Top 5 Coconut Oil Uses for Pets

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Coconut oil is not only great for humans, but it is also the perfect addition to your pets diet! Dogs love it!  My dog is obsessed and won’t eat his food without a little mixed in.  He also thinks a spoonful is a treat.  He knows what the jar looks like and gets super excited when he sees it.

“The optimum dose for dogs is about 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight daily, or 1 tablespoon per 30 pounds. But don’t start with these amounts. Instead, introduce coconut oil a little at a time in divided doses. Because coconut oil kills harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites, yeasts, and fungi, the burden of removing dead organisms can trigger symptoms of detoxification. Headaches, fatigue, diarrhea, and flu-like symptoms are common in humans who consume too much too fast, and similar symptoms can occur in dogs.

Even in healthy dogs, large amounts of coconut oil can cause diarrhea or greasy stools while the body adjusts. Start with small amounts, such as ¼ teaspoon per day for small dogs or puppies and 1 teaspoon for large dogs. Gradually increase the amount every few days. If your dog seems tired or uncomfortable or has diarrhea, reduce the amount temporarily.

No one has tested coconut oil’s effect on dogs in clinical trials, but the anecdotal evidence is impressive. Reports published on Internet forums describe how overweight dogs become lean and energetic soon after they begin eating coconut oil, or their shabby-looking coats become sleek and glossy, and dogs with arthritis or ligament problems grow stronger and more lively. Even some serious diseases have responded. In one case, a Doberman Pinscher with severe Wobblers made a dramatic recovery in less than a week while taking coconut oil.

Other reports involve itchy skin, cuts, wounds, and ear problems. Dogs with flea allergies, contact dermatitis, or other allergic reactions typically stop scratching soon after coconut oil is added to their food, and dogs treated topically for bites, stings, ear mites, ear infections, cuts, or wounds recover quickly. One dog was stung by a bee, causing her mouth to swell. An hour after her owner applied coconut oil to the sting and gave her a tablespoon to swallow, the swelling disappeared and the dog was herself again.

The most enthusiastic reports describe coconut oil’s deodorizing effects.”

- CJ Puotinen, The Whole Dog Journal, October 2005


Here are our Top 5 Uses for Coconut Oil for your pets:

1. Mix the suggested dosage into your pets food or feed it to them on a spoon to increase energy in older pets.

2. Love your dog, but hate their breath? Add a little coconut oil to their daily diet so you don’t pass out every time they breath in your face.

3. Apply coconut oil topically to your pets skin on wounds, rashes, dry or flaky skin, or in ears.  This should relieve any pain associated with these problems and stop infection.

4. Coconut oil is also beneficial to your pets skin when added to their diet.  Taking the recommended dosage will improve their skin and leave them with a shiny coat!

5. Add to homemade dog treats that are healthy for your pet and full of ingredients that you can actually pronounce!  Try my dog’s favorite recipe!


- Jen

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159 Comments Post a comment

  1. Theresa Perea
    July 4, 2015 at 12:53 am

    Hi my dog has had a problem with his eye’s he gets like in infection under the eyes I’ve tried everything. Antibiotics orally and under his eye’s it clears up for a while but comes back right away..Do you think coconut oil will help??Should I just apply it under his eye’s??Thank you please let me no

    • July 14, 2015 at 12:25 pm

      Theresa – You can try this to see if it may help, but definitely apply under the eyes. Hope it helps!

  2. Zandra Peterson
    July 20, 2015 at 9:53 pm

    Is it safe for cats to consume?

  3. Rhonda Smith
    July 22, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    My bulldog gets some for of bacterial alopecia (hair loss) on both his sides every spring. I usually take him to the vet for a check up and medication. This year I gave him virgin coconut oil and it cleared up and hair returned faster than with medication, Great Stuff!

    • July 27, 2015 at 12:34 pm


      We are SO happy to hear that this helped your bulldog’s skin & fur! Thank you so much for sharing your success!

  4. Connie
    October 6, 2015 at 7:00 pm

    Can I use coconut oil to help my dogs with flea problem? Someone mention to rub the oil on my hands and apply to there coats has anyone try this yet? Thanks.

    • October 20, 2015 at 1:55 pm


      You can most definitely give it a try! Let us know if you had luck with this!

  5. Lynn Wilson
    October 9, 2015 at 3:52 pm

    How often can you put it into the dogs ears???

    • October 20, 2015 at 1:56 pm


      I would contact your vet for this recommendation. Hope it helps!

    • Grace
      November 29, 2015 at 10:45 am

      I have been putting it in my English Cocker Spaniels ears and he is much more comfortable. The reddness and irritation have improved greatly after only a few applications. I use it for everything!

      • November 30, 2015 at 12:42 pm


        Thank you so much for sharing your success story! We are so happy to hear that it has helped.

  6. Kimberly
    January 28, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    I use coconut oil on my dogs fur for fleas and he has none! It works wonders and his coat looks great!

    • February 5, 2016 at 1:51 pm


      Thank you for sharing your experience with this! So glad that it has helped :)

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