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. Maria Dahl
    April 26, 2012 at 6:24 pm

    I would love to try coccount oil for my 4 dogs. I’ve never tried using coconut oil and know little about the cooking benefits. But if It’s good for my pets, then I would love to try it out!

  2. Minh Nguyen
    April 26, 2012 at 6:43 pm

    Wow! I can’t wait to start giving my dog coconut oil!

  3. Stephanie
    April 26, 2012 at 7:49 pm

    Very interesting! I didn’t know it could be used for pets.

  4. cheryl madison
    April 26, 2012 at 8:02 pm

    I’ve used some coconut oils in cooking and my dog just loves it too…I use it on my skin (I have psoriasis) and Rocket will literally lick it off me as fast as I can apply it. I’ve used both body/hair formulas and cooking formulas. Rocket doesn’t seem to care which I use. His skin and coat look great and even tho he has diabetes and must watch his fat intake, this is a safe/good fat for him.

  5. Elizabeth
    April 26, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    I’d love to get a free sample of your coconut oil!

  6. Alice
    April 26, 2012 at 10:59 pm

    Oil is good for your dog.

  7. Rich
    April 26, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    I’ve got to try this for my dog!

  8. Florence
    April 26, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    My dog has been scratching lately. I’ll try this.

  9. c. castaneda
    April 27, 2012 at 12:00 am

    hey wow im really excited to cook with coconut oil. i think ill even try dying some paper with it for an excellent odor. thanks for the free sample.

  10. Kimberly
    April 27, 2012 at 8:34 am

    Do you know if you can use this for cats as well?

  11. AKeden
    June 10, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    My dog & cat love this stuff. If my cat’s in the room when I’m moisturizing she wont leave me alone until she gets a taste. :)

    • June 11, 2012 at 2:28 pm

      So funny. My dog loves it too and I also have a friend who’s dog won’t leaver her alone when she puts it on her skin.

  12. Prentice
    November 7, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    I can testify to how much dogs love it! I have two Boxers and they know the container I put mine in and they can hardly stand themselves when they see me grab it from my bathroom shelf. Plus, one of my dogs is almost eleven (which is pretty old for a Boxer) and I swear that giving her coconut oil has cleared up the haze in her eyes. Yea for coconut oil!

  13. Amy
    February 4, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    I started using coconut oil in the dogs food because one of them had dry skin. Everyone’s coats were shiny and they started shedding less. I ran out and in less than a week one of the dogs ears got infected and she started knawing patches in her fur. I bought two big jars and today is the second day they are back on the coconut oil and everyone is happy. Cocoas ears are cleared up already! I put a little inside her ears three times a day in addition to the melted dose on her food. At first she hated it in her ears but it must feel better because now she doesn’t mind at all, especially when I let her lick the leftovers.

    • February 5, 2013 at 9:10 am

      Amy, we are so glad coconut oil is helping your dogs! Thank you for sharing your story with us.

  14. Tamala
    March 25, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Does anyone know if this helps with seizures in dogs?

  15. Hannah Xie
    April 5, 2013 at 2:56 am

    I use Virgin Coconut Oil for cooking dog foods and it is good for their diet… I also use Virgin Coconut Oil for for their skin and coats just to prevent them from any dog allergies… It also help dogs with skin allergies reduce scratching…

    • April 5, 2013 at 9:24 am

      Hannah,

      You are most certainly correct! Have you ever tried using Kelapo coconut oil?

  16. Kristina
    April 9, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    My dog has seborrhea dermatitis and is ALWAYS scratching and he smells so bad…I am definitely going to start giving him coconut oil. Just wondering how you’re measuring it is it a 1/4 teaspoon melted or solid…would they measure out the same way? Thank you!

    • April 10, 2013 at 9:11 am

      Kristina,

      Thank you for the comment! I can tell you personally that I keep my coconut oil by the stove so it is in a nice “in-between” consistency and that is how I measure it out. It it honestly up to your preference, in giving the 1/4 teaspoon to your dog I don’t think there is a huge difference in whether it is solid or liquid.

  17. April 21, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    This is a great tip. My pooch gets these dry bald patches and have tried a few different salves but does not go away completely. I will definitely try coconut oil.

    • April 23, 2013 at 5:31 pm

      Lisa,

      Poor pooch but yes coconut oil helps to get their skin back to normal! It’s also a great for a human moisturizer as well!! Let us know how the coconut oil works for your pup.

  18. Thuy
    May 29, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    My 13 year Pomeranian loves the coconut oil. He has perked up since I has given less than a teaspoon. It seems he likes the flavor. Well in due time I will see if his health improves. I will post back in a couple of weeks. Thank you for the great information.

    • May 31, 2013 at 1:54 pm

      Thuy, we hope your little guy feels better too! Yes, please let us know.

  19. Natalie
    June 8, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    I noticed my cats stools to have some blood in it. Have you heard of coconut oil causing that with cats? She takes less than a tsp and she loves it! Licks it right off my finger! Her coat looks amazing and she does to!…either than the stool. Her next one was okay but she never had any coconut oil before that one.

    • June 12, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      Natalie,

      I have never heard of that but it may want to be something to address with your vet! Every cat is different, just like every human is different, we all react to things differently. I’m sure if it hasn’t happened again then she should be ok! Coconut Oil works great for hairballs too.

  20. June 13, 2013 at 8:18 am

    I have a new pup that I’ve had for just over two months now. I have a gallon tub of organic coconut oil on my bathroom counter, which I slather on myself everyday. He will sit next to me and beg for it. I give him 2 or 3 tablespoons every day (he is about 70lbs but still may have another growth spurt in him). He would eat the whole tub if I put it down for him.

    His stools come out just a little slimy, which I attribute to the coconut oil. But his energy level is through the roof! I am just glad he likes it so much. My other two dogs aren’t so crazy about it.

    • June 13, 2013 at 9:15 am

      Hi Stephanie,

      Thanks for the positive feedback on your pups liking the coconut oil! It seems like dogs go CRAZY over the coconut oil…like its a treat, little do they know it is great for them too! Regarding his stools that may attribute to the coconut oil but you may also want to address it with your vet if you have any concerns. Just like humans, pets react differently to new things incorporated in their diet so it may just be a “side effect” of the oil. Check out our homemade doggie treats, http://coconutoilcooking.com/coconut-oil-blog-posts/homemade-peanut-butter-dog-treats/, this may be a way to get your another pups to get those great health benefits of the coconut oil if they don’t particularly care for the taste! Take care and have a healthy day!

  21. Tina
    June 15, 2013 at 3:28 am

    I am totally AMAZED at the HUGE DIFFERENCE in the skin and coats of two of my dogs who are major allergy itchers! Both were bordering on a trip to the vet – I bought the coconut oil 3 nights ago, gave them a tablespoon, and rubbed it all over their skin/coat (it absords pretty quickly) – was shocked the second day at seeing an already difference; today (three days later) their hair seems to be growing back, skin scabs gone and going and NO MORE ITCHING! The icing on the cake – NO FLEAS! I went online and found today that it also repels the fleas!!! This is only day 3, and I can’t believe how much better it is already!!!

    • June 17, 2013 at 4:45 pm

      Tina – we are so excited to hear your furry friends are doing better! It’s great using coconut oil on your pets because it’s safe, all-natural, and of course chemical free.

  22. Leslie
    July 5, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Well wish me luck. My 6.5 year old male lab has horrific itchiness everywhere! I’ve been to 2 veterninary dermatologists; tried steroids (of course those work but are bad); every salve; cream; ointment; spray; shampoo/conditioner; tonic out there. Have switched to hypo-allergenic dog food. Dermatologists and vet both said it was food related BUT his horrid itchiness and red sores go away every October – so food? Really?? He scratches himself so much he has sores all over his sides; neck and arms. His ears are incredibly red and itchy. I am off to get coconut oil tonight after work. I believe it needs to be: organic; unrefined; virgin…is this correct? I will start him off slow (he weighs 87 pounds) at 1/2 tsp for first 3 days 1 X/day and see how he does…then go to 1 tsp 1 X/day for 3 days; increasing by 1/2 tsp every 3rd day until I hit 2.5tsps? Would this be too quick or should I increase more slowly?

    • July 9, 2013 at 9:30 am

      Hi Leslie,

      We are so sorry to hear about the itchiness of your pup. Yes, this is a good amount to start him off with, you don’t want to incorporate something new into his diet too quickly. See how he responds to the coconut oil and increase at what you feel comfortable with. We hope this helps and make sure to kee pus updated on his condition :)

  23. trisha
    July 16, 2013 at 3:31 am

    hi ive read alot of comments everywere about coconut oil so ive decided to get my 3yr old gsd on this she has very dry skin hotspots some times she bites at her back she makes it bleed she recently had an operation to remove a pyometre i could of lost my girl thankfuly my vet found it im hoping this coconut oil helps her as i cannot afford to keep going back to the vets for all there expensive creams and lotions so i have started her on 1/2 teaspoon once a day is this right she weighs just over 30kg ??

    • July 16, 2013 at 3:50 pm

      Trisha,

      We hope your sweet dog gets better soon! You can give up to 1 teaspoon per 10 lbs of dog. You can also use the coconut oil directly on the skin to help with any irritation.

  24. linda
    July 19, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    I lost my indoor cat for OVER two months! She nearly starved during that time she was gone, and is extremely emaciated. She is back as of this week and we are so happy in our household…I had begun using coconut oil while she was gone, and now she goes absolutely wild over it. I have given her more than your average amount, starting out, and suggested here. I hope it is OK. I wondered if it were possible that her body was craving it. I’ve never seen her go this wild for something. She probably only weighs 6 pounds. I also wondered if this was helping her with her digestion since she has not been eating much– and maybe even parasites or something else. She has had no diarrhea at all, and has kept her food down. I have stopped giving her as much (was a teaspoon or more) but I wonder if it is OK to do since she has had no adverse effects.

    • July 22, 2013 at 10:57 am

      Linda,
      We are so glad your cat is back safely. We suggest to give her just a half teaspoon a day now that she’s doing better, since she is so small. Similar to how you feed her less because of her size, you want to make sure the quantity of coconut oil matches her weight.

  25. kushal bhatia
    September 13, 2013 at 4:22 am

    my dog has so much ichness and redness all around his body i gave so many antifungalmedicine and apply losens and shampoo on him but none effect on him now i m going to try this and hope the magic of coconut will work pls tell me
    how to apply and can i gave him coconut with food?

    • September 16, 2013 at 4:42 pm

      Kushal, we are so sorry to hear about your dog! You can apply the coconut oil directly to the areas where you notice the redness, about a teaspoon or so should cover it entirely. As for how much you can give him with his food, it depends on how big his is. We recommend 1 teaspoon per 10 lbs. or 1 tablespoon per 30 lbs. Hope this helps him feel much better!

  26. Rebecca Scott
    May 9, 2014 at 10:16 pm

    Ive been using coconut oil on ky dog for a week now.she still smells wont stop itching and seems like now even more hair loss is happening.it was just a little on her back now its all over her back and sides and ears.she had dandruff so thats why I started using it. I dknt know whats going on.her coat whats left of it is shiny when I put it on than back to dry.shes a pit 7 yrs. Old.shes not on special food.the same kibbles and bits shes been on for the last 5 years.do you uave any idea what could be going on?

    • May 16, 2014 at 10:41 am

      Hello Rebecca,

      Thank you for your comment. Unfortunately, we are not sure what may be causing the itching and hair loss ofr you dog. We suggest consulting with your vet to see what may be going on. We hope that you get it figured out soon! Have a great day!

  27. Max
    June 12, 2014 at 1:25 am

    I am going to try coconut oil for my girl Sophie. .she’s nearly 12 y.o. she has arthritis in her hind legs.. Thank-you, Max

  28. July 9, 2014 at 9:56 pm

    I have a year old German Shep/lab mix with a little boxer in him. He and I are so miserable he is constantly scratching and biting he bit his fur right off his back end. I came across this story about coconut oil so we went today and bought some I am at my wits end I put a tbs in his food and rubbed some on his skin I pray it works for him. I will keep you posted

    • July 15, 2014 at 2:18 pm

      Keep us posted Pat. I have a German Shepherd and we have been putting coconut oil in his food since he was a puppy and he has had no skin problems like our past German Shepherds have had. He is now 3 years old and still has a beautiful coat. He even loves to eat it off of a spoon, he thinks its a treat!

  29. Bonnie Castillo
    July 25, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    I have the pickiest dog in the world and I couldn’t believe he loved the taste of coconut oil!! I just started it on him yesterday 7/24/14 so I have yet to see any effects. Hopefully I will see a positive affect from it because he has been a little sick (he is 14 and is gets sick here and there). But at least he loves the taste!!

    • July 31, 2014 at 9:21 am

      So glad to hear that Bonnie! Keep us updated, hopefully you will see some positive effects soon!

  30. Sharon
    August 5, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    I need to know if its a liquid oil or more of a solid and if solid do you melt?

    • August 6, 2014 at 1:51 pm

      Sharon – Coconut oil changes from a liquid to a solid at 76 degrees, so it is both! You can use it however you prefer. It will mix better in dog food if it is in its liquid form, but it is totally up to you.

  31. Mark
    October 15, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Hi,

    What is the best way to apply the oil to a dogs ears, as my dog is always scratching her head and rubbing her head against furniture

    • October 24, 2014 at 11:01 am

      Mark – Just rub a little bit inside of her ears with your finger or a cotton swab. That should help with the itching and keep any ear infections away.

  32. Geri
    October 16, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    We co-own a Smooth Collie show dog. She and all the dogs from her breeder are on organic extra-virgin coconut oil. She gets 1 tablespoon with dinner. We started our 8 year old Smooth Collie on it too. She is hypothyroid, on Soloxine, and has some dry seborrhea. We have every hope that the older one’s coat will soon be as great as the younger one’s. Great stuff!!! Makes a super hand cream too!!!

    • October 24, 2014 at 11:00 am

      Geri – So glad you discovered extra-virgin coconut oil for your dogs. We give it to our dog as well and his coat is gorgeous and he has no skin problems as all of our dogs in the past have had. It is definitely a great hand cream, it’s good for your hair too!

  33. October 18, 2014 at 8:42 am

    I have a rescue beagle/lab mix who is about 75 lbs and will be a year old on Halloween. I have bought the extra virgin organic coconut oil and I have been giving him 1 tsp to 2 tsps. after about 2 weeks. he has been having food allergies which led to colitis so I had to switch to all limited diet fish and sweet potato and just developed allergies in his ears, nothing bad but enough for ear drops and benedryl. no major wax and no smell. how can I use in his ears to either clean or maintain?

    • October 24, 2014 at 10:57 am

      Robin – Just rub a little bit in his ears with your finger or a q-tip. That should help any ear infections he may be getting.

  34. Amy
    November 24, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    My dog always has yeast infections in her ears, and it smells horrible! I was wondering if it was safe for her ears. I will have to try it! My daycare provider has a pooch with bad skin problems. She literally had no fur left and was on all different medications. I told her to smother her with coconut oil and that it was safe for her to eat if she locked it off. A month later and she looks like a new dog! Her skin is like silk and all her fur has grown back. This stuff is seriously miracle in a jar! Will be trying it in my dogs ears tomorrow.

    • November 26, 2014 at 1:52 pm

      Amy – So glad it helped your daycare providers pup and it should definitely help your dog’s ears too! Let us know how it goes.

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