Can Coconut Oil Improve My Dog's Health

Rocky Kanaka 14 comments

We hear a lot about the benefits of coconut oil from the human holistic community. They share tips like: a tablespoon of coconut oil ingested regularly (or rubbed into our skin or hair) bring a variety of benefits; everything from healthy, supple skin and glowing hair to raising the natural insulin levels of diabetics and improving overall metabolism.

But can coconut oil have the same effects for our dogs?

Many holistic veterinarians are studying the human research and saying "yes" to recommending coconut oil for our pets.

Coconut oil is almost exclusively (more than 90%) saturated fat and is one of the few foods that can be classified as a "superfood". A medium chain triglyceride (MCT), coconut oil consists of a series of fatty acid molecule chains that are easily digested and absorbed, without causing the pancreas to go into overdrive producing digestive enzymes that absorb saturated oils.

This is of particular importance to dogs suffering from digestive disorders (Irritable Bowel Disease, Pancreatitis) and metabolic disorders (Diabetes Mellitus, Cushing's Disease) as it puts less strain on the animal's digestive system.

Additionally, coconut oil gently elevates the metabolism, provides a higher level of energy and vitality, protects your dog from illness, and speeds healing. As a bonus, coconut oil can improve dog's skin and coat, improves digestion, and reduces allergic reactions.

Giving coconut to your dog is easy! You can either buy dried coconut and sprinkle it on your dog's food. They might not even know it's there. Alternatively,dog butter, an all natural peanut butter for dogs, is infused with coconut oil which makes it really easy. Not all dogs love coconut but most dogs adore peanut butter!

Some of the other benefits of giving your pup coconut oil with a meal include

For healthy skin and coat:

  • Clears up eczema.
  • Aids flea allergies, contact dermatitis and itchy skin.
  • Minimizes doggy odor.
  • Reduces allergic reactions.
  • Creates sleek and glossy coats
  • Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections.
  • When applied topically, coconut oil promotes wound healing.
  • Also can help with hot spots, dry skin and hair, bites and stings.

To improve digestion:

  • Improves digestion.
  • Increases nutrient absorption.
  • Helps with colitis and inflammatory bowl syndrome.
  • Reduces or eliminates bad breath.
  • Helps with coughing.

"Superfood" benefits:

  • Assists with weight loss.
  • Provides powerful antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal agents.
  • Balances insulin and promotes normal thyroid function.
  • Helps prevent or control diabetes.
  • Aids arthritis and ligament problems.
  • Helps prevent infection and disease.
  • Increases energy.

Veterinarian Karen Becker, known for her holistic wellness veterinary practice, recommends administering ¼ tsp. of coconut oil for every 10 lbs. of body weight twice a day for optimal effect.

  • mbey says...

    So much has been said about the benefits of coconut oil for even cancer prevention but there hasn’t actually been enough studies to prove or disprove the things it can supposedly do. However, I will say I applied it topically on my dogs pimple-like stuff on his skin and it dried up after a few days. Though I’m not sure if shaving him short also had something to do with it. I’m feeding him 1/4 teaspoon a day (he’s 5-something kg) but I’m scared that I might be causing him harm in the long run as there isn’t enough information to say that it’s totally safe.

    On March 31, 2017

  • Leah Dawn Strump says...

    I Love Coconut oil. Where can I purchase dried coconut? Thank You very much! My dogs do not eat the coconut oil. It turns hard so fast.

    On March 31, 2017

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  • Liz Stanic says...

    I have a poodle thars sufferes chronic Allery and ear infection .Bear see skin specilist at sydney vets Sash Bear ther very few Mths on different antibiotics nothing is inproving is ther any thing that can be suggest to inprove Bear health its 2 years with this problem. Thanking for advice .yours faithfully Liz Sandra Stanic

    On March 31, 2017

  • ~ Gale says...

    Oh yeah ~ I share my coconut oil with my doggie. Then he gets the old bottles to play with. He brings them to me and wants treats put in them. Off he goes with the coconut jar! (For a minute anyway!) He’s not spoiled at all! hee hee

    On March 31, 2017

  • AnnLvsG&P says...

    My pups love human peanut butter. I love to watch their little faces as they try to lick it all up!!! I feed my pups the best food I can afford (they eat better than mommy and daddy), as natural as can be, treats too. Feeding them a product that can do so much for them would make my heart go pitty pat.

    On March 31, 2017

  • Rognome says...

    Sasha Bear was adopted one year after her sister from Humane Society of greater Miami…she had horribly dry and itchy skin…we discovered it was food allergies and began adding coconut oil to a salmon based kibble and now she is shiny, healthy and not itchy!! it is really a natural miracle!!! thank you for making such great products for our fur friends :)

    On March 31, 2017

  • sharon says...

    I give all my foster dogs coconut oil. They usually come to me with skin , ear & weight problems.

    On March 31, 2017

  • fernandogepeng says...

    Coconut oil has many benefits , among others, for the beauty , mystery diet and slim body , and significantly more of the properties of coconut oil , so what’s wrong on this occasion we tried.

    On March 31, 2017

  • Lorna Ladd says...

    Cathy, congratulations! You are the winner of the Jar of DOGSBUTTER.

    I will email you so you can send us your contact info.

    On March 31, 2017

  • TxLady812 says...

    My Greyhound has discoid lupus which effects his digestive system and can cause loose stools. Since he has been on 1 TBSP of coconut oil 1 to 2 times daily he is doing a lot better. His nose has cleared up and his coat is healthier looking. I also give coconut oil to my Lab/Shepherd mix and her coat shines and she looks healthier too. Koodoos to coconut oil for my furry kids !!!!

    On March 31, 2017


    OMDoodle – where do I begin :) Goldendoodles can inherit sensitive tummy’s from the Poodle (at least Harley did) and coconut oil has really helped his digestive system. For 7+ years, he along with his brothers have a melted teaspoon or two in their food. I love how it also cares for their coat and skin. This is also important to me because they are bathed regularly because they get into everything, and I don’t do “dirty” very well :) By ingesting the coconut oil, it seems to lubricate their skin, as well as strengthen the hair follicles. I also use it as a topical ointment. Bug bites, scratches, (nothing severe) it seems to take away the itching sensation allowing it to heal faster. Great for the paw pads during the harsh VA winters. In the evening I’ve rubbed it on the pads, it soaks right in and fights cracking and brittleness. Yep – we’re a huge fan of coconut oil around here #toldyou

    On March 31, 2017

  • steven4464 says...

    Yes I feed my dogs coconut oil and they like it right off the spoon. I also use it sometimes to rub into any wounds if they have any and seems to help.

    On March 31, 2017

  • Mag says...

    My three love to eat a spoon of cocanut straight from the jar they would eat more if they could .
    One heaped tps a day ,has helped greatly with dry skin and allergies,in the pug it helped her weight loss along with a little less food .i also massage a tbl soon or two into my Pom and chi ,they love the massage ,it deters bugs ,moisturises the skin and condions the coat ,I do this on the day of there baths leaving the oil in allay and shampooing out early evening.
    I use cocanut oil in anything I cook for them ice treats ,but a spoon of the oil is a treat in its self as they love it so much ,with out putting extra pounds on them .
    I am a avid fan of it ,one last tip a little on a Cotten wall pad to wipe out there ears too,remove debri and wax so much Easyer and helps to stop ear mites getting in .

    On March 31, 2017

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