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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  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!

    • Eran Weragama
      March 21, 2016 at 11:27 am

      Hi Rhonda,

      I have the same issue with my Old English Bulldog, can you please let me know how you treated your dog? if you can let me know what quantities were used and how you gave it to him that would be very helpful.



    • Tiffany
      May 31, 2016 at 1:20 pm

      My cocker spaniel has some spots on her back that came out of nowhere, dry and hairless. I was wondering if I should try coconut oil, Thanks for your comment!

      • June 22, 2016 at 2:55 pm


        Coconut oil worked great for my Italian Greyhound! She has super dry skin as well since her hair is so short and coconut oil has worked very well for her to moisturize her skin and little bit of fur. Hope this helps 🙂

    • Jamie
      July 25, 2016 at 9:01 pm

      How did you apply it how much .

      • July 26, 2016 at 4:41 pm


        You apply coconut oil topically to the affected area(s) of the skin/fur. There is no right or wrong amount of coconut oil to use, so you can gauge it and massage in. Hope this helps!

      • Kimberly Kelley
        February 18, 2017 at 6:41 am

        My black lab has skin allergies and has lost so much hair. I rub his dry skin down real good with it. It helps his itching so much and hair is growing back. He loves it. The hard part is trying to get the coconut oil on him because he tries to lick it off my hands the whole time lol. He’s obsessed with eating it.

  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!

    • kimbers
      February 14, 2016 at 5:11 pm

      Theres a preventative treat with pumpkin, brewers yeast and coconut oil on the net and it is supposed to work real well.

      • March 14, 2016 at 3:47 pm

        Thank you so much for the tip! We hope you found this helpful 🙂

  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 🙂

  7. judy
    March 6, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    I have the solid form in a jar of Virgin coconut that I use on my dogs skin. It’s worked wonders for his skin allergies. I’m wondering, can I melt the solid form and try it for his ear infections and if so, how do I do it ? It doesn’t solidify back if it’s melted? Any info is greatly appreciated.

    • March 14, 2016 at 3:42 pm


      All coconut oil goes back and forth between a solid and liquid form. Coconut oil will turn to a liquid at 76 degrees F and higher. You can put some of the solid coconut oil in your hands and rub together until it melts – this is probably quicker too. Or even if you place a tiny bit of the solid coconut oil on your pup, it will melt also.

    • John Harrington
      October 15, 2016 at 10:42 am

      it does re solidify when put back in ice box

  8. Teresa
    April 22, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    One of my Shih Tzus, Rocco has horrible allergies. Sometimes he will develop yeast infections in ears, around eyes, and face. I’ve used coconut oil twice daily, and cures it every time. I love this stuff, and swear by it. Also, I have used it in his ears also. After giving his ears a good cleaning, he gets coconut rubbed inside the ear, and I allow some to drip inside as it’s melting, then I rub the base to massage it in. Coconut oil always clears up his yeast. You just have to do it morning and evening.

  9. Becca
    September 3, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    How do you get the coconut oil deep down in your dog’s ear? And with what do you clean your dog’s ear?

  10. Becca
    September 3, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    Oh, and do you leave the coconut oil inside the ear, do you get the gunky funk with a tissue?

  11. Sue
    October 13, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    Can I use fractionated coconut oil for smelly eye discharge in dogs? Will it cause a problem if I get it in her eyes? Can I use chamomile, Calendula and/or goldenseal in the fractionated coconut oil carrier oil?

    Thanks for your help

  12. January 11, 2017 at 1:59 pm

    Hi, I have a boxer mix she’s 70lbs. She has very dry skin amd her coat is not Shiney like I would like. Is is safe to use coconut oil moisturizing cream on her after her bath??

    • April 11, 2017 at 3:40 pm

      Theresa, you can definitely apply coconut oil to your pups skin! We hope this helps!

  13. sam anto
    March 3, 2017 at 7:10 am

    Fresh garlic cloves work the best home remedies when it comes to ear mite infestation.

  14. Cindy
    March 22, 2017 at 10:00 am

    Can dogs be allergic to coconut oil ?

  15. Judibill
    April 7, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    Where can I get this coconut oil? Is this a home made coconut oil or can I buy it? What oil is good for a dog with stomatitis?

  16. Jblair
    June 15, 2017 at 8:26 am

    My 8 week old puppy I had gotten 2 weeks ago had thinned hair and a few puppy acne on his head. I use coconut oil around his eyes and forehead and along his back. His coat has been so classy and not a single pimple in sight, his fur has thickened, and he’s not itchy while walking through the heat and dry grass. I usually give him some off the tip of my finger while I’m putting it in my own hair ?

    • Jblair
      June 15, 2017 at 8:27 am

      My pup is a American pit bull terrier

  17. January 24, 2021 at 1:53 am

    Anyone who has ever had to give their dog a pill knows that it’s not always the easiest task. If your dog has figured out that the glob of peanut butter you’re offering her is actually masking a pill (and thus refuses to take it), coconut oil can also be used as a handy trick to get your pet to take her meds. Used as a coating on pills, it can not only make taking medicine more enticing and enjoyable to your pet, but it will also help your pet swallow the pill more easily.

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