Coconut Oil for Dogs - The Ultimate Guide

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Kendall Abbott author of coconut oil for dogs the ultimate guide

Because SitStay is all about good healthy dogs, we have many people ask us all the time about a variety of supplements for their dogs. One of the most common that comes up is coconut oil for dogs. Many of our customers want to know if coconut oil is good for dogs.

To help, we've decided to put together the best guide out there to answer all of your questions about coconut oil for dogs. 

Is Coconut Oil Good For Dogs:

Can dogs have coconut oil? The short answer is Yes. Coconut oil is good for dogs and can help aid your pets' digestion, improve their coats, help prevent infection and more. But please note, it is mportant to follow the proper guidelines. As with most things, too much of even a good thing can end up having negative effects. 

Why Is Coconut Oil Healthy For Pets

The big benefits of coconut oil comes from the type of fats it is made of. Coconut oil is almost exclusively (more than 90%) saturated fat and is one of the few foods that can be classified as a "superfood". I know what you're thinking, "Isn't fat bad for you?". In this case no. There are two groups of fats: saturated fats and unsaturated and within each group are several more types of fats. 

MCT's are coconut oils secret weapon. Medium chain triglycerides (MCT) is good fat, the kind that provides an array of benefits which include digestion improvement, immune system support, metabolic function that assists with weight loss, skin and coat health and thyroid health.

MCT is made up of Lauric Acid, Capric Acid, Caprylic Acid, Myristic Acid and Palmitic. Coconut oil also contains about 2% linoleic acid (polyunsaturated fatty acids) and about 6% oleic acid (monounsaturated fatty acids).

Lauric acid has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. Capric and caprylic acid also have similar properties as lauric acid and are best known for their anti-fungal effects

In addition, MCTs are efficiently metabolized to provide an immediate source of fuel and energy, enhancing athletic performance and aiding weight loss. In dogs, the MCTs in coconut oil balance the thyroid, helping overweight dogs lose weight and helping sedentary dogs feel energetic.

Ok enough of the science, now on to the fun stuff. 

Check out these creative ways to get coconut oil into your dogs diet!

Benefits of Coconut Oil for Dogs

As we've stated, coconut oil has several benefits for your dog. Let's go over a few of them. 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.

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

 Improves Digestion

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

 "Superfood" Benefits

  • Assists with weight loss
  • A 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
  • Aids in increasing energy
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How Much Coconut Oil for Dogs

How much coconut oil should you give your dog? When starting your dog on coconut oil, it is absolutely vital that you start slow. Begin slow, start with a tiny amount. Your dog needs to take time for their body to adjusts to the addition to their diet. If you start with a larger amount of coconut oil, your dog could react poorly. Side effects can include diarrhea or greasy stools.

We have covered a lot so far, for more info about fats check out, WEBMD for some good information. 

Start with Small Amounts

  • ¼ teaspoon per day for small dogs and puppies.
  • 1 teaspoon for large dogs, or even just a dab if your dog's constitution is sensitive.

After you've let their body adjust, a general guideline for the optimal dose of coconut oil for dogs is.

  • About 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight daily
  • Or about 1 tablespoon per 30 pounds

Again, DO NOT start with these amounts in the beginning!

For a free printable infographic of the dosage amounts, click here.

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Coconut Oil On Dog's Skin

In addition to giving your dog orally, coconut oil can be applied directly to your dogs coat and skin. As we stated earlier, because coconut oil contains lauric acid, it is a fabulous immune builder, both orally and topically.

A coconut oil treatment will leave your dog's skin incredibly soft, but it will also make it healthier. A coconut oil skin treatment about once a week can make a big difference in the health of your dog's skin and nails.

For good results, apply to the skin and let the oil absorb for about five minutes. After the five minutes, you can apply and a very light rinse. If you feel you haven't removed the excess oil, finish up with a light application of shampoo and another quick rinse.

Coconut Oil For Dogs Side Effects

Your dog may experience some side effects from coconut oil. Generally this happens if you give too much coconut oil to your dog too quickly. We recomend that you start slowly and see how your pet reacts. The most common side effects for your dog can include diarrhea or greasy stools.

Coconut Oil Dog Products

While you can give your dog straight coconut oil, what we REALLY love, are treats that have nutritional benefits for our four-legged family members. Here are some fantastic healthy products that your dog will love, with the benefits of nutritious coconut oil.

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Within two weeks, his coat was more silky, his skin wasn't red and irritated and he stopped itching so much. The best part is he loves it! He will not eat his kibble without the oil. Definitely give this natural remedy a try!

My dog would spit out pills wrapped in pb, cheese, or meat but will gobble down anything in coconut oil. His fur is silky soft and he burps less often now too.

Wow. There really isn't much more we can say about that, besides ... what are you waiting for!?

If you've learned anything from this guide, be sure to share it with your friends! If you still have questions about coconut oil for your dog, visit our Frequently Asked Questions About Coconut Oil For Dogs blog.



Meet The Author 

Kendall Abbott author of coconut oil for dogs the ultimate guide

Kendall Abbott

Kendall Abbott obtained her Bachelor's Degree at the University of Kansas, she then went on to pursue her education and love for animals by attending the Animal Behavior College. Kendall began her professional career as an animal care technician for the Kansas Humane Society. After finishing school Kendall followed her passion for dog training and took a position with Beyond The Dog. After 5 years she then left to focus on being a freelance dog trainer.



100 Responses

Alli with SitStay
Alli with SitStay

July 23, 2018

Hi Barry,

You can find it on our website under nutrition. Here is the link: https://www.sitstay.com/collections/supplements/products/natural-doggie-100-organic-virgin-cold-pressed-coconut-oil-for-dogs?variant=18267388615

Let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks!

Barry Lombard
Barry Lombard

July 23, 2018

Where do I find it.

Alli with SitStay
Alli with SitStay

July 17, 2018

Hi Jennifer,

If the diarrhea is from the medicine, then it should go away once you stop giving it to him. If you are feeding the coconut oil, then the diarrhea could also be from that if you are feeding too much. If you are just using it topically, then it would not cause the diarrhea. Good luck with the skin issues!

Thanks!

Jennifer
Jennifer

July 17, 2018

I have a older chi has skin issues and has a lot of hot spots , the vet recently gave her a med that sent her into diarrhea mode within second day , so I stopped it and started the coconut oil which I do anyway for the spots, just don’t know what to do for diarrhea ?

Alli with SitStay
Alli with SitStay

July 16, 2018

Hi John,

I would stick to coconut oil that is virgin and unrefined, because it is more pure and nutritious. If you know the pill is both of those and the dosage is right, then I don’t see a problem giving the pill.

Thanks!

John Damon
John Damon

July 16, 2018

Can I give my dog a coconut oil pill….or is that too much for him

Alli with SitStay
Alli with SitStay

June 21, 2018

Hi Akshay,

If applying it over the entire body to help with the skin, I would let it sit for 5 minutes and then rinse and use shampoo if needed. If you are using it on certain dry, irritated or hot spots, then apply it and leave it to soak in. I also have a puppy right now and started feeding it to her at 10 weeks when we got her. She loves it! As long as you start with a small amount, then you are good to go.

Thanks!

Akshay
Akshay

June 20, 2018

We have a 2 month lab puppy. I’m thinking I will not start oral coconut oil just yet. But I would love to apply topically. Can I apply it and just leave it or do I have to rinse him after 5 mins? If rinse after then can I shampoo after applying for 5 mins?

Alli with SitStay
Alli with SitStay

April 17, 2018

Hi Shannon,

I’m glad the coconut is helping with his skin! The bad breath thing just comes with old age. I would suggest getting with your vet and getting his teeth cleaned. You can keep applying the coconut oil to his skin and add some to his feed (make sure its the correct dose) to help with skin issues. I would not apply it to his eyes though. Hope this helps!

Thank you!

Shannon
Shannon

April 15, 2018

I have a 8 yes taco Bell chichi dog he about 10 lbs past 6 months he’s been licking and scratching alot he’s has bad breath he won’t let anyone look in his month but I wrapped him in a towel to look he’s got a couple teeth that needs to get pulled over the years he’s had teeth treats know his skin is getting really dry and loosing hair so last week my daughter got me some coconut oil for my hair I give Memphis a bath 1 a week but I think that’s making his skin dry it’s oatmeal shampoo so I found your website and tried it on him just today and he’s not itching or licking so thank you hope he will start feeling better . So can you put it in eyes ?

Alli with SitStay
Alli with SitStay

April 09, 2018

Hi Ashwin,

Coconut oil can definitely aid in hair growth, especially in areas that are healing. It will also help your dogs coat become overall healthier!

Thank you!

Ashwin
Ashwin

April 07, 2018

Does coconut oil helps to grow the hair of the dogs??

Alli with SitStay
Alli with SitStay

April 04, 2018

Hi Lisa,

Although the coconut oil does help with many skin issues, if your dog has mites, it will not help with that. You will need to see the vet to check for an ear infection or mites and they will give you ear drops that will clear it up in a few days.

Thank you!

Alli with SitStay
Alli with SitStay

April 03, 2018

Hi Debbie C,

The coconut oil will help with hot spots and skin issues. My friends dog had hot spots and she has been using the coconut oil directly on the skin and it cleared right up! You can also give it orally. You can find dog-safe organic coconut oil on our website under Wellness-supplements.

Thank you!

Debbie C
Debbie C

March 21, 2018

I have a 3 pound yonkie and she have hot spots and she scratches all the time can I give her coconut oil and put it on her skin can someone help me

Lisa
Lisa

February 05, 2018

Can this help with my Boston terriers ear. She is scratching the inside making it red . Possibly mites

coconutoils
coconutoils

January 28, 2018

According to studies, coconut oil can help increase energy levels, enhances coat and skin texture, reduces allergic reaction, and improves the digestive system in dogs.

SitStay Hannah
SitStay Hannah

January 22, 2018

Hello Tomacita,
We are happy to hear you are interested in keeping Sofia healthy and helping to reduce any discomfort she may be experiencing. We always recommend speaking to a veterinarian before introducing coconut oil to your her in case they see any reason she shouldn’t be using it. We cannot speak to all coconut oils, only the one we carry because we know if it pure, organic coconut oil. We would not recommend hand lotion because there may be added chemicals that are unsafe for your dog. We carry a safe-for-dogs option here on our site.
Hopefully this helps!
Thank you,
Hannah

tomacita vidal
tomacita vidal

January 21, 2018

I’m very happy to read all the comments. My Dog Sofia is health but she chats a lot, I have never heard about coconut oil. Where do I fine it, where we fine dog shampoo. I love my Sofia, only that I don’t like for her to shad. Is the coconut hand cream good too.
frank
frank

January 12, 2018

we have a 10 years old male pugle. He was diagnosed diabetic a year ago, getting twice /day 10 unit insulin, but his BS still shouts up after feeding, even on raw food diet. Someone recommended coconut oil and CBD oil to help with his BS and has some lumps on his body.

SitStay Hannah
SitStay Hannah

November 17, 2017

Hi Caryl,
Thank you for reaching out. There are quite a few factors that could be why your dogs became ill. We aren’t able to speak to all coconut oils, just the ones that we carry. We would recommend speaking with your vet as they will be able to see what coconut oil you are using and if there are any other signs on your dogs that could lead to them becoming sick from it. (While coconut oil is great, some dogs do not handle the new supplement easily.)
Thanks,
Hannah

caryl thatcher
caryl thatcher

November 17, 2017

Hi ive got some 100% coconut oil which is hard.delievered today.gave some to my two dogs…an hour later they both threw up…I gave them a scraping as it was so hard…should I carry on with it?

Stephen George
Stephen George

November 13, 2017

Nice Massage

organic dog shampoo for itchy skin

SitStay Hannah
SitStay Hannah

November 06, 2017

Hello Destiny,
This is a great question! We cannot speak to all coconut oil, only the product we carry ourselves because we know that it is pure organic because we know where it comes from and the process used to package it. Refined oils tend to have a lower potency because of the process they go through.

As we are unfamiliar with other coconut oils, we would recommend taking it to your vet and asking them if they see any reason that it could be harmful to your dog.

Thanks,
Hannah

SitStay Hannah
SitStay Hannah

November 06, 2017

Hello Debbie,
Thank you for sharing; we are sorry to hear about your beagle and we would love to help her. Coconut oil is a great product, however, we ALWAYS RECOMMEND speaking to your vet before adding any new supplements to your dog’s diet, especially if they are on medication for different health problems. In some cases, coconut oil is not the best option so we rely on the vet’s opinion as they are best familiar with your dog and her needs,
Thanks,
Hannah

Destiny H.
Destiny H.

October 30, 2017

I would like to start using coconut oil for both my doggies. Their breath has become smelly and I’d like to do as much as I can to help them prevent diseases and additional odors! Can I use organic coconut oil that has been refined? Thank you!

Debbie Guilbeau
Debbie Guilbeau

October 30, 2017

I have a 13 yr. old beagle that has an enlarged liver and heart and her hind legs are wobbly after she walks a while but when she goes out hunting around on a leash she is fully of energy. She hasn’t been wanting to eat anything but cooked chicken or beef so she is not getting the vitamins she needs. She is on heart meds and a fluid pill and also Denosyl for her liver. Also has a bad cough after drinking water and every now and then at other times. All this started after taking Simperica in July for flees and ticks. Not sure if it is just her age or the meds she took for the flees but trying to help her skin coat and also the rest. Do you think the coconut oil will be beneficial to her.

SitStay Hannah
SitStay Hannah

October 20, 2017

Hello Mary,
We STRONGLY recommend taking your dog to the vet right away. Coconut oil is a great product but it does take time before your dog will notice a change.
Thanks,
Hannah

Mary Oliver
Mary Oliver

October 18, 2017

I have a 70 pound female Shepard, she takes spells and refuses to eat. I think she might have hair balls she sheds Alot and doesn’t cough, but burps Alot . She had diarrhea the other day and my son said it was black so I gave her coconut oil, how long before it starts working? Then I will check her stool for hair. Any other suggestions or reasons you could give me?I’m at my wits end about eating good then not eating at all .I will listen to all help , we love her Alot, don’t like to c her doing this Please help thanks

SitStay Hannah
SitStay Hannah

October 03, 2017

Hi Debby,
You can definitely rub the coconut oil onto their skin/coats and not need to worry about rinsing it off. The oil will sink into the skin, or your pup will lick it off. Either way your dog will receive the benefits. You can also put coconut oil on their paws and hot spots. If your dog is sensitive there, however, we recommend feeding it to them rather than rubbing their skin where it is sensitive.
Thanks,
Hannah

Debby
Debby

September 26, 2017

I love everything you’ve posted thank you so much. We have 6 Papillons and they’ve been itching so ad lately. Even took 2 of hem to be vet ( like the lady said previously that was costly). Their still itching. I found my organic coconut oil( which I hadn’t even opened yet). I just put 1/4 tsp in each of their bowls of food. So I understand correctly that I can rub some into their coats and leave it there or do I need to rinse it our? Also I can put some on a sore spot or hotspot? My one pap keeps biting at his paw. Can I rub some of the coconut oil into the bottom of his paw? Thank you again so much for all your information and all the positive comments from other followers. You don’t know what this means to me and our beautiful papillons.

SitStay Hannah
SitStay Hannah

May 16, 2017

Hi Stephanie,
You can absolutely use coconut oil in your dog biscuits!

SitStay Hannah
SitStay Hannah

May 16, 2017

Hi Robyn! Most dogs love the taste of coconut oil so it is fine to have them eat it right off the top of their food. (My border collie does this all the time!) While you can microwave coconut oil heat can reduce the potency of the benefits so we do not recommend it. Hope this helps! -Hannah

Robyn
Robyn

May 13, 2017

I’m finding my dog eats around the coconut oil when I try to put it on his food. It’s very thick consistency. Is it ok to microwave it for few seconds so it melts more?

Katie
Katie

May 09, 2017

I just put about a teaspoon of organic coconut oil on my chihuahua/jack Russell mix n her hotspots instantly calmed down….Thank you God I’ve found something that works n don’t have to feel guilty my dog is suffering n I can’t fix it….thank you Jesus…

Debby
Debby

May 04, 2017

My 14yr old Jack Russell had been getting slower and his coat was shedding a lot, he had lost his sparkle. I started him on coconut oil a few weeks ago when I applied it to a sore foot, it healed up quickly and his coat improved. He has spent most of today chasing a ball, something which he normally would only last 30 mins doing but today he hasn’t stopped, he is like a puppy again.

Dixie Perez
Dixie Perez

March 26, 2017

Just rub it on them! Don’t over think it. About a tsp per 10 lbs a day will do wonders in their food. Liquid coconut oil is available and great for their coats but why? Just put it on your hands, rub them together in its hardened state and your dog will try to lick it off your hands before you can apply it! I have 3. My German Shepherd healed a horrible case of hot spots in 3 days. My Rotty had a dander spot that disappeared in a day. My mini pin begs for it just because. I use organic only and in the beginning of the hot spot agony for my big boy I made Golden Paste. Turmeric, coconut oil and black pepper. Amazing. They all shine, are happy, amazingly healthy – and not a single flea. I wouldn’t use anything else.

BRENDA
BRENDA

February 01, 2017

I can tell you that my 72 year old mom has been swishing her mouth out with coconut oil for 15 mins a day, 2x’s a day for about 3 months and her gums are pink again and the black on her 2 teeth are 85% gone! (Your supposed to spit it out into the garage can after Because of the toxins in your mouth that was extracted from the insides of your teeth and gums. To put it in the drain, your drain will eventually plug up, so don’t do that)
So, with that said, I am now brushing my dogs teeth with coconut oil and that’s the ONLY stuff she will be okay with brushing her teeth with and she 100% loves to eat it too plus she has a rotten tooth she gets pulled soon and it actually makes her bad breath almost gone! I’m strongly impressed!!
So, I REALLY appreciate this article! Thank you!!

Terri Tilford
Terri Tilford

January 27, 2017

We had adopted a dog that came to us with kennel cough, he in turn gave it to my small yorkie, since she was so little the cough lingered for a long time. We gave her the coconut oil on a spoon, very little, and it has helped tremendously. She is no longer coughing, thank goodness.

JJanessa @PetSeed
JJanessa @PetSeed

January 26, 2017

People often think and ask a question that whether feeding fish oil is beneficial or Coconut oil for dogs? The trust is both of these are beneficial and contain some amazing nutritional which will help your dog to grow healthy and active. Here are some facts about fish oil and coconut oil; you must need to know before feeding these oils.

melma
melma

January 12, 2017

I have been adding coconut oil to my Yorkies food, applying to his skin, using as ear drops, and feeding him coconut meat as a treat. His yeast infection has completely cleared up. He no longer smells, his hair is growing back, and he isn’t scratching himself raw. I had tried every prescribed med and suggested homeopathic treatment with no results. I also changed his diet to only grassfed protein. He looks like a new dog in only a few weeks. Miraculous!

Shan
Shan

November 04, 2016

I love this article. This is very well written. You have truly enriched me with some excellent knowledge.

Shirley DOLAN
Shirley DOLAN

October 29, 2016

I have a small 5 lb Maltese that is a very picky eater….She just does not like to eat sometimes.. l will put some coconut oil on her food and then she loves it..also it is good for her in a lot of other ways..

SandraParsons
SandraParsons

October 01, 2016

How long does it take for the adjustment period take for a 15 pound dog?

Denise
Denise

September 24, 2016

Thanks for sharing this informative information. I am a new dog owner and before making my dog any new treats, I wanted to look into the benefits as well as the possible negatives. It’s a go with one homemade treat per day! :-)

Jeanne
Jeanne

September 16, 2016

I adopted a blue pit. she is almost 2 yrs old now and I have spent so much money at vet for her skin allergies. Just yesterday I brought her back to the vet and cost me 175.00. She was just there in July for same problem. My brother referred me to your website and I was thrilled to find that coconut oil is a natural healer. I use organic cold pressed coconut oil so I pulled it out and to my surprise she ate it. I am hoping for good results. if this works you have saved me so much money. I will post result in couple days. thanks

Jackie
Jackie

September 15, 2016

I’ve been using lipoderm on my staffie to help his itching, done nothing 3 days on coconut oil no more itching, I’m now going to try it on my little collie cross she is covered in dandruff fingers crossed it will be as good for her

Jenifer L Broga
Jenifer L Broga

August 28, 2016

I started my 2 Huskies on a regiment of Organic cold pressed Coconut oil a little over a month ago. I just added a teaspoon at a time gradually to eat meal until I got to the recommended amount per wt. My female is very overweight 96 lbs, and finding a decent grain free kibble has been a task all on it’s own. My male has a sensitive tummy and is very picky. He is at optimal 74lbs. My female has also suffered from GI issues in5the past so grain free wgt management non poultry food is even harder to find. A lady where I buy the food recommended trying coconut oil to assist in helping her lose weight along with occasional GI upsets. She used to have horrible gas not just smelly but audible grumbling you could hear if she was close by. I knew she had to be uncomfortable. Switching foods in June 2016 and adding coconut oil to her kibble has been AMAZING! In 2 months she’s lost 2.5lbs has increased energy and both their coats are smoother and6softer than ever. My picky male hardly ever walks away with food left in his bowl. He still maintaining his optimal weight and he’s more spunky then ever too. They’re both about to be 5 yr old and I have been concerned with the weight issue my girl has leading to hip issue and just overall health and my male is very large and I just have to be mindful most larger breed dogs have a tendency to get hip problems once they reach about 5. I want to take preventive measures and care for them both. They both love the taste and the benefits are wonderful. I’ve seen a few posts that some dogs don’t like the taste of the oil. I know the refined means the coconut flavor is removed. Secondly there are pill forms available for the pups that dont care for the taste. I just wouldnt have a clue what conversions would be involved in the teaspoon or tablespoons method of giving the gel caps instead. My guess is ask your vet for advice. Thanks for the article it was the reason I chose to begin using the coconut oil for my furr babies!

stephanie butcher
stephanie butcher

August 13, 2016

I want to make homemade peanut butter for my dogs using roasted organic peanuts. I would like to use coconut oil to blend the peanuts. Is this good for my dogs?

Diane
Diane

July 26, 2016

Will the diarrhea from too much coconut oil

Clear up as soon as you stop giving it! How long
Will it take? Would decreasing the dose in a day or so help – or should you wait longer?

Janet Simpson
Janet Simpson

July 24, 2016

I have a 14 yr old Border Collie and a 4 yr old Great Dane with a sensitive stomach and skin. How would coconut oil benefit both?

Linda Melbourne-Van Dyke
Linda Melbourne-Van Dyke

July 22, 2016

I have 3 collies, 1pom. Using coconut oil for pom’s hotspots & rough nose. Cured by daily 1 t. plus rubbing on fur. Also McTavish my rough collie, 8, has Discoid lupus since 1,1/2 yrs ago going under anesthesia twice. Also Pyoderma of lips. Both cured. He had the sores on mouth& Lips for a year. All the vets could say was steroids. I gave him $1000 worth of vitamins, chinese herbs for a year. He improved but not until I tried coconut oil did he completely heal. It was within weeks! Amazing. He is 97lbs & takes 2 T. daily for life. I rub it on his lips & nose areas 2 times a day. As soon as I started this he was happier & wanting to play! I also rub it in his fur weekly for dry skin which went away. Recently after a vet tried for months to cure my brother’s Pit (Extreme Hair loss sores bumps & itching)I got him to rub it on her 2x a day. within 2 days hair growing, 5 days patches all over improved & itching less. Today is day 5 but already such a difference!

Sid S.
Sid S.

July 19, 2016

In response to Judy, the tub of unrefined coconut oil we have will change from thick, lard-like consistency to clear liquid depending on the weather and time of year. Right now, it the heat of summer (even though it is stored indoors) it is liquid. With not much change in the weather, it will start turning white and thicker. That doesn’t affect its nutritional value as far as I know; it just makes it harder to spread in their food as it gets harder.

Quincy W.
Quincy W.

July 15, 2016

I think it is just fine to use the usual coconut oil, provided it should be virgin coconut oil. Coconut oil has more than a hundred benefits not only to humans, but also to our four-legged friends. I also use virgin coconut oil as ingredient to some treats I personally make at home. It is important that it’s 100% natural. Some dogs have allergic reactions to some ingredients though. But have a look at exoticonlinepetstore’s blog about food allergies. They also has some good stuffs to read about dogs having a sensitive stomach.

kathy hall
kathy hall

July 10, 2016

I’ve been using coconut oil on my staffy x for about 3/4 weeks now and im finding it fantastic , my fur baby is overweight and already has leg problems at 4 , no fault of mine or his as he has thyroid probs…..he’s on a strict diet and a teaspoon of coconut oil a day , he’s improving greatly and his coat is beautiful. Also he had alopecia due to hormonal imbalance and that left ugly bald patches on his body, there all gone now !!!!
I only buy the raw , unrefined organic for him and he’s happy , ive started taking it myself as im so pleased with the results from him….

Kenny
Kenny

July 06, 2016

I’ve used regular coconut oil that I got from the grocery store and it cleared up my pit bulls skin in 3 days. It also helped tremendously with his allergy to grass. His hot spots and itching stopped almost immediately. I would definitely recommend coconut oil.

judy young
judy young

June 22, 2016

all i have found is a jar of coconut oil that looks like lard, very solid. where can i get it in the consistancy of oil? also, how do i use either of these? thanks

vijay
vijay

June 16, 2016

I have a golden Labrador… can I apply the original coconut oil which home made product by our own self..??
Please advice us.

Patricia
Patricia

June 15, 2016

I have 2 Chinese Crested dogs. their skin is very dry and has pimple. Do i feed it to them or rub un their skin? Also i have 2 week powderpuff baby that isn’t getting enough nourishment from mom, is it safe to give him a couple of drops in his feeding bottle to help digestion and colic from formula? You can send any a severe to my email wildfire8875@msn. Thank-you. I started feeding the mom some because she refused everything I tried to feed her. She had c section and two pups were dead so she’s very depressed, stressed, and the trauma of loss and medications. Tonight she ate an 8 oz serving of a mixture I created and added some coconut oil to see if she would try it. It worked! Thank you for this site. Now I have hope.

Supriya Singh
Supriya Singh

June 06, 2016

My labrador has an extremely sensitive skin. Infections, Allergies and hot spots are common. Coconut oil really helps and heals him in no time. Plus it is organic and edible so it doesn’t give me stress if he licks it.
Just got to know about benefits of giving him the same orally. He has digestion and shedding issues so I m definitely going to start giving him a little everyday with his food.

Sheri
Sheri

May 27, 2016

I have been giving to my 13yr old silky terrier. About a tsp. 2x a day morn & night. Has helped with decreasing night time panting & seems to help with his adrenal issues. Also makes giving meds easy!! He loves to lick it & I hide his pill in it it goes down easy & he doesn’t realize he took it!?.

Regina
Regina

May 17, 2016

My 14 yr old English bulldog mix has suffered from allergys her who life. I used to get allergy shots from the vet but she is so old now they do more harm then good She scratches all the time and tears up her skin the oil rubbed directly on her skin has worked great twice a day and each time I let her lick it off my hand. She rests well now and no constant scratching.

fran lewis
fran lewis

May 15, 2016

my 7 lb. chi lies on her back rubs her back against the carpet, will should coconut oil be given orally or both. thank you………..

Humberto
Humberto

May 13, 2016

I have been applying coconut oil daily and leaving it on (I don’t wash it off) my Rottie Mix for about 2 years, now, during the warm/hot months. It has kept flees and ticks off of her! Awesome stuff!

Christine
Christine

May 03, 2016

My aunts 7 year old dog, Mitzi, Is a combination of maltese, Jack Russel and something with hard wiry hair… She has very bad skin that is rough, Hard, red, and appears painful to touch… She is always scratching and oftentimes she bleeds behind her ears… Would coconut oil help this?

Christine
Christine

May 03, 2016

@Staci W: it does look like grease, but becomes an oil with heat… Just hold some in your hands for a few seconds and it will melt :)

Kathy
Kathy

May 03, 2016

My Rhodesian Ridgeback all of a sudden started licking his butt back in January, as was very odd because was never one to be licking his privates all the time like some dogs. I took him to the vets and they said it was anal glands which I had never heard about, but she released them and he was somewhat better but noticed he had a spot on the underside of his tail that he continues to lick. The vet has put him on antibiotics and anti-inflammatories twice now, eases it to a point but basically comes right back. I have added coconut oil to his food but still no relief. Any suggestions?

Leigh Ann Tyler
Leigh Ann Tyler

April 29, 2016

My 7 year old Maltese has been diagnosed with PLE in the last 2 weeks. I have noticed loss of strength and muscle mass. Can any of your products help him? I’m reading about coconut oil. He is on hydrolyzed protien and hypoallergenic food along with Prednisone and 2 other meds. Any advice would be appreciated.

MaryLynn
MaryLynn

April 28, 2016

Dear Tammie,
Regarding your Bul Terrier, Rosie,
I would add some probiotics, get the capsule form,(at least 30 billion good bacteria per capsule) you can open these up and mix them into 2 ounces of fat free Keifer(plain, no fruit flavors or sugar added) can also add coconut oil to this mixture. Plus some powdered good grade Tumeric 1/4 of a teaspoon.
Give her this everyday. After one week increase Tumeric to 1/2 teaspoon.
Stop all meds, what she’s suffering from sounds like all food allergy related. Do not give her any white flour products or any dog food with soy or white flour or gluten.
For her feet, spray Colloidal Silver all over the bottom of her feet. This is a NATURAL antibiotic.
Good Luck with her, I’m sure she’ll get some safe health relief with my protocol.

Marlene
Marlene

April 25, 2016

Confused on the bathing for my lab with coconut oil. Do I apply it as I would shampoo, does it lather? Do I rinse it off? I put some in his food and he still itches a lot. He has seasonal allergies, think he gets it from the grass.

Marlene
Marlene

April 25, 2016

Confused on the bathing for my lab with coconut oil. Do I apply it as I would shampoo, does it lather? Do I rinse it off? I put some in his food and he still itches a lot. He has seasonal allergies, think he gets it from the grass.

Judith Coles
Judith Coles

April 17, 2016

If I use coconut oil on by little dog 13lbs. Should I rinse or leave it on?

sandie
sandie

April 15, 2016

I have a staffie X. When I first got him the people I bought him from said he was 8 weeks old. I got his 1st injections done. About 1 week after his injections he started to really itch. Apparently, he was only 4weeks old when we got him! Not 8weeks. Would the injections cause this severe itching and would coconut oil help him? Thankyou.

Jeanne
Jeanne

April 14, 2016

I have a 8 year old to awhile and she’s been licking her feet and her private and she has her feet though all pink so I bought coconut oil and I’m going to try it I haven’t started it yet as I’m not sure how much and how often I should use it and it’s a Chiwawa
Pat White
Pat White

April 02, 2016

I had been researching the use of coconut oil on my Pom, Bichon and shitz- zu. Your information contained the best info and in layman’s language. Thank you very much :) :)

Kayla
Kayla

March 26, 2016

Just started my German shepherd on coconut oil, she suffers with dry skin, hot spots, allergies, dry/ cracked nose don’t want to use steroids again and so far the result is great and she loves it , eats it of the spoon and good for coating her medication so no issues there

Len
Len

March 23, 2016

Hi I have a dudchhound that is slightly over weight.The vet put him on diet but he refuses to eat the pellets just clean like that.He is on metabolic mini diet pellets.
I put a very small amount of coconut oil on his pellets and then he will eat it but my vet said I must stop as it contains lots of fat and it wont allow my baby to loose weight.Is that true?Plse help
Thank you so much

Deirdre
Deirdre

March 16, 2016

My Bichon has a granuloma from an old IV site as she has recently been in hospital with autoimmune haemolytic anaemia and pancreatitis. She’s constantly licking it and I don’t know how to treat it. She won’t leave the E hood on. The vet gave me some ointment but not working.

Jil
Jil

March 09, 2016

My dogs wont eat anything with the coconut oil on. Can i give them the pill form? If so how much do i give?

khristina
khristina

March 08, 2016

To answer some questions! I see a lot of people asking if you can leave coconut oil on your furbabies skin. YES! Also, the organic coconut oil you use for yourself is safe for you pup! Just make sure it is organic, especially when your pup has a lot of allergies/digestive issues. You want to make sure there are no added ingredients! Organic is BEST! You can also find organic coconut oil at you local grocery store! But, I would recommend getting any coconut oil treats (like the ones here) from a good pet company. You want to make sure treats are organic also. I have been giving my English bulldog organic coconut oil since a week after he came home. It made drastic improvement in just a week. From his coat, to pimples on his chin, a stye on his eye lid. Also, I believe it help with his watery eyes. This product is amazing for bulldog. Especially because it has antibiotic traits. Bullys are known for their wrinkles, and yeast gets in them and becomes infected. Of course, we make sure to keep wrinkles dry & clean but the oil also help a great deal! Also, it helps keep ear infections away, which is yet another bully prone problem.

Justin Case
Justin Case

March 05, 2016

I left a lil dish of organic coconut oil on the floor so my dog assumed it was for him .. so he ate it .. he loved it and begs for it regularly .. it makes his coat gorgeous , healthy digestion and works as an anti viral and anti fungal .. great stuff .. don’t be afraid to give it to em .. it will help with all kinds of stuff .. and get it in YOUR body too .. but get organic ONLY !!!

Susie
Susie

February 29, 2016

Great news thank you!!

Kaitlyn
Kaitlyn

February 25, 2016

For the cold press coconut oil do you put that on your dogs food or do you put one here coats ?

Deirdre
Deirdre

February 25, 2016

Can I give my Bijon Frise coconut oil if she has had Pancreatitis, she is diabetic

Teresa
Teresa

February 23, 2016

I keep seeing people talk about putting coconut oil ON the dog for fleas. I have been feeding my boys the oil for 2 years and we live in the country and never have fleas. Out last boy came to us covered in fleas-!!! A good bath with dawn and a tsp of coconut oil. Never saw another flea in his life. I couldn’t imagine a oily dog in my house. They love their flea treatments. My lab would tremor when he would see me grab the frontline in the past..now he comes running when I yell bedtime snack. There spoon of oil on a cracker

Michelle
Michelle

February 21, 2016

Hello I have been told coconut oil is the best for dogs with itchy skin, I have read the ad and I’m going to try it. Please can you tell me if I have to melt the oil first or just a teaspoon of pure coconut oil. Thank you

Janet
Janet

February 16, 2016

Will my dog lick more where the coconut oil is applied because they like the taste. Can it make the area more inflamed because of this?

Sandra Hester
Sandra Hester

February 10, 2016

Can I hse on dogs gums and bad breathe?

Belinda
Belinda

February 09, 2016

I have to say that my maltipoo had loss a lot of his hair for some reason. His lab work would come up fine. I then started applying the coconut oil on his coat and within 1 week I began to see his coat grow back. It’s a wonderful and natural treatment and highly recommend it.

J.D.Wright
J.D.Wright

February 09, 2016

I started my dog on a supplement of coconut oil added to his food daily and have noticed an increase in vitality. he is beginning to get old but has recently been acting like a young pup again. when I see that bounce in his step I know he is feeling good. I wish I had known about this much sooner.

Margot
Margot

February 08, 2016

My border collie is 10. Weighs 40lbs. He has been diagnosed with pancreatitis and I am told he must have low fat. Would coconut oil be safe? I have changed him to a raw diet, but I am anxious that whatever I do he doesn’t regain the weight loss due to pancreatitis flair ups. I would be most appreciative for any advice.

mary
mary

February 07, 2016

greatarticle-thanks;)

Debra McVay
Debra McVay

February 06, 2016

This sounds great, my dog has dry skin and is over weight. I am definitely going to try this.

Barbara
Barbara

February 01, 2016

What makes coconut oil “for dogs” different from coconut oil that I use for myself or are they both the same?

Staci W.
Staci W.

January 30, 2016

I got the LouAna Coconut Oil from Wal-Mart…it’s like a grease though, how can I use this to shampoo my dog? She has a bad skin rash and smells all the time, someone had told me to get coconut oil but not sure I got the right stuff. Thank you

DD Mitra
DD Mitra

January 29, 2016

Where in Kolkata, India, these coconut oils are available?

Mary hardy
Mary hardy

January 28, 2016

My border collie is 13yrs led and has started to lose her fur will coconut oil help her

Sarah
Sarah

January 26, 2016

If you leave the coconut oil on your dogs skin will that affect them at all?

Mary
Mary

January 26, 2016

Can I use this as a dressing for my coton- she is in show coat and hair is fine at the ends.

PJ Armour
PJ Armour

January 25, 2016

Our Malamute/Shepherd mix, Daisy, has some fatty tumors on her body. We had heard about the benefits of coconut oil in general and applied some topically to one of the tumors. In 4 days, the tumor (which had been there for about a year) was gone! We are going to use it on the other ones now. They are benign, fatty tumors that we already had checked by our vet. Amazing.

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