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I think it is probably safe to say that most all of us have heard of the benefits of coconut oil. It seems as if I am constantly reading about a new use of coconut oil, one that can be added to the current list of about 1,000 ways to use it.  While the topical uses of coconut oil are pretty darn amazing, it is one of the few foods that has earned the title of “superfood”.  It is one of the richest sources of good saturated fat and when included in our diets, studies have shown that it can help us fight  bacteria and viruses and helps regulate thyroid function and lower cholesterol.  It has been credited with anti-aging properties , for preventing heart disease and as a boost to the immune system. The list of the good things about coconut oil appears endless! What I wonder,  though, is coconut oil good for dogs?

 

 

 

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Coconut oil is made up of  over 90% medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) which act as an immediate energy source and helps regulate a dog’s metabolism. Dogs are designed to easily process fats so it stands to reason that they can benefit from the addition of coconut oil in their diet.  So no surprise here, the answer is YES coconut oil is good for dogs too.!

 

Benefits Include

        • Improves digestion,  nutrition absorption and can help with digestive issues
        • Acts as an antibacterial agent and can reduce allergic reactions
        • Can improve energy
        • Provides protection to fur and skin
        • Can reduce bad breath
        • Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections
        • Can help control diabetes
        • Can ease symptoms of arthritis
        • Can help stop fleas, ticks or mites
        • Can help retain cognitive function
        • Can clean up eye or ear infections
        • May reduce the risk of cancer

 

Veterinarians recommend, as a rule of thumb, 1 tsp for every 10 lbs of body weight. As with any change in your dog’s diet, please make sure to gradually work up to giving your dog the recommended dose.  Doing so will help alleviate any digestive upset.  For anyone that has a dog with health issues, I suggest speaking with your dog’s vet before starting your dog on coconut oil.  Please keep in mind that since coconut oil is a fat, there are calories involved and you may want to adjust the portions of food that your dog receives to avoid any weight gain.

It is simple to give your dog coconut oil. My dogs love it mixed in their food and since they are both on daily medications, I give them their pills in the oil.   I freeze small dollops to give them  as a special treat when it is hot out. That is a tasty, nutritious reward that your dog is sure to savor!

10 comments on “Is Coconut Oil Good For Dogs? What You don’t know May Surprise You

  • just getting started reading your post here and I have to say that I knew coconut oil has some good benefits but I was not aware of all the excellent health benefits that are associated with the oil.

    I am really surprise to all the wonderful benefits that coconut oil can do to help out our four legged kids.
    Do you suggest any certain brand?
    I will come back and visit often
    Thanks
    Angela

    • Hi Angela, The coconut oil that I pictured in my post is the brand that I use. We go through a lot in my house, especially now that I know how good it is for my dogs! It is HUGE, is both organic and virgin and the price is great through Amazon.

      Take Care,

      Erin

  • We’re huge advocates of Coconut Oil and we buy it by the case. We’ve just started putting it in our dogs food, but I have to confess, my boyfriend is better at remembering than I am. We have one dog, that has terrible skin issues which is why we’ve started using Coconut Oil in his food. My boyfriend also wants to coat his fur in it, except that it would make a huge mess in our house. Do you have a recipe/solution for applying it directly on their fur? Thanks again. Really loving this site!

    • Hi Deb,

      I make sure to keep a container of coconut oil close my dogs’ food to remind me to use it! To apply the oil to your dog’s fur and skin, it is best to apply it right after they have had a bath. Keep them in the tub and massage the oil into the skin. Try to leave it on for up to 10 minutes, the longer that you leave it on the better. Then wet the fur again and then using a small amount of shampoo you want to remove any excess oil. Rinse and dry and you are done! Coconut oil is such a great conditioner for skin irritations, allergic conditions or hot spots. If you and your dogs reside in a cold climate, it also provides great relief for the pads of your dog’s foot in the winter time. When my dogs are in bed for the night, I gently massage their feet to protect the skin from the elements. They love it and I feel good knowing I have done a little extra for my girls. Any oil that they lick off can be their bedtime snack:-)

      Cheers,
      Erin

  • Being given an islander i’m often praising about coconut oil. We use it for everything. But using it for your dogs,that’sounds the first time i’very heard about it. Thank you for the article we learn something new everyday. 🙂

    • Hi Meghan, thanks for reading my post and I am glad that you were able to learn something new! I wonder what I ever did without coconut oil and now my dogs wonder the same thing:-)

      Take Care,
      Erin

  • I love love coconut oil. It’s basically the most popular product I use in my skin care regime. I didn’the know it can be beneficial to dogs also. And that is exactly what your article did. It gave the right amount of information which was well written and easy to understand.

    The article is also well presented which doesn’the make it boring hence keeps your viewers attentive and intereStedham.

  • I never knew coconut oil could be so beneficial to our health. Can I ask you, what is coconut oil? Is that the fat from coconut? Does coconut milk include coconut oil as well?
    You say that coconut oil is very good for dogs. But I am a cat person. Is the coconut oil equally good for cats as well, how much and how should I give coconut oil to my cat?
    Thank you for showing me new things. It was very helpful

    • Hi, great questions! I am glad that you were able to learn something new.

      According to Wikipedia:

      “Coconut oil, or copra oil, is an edible oil extracted from the kernel or meat of mature coconuts harvested from the coconut palm”

      While coconut oil and coconut milk both come from the meat of the coconut, there is no coconut oil in coconut milk.

      I will be posting an article about the benefits of coconut oil for cats very soon, so please come back and check it out!

      Take Care, Erin

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