21 Creative Ways To Use Coconut Oil for Dogs

July 13, 2016 4 min read 0 Comments

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Kendall Abbott author of 21 Creative Ways To Use Coconut Oil for Dogs

The benefits of coconut oil for dogs range from improving skin and coat to aiding digestion. We compiled some of our favorite ideas for how to incorporate coconut oil into your dog's routine to stay healthy.

1. Hide medicine in homemade pill pockets.

A bonus to DIY pill pockets? You can make them as big or as small as you need them. Freeze the extra pockets to use later.

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2. Chill out with "coconut cubes" in the summer heat.

Mix peanut butter with coconut oil, then freeze the mixture in ice cube trays for a convenient way to cool off.

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3. Soothe wounds by applying coconut oil topically.

Coconut oil's antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties can help your dog with injuries. Of course, always consult your veterinarian first!

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4. Long hair, don't care? Mix up a DIY detangling spray to work out those furry knots.

Combine mint water, coconut oil, glycerin and lemon for a detangling spray.

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5. Dab on fly bites to sooth the itch.

Use your fingertips to apply coconut oil directly to the bit. A dab'll do ya!

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6. Give ear mites the boot using coconut oil.

As an alternative to mineral or vegetable oil. adding a drop or two of coconut oil to your dog's ears will keep them so fresh and so clean. Coconut oil smothers ear mites and has natural antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties.

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7. Need a treat for sensitive tummies? Bake egg-free, grain-free cookies combining pear, coconut oil, coconut flour and honey.

Dogs on limited ingredient diets don't have to miss out on treat time! This recipe looks good enough to eat!

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8. Make a low-fat treat with chia seeds and sweet potato that is great for senior dogs and sensitive tummies.

These treats are a great way to add important nutrients without loading up on fat.

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9. Rub coconut oil into your dog's dry cracked paws.

Pupster's paw pads can be calloused and tough. Add coconut oil to soften them up - but don't overdo it! Paws shouldn't be as smooth as human skin.

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10. Dehydrate apple and banana for super simple doggie treats.

Slice some dog-friendly fruit (NO grapes!) and sprinkle it with coconut oil and a dash of cinnamon, then dehydrate them until chewy. Sweet potatoes are also a great option for healthy, easy dog treats.

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11. Whip up some breath-freshening cookies.

A little parsley and mint added to gluten free flour, coconut oil, and an egg make this an easy, natural way to tone down doggie breath. 

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12. Feed Fido coconut "chips" made from the meat of the coconut.

We love CocoTherapy Organic Coconut Chips for a simple and convenient option.

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13. Use a cotton ball followed by coconut oil to clean his ears.

Start by wiping away dirt or buildup on the outer part of doggie's ears. Don't dig down further down the ear canal. Then follow up with a bit of coconut oil to keep ears itch-free and healthy. 

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14. Mix coconut oil with honey and rolled oats to create a homemade dog conditioner.

DIY softer, silkier hair? Don't mind if we do. 

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15. Treat doggie dandruff by rehydrating her skin with coconut oil.

Factors like age, humidity, diet and grooming can cause pupster's skin to become dry and flaky. Apply a small amount to your palms and run your hands along dry patches or along the full length of your dog. 

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16. Relieve dried out doggie noses.

Low humidity or excessive licking got you down? Dab a dot of coconut oil to sooth a cracked, dry nose.

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17. Often liquid at warmer room temperatures, try refrigerating or freezing coconut oil "dots" for a cool, tasty treat.

Freeze treat dots in ice cube trays or on wax paper. Remember recommended serving sizes and to start with small amounts while working up to full portions of coconut oil.

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18. Mix with oregano for a DIY hot spot remedy.

Combine one drop of oil of oregano with one teaspoon of coconut oil for a natural antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal rub.

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19. Are your dog's paws red from chewing? Treat allergies and itchiness from the inside out. 

Coconut oil's natural healing properties can tame seasonal allergies that might be irritating your dog.

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20. Pumpkin + coconut oil = healthy, dog treats your dogs will love!

Canned pumpkin (careful, not the pie mixture) has great benefits for your pup's digestive system. Add coconut oil and cinnamon and you've got some tasty and great smelling, healthy treats!

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21. Keep those pearly whites looking pretty with DIY doggie toothpaste.

Your pup will love the taste of this easy toothpaste. If (or should we say 'when') your dog swallows some of the toothpaste, you don't need to worry!

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Check out our Ultimate Guide to Coconut Oil for Dogs to learn about the many benefits of adding this natural ingredient to your pupster's diet.

Meet The Author 

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.