good”. I travelled quite a distance to them. Fortunately I have learned much about medicine in that 50 years, and can guess as well as any of the vets in my area. It’s called a practice for a reason. We don’t even have a vet who will take an after hours emergency call here.

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  106. doris

    Mar 18, 2014 at 8:49 am

    I have never found anything that my dog likes but he sure likes coconut oil I started about three days ago had no problem he loves it he is very finicky about a lot of his food & I buy him the best so I am going to try some of this coconut oil on his food I will let you know how this works

  107. Barb Brown

    Mar 7, 2014 at 2:10 pm

    I started giving my dog coconut oil mixed with his raw diet about a week ago…for the past few days he has been turning his nose up at it or eating it and throwing the whole meal back up again. I am thinking maybe I started him on too much at once? I have been giving him a tablespoon split into 3 meals. Any ideas?

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  109. Kendall

    Mar 3, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    I have a 11y/o white lab, with chronic yeast infections in her ears. We have been to the vet numerous times over her life, with NO success. I have tried many different ear cleaners, the plain vinegar(which made a dentbut didn’t get rid of it), also the apple cider vinegar(which seems to be causing MORE YEAST)…. Going to try the coconut oil, hope it helps!!!!!! I go through 10 qtips 2/3 times a day cleaning yeast out of her ears, and the smell is HORRIBLE! If anyone has any suggestions, please don’t hesitate. We have also changed her food numerous times, with no success. Currently we are grain free. I read somewhere she could be allergic to meat(but that doesn’t seem naturally possible for a dog, seeing is thats their natural diet).

    • Wendy

      Apr 1, 2014 at 4:58 pm

      My Golden had that problem. I used Novalsan Otic for maintenance. But first have to get rid of it. I used prescription Panalog or Animax (same drug).

    • Muffy

      Apr 3, 2014 at 8:27 pm

      I have a labradoodle that had a yeast infection when we got him from the breeder. I tried all the treatments from the vet to no avail it did not go away. we were relating the story to one of our friends and they had a soaniel with the same problem adn his vet told him to use dish soap and water 1 time a day ( 10 drops to 2 ounces of tepid water) for 2 weeks. well I said I would try it and guess what no yeast infection. sometimes the simplest of solutions seems to work. at least it did for us. you can try it too!

      • Nancy Graev

        Apr 28, 2014 at 12:55 pm

        DISH SOAP and water???? Did you bath her in it? More info. please. My 3 yr old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel had yeast in her ears and vulva. She had been treated with an antifungal prescription med. She also takes Coconut oil everyday. She loves it.

        • sylvia

          Jun 1, 2014 at 2:48 am

          I read about your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel having a yeast infection, and for that I wanted to know if you had her spayed? If not, I strongly urge you to do so as I was unaware of the severe consequences it has on their uterus. My poodle was always having an infection and finally became extremely ill. I thought she was just sick since it happens a bit when she doesn’t sleep with a sweater because they were the same symptoms. This particular time, she felt hotter than usual so I rushed her to the vet. they had to perform an emergency operation to remove because a large cyst had formed, filled with pus, and could rupture & spread. I hate myself for not understanding and letting this happen for so long, but hopefully this may help

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            Jul 13, 2014 at 9:14 pm

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    • Liz

      Apr 5, 2014 at 11:59 am

      My black lab has had the same problems till I tried this recommended by a friend and as seen posted on other sites:
      16oz of Isopropyl Alcohol, take out oboist 1oz to make room for rest of ingredients.
      4 Tablespoons Boric Acid Powder
      16 Drops of Gentian Blue/Violet Solution 1%
      Mix/shake and shake at each use
      Gentian Blue/Violet is very staining so best used outside. Your dog being white may get purple ears but it will go away.
      You can also warm the solution, your dog will thank you
      First three days , flood ears twice a day and rub ears to work in solution then let him shake it out.
      Forth day, once a day 8-10 drops massage in and wipe out with baby wipes. Do this for two weeks and then as needed going forward. I clean my boys once a week or so. You will be amazed at the results.

    • Tracy

      Apr 24, 2014 at 6:31 pm

      Try Zimox enzymatic solution with hydrocortisone. It has worked wonders for my dogs when nothing else has worked.

    • Linda Jennings

      Apr 26, 2014 at 2:46 pm

      Have you tried Vet’s Best Ear Relief Wash & Dry? I have used this product for over the past 17 years with my chows, Without exception the smell, yeast and other possible ear problems have been cleared up by this product. 17 years ago I believe it was call Veterinarian’s Best Friend. I have recommended it to many different people with different breeds of dogs and they have all, without exceptions, raved about how it cleared up their dog ear problems. I hope you will not be the first one to find this product does not work for your dog. It is all natural chamomile, yucca, aloe vera, tea tree oil, clove oil and echinacea; calendula, clove, siltca,tea tree oil,aloe vera, chamomile, and echinacea.

    • Lisa

      May 7, 2014 at 9:56 am


      My Wheaten has a similar problem and I have decided to try adding probiotics to his diet in addition to the coconut oil. There is a popular dog probiotic (Probiotic Miracle) on Amazon that has lots of great testimonials. I’m also considering adding digestive enzymes to his diet.

      Hope you find relief for your doggie soon!

      • April Aker

        Nov 20, 2014 at 8:36 pm

        My petey hit 11 months old and started throwing up every day, lost weight and became dehydrated. Had numerous test done. Thousands of dollars later and two hospital stays. They put him on hill id which helped for a couple days. Wanted to put him or steroids but I refused. Did my own research cuz I was crying my eyes out over my little boy. Went to petco and dog digestive enzymes With probiotics and my boy did a total turn around. Only throws up once every couple months and looks healthy. Can’t see his ribs anymore. I also give him limited ingrediant Dog food, fish being first ingrediant. Happy healthy boy now since may of 2014

    • Naomi cook

      Jan 11, 2015 at 12:55 pm

      My dog has chronic yeast infections in her ears too. She has had it since we got her last may. I have tried everything from vets to hydrocortisone ear drops specially made for bacterial and yeast infections in ears from a high end pet store. The drops seem to work enough to keep her from scratching but once we stop, it comes right back. Nothing a vet does help and I’m intrigued by this coconut oil thing. My question is that she’s pregnant, due any day now as she is on day 65 from last breeding (not sure of ovulation as it was not a planned breeding) but regardless the fact, should I wait til after she whelp ot can I give it to her in her food now and also topically in her ears? Vet doesn’t seem too interested in anything he doesn’t profit from prescribing. If he doesn’t recommend it and I don’t pay for it through them, he seems to not want to advise or comment whether or not to give it… Yep, didn’t get that one of a kind wonderful vet, hard to come by here in AZ. Please any advice would be helpful. Thank you

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  112. Jean

    Feb 23, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    My dog has been scratching for years. The vet suggested feeding him omega 3 fish oil for dogs. He wouldn’t eat it. I tried the coconut oil topically and he is scratching much less. However I think he is still biting and licking at himself in places and vomited. This happened twice several weeks apart. Can the coconut oil be making him sick? Can it cause pancreatitis because of the high fat content? I’m thinking of still slathering on the coconut oil because he seems to be getting relief but maybe making him wear a cone so he can’t lick it. ???

  113. raja

    Feb 23, 2014 at 5:48 am

    My gsd dog is severly suffering from eczema diagnosd by vet.actully he has this problem from almost an year a lot of antibiotics/creams try my vet but it works only temporarly.again after a month hairfall, itching and hotspots.plz help me i am very frustrated what i do?

    • Tim

      Apr 2, 2014 at 6:26 pm

      Hi Raja
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    • Maria

      Apr 15, 2014 at 12:02 pm

      Hi Raja,
      Have you tried changing your dogs food? He may be allergic to wheat or the type of meat that is in what you feed him. Most dogs cannot tolerate wheat, corn, chicken, or beef. My dogs (both GSDs) are fine with chicken, but one is not fine with beef. I have them on a lamb and rice kibble, along with a homemade meal of chicken, vegetable and rice. Best of luck, I hope you find something that will help your GSD. PS: My 1 GSD can not have any Gluten, or beef as it causes his anal glands to ulcerate.

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        Apr 26, 2014 at 5:04 pm

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  114. Tania

    Jan 25, 2014 at 11:03 am

    Will it change the effectiveness of coconut oil if it goes from a solid form to liquid and back to solid if I want to put it in a liquid form to change the containers it is in?

    • Mellisa

      May 1, 2014 at 8:39 pm

      No, it will not change the effectiveness!

  115. Kim

    Jan 22, 2014 at 1:32 pm

    My pittie Nellie has horrible skin allergies, she has basically lived on prednisone since we can’t afford the $1000 allergy test, wondering if coconut oil could help for this???

    • Tim

      Apr 2, 2014 at 6:27 pm

      Hi Kim,
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    • Maria

      Apr 15, 2014 at 12:09 pm

      Your dog may be allergic to something in her diet. Try going to a lamb and rice diet. Make sure she does not have anything with wheat in it, even her treats. Coconut oil may help, but don’t over do it.

  116. Healing Paws

    Jan 13, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    Coconut oil may help delay senility/improve cognitive function in our pets, too!

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  118. Amy

    Jan 1, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    I use Essential Oils on my dog all the time. A friend of mine who is a certified health coach recommends the gold label at She is also big on using coconut oil and doing oil pulling. Just make sure whatever kind you get is unrefined, extra virgin and organic. Her recommendations. I am looking at getting some in the next week.

  119. Teesha Johnson

    Dec 11, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Peep’s…FYI…just read up on the protein in coconut oil….: }

  120. Beth Altman

    Dec 1, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    Would coconut oil help a dog with heart problems?

  121. ron

    Nov 8, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    i have been giving my 23 lb. female BEAGLIER about 2 teaspoons a day for a few weeks now and her coat is significantly shinier and her poops are now normal when prior to the oil intake they were much too dry. she LOVES it and would take much more of it so it’s a good motivator for tricks, etc.
    (i worked up to 2 teaspoons for a week or so.)

  122. Laura G

    Nov 8, 2013 at 8:37 am

    We purchase our coconut oil in 5 gallon bins from Absolutely amazing stuff! We not only use it for cooking but for lotion on our skin as well as our dog. Our dog loves it!! She licks the spoon clean every time!

  123. Hope Perez

    Nov 3, 2013 at 7:50 am

    I have a ten year a miniature pincher mix with chichaua. She had a cyst on her hind leg, which was proturding and the hair had fallen off. I read on the internet about how coconut oil could help. I was despersate and really couldn’t affford a vet. I am a disabled senior. I first cleansed the area with perioxdie, then proceed to numb the area with ice and insert a sterile needle into the skin to release the fluod wihtin the hard knot. Afterward, I applied a generous amount of coconut oil onto a bandage, covered the wound. I also purchased a cone for the dog, to prevent her from removing the bandage and licking the area. Within two days, it started healing.
    Thank you very much!!

  124. William Mayer

    Oct 28, 2013 at 12:31 am

    My Schnauzer Has Been Nipping At His Paws For A While Now I Put Boots On Him But He Just Will Not Move With Them On. I Was Wondering If I Rubbed Coconut Oil On His Paws, Would That Help?? And How Long Does It Take To Be Absorbed So He Will Not Stain The Carpets ? He Is About 18 l7 Lbs. What Doseage Would I Give Him Daly’ Thank You For Any Help In This Matter . He Drives Me Crazy Scratching The Carpets With His Paws!.

  125. Sheila Smith

    Oct 27, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Where does one finds coconut nut please?

    • Patt

      Oct 29, 2013 at 6:50 pm

      You can purchase coconut oil at some grocery stores, Trader Joe’s or I buy mine at the local health food store. Be sure to buy cold pressed, virgin coconut oil, and in a glass jar. I think someone said Costco sells it too, I don’t know for sure though.

      • Mellisa

        May 1, 2014 at 8:45 pm

        Costco sells it. That’s where I buy mine. Nutiva extra-virgin, organic. About $17 for a 78 oz. jar I believe.

  126. SuzieShaw

    Oct 25, 2013 at 3:02 am

    Coconut oil is great, and we use it on our Westie Oscar.

  127. Dorothy Voigt

    Oct 24, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    The dosage of 1 tablespoon per 30 pounds….is that per day or per meal?

    • Dorothy Voigt

      Oct 24, 2013 at 4:06 pm

      disregard my question, I see it’s been answered 🙂

  128. pamela

    Oct 20, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Our story. NORMAN is our 112lbs forster american bull dog. When he came to us he smelled something awful and was full of hot spots. We took him to the vet and had him all worked up. And why we were at it we adding coconut oil to his food. Well after a long talk with our vet he had said there was no Evidence showing coconut oil helped in anyway and that fish oil would prob. Be better for his joints and such. So we had stopped adding it to his food. Omg how awful was that idea! We now don’t care what he says about it the pil in the food keep him from scratching nonstop and opening hot spots on himself. We keept the fish oil to for his joints but for his skin and coat nothing has helped him more! Try it see how it goes for your dog. It helped ours for sure!

  129. Tamii

    Oct 20, 2013 at 4:11 am

    I used coconut oil on the tear stains of my white poodle. It is the most effective thing I have ever used. I was really pleased with the result!

    • LInda

      Oct 25, 2013 at 4:55 pm

      What’s your method when using cocomut oil for tear stains? My malti-mix has the same issue and not much helps.

  130. nature syrup

    Oct 20, 2013 at 3:06 am

    thats great to know dogs also love coconuts.

  131. Sandy

    Oct 13, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    I see the recommended amount of coconut oil but not sure if it is once a day? Like, 1tsp. Is that once a day or at each meal? I just got some today, it’s solid so I scraped some out and put it ontop of their food they wolfed it right down.

    • Ron Miller

      Oct 14, 2013 at 6:15 pm

      Sandy: the recommended dose is PER DAY. Sorry I didn’t make that clear in the article.

  132. George Chase

    Oct 11, 2013 at 3:51 am

    Has the coconut oil caused any significant weight gain? It is pure fat.

  133. Debra Holden

    Oct 10, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    Is it possible my dog is allergic to coconut oil? He is very itchy and i’m trying to narrow down the reasons.

    • Ron Miller

      Oct 14, 2013 at 6:09 pm

      Debra: it’s possible but not likely. The only way to know for sure is to eliminate the coconut oil completely — diet or contact. Also check shampoos & lotions & eliminate any that have the oil as an ingredient. If there’s no change in a few days, you’ll know it’s not the coconut oil.

  134. Kandi Alexander

    Oct 8, 2013 at 11:56 am

    I have a Pomeranian that has Black Skin Disease, this is where a thick black skin smothers out the hair folicules and does not allow hair to grow. Therefore, I pretty much have a hairless Pom. Do we know, will Coconut Oil help this ?
    Thank you for any feedback.

    • Ron Miller

      Oct 14, 2013 at 6:24 pm

      Kandi: There has only been a report or two of someone trying VCO for this problem. Results are apparently limited. It probably wouldn’t hurt to try it, but you should check with your vet first.

      • Monica

        Mar 5, 2015 at 8:16 am

        So I have been using coconut oil topically all winter for my dog and she loves it (55 lb white shepherd). I started giving her some to eat (right dose I thought to start slow 1 teaspoon) and we got the flu symptoms after only one time – i guess maybe 1 tsp was too much…will the symptoms stop on their own as its apparent she is detoxing based on everything I have read. Oh and also – this is the best blog/network I have seen on coconut oil!

    • marisa

      Dec 28, 2014 at 8:17 am

      Hi, my Pom has started showing signs of bsd im doing a few thing which seem to be helping.
      I started him on Megaderm omega supplement 1.5ml mixed in his food.
      changed his shampoo to oatmeal none irritating i use aloveen
      rub his skin every day with coconut oil or olive oil
      I have seen am improvement in skin and hair texture.
      I have also been advised by my vet to try 3mg melatonin 2x daily
      and Ive ordered dermagic skin solution i’m waiting for both to arrive in the mail so cant give feed back on that yet

    • Ann

      Feb 13, 2019 at 11:22 am

      Along with VCO,try Nzymes skin regimen for blackened skin (elephant skin) and eliminate all carbs from diet. Worked for our schnauzer mix who had chronic yeast infection, blackened skin and almost complete hair loss after having been on prednisone, Atopica and Apoquel. It took over 5 months but she now looks almost perfect.You can order it at Good luck!

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  137. Jackie

    Sep 22, 2013 at 2:24 am

    Well, after reading this post I went and got my rotty virgin coconut oil from Whole Foods… he was scratching like crazy and losing fur. He’s been on it for a little over 24 hours — and I’m not kidding! HUGE IMPROVEMENT! I feel like I getting my old Brutus back!!!! He was miserable and scratching constantly. He was making himself bleed in some spots and just going crazy. I changed his diet to see if that helped, NOPE! Oatmeal baths helped for about 10 minutes. Hot spot meds, NOPE!! He had like thick dandruff and spots where he was just going bald/thinning 🙁 He smelled funky 🙁 Poor boy couldn’t even get comfy to sleep because he was so itchy. So, I figured I would try the coconut oil for a few days and decide then my next step. Sooo…. this is what I did. I got the virgin coconut oil in the jar. I think it was like $8 or $9 at Whole Foods. I melted a big spoonful in the microwave for 10 seconds and stirred it. I poured directly on the areas of concern and worked it into his skin… which he loved. And then I massaged it all over his body/fur quickly, but from the oil I had poured on the spots. So I sat there and looked at him….. He wasn’t scratching!! He actually slept and didn’t wake up to scratch! When he started to scratch hours later, I applied it again before I went to bed. He stood there and let me massage it in and was so happy to lick the bowl when I was done. I even put a little in his water, which he loved. He cuddled with me all night and NO SCRATCHING! His nose is nice and damp/cold and he’s so happy running around outside without SCRATCHING! So in the morning, I did it again. I applied another coat of the oil on areas of concern and worked it in and I could see the chunks of dry yuck coming off of him. I got his dog comb and very carefully and lightly combed him and the dry crap was falling right off of him… and he loved getting brushed. Even my kids said his fur looked better already!!!! He smells like yummy coconut, too. Now, he keeps coming up to me for some hugs… and when I walk in the kitchen where I keep his oil, he’s running in there looking up at me waiting 🙂 FYI — When you buy the oil, it’s solid. Mine went to liquid oil over the night. It’s warm in my kitchen, but it just made it easier for me to apply on him. (it does that) He’s had three applications of this so far and I’m thrilled with how it’s working. Just a tip, they love the smell and taste of it! So, don’t use the jar, pour it in another bowl in small amounts in case they want to knock it out of your hands… (like mind did…) I do it first thing in the morning and at night before bed 🙂 It’s oily, so cover anything that your dog climbs/lays on just in case.. but honestly, mine isn’t that bad and I caked it on some spots. I’m hoping when we get over this “hump” this won’t have to be a daily thing.. just pour some in his food daily and maybe once a week over his whole body to maintain him ……. but we’ll see. hanks to you that posted about this. And maybe I’ll help someone, too. I’ll check back in a week and let you know the updates…

    • Ron Miller

      Oct 14, 2013 at 6:26 pm

      Jackie: thanks for letting us know about your great results with coconut oil!

    • Kate Ward

      Mar 15, 2014 at 9:09 am

      Thanks for the detailed info! I was wondering how long it takes for any response… My 9 month old Great Dane has been battling allergies (yeast, among others) since 6 months. She has hives, rashes, dry patches, open sores from chewing, and patches of missing hair. We’ve done allergy testing with the vet to determine the specific causes and have done meds when necessary(antibiotics, steroids bursts during the worst flares, and daily benedryl), but that’s no way to treat her for the rest of her life. I’m stopping her flea/tick meds, as those seem to exacerbate her skin. We already started flax oil, and I will start coconut oil today!!

    • Sam

      Jun 16, 2014 at 5:40 pm

      Stay away from the oatmeal baths. If your dog is suffering from allergies/yeast infections, oatmeal will make it worse.

  138. kim

    Sep 19, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    I have recently started my schnoodle on coconut oil. She has always had an order even shortly after bathing her. Just wandering how long it normally takes before we “smell” results. I started her at 1/4 tsp and now she is taking 1/2 tsp daily.
    We are only a week into the coconut oil.

  139. Friiederich

    Sep 15, 2013 at 8:51 pm

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  141. Greta Raskim

    Sep 5, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    I started giving my Jack Russell Terrier and my chuhuahua a tsp of coconut oil with their meal and in 48 hrs. Their bad breath is GONE ! They have sticky breath due to kidney problems.

  142. Jeri

    Aug 27, 2013 at 2:35 am

    I am trying to find out if someone has used coconut oil to give the boxer with cancer, problems with stomach such as pancreatic and skin rashes. How much dose do you give them as followed by their weight? My 2 year old boxer have cancer, seizure, pancreatic problems and rashes since I want her to have a long healthy life since she was rescued 9 months ago and I took her in where the rescue never told me how sick she was.

    • Debbie

      Jun 19, 2014 at 1:33 pm

      hi, I am sorry to hear about your dog. Another great supplement for dogs with cancer is K9 Immunity by Aloha Medicinals. You can also buy for less expensive on Amazon. This is a MIRACLE for our dogs that have had cancer.

  143. Karen P

    Aug 20, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    I’m almost at my wits end with my rescue terrier/maltese mix. He has severe allergies and is on weekly shots. He has IBS and skin yeast infections (summer), along with separation anxiety. Along with the shots, he gets a bath in anti-fungal shampoo, along with a vinegar rinse twice weekly. I came across this site while doing more research because his yeast issue is escalating and I’m worried his licking is becoming obsessive and he’s miserable. Normally, its all under control but not this summer! I’m going to add coconut oil to his food immediately and keep my fingers crossed it helps!

    • Dana

      Sep 12, 2013 at 9:32 pm

      My friend has a 12-year old Pit/Boxer mix. The dog had a very horrible yeast infection, was losing hair and had severely dry skin. She was shedding flakes constantly and smelled like a mixture of corn chips and old Parmesan cheese. We tried two or three baths a week w/ an antibacterial/fungal shampoo and then gave her a vinegar rinse on the days when she wasn’t bathed.

      I researched the condition on the net and I came across the information about yeast infections in dogs. We switched her over to a totally meat-based food (Taste of the Wild in the red bag) with no potatoes or starches, corn or grains. That was the first step.

      I came across a website that sells a product called Clora-Care and purchased a 16 oz. bottle and we mixed it with her shampoo and made a spray out of it. She has less itching and her hair has started to grow back in spots where it has been missing for several months.

      She purges from time to time and from what I understand these infections when systemic can take several weeks or even months to completely clear up. Clora Care is a topical product.

      In the past week, she has been itching a bit more,so I was back to researching the net for more relief. I found out information about the benefits of using coconut oil for dogs with a yeast infection. The first week, she purged massively and shed some dry, flaky skin. However, now that she is up to the maximum dose of coconut oil per day, she has a few spots of yeast coming out but NOTHING like she had in the past few months.

      I feel she is vastly improving with the combination of meat based diet (which includes NO table food at all or anything which could be a source of food for the yeast), Clora Care for the itchy spots(it also kills yeast on the skin instantly and the effects last for up to 12-hours), and now the coconut oil internally. We rubbed it into her coat last week to relieve some of the itchy spots and because it has antibacterial properties, it didn’t hurt in case she had any active yeast spots which were purging through.

      I will come back in a few weeks after we know more information, but for now, the dog is on the upswing and her coat is looking so much better and the constant itching has subsided and now it’s just a few times a day on the spots where the yeast is coming through. Thankful for finding a combination of things which appear to be working because it was so sad to see her suffering with the itchy, dry skin and constant scratching. Plus, the horrible yeasty smell is all but dissipated. Now when she purges, it’s only a very small spot here and there and nothing like it was.

      I am a firm believer in coconut oil because I’ve seen a great amount of improvement and look forward to seeing how much more she will improve in the coming weeks/months.

      • SJ WEigel

        Nov 22, 2013 at 2:53 pm

        Hi, can you tell us how the Clora Care is working? I have a similar issue with my older rescue aussie mix — I’ve tried a lot of things but am thinking about the Clora Care. Thanks for any updates or tips.

    • Sam

      Jun 16, 2014 at 5:50 pm

      I feel your pain; I have the same issues with my rescue Maltese. I have now put him on a raw meat diet (with Dr. Harveys mix), fish oil and coconut oil and pro-biotics and weekly baths in a special shampoo (no oatmeal) and rinses with Provodine iodine. Tummy issues all sorted as are his skin issues. Now I am dealing with his seasonal allergies which are really affecting his eyes badly this year – he is quite the challenge! If you don’t have access to a holistic vet in your area like me I really recommend Dr. Beckers website – fantastic advice on there.

  144. Shara Lynn Kelsey

    Aug 18, 2013 at 11:28 pm

    Do check out — I am amazed I only saw it mentioned once in all this blog! I just purchased a quart of their Gold Label Certified 100% organic virgin coconut oil to try it out. The glass jar came in the most well-packed box I’ve ever seen. It does indeed ‘freeze’ in the frige, but does not really need to be refrigerated — just kept out of direct sunlight. This is indeed the Gold Label Standard of coconut oils, and not the most expensive, either. I agree with Chrissy that almost everything has risks, but urge her to look up BPA. I first found out about it in a book called “Slow Death by Rubber Ducky”, and have never since bought anything in plastic that does not say “BPA Free” loud and clear. I may post again after some experience, although I never use FaceBook or anything like it.

  145. Annette

    Aug 15, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    Does it also help with fleas and flea allergy? My Pug and 2 Lab/Sharpei mix’s all have flea allergies…itching all the time with extremely dry skin. Will this benefit them? If so, in food, on skin, and how is it administered?


    Aug 15, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    My dog suffers from hot spots.We have been to the vet many times,and he has received not only shots,but spray for this problem.Which by the way seems to be doing nothing for him.So my question is,will coconut oil work,and would I just apply directly to the problem area?

    • karen

      Aug 17, 2014 at 2:32 pm

      My rescue shepherd mix suffered from hot spots from the time I brought him home from the shelter, and we finally realized it was due to mites. On my dog, the mites were like little black specks, smaller than a mechanical pencil tip and very hard to see. What worked for us is food grade diatomaceous earth. It is a very fine (and microscopically Sharp! ) powder made from the shells of sea creatures. This powder is used by holistic practitioners to ward off fleas and sometimes internally to take care of parasites, although I question this practice. The best way to use the powder for mites is to make a thick paste with water and apply it to the hot spot and anywhere you might see a black speck! The powder dries and when it does, it sucks the moisture out of the offending mite, killing it. (I’m sorry for the mite, to be honest.) It did the job for us.
      As a Note: Diatomaceous earth is Harmful to breathe in, so you don’t want to dust it around too much. Also, best to use Food-grade diatomaceous earth in case your dog ends up licking it for any reason.

  147. Theresa

    Aug 15, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    My Pug Muggsy had a bout with allergies last year that started Mid July and progressively got worse until around September or October. I wasn’t sure if they went away because I had changed him from Nutro Ultra to Hills Prescription diet or if it was the seasonal change that made them go away. Instead of waiting to see how he would do this summer on the prescription diet I made the mistake of changing him to Blue Buffalo grain free turkey and potato diet the first couple weeks of July. Come mid July he started turning red all over again and biting his paws raw. His trainer told me to switch him back immediately to the prescription diet as it might be the food, which I did but no change in condition. The vet started him on antibiotics and prednisone and had me give him Zyrtec but the paws haven’t healed. I got some Allergy Tabs from Petco that he’s been on for a couple weeks but don’t seem to be helping. Finally I’ve been giving him coconut oil internally for about 3 weeks now or so. He is up to a teaspoon a day but no change either. I even tried it topically which caused more problems because he found a way to get to his paws and lick them even with the cone. I’m starting to lose hope altogether. I hate seeing my little man suffer.

    • Aileen

      Apr 22, 2014 at 10:14 am

      Theresa, Your vet sounds very inept if he can’t diagnose a simple seasonal allergy! Save your money $$$ by getting him off dead-kibbled foods and put your dog on a species appropriate diet,(raw diet please do your own research on that)this will help build up his immune system which is compromised by the allergies he suffers from. But please, get poor Muggsy some immediate relief in the correct/specific medication (find a better, more caring and experienced vet NOW!)until the season changes and the weeds/grass/hay/airborne spores/ that he is allergic to, die off. So #1)Build immunity by feeding optimally with a species appropriate diet. #2) You say you care, then please HELP HIM NOW! This ‘itch’ is UNBEARABLE. Get him the allergy pills *specific* to mid-july-late fall allergy season for dogs. Allergy relief for one condition doesn’t necessarily work for another, different allergy. He won’t need them the rest of the year so take him off of them when appropriate. You say his feet are very red, this could be a ‘contact’ allergy which means he is coming in contact with the allergic substance. Could even be a grass allergy. #3) Tell Muggsy you won’t give up on him, you will do EVERYTHING you can to make him feel good again. This will give him hope that you understand he needs your help now.
      Good luck! Been there, done that…and it made ALL the difference in the world for my pet and for the whole family! 🙂 Aileen

  148. Marie Dries

    Aug 15, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    My two little dogs are licking there paws cant seem to stop them what can I do ??

    • George Chase

      Oct 11, 2013 at 3:46 am

      When my pug was a pup, he had a spider bite which infected. I got some baby crew socks and held them in place with floral velcro tape. He never bothered trying to take them off, and it helped his sore heal.

  149. Chrissy

    Aug 12, 2013 at 8:33 am

    I get Biona raw cold pressed organic coconut oil from Amazon UK (where I am). I’m not too bothered about the plastic container. To be 100% safe, we would have to live in a sealed capsule – because everything from toiletries, to cleaning products, to that new sofa and these days even the air we breathe, has risks.
    It makes a passable deodorant just rubbed neat underarms. Ive also used it for oil pulling and as a moisturiser. You can add it to food and use it for frying – though it does have a low fry point.
    Never tried it on the dog. I might do now!

  150. Audrey

    Aug 6, 2013 at 6:54 am

    How much do you give a GSD and also do you give it to them daily.

  151. Beth

    Aug 4, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Coconut oil has helped my dog so much. She has been suffering with what they call allergies and despite treatment was no better. Within four weeks of giving her the coconut oil, all of her symptoms have cleared up. She did have some digestion problems with the coconut, so we started really low and slowly increased. My dog is no longer scratching, licking, chewing, and the best part is we have been able to remove her steroid which was attacking her liver.

    • Deb s

      Aug 4, 2013 at 10:41 pm

      Yay! Amazing stuff!! Glad your doggy is doing better 🙂

  152. Dani

    Jul 24, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    I’ve been using coconut oil in my half great dane half poodle for several months now and have seen great results. He’s very large and has trouble with his ears being itchy all the time. We’ve tried medication from the vet to cure the yeast but once the medicine is gone it comes right back. We use the flat cotton swabs and dab enough to saturate it. Since the ear canal is so long twisty it’s hard to go in too deep. So we just use our (washed with soap of course) finger and gently work into the nooks and crannies. He loves it! He shakes his leg and groans when we clean his ears! They smell so much better and the oil helps break down that yucky wax that builds up in there. We have to do this every day to keep things at bay, but with consistency things have definitely improved!

    • Joann

      Sep 22, 2013 at 2:54 am

      Hi Dani,
      I’m thrilled that your sweet dog is so much better w/ VCO.
      I just wanted to suggest using an ear dropper instead of your fingers.
      You can gently slide it in a little ways if you can’t see through his ears to bottom.
      Then make sure to always rub his ears in the front bottom of the ears really well. This will make sure the oil has gotten all the way down into the ear 🙂
      take good care!

      • Joann

        Sep 22, 2013 at 2:57 am

        forgot to say you can purchase an ear dropper at any drug store, Walmart,
        etc. Only a couple of dollars or less… 🙂

        • George Chase

          Oct 11, 2013 at 3:42 am


  153. Lyndsey

    Jul 15, 2013 at 6:40 pm

    I actually stumbled on this artical because I forgot to close the lid to my coconut oil, so my dog managed to get a few licks out of it. I was worried that it may be harmful to him so I googled dogs and coconut oil, and found that it’s actually the opposite of harmful to them; and can actually be beneficial. I have very dry, dull looking skin and started using coconut oil every night before bed, and a homemade coconut sugar scrub every morning and it has made a huge difference in my skins apperance. I’m very happy to have read this artical because now I know as beneficial as coconut oil has been for my skin it can also help Jaxson’s skin as well; he also suffers from dry spots. Thanks!

    • dani

      Jul 24, 2013 at 4:28 pm

      It’s also incredibly beneficial to your hair. I’m trying to grow mine out and soak it in the oil including castor oil and sometimes honey (not often though because it’s a natural color lightener) over night before I wash my hair. I wash my hair every other day sometimes every two days and use sulfate free shampoo and condition, let it air dry and my hair has grown an inch in one month! Typical growth rate is about 1/2 an inch per month. It’s helped with scars too in combination with honey and lemon juice. Great stuff!

  154. lISA

    Jul 14, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    I am rescuing an 8wk old Feist/Cur puppy nxt week. He has had worms due to the flea infestation. Hes been on meds most of his mere 2mo life.

    WHEN AND more importantly HOW do I start giving him the EVCO?
    I don’t want to make any mistakes. I use it daily both internally/externally.
    I love it!

    • Deb s

      Aug 4, 2013 at 10:39 pm

      They say 1 tsp. per 10 pounds. It should help bring his health back to normal. Good luck! I buy mine at Costco, but you can also order it online. I paid $17.99 for 54-ounces at Costco (Canada). usually has it for a good price too. I get the Carrington Farms Cold Pressed Organic EVCO 🙂

  155. Marcie Nielsen

    Jul 14, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Cats. Not cars.

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      Aug 4, 2013 at 10:36 pm

      Yes to cats, no to cars, LOL 😉

  156. Marcie Nielsen

    Jul 14, 2013 at 11:25 am

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  157. susan

    Jul 10, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Hi there.

    Where can you buy the ‘Virgin Coconut Oil’ from?

  158. elisabeth

    Jul 5, 2013 at 10:32 pm

    How would one go about making underarm deodorant and toothpaste with coconut oil? All receipe suggestions welcome. Thanks for this posting.

    • Erica

      Aug 6, 2013 at 5:36 pm is a goldmine! Just search for coconut oil under Natural Living and you’ll find loads.

  159. cindy

    Jul 5, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    Is coconut oil a solid or a liquid?

    • melanie

      Jul 13, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      it’s solid below 75 degrees, a liquid when the weather is warm

    • Deb s

      Aug 4, 2013 at 10:35 pm

      Depending on the temperature it’s stored at it changes. It can be left on the shelf. If really hot inside my house it liquifies. Otherwise room temperature it’s kind of creamy, but immediately melts in your hands. It should freeze in the fridge if it’s really cold-pressed virgin coconut oil.

    • Shirley

      Oct 28, 2013 at 7:33 pm

      You can get coconut oil in liquid form. PVL makes 100% MCT oil.

  160. Gordon

    Jul 5, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    I have tried so many brands but the best for me is CocoTherapy virgin organic coconut oil. It is the highest quality you can find. You need to get the best to see results. Never buy it if it’s in a plastic jar. Some people on here also mentioned the coconut chips from the same company. It is the only kind you can give dogs, do not give the thick, waxy chips, they can’t digest it! Only give CocoTherapy Coconut Chips, it is made specifically for the pets digestive system. You can find out more at their website:

    • kabookie

      Jul 7, 2013 at 2:29 pm

      Why do you (and others) object to plastic jars? All kinds of products come in plastic. The CocoTherapy site is quite expensive.

  161. Debbie

    Jul 5, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    This is new to me, we have a 100 lb black lab, who is always on antibiotics and predinsolone. For his skin allergies , Will the coconut oil help with that, the vet said it is yeast infection and fungus, he is actually a very healthy and beautiful coated dog, and thoughts or suggestions, would be appreciated….

    • Deb s

      Aug 4, 2013 at 10:33 pm

      It will definitely help with your issues! I believe it’s 1 tsp. per 10 pounds. If the dog does not take to it (some don’t), I’d reduce the amount and build up to it. I got a 54-ounce jar of Carrington Farms Cold-Pressed Organic Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil at Costco (Canada) for $17.99. The way to tell if it’s really cold-pressed virgin oil (even olive oil) is to put it in the fridge – the product should “freeze” in the fridge. Not get thick but actually freeze. This product does that so I know it’s the real deal!

      • Kathryh

        Sep 17, 2013 at 11:06 pm

        Deb – get your dog off the drugs and onto a raw diet for the allergies. Herbsmith make a great herbal product for dogs with allergies. The steroids will rot them from the inside out. Raw diet, no chemicals and the Herbsmith product – worked for my lab – get their system back in balance. No flea treatments or vaccinations either. These are the cause of most dogs problems.

  162. Stacey Cabral

    May 24, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    My dog has gastritis. She’s a litte pom. I started giving her coconut oil off and on over the last year. She was eating it during this last time she had a really bad bout of gastritis. I am kind of afraid to give it to her again. The vet cannot tell me exactly what is causing this. She is eating boiled chicken and rice right now. I have tried the raw food diet, I had her on organic dog food. She always seems to have issues every 8 to 12 weeks. Has anyone heard of dogs having a problem with coconut oil? I know it’s supposed to help with stomach problems. But I wonder if my dog is the exception.

    • Tracey

      May 25, 2013 at 2:33 pm

      It can upset the stomach. My dog got bad diarrhea and I get it to. I think I may have used too much. I gave him about a tablespoon since he is 75 pounds.I don’t deny the health benefits but if your dog has stomach issues, be cautious.

    • Stephanie

      Jul 5, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      Try giving the coconut chips instead. It has fiber as well as the lauric acid. Don’t give the grocery store kind, dogs can’t digest that kind. You need to find CocoTherapy Coconut Chips. They make theirs differently so that it is easier to digest and is higher in fiber. Here is their website:

      • Linda Griggs

        Oct 10, 2013 at 8:21 pm

        Pumpkin is also very soothing/settling to a dogs stomach, much as ginger is soothing to ours. NOT Pie filling, but canned pumpkin.

    • Andrea

      Oct 28, 2013 at 11:34 am

      Stacey, try to get more fiber in your Pom’s diet. With my older Pom, I used Eukanuba WD which is high fiber. You can also get the same effect by adding a tablespoon of canned pumpkin to what you are feeding to her everyday right now. What you are giving her now does not contain enough nutrients for health but can get her on the right track, then gradually move her to some other food that is high fiber. If she is having an acute exacerbation of gut disturbance, ask you vet to prescribe a short course of metronidazole. I have years of experience with this and know the heart ache you are and the tummy ache your pom is going through.

  163. Diana

    May 15, 2013 at 12:23 pm

    I got mine at Walmart. 10.00 for 16 oz.

  164. diane petrrson

    May 7, 2013 at 10:56 pm

    Great cure for my pug’s wrinkles and her skin and ear issues. She loves the taste. My older lab is benefitting from the arthritis healing benefits. Can not say enough about this for my dogs.

    • Danielle Smith

      May 17, 2013 at 7:09 pm

      My Bulldog gets sores in his wrinkles sometimes, the vet has me treat it with a prescription but I am wondering if I can try coconut oil before it gets too bad. Do you add it to your pugs food or directly on her skin? Thank you!!!!

      • Elizabeth

        Jul 7, 2013 at 8:47 am

        Danielle –
        Please look into essential oils (grapefruit, eucalyptus and others) for your bulldog. Great anti fungal, antibacterial properties, and they smell great and are all natural with no added stuff. Research and get one of the trusted brands, mix with coconut, almond or sesame oil and Q-tip it into your doggies wrinkles. Otherwise keep the area dry as much as possible. Do not let your dog lick it as it is an external treatment only and keep it away from the eye area. It’s also great for inside ears. Couple drops, let the dog shake his/her head, wipe with a warm washcloth next morning. You will be amazed, I predict!

        • Charlene

          Jul 8, 2013 at 12:06 pm

          Please Never use Almond Oil or ANY almond products for your dog!!! Almonds are POISON to dogs! My husband used the oil on his dry skin and our dog licked it and nearly died.

      • Francine

        Jul 14, 2013 at 10:51 pm

        I use vitamin E, works wonders even inside the ears for infections… I am going to start using coconut oil on my dog. I already cook with it. Great for frying…

        • Shelley

          Jul 30, 2013 at 11:17 am

          I use half neem oil and half coconut oil on my bulldog.. the neem oil has a gross smell but works like a charm… You can also add some to your dogs shampoo for a bath.. Our bulldog had mites and it worked great! I use coconut/neem in the dogs ears and under their ropes too!

  165. jan

    Apr 12, 2013 at 9:32 am

    i bought my virgin coconut oil at the health food store.

  166. Adoption Revolution

    Mar 26, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    I use a 1/4 tsp of a mixed oil from whole foods…flax, avocado, olive once a day in my dogs food. It has helped his itching considerably and his coat is gorgeous. Not to mention, he starts to whine when he sees me uncap the bottle at dinner time!! He is only 13 lbs so that’s why it is such a small amount.

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  167. Olga Rainey

    Mar 25, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    I will have to try this, my dogs have sensitive stomachs, and I find Ginger works wonders also.

    • Lisa

      Jul 5, 2013 at 2:08 pm

      If you dog has sensitive stomach try the CocoTherapy Coconut Chips. It has the coconut oil in it, plus it is high in fiber. My dog has IBD and colitis, and now they are completely cured because of this! It is a miracle product. CocoTherapy also makes the best virgin coconut oil! You can go to their website and find stores:

  168. Marcella Denney

    Mar 25, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Where can I get the Virgin Coconut Oil for my dog!

    • Ron Miller

      Mar 26, 2013 at 7:53 pm

      Marcella: I found the virgin coconut oil locally at a large supermarket, and at a couple of health food stores. Call around — you shouldn’t have much trouble finding it. Plus, it’s available online too.

      • Joan King

        Jul 14, 2013 at 12:42 pm

        Anyone know the difference between virgin coconut oil and pure coconut oil?

        • Hadassah

          Aug 16, 2013 at 6:34 pm

          Virgin coconut oil is a fermentation process no heat at all. Easily absorbed by the skin without greasy feeling just like putting a lotion on it while a pure coconut oil has a greasy feeling because it has been heated in the process.

    • Brenda

      Jul 5, 2013 at 12:03 pm

      It can usually be found in the oil section of your grocery store.

    • Nadine

      Aug 7, 2013 at 11:55 am

      I buy my coconut oil through Amazon – Nutiva (to get the most health benefits, the oil must be virgin cold pressed). I buy the 54 oz. jar and it lasts me and my two Chihuahuas about 2 1/2 months.

  169. Beulah Wright

    Mar 25, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Wondering how to treat the inside of the ears? My Jezabel gets yeast in her ears. I use the cocoanut oil on her food and her skin, but do not know how to treat her ears.
    it is also good used like butter on toast, bagels, ect….
    Costco has large jars at a reasonable price.

    • Ridgebacks

      May 14, 2013 at 10:16 pm

      I use castor oil for yeast/ear mites in the ear. This is best done OUTSIDE. Put a couple of tablespoons in an aspirator, rub the ears for a few seconds, stand back & they will spread the rest around by shaking their ears. The oil smothers the yeast/earmites. In a few days, wipe the ears with a warm washclothe.

    • Tracey W

      Jul 3, 2013 at 6:34 am

      My Dog had very yeasty ears after being on antibiotics for months last year. I cleaned them with with witchhazal and feed him a probitic called Gentle Digest along with the coconut oil oil which I purchased from Swanson Vitamins online. I have a Shih Tzu so I kept his ears plucked too. It took months but I don’t have to clean them anymore they are good between visits to the groomer.

      He’s always been a very yeasty dog where he would bite and scratch from being itchy especially in the summer. After 5 years of it, this is the first year his skin is clear, coat is shiny and isn’t biting. Lastly his paws no longer have that corn chips chip smell.

      • Patsy

        Feb 9, 2014 at 3:06 am

        I’m confused on the dosage for dogs. I see some say 1/4 tsp per 10 lbs and others say 1 tsp per 10 lbs. That’s a big difference when you’re giving it to an 80 lb. dog like I am. I don’t want to make him sick.

    • susan

      Jul 7, 2013 at 7:21 am

      Burrows solution from my vets office was a miracle for the yeast in my dogs ears. His 1st vet didn’t prescribe it & we tried various antibiotics & that 1st vet pulled the hairs from his ears in the office & also he underwent anaesthesia for the same thing. So, I was thrilled that his new vet recommended Burrows solution – it cost maybe $9 for 15 ml & $14 for 25 ml & it was a real saviour for him. That was > 8 yrs ago & he periodically got the yeast infections & was treated – but hasn’t had any problems for years now. I will try coconut oil esp on hot spots & their pads – but I felt that the burrows solution made such an improvement to their quality of life that I felt it was important to let people know.

  170. Betty Barker

    Mar 25, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Where do you get Coconut Oil?

    • kris z

      Mar 25, 2013 at 4:33 pm

      amazon is where i got it but i imagine you can find it locally.

    • Donna J. Phillips

      Apr 25, 2013 at 3:01 pm

      I found coconut oil on ebay. Received it within three days. Starting my dogs on it today. Hoping it will help with some hair folicle problems in two of my dogs.

    • Brenda

      Aug 15, 2013 at 12:01 pm

      You can buy coconut oil in almost any supermarket in the oil aisle.

  171. kris z

    Mar 25, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    i fed it for awhile and did not notice any difference.. maybe i will try it again. i have used it in the rinse for their baths though i do rinse it off is oil and i think it would stain things like couch fabric/etc.

    • Elizabeth

      Jul 7, 2013 at 8:37 am

      Kris z – if you are washing the oil off you are wasting your time and money and coconut oil!
      After bathing my Boston (Bostons have terribly dry, fragile skin – true), I put half to 3/4 CO with half hair conditioner in the palm of my hand (so, like couple teaspoons each for half and half) and slather it all over her little body (not her head) especially her underside and legs and and I go against her hair (to get to her skin) with my fingertips and massage it into her skin. I rinse my hands as they get full of her loose fur (couple – 3 times) and the water from my wet hands is enough to dilute the oil, so I don’t rinse her, just vigorously towel her as many times as she’ll stand for, then I crate her for a bit or make her lie on a clean towel, since she will do the after-my-bath-I feel-so-good-I-just-have-to-lie-down-and wiggle, thing – so not good to do on the sofa… the CO just sucks into her skin and hair seemingly and I never have a problem with oiliness doing things this way, at all. She gets on our bed and I’ve never noticed any oily mark on the fabric. Try it – you have to adjust amounts and how you do it to your own doggie and situation of course. Good luck!

  172. Cynthia Charat

    Mar 21, 2013 at 10:33 pm

    Where do you get Coconut Oil?

    • Diana

      May 15, 2013 at 12:23 pm


      • Linnie

        Jul 8, 2013 at 8:18 am

        Fresh & Easy has it too..

      • Nikki

        Sep 14, 2013 at 4:03 pm

        Don’t shop at Wal Mart! Any health food store will have it 🙂

        • Linda Lord

          Oct 10, 2013 at 9:20 pm

          Buy on line

          • Robin

            Dec 11, 2013 at 1:52 pm

            Dr Bronner’s has coconut oil!
            Go to Abe’s Market on the internet.

    • Stacey Cabral

      May 24, 2013 at 11:00 pm

      You should always buy organic coconut oil. You can buy it at Costco, as Traci said. Wholefoods, Safeway, TraderJoes. It also helps with weight loss. You can use it to make your own products for hair, face, body. Even make underarm deodorant and brush your teeth. There are so many things you can do with it. This is a good saturated fat. It has medium chain fatty acids and lauric acid. It is antinflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial. One of the best oils you can consume. It tastes good too! If your not sure about it try making some coconut oil fudge -

      • Jennifer

        Jul 5, 2013 at 2:05 pm

        Be picky about the coconut oil you buy. They are not all the same! Cheaper is not better! I got some cheap stuff and my dog got really sick. You need to make sure it is in a glass jar, NOT plastic! It ahs to be certified USDA organic, just because it says organic may not be true, it has to be certified by an organic agency. Cold-pressed is best, make sure it is bleach and hexane-free. You will get the best bang for you buck if you get the best quality. I get a brand called CocoTherapy, here is their website: They also have Coconut Chips that is high in fiber which my dogs LOVE and is great for their digestive health and coat!

        • Beth

          Aug 4, 2013 at 3:39 pm

          thanks this might explain why the coconut oil is working but making my dog have some gastro intestinal problems. i did buy 100 coconut oil but it is in a plastic jar. just curious. why is plastic a problem.
          thanks for recommending the website.

          • Soly

            Aug 7, 2013 at 9:11 pm

            The one I buy is in COSTCO (CARRINGTON FARMS) and it’s in plastic but it is certified organic and a very good name brand. It is pure, unrefined, cold pressed, chemical free, gluten free and has a wonderful taste. The container it’s in is HEXANE FREE AND BPA FREE so there really is no problem if it’s in a plastic container like this one. Always check for all of these important details lusted above and you’ll be fine. Personally speaking I use it and it’s doing wonders for me and also I’ve been giving 2 tblsp of CO to my labrador retriever, she has been loosing lots of hair and had a skin condition and the results have been great!So,yes I recommend CARRINTON FARMS. Hope this has been useful to you and everyone else who reads this.

        • Sue

          Aug 7, 2013 at 5:25 pm

          you can make your own dog treats with cocoanut flour (expensive) – my dog just LOVED those

        • Patsy

          Feb 9, 2014 at 3:03 am

          Why does it have to be in a glass jar?

      • elisa

        Jul 5, 2013 at 10:29 pm

        How would one go about making coconut underarm deodorant and toothpaste? All receipes will be welcome if you have any. Thanks for this post.

        • Amanda

          Jul 28, 2013 at 1:32 pm

          I have been using this deodorant for a few months now and love it. It’s not an antiperspirant, but it keeps the odor away all day, even through a workout.

        • LindaCampbell

          Sep 15, 2013 at 7:40 pm

          Linda Campbell
          There are MANY recipes for deodorant and toothpowder/paste on the web.

        • Valerie

          Jan 10, 2014 at 5:27 am

          1/4 cup of baking soda
          1/4 cup arrowroot powder
          4-6tablespoons coconut oil (melted)
          12 drops essential oil

    • Mags

      Aug 15, 2013 at 6:40 pm

      Only buy ORGANIC, RAW or Unrefined… It costs about $10 and up per jar.

    • Maria

      Oct 10, 2013 at 2:36 pm

      Costco..Nutiva organic virgin coconut oil 78oz for about $22. I cook with it, use it as moisturizer for my face, deep conditioner for my hair, and put it in my dogs’ food everyday.

      • George Chase

        Oct 11, 2013 at 3:37 am

        Does the added fat in the coconut oil in my pugs’ food need to considered in his overall calories count for food? Or do I need to subtract an equal amount? I was giving it to him, but he gained a pound. Not sure if it was the oil as we also were housebound during the heat in July and August, plus the Moore Tornado effects kept the diets, his and mine off the front burner. Yes, I cook with it, and he loves it. Sam’s also has it, smaller quantity $8 and change.

    • Holistic Hounds

      Feb 18, 2014 at 9:46 pm

      Holistic Hounds is dedicated to bringing healthy pet products to the marketplace. We specialize in healthy dietary additions for dogs. Our organic virgin coconut oil, free range goat milk, organic pumpkin powder and premium black chia seeds are our first items currently selling in what will be a long line of healthy pet products. Watch for more products available soon that your pet will love!

    • Dana

      Mar 5, 2014 at 11:04 am

      Bountiful Baskets is where I got mine… 64oz jar for $20.50.

      If you have a costco I heard it is pretty inexpensive there too.

  173. Traci Kopp

    Mar 3, 2013 at 9:18 pm

    I have been giving coconut oil to my beautiful red nose pit for a couple weeks. I put it in a shot glass and melt it in a bowl of hot water then pour it over her food. She loves it!! She suffers from allergies and has recently developed wart like sores on her ears. I started rubbing coconut oil on them and they are almost gone. My vet thinks I am crazy but couldnt deny the fact that the coconut oil worked. Her skin is soft, shiny and she smells great!!! The health benefits of this oil are amazing. I use it for cooking and also put a tablespoon in my hot tea every night. Costco sells a 78 fl oz organic extra virgin coconut oil made by Nutiva for 21.99.

    • Susannah Yam

      May 22, 2013 at 12:39 am

      Coconut oil is amazing.

    • Joie

      Jul 5, 2013 at 4:04 pm

      I go to Costco too and buy it there my dog and puppy love it I used it also on my puppys ears same issue and it helps I thought it was mites but it is allergies !

      • Deborah

        Jul 6, 2013 at 4:21 am

        My dog also has allergies, & ear problems. I have tried everything. I just started using C.C. oil, so will share

      • Patty

        Jul 26, 2013 at 6:22 pm

        Does it have to be VIRGIN Coconut Oil?
        Because I just bought ORGANIC Coconut Oil in a glass jar USDA….
        but I did not get Organic VIRGIN Coconut OIl – will that make a difference??

        • Nadine

          Aug 7, 2013 at 11:51 am

          Patty, to get the most health benefits, it must be virgin cold pressed coconut oil. The organic oil that you have is good to use for cooking. I’ve had a lot of luck with the Nutiva (can get a 54 oz. jar for approximately $30 on Amazon, which lasts about 2 1/2 months), both me and my two Chihuahuas have been on it since last year!

          • Joann

            Sep 22, 2013 at 2:17 am

            Thanks, Amazon here I come…!

  174. Barbara

    Sep 11, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    I also understand that olive oil is good for them. Can you give them both coconut and olive oil or just one. If just one-which is best? And is olive oil also 1 tsp per 10 lbs of weight?

  175. Nellie

    Sep 10, 2012 at 11:19 am

    This is great information, I’m going to look into it a lil more, my dog needs something just like This ..

  176. barbara drake

    Sep 10, 2012 at 10:30 am

    how can i use it on the inside of the dogs ears?

    • Robert

      Jul 5, 2013 at 3:52 pm

      Just put three drops in the dogs ear. Use an eye dropper or medication syringe. Morning and night for about three days. Make sure to message the front base of the ear.

      • Sarina Aguilar

        Aug 15, 2013 at 12:08 pm

        My dog has been getting ear infections (the same ear) for the past 2 yrs. and around the same time of year…and it looks like she’s getting another one. we take her to the Vet each time, get ear drops, and it clears up before we take her back for her checkup…We use an ear wash that the Vet gives us but it expires way too fast. My question is why does this keep happening? and to the same ear? And what can I do to try and prevent this so she’s not so dang miserable? Thank You!!! 🙂

        • Celia

          Sep 1, 2013 at 2:12 pm

          My dog suffers from allergies which has been diagnosed by a skin specialist and patch tests etc,
          He showed an allergic reaction to house dust mites, forridge mites, wheat and oat pollen and pigeon feathers!!

          Obviously, every spring/ summer, his skin condition gets worse. His ears get infected, smelly and filthy, which I have to clean every day and use ear drops when they get bad. I found that after a while I had to change the type of drops as it no longer worked!

          He also has a bald tummy which is red and as dry like ‘rhino’ skin. I have now started to rub some coconut oil on it as Aloe Vera gel didn’t seem to moisturise it enough.

          I also rub a little of coconut oil on the inside of the ears when they are flaky and sore which has dramatically improved them.

          After a week of using coconut oil, my dog seems a lot less itchy and sore.

          I am glad I have finally found a natural product that can minimise my dogs discomfort and be gently on my wallet too!!

          • Rose Marie

            Oct 11, 2013 at 9:48 am

            Celia~ If you go to, you will find that there are natural products that just might help your furbaby.
            My Rocky, a yorkie had a lot of issues…he had ear infections along with arthritis. Since using these products (Antioxidant)my Rocky, is a changed furbaby. I will continue to use this natural product for the rest of his life.

          • Patsy

            Mar 6, 2014 at 4:09 am

            My experience with one of my dogs is that I learned he has food allergies and that makes his ears and feet itch. I don’t feed him beef, corn or wheat and always a premium food.

            However, I have another dog, a rescue, who has always had skin problems and has never been officially diagnosed. He’s been treated with Temaril P which is a steroid and antihistamine in one. It worked very well except it was blowing him up like a balloon and the dog is now twice the weight he should be. So we switched to this new med Adequil I’m sure I have the spelling wrong, but it’s a new drug to treat dogs with allergies. It’s working fine, but I would love to din the cause of his itch and hopefully not have to give him any drugs. I started both dogs on coconut oil a couple of weeks ago. Can’t really tell if it’s making a difference.

          • Hillary

            Mar 14, 2014 at 7:38 pm

            Thank you so much for posting this. My dog also suffers from horrendous allergies. Her allergy panel came back positive for everything they tested her. We’ve got he on a Z-D diet, allergy shots, and cyclosporine and she is still a mess.
            I am going to try this coconut oil and see how she does. Question, how do you keep your dog from liking it off? My pup is already constantly licking her belly. She probably has a yeast infection (she seems to have a chronic one that clears up with meds but comes back quickly after she stops) and I don’t want her licking to increase.
            She’s got just what your pup does- red, elephant skin belly.

            Thanks again!

        • Tammy

          Sep 6, 2013 at 4:31 pm

          We did several food trials for our Zuny, as she suffered reoccurring ear infections. This food got her system clean and no not 1 infection in a year and a half! She would have them every few months!

          • Joann

            Sep 22, 2013 at 2:12 am

            Thanks so much Celia, Tammy & everyone else for all this great info. It came at the perfect time for our newest sweetheart who shortly after adopting was diagnosed w/ ear infections. After the 10 day 2x day drops she had it again in no time:( same drops for 5 days. But I’m not so sure it completely worked. I’m going to try this.
            I had read briefly read that coconut oil was good for dogs. But it didn’t have all these great responses with much more important info. So in a store a week or so ago I saw coconut oil & bought a bottle but have been too hesitant until now to use it.
            I do have one question though; does it really need to be. ‘ Virgin Coconut Oil?’
            Mine is just coconut oil , not the virgin. And where’s a good retail place to buy it?
            Thanks everyone again and good luck to everyone here & to all that’s reading this. Don’t hesitate
            but this virgin coconut oil. & help your dog & ( CATS to I think?) not sure, but why not? Look it up for cats… I’d do or try anything to help my little ones live longer & healthier lives. I’m going to use it myself too! 🙂

          • Melissa

            Oct 2, 2013 at 12:42 am


            I get our virgin coconut oil from any of the following:
            FredMeyers (Kroger)
            Trader Joes
            Whole Foods

            I believe the difference between virgin and not is probably the same as olive oil, virgin is less acidic than “regular” olive oil.

          • FrannyLee

            Feb 18, 2014 at 3:35 pm

            Absolutely the very best organic extra virgin cold pressed coconut oil (which is practically all I ever use for myself and pets) is Earth Circle Organics. Thetaste is definitely superior to all others I or my friends have tried. Go to or do a search to find your prefference. I buy a gallon at a time, price ranges around $60-65. Sounds like a lot but if you buy smaller, you are spending much more even for non organic. Well worth it.

            A healthier alternative tip if you like a little sugar now and then: I started using (organic raw) coconut sugar about a year ago. It is not nearly as sweet as regular raw sugar but is very satisfying.

        • A. Elizabeth

          Dec 26, 2013 at 5:59 pm

          I use a recipe for dog wash from the Zimmer family cocker webpage. It works great on all dogs. I’ve used it on a cocker mix, beagles and a rott/lab. If/when the dogs get cheesy or gross ears I wash them once a day and after that 2-3 times a month. My vet cleared it too. Boric acid, rubbing alcohol, betadine and vinegar. Check it out maybe. Outdoor use is recommended 😉

          • Lynda

            Mar 11, 2014 at 12:33 am

            I use that same ear recipe for my Rottie. Works wonders and our vet asked me for the recipe.

        • starr

          Jan 2, 2014 at 7:55 pm

          I have a pitbull/boxer rescue, he had a terrible ear infections that we could not get rid of for months. Since he has floppy ears it is difficult to cure. I even tried taping his ears back for air, but didn’t work he always flung it off. Finally, I did some research and found this product called Zimox w/ Aloe, not the wash, it worked within 3 weeks and it has not returned. He still gets a little dirt in his ears but I use Zimox ear wash and all clean again. He is one happy doggie and no more shaking of the head. This product can be found on the Dr. Leonard website.

          • Rhian

            Jan 24, 2014 at 6:49 pm

            I have a pitbull/boxer mix as well and she has really brittle nails. This winter they have all started to crack, rip, and eventually fall off and it seems to take months for a new nail to regrow. Have you experienced anything like this with yours? I’ve just started using coconut oil on her food as well as externally as I’ve heard it could help. I’ve talked to a couple different vets but I feel like there all $ driven!

        • Laurie Crooker

          Jan 29, 2014 at 6:49 pm

          Your dog’s ear infections may be caused by environmental and or food allergies. I have had similar issues with my dog’s ears as well. I had him tested for environmental allergies and he tested positive for grass, weeds, dust, etc. He was on allergy shots for awhile and it did seem to help him. However, recently I had to change his food to a raw dog food diet. He is doing much, much better. His ears have cleared up and there is a noticeable difference in him not chewing at his paws also. He eats K-9 natural raw venison. You can order it from Since I have had him on this food he is doing a lot better. To answer your question as to why he keeps getting ear infections; I would say his body is reacting to something in his food or(possibly environment). Yeast infections in the ears is a way of telling you she is allergic. Try changing her food. Don’t be surprised if your vet. doesn’t agree with you on the raw food diet though. Most conventional vets are against it. All I can tell you is nature’s real food is making a big difference in my dog’s life. No more ear infections…

        • Aunt Maudie May

          Mar 24, 2014 at 1:23 am

          I have a dog who had ear problems and a similar problem later developed on his paws. His paws were infected off and on for 4 years.
          Nothing worked from the vet(s) we visited. It was all liquid sprays and oils.

          Or how bout this one vet story that takes the cake. This ole vet swore my dog had allergies and I only needed to give hime a shot each day for the rest of his life. Oh, and I could never stop once he began the treatment. Warned that if I stopped and started again that the dog might never recover to his former health. Hmm. My scientific mind became skeptical of the hard sell and lack of looking at the whole dog, in other words the only solution looked for in this vets office was his expensive treatment plan that I was about to commit to for the rest of the dogs life. I walked out. Poor doctor, bless his heart.

          A lucky break. I found a compound from friends. A vet formulated this in cooperation with my two R.N. friends.
          The R.N.s had poodles with ear problems. My dog had ear problems and this cleared it when his paws became infected and I was desperate when nothing else was working , I thought to try it with his paws, it had worked well but the problem was recurrent .

          My brother, an R.N. Got involved at this point. He is a dog lover and cares a lot for the wellness and comfort of people and creatures!

          With his help and support I was able to get to the cure!

          The compound was a dry powder mix of Boric Acid, Iodaform and cloves.

          Dry ear powder, prescribed by a vet and made at any compounding pharmacy.
          Gloves and mask for protection for hands and lungs.
          Mild study solution and a clean warm water,for a rinse.
          10% bleach solution
          Blow dryer

          I cleaned my dogs paws, rinsed and towel dried them. then soaked or dipped them in very mild bleach solution. (10%) once for about 3 minutes. ( this was a long
          time) but he was very infected at that point) if the recurrence was really bad I would do the bleach soak more than once at the direction of the nurse.

          Next: dried them and after the drying with a hair dryer set on low, the black fungus/bacteria would have turned white indicating the growth was dead. The fungus/ bacteria would just peel off, with good skin underneath. Next I powdered them with the compound 2x daily until no sign of infection. When his infection still kept coming back I realized he was harboring some of the germs under neath his nails on top. I could see it there. So, I restarted the process , this time I did not use the bleach solution.
          The key was to get the compound up under the skin overhanging each nail. I had a idea for a good tool in my make up kit. A soft clean natural bristle brush used for blush that I did not use.
          Pressing it into the doggies service, I employed the brush to work the compound into his hard to reach areas under the nails and YES! You got it, he is fungal and free of this problem!
          He is fungal free. Thanks be to the determination to find the right solution, nurse friends who care about dogs, and a wonderfully supportive family!

          Good luck to you

      • Tamela

        Nov 18, 2013 at 3:33 pm

        I give my lab green beans for ear infections.
        I use generic frozen green beans from the grocery store. I place 1/3 cup of beans in a bowl with enough water to cover them. Microwave them for 30 seconds and dump them on top of her dry dog food.
        I do this twice a day. It takes about two months to start working; however we have been doing this for four months and have been infection free for the past two months.

        • Labrador Breeder

          Nov 23, 2013 at 11:43 am

          Excellent information about green beans, thanks for posting it! It’s worth a try for people whose dogs have bad allergies.

        • Marjorie

          Jan 12, 2014 at 7:22 pm

          I have an 8 pound pom-shih Tzu dog who is now almost 9 years old. When I first got him at 8 weeks old, my veterinarian recommended from day one that to give him a healthy start and to avoid excessive weight gain that little dogs are prone to, by slightly reducing the dog food and topping with green beans. This has worked beautifully and can be adjusted to weight changes (especially little dogs, a pound gain is too much and a pound loss is also too much). You can either increase the pet food and decrease and adjust the green beans accordingly. This has worked for us. I am a green bean for dogs supporter 🙂

  177. Linda

    Sep 10, 2012 at 10:14 am

    My Rottweiler & Pug absolutely love coconut oil melted & poured over their dry food! I also lather it onto my Rotts skin because he has yeast.

    • Quizative

      Aug 9, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      If he has yeast, you should not be feeding him dry dog food. Yeast feeds on sugar. Most dry dog foods have tons of sugar, fructose or corn syrup for flavor since they dont have much of what dogs really love…meat.
      they also have starch, potatoes or grain (corn and rice or flour). ALL of these convert to SUGAR which feeds the yeast.
      Even dry dog foods that say grain free weill have potatoes!!!! You must find foods that have no grain, potoates or starch or sugars.
      Wyson Epigen 90 may be one of the only dry dog foods that do that.
      good luck.

      • Mike Reich

        Aug 20, 2013 at 2:55 am

        Fyi. Orijen grain free formula has no potato also now.

        • Shelley Halik

          Sep 29, 2013 at 1:35 am

          I wish the go grain free canned by orijen was made without potato as well.

          • Pam | Words With Wieners

            Oct 30, 2013 at 12:55 pm

            @Shelley – Orijen doesn’t make canned food. Perhaps you meant another brand. Just don’t want people confused.

          • Bulldog

            Dec 8, 2013 at 5:09 pm

            go and orijen are 2 different companies

          • shady

            Feb 11, 2014 at 12:34 pm

            Earthborn Holistic with lamb meal is grain and potato free also, my dog does great on this

          • robyn

            Mar 31, 2014 at 9:44 am

            Acana Singles are new and they are potato free.. they are made by the same company as Orijen

      • Melissa

        Oct 2, 2013 at 12:36 am

        At whole foods we picked up a bag of food called “Nutrisca” (made by dogswell) and it has no grains or potatoes. Only chickpeas and peas I believe. They call it a low glycemic dog food. Seems like overall pretty good ingredients. 🙂

        • MK

          Oct 28, 2013 at 8:28 pm

          We just started giving our Airedale Nutrisca and it seems to suit her digestion very well, and she quite likes it.

        • Labrador Breeder

          Nov 23, 2013 at 11:53 am

          I bet you can find it online cheaper then Whole Foods which can be overpriced. Here is one site I use on occasion, especially when they have a sale going.


          I’m glad you found something helpful.

          • Bulldog

            Dec 8, 2013 at 5:06 pm

            ive also started seeing nutrisca and dogswell in kroger and food lion. not sure if thats good or bad for the product

          • Robin

            Dec 11, 2013 at 1:49 pm

            Hi, is a great place to shop too. They have 25% off your first order.

        • Roni

          Dec 2, 2018 at 7:42 am


          I know there is a trend of grain free dog food but how can I check their quality?

      • Emily

        Oct 16, 2013 at 5:36 pm

        Zignature is also Potato free (and corn, wheat, soy, dairy, chicken, and egg free). They use peas and chickpeas instead, for their low glycemic index. Great for dogs with stomach troubles, though the Wysong mentioned above has much higher protein and lower carbs.

      • Labrador Breeder

        Nov 23, 2013 at 11:39 am

        Before taking this poster’s word as the gospel, try asking your vet. I also speak to a compounding pharmacist about things like this.

        • rebecca alworth

          Dec 10, 2013 at 3:10 pm

          Since when did vet’s have all the answers? They don’t teach nutrition in vet school, They teach how to prescribe dangerous meds.

        • Patsy

          Feb 9, 2014 at 2:56 am

          I find vets are the last ones to speak to about nutrition and supplements. Same as human doctor’s, they are not taught about natural healing in vet school. Best bet is to talk to other pet owners to get the best information.

          • BNIGHT

            Feb 19, 2014 at 10:18 pm

            Be careful with coconut oil for dogs – If the dog is taking certain medications, it can cause pancreatitis!!

          • Jenwags

            Mar 18, 2014 at 2:28 pm

            The only reason I ask my vet for advice is when I research and then ask if it will interfere with any current meds that my dog is on. I am a fan of the raw diet for all of my dogs, different ages and sizes and I do not go to my vet for food advice on food either, I do my own research and consult with a holistic vet on occasion to make sure I am getting everything my dogs need. Each dog is different and may have unique health restrictions.

        • Kay

          Mar 24, 2014 at 10:00 pm

          Yes, please ask your vets so they can put you on some crap kibble that they sell at their shop!
          The food suggested is a very good food and she suggested it for a good reason. If you know ANYTHING about yeast and how it works.. You would know this!

          Yeast feeds on sugars/carbs -potatoes, rice,=sugars – feeds yeast overgrowth. pretty simple.

      • Labrador Breeder

        Nov 23, 2013 at 11:50 am

        Holy smokes!! It costs $73.99 for a 16 lb. Box? I don’t know anyone who can afford that unless it’s a toy breed you’re feeding. Does anyone know if there home food remedies instead of this Wyson Epigen 90?

        Any breeders out there, these are the reasons why you should NEVER breed a dog with allergies, even if they’re minimal. They are genetically passed on.

      • Benazir

        Jan 3, 2014 at 1:20 pm

        Most common dog foods have wheat so try buying taste of the wild or earthborn holistic

        • Judy

          Mar 28, 2014 at 5:37 pm

          My labs have been eating taste of the wild for years. My older lab did very well on it. It helped cure skin allergies. He just passed away at age 13+.
          My younger lab has been eating it done she was a puppy. Her coat is shiny, looks like velvet.
          I have been very pleased with all varieties and so have my labs.

          • Kelly

            Apr 26, 2017 at 12:18 am

            I use that brand too. Very healthy for dogs, no bulk bellies either. My dogs have a lot more energy now.

      • Joanne

        Jan 11, 2014 at 9:26 am

        Quizative, It might appear more helpful & less judgemental if u perhaps considered that Linda might already be using one of the dry foods available without potato & cereal.
        She’s already looked into the yeast, she takes the time to warm the coconut oil & pour it over the food … it’s not too big a leap to think that she might’ve already given it some thought ..
        Capitalisation & exclamation marks = yelling at her – not necessary, u could’ve bn much kinder & more constructive with ur help … I’m sure ur intention was good, but it came off really mean, I’m afraid..

      • Judy May

        Jan 29, 2014 at 8:59 am

        wow>this was very interesting to read about the ‘dry dog food’..My rat terrier prefers a lot of veggies(green) but> her favorite meat is it possible that ‘dog treats’ can cause an allergy w her skin? what would u suggest? she also luv’s anything w/vinegar..she even eats marinated artichoke..what would you assume would be the best meat for her? I guess animals do have “carb’ problems just like humans..boy; I am learning a lot about ‘health issues’ just by reading the response u gave on dry dog food..I hear that peanut butter is gd for them but then, it also can cause a ‘peanut allergy’..My rat terrier didnt have allergies till this yr..findin out wt she is allergic 2 (coat rash /hives/itching & thinning hair)have her on benadryl for now> {she can’t tolerate prednisone}..Thank u for ur time.

        • Steve Poland

          Feb 2, 2014 at 1:30 am

          Judy, I would advise you not to feed bacon or bacon treats (Purina beggin strips) to your pet because it contains sodium nitrate. That’s a salt preservative compound known to cause certain types of cancer. Have you tried Omega 3 fatty acids (Fish oil) or Barley grass that has enzymes to improve skin and coat conditions? I rescued a lab retriever a few month back that was in bad shape, but I finally got her skin and coat looking beautiful again. I took flour of sulfur and mixed it in a can of melted Crisco all-vegetable shorting as a salve for her skin. Crisco also contains vitamin E and ALA Omega-3 fatty acid too. Plus, I used benadryl to provide some immediate relieve from the digging. I hope yor furbaby improves…

        • Lori

          Mar 15, 2014 at 8:20 pm

          I buy a couple of rubber kong dog toys with holes for my dogs and regularly add peanut butter in the holes and freeze them. Treats like these can be used and filled with a piece of cheese or something else instead if there’s a peanut allergy. I’ve used raw carrots for treats in training as well as frozen peas. Just use your imagination and whatever they enjoy that’s healthy for them! 🙂
          For dinners I make extras… I’m learning to feed my dogs healthy but plain… in other words no lasagnas! If I afford a can of salmon weekly they get it in their meal… eggs are good too. They sure love their veggies!

      • Kelley Bauer

        Mar 12, 2014 at 9:01 pm

        I found wyson gave my Vizsla diarrhea, too much protein?? i have been using TLC pet food for the past 4 years with no issues, great product and it gets delivered to our door for free!!

      • Paula McCafferty

        Mar 14, 2014 at 12:28 am

        NutriSource also makes a grain free potato free kibble.

    • cindy lewis

      Dec 28, 2013 at 11:25 pm

      yeast treatment-apple cidar vinegar from the health food store looks like rustwater–1x a week spray on the coat under the tail on the paws and 1 squirt in the side of the mouth-on a q-tip in the ears–

      • Patsy

        Mar 6, 2014 at 4:05 am

        Full strength on the cider vinegar?

        • Tzu's Mom

          Mar 14, 2014 at 10:43 am

          Be careful with the apple cider vinegar… it irritated my dog’s skin really bad.

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