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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53 Comments Post a comment

  1. Jauwan Stinson
    April 26, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Thank you so much for sharing! I never knew this!

  2. Gina Gambino
    April 26, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Have never tried Coconut Oil and looking forward to 🙂

  3. Naomi Brown
    April 26, 2012 at 12:04 pm

    I would love to try your coconut oil for myself and for my pets !!

  4. April 26, 2012 at 12:08 pm

    This was a super interesting article! Who knew coconut oil could be used for pets! Keep it up ladies!

  5. April 26, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    I had NO idea the benefits for dogs. Makes sense, I use it for my skin etc… Thank you for the tips! 🙂

  6. jenny
    April 26, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    want to try

  7. Maria S
    April 26, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Cool! I had no idea pets could benefit from coconut oil! I’ll have to try the breath solution on my poodle.

  8. Jb Agan
    April 26, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Can’t wait to try this!

  9. Teela B
    April 26, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Thank you for this information I think it is a wonderful idea and I am for sure going to try this.

  10. katie collins
    April 26, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    I had no idea coconuts were so beneficial. can’t wait to try it out especially in baking

  11. angie
    April 26, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Would love to try this for my dog. He has bad skin allergies.

  12. Amy
    April 26, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    I’ve never tried coconut oil before but have heard many wonderful things about it. I’m looking forward to using it soon.

  13. Melissa Gatto
    April 26, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    Who would have thought? Can’t wait to try it!! Is this where I should be writing to get a sample?

  14. Jessica
    April 26, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    What great information i am definatly going to start giving my dogs coconut oil! Thanks!

  15. Val
    April 26, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Thank you for sharing great tips. I am looking forward to making your dog’s favorite recipe!

  16. Jeanne Rousseau
    April 26, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    I would ove to try to use some of this and see if it improved my cats energy level, She’s only 8 but is becoming obese and it’s so hard to take food away from an animal, I’ve tried other alternatives and nothing has worked, maybe this will be my secret weapon 😉

  17. Hilary G
    April 26, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Wow!! This is a very interesting article. I think I’m going to start using coconut oil on my chocolate lab. Hopefully it will help with his dry skin. Thanks for the info. 🙂

  18. Ellen
    April 26, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    I never thought about coconut oil for dogs. Makes sense though.

  19. Brisa
    April 26, 2012 at 12:52 pm

    Love coconut oil!!! So eager to try this brand! :):)

  20. Jeff
    April 26, 2012 at 12:55 pm

    Thanks for the free sample offer!

  21. Laura
    April 26, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    I didn’t know you could use this for pets. Thanks for the info!

  22. Laurie Saindon
    April 26, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    That wonderful to hear that dogs can consume it as well. Very few foods that humans can eat that dogs can eat

  23. Robin T
    April 26, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    These are fantastic ideas, thanks!

  24. Allisan Cade
    April 26, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    I’ve been hearing about coconut oil a lot lately. I’d live to try it out!

  25. Amanda
    April 26, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Wow! Who knew? One more reason to love coconut oil!

  26. Tabitha McAtee
    April 26, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    I absolutely love to use coconut oil on my dog! 🙂

  27. Rebecca
    April 26, 2012 at 1:04 pm

    I had no clue coconut oil was beneficial for pets too!

  28. jessica
    April 26, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    I love this brand..we use it for everything. Thanks for the additional info!

  29. Paul Quali
    April 26, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    would love to try it.

  30. Carol Gibson
    April 26, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Thank you for the opp to try your product. I hope this is the blog you were referring to. Haven’t tried Coconut Oil yet but can not wait.

  31. Katrina
    April 26, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    This stuff sounds amazing! I would love a sample!

  32. Annette
    April 26, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    I love using coconut oil for the people in our family, and am thrilled to find the benefits for our canine members. I have tried everything I can think of, other than coconut oil, to tend to my very itchy dog. I look forward to giving coconut oil a try with my dog, and will let you know how it goes. Thanks for the tip!

  33. Carrie Schmitt
    April 26, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    I recently had to switch to a gluten free diet due to celiac disease. I’ve been reading a lot about coconut oil and seeing it used in recipes. I did not, however, know that it was good for dogs too! Does this mean that I’ll be fighting my dog off of my food?! 😉

  34. Cassandra
    April 26, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    I did not know that you can use coconut oil on pets. Amazing.

  35. April 26, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Hope I get a sample.

  36. Lisa Martinez
    April 26, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    Coconut oil is great for dogs too?! Cats also? I have both and I love hearing about all the great uses of coconut oil. Thanks for the info!!

  37. Jennifer
    April 26, 2012 at 1:38 pm

    I am only first learning about the benefits of coconut oil. Didn’t even think about my pooch. Thank you for the great info!

  38. Jess
    April 26, 2012 at 1:49 pm

    Wow – I didn’t know you could use it on your pets! Very cool!

  39. Jae
    April 26, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    I would have to try this!!!

  40. Veronica Dickson
    April 26, 2012 at 2:01 pm

    I actually started doing this for my Goldens. My oldest one is having problems and I wanted to help him out by giving him some,but ended up doing it for all of them. Love coconut oil and always looking for some with great taste and value.

    • Amanda
      January 8, 2013 at 1:43 pm

      Barleans is by far the best tasting one I’ve ever tried!

  41. Judy
    April 26, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    I would love to try this product. it has so many uses.

  42. Christina
    April 26, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    I didn’t know coconut oil was useful for pets!!

  43. Corine
    April 26, 2012 at 2:24 pm

    I didn’t know that it would improve their breath, wow!

  44. Ann
    April 26, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    Coconut Oil is good for my dogs too?! Count me in!!!

  45. Tracy Houser
    April 26, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    This is great info. I didn’t know how healthy this is for dogs!

  46. Brian Followell
    April 26, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    Looking forward to trying coconut oil!

  47. Gigi
    April 26, 2012 at 3:59 pm

    Works wonders!

  48. Keoma
    April 26, 2012 at 4:16 pm

    I love this website!! I never thought of using coconut oil for my dogs, this is gonna be great for them!! I cant wait to try it!

  49. caitlyn
    April 26, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    I would love free sample.

  50. Daphne
    April 26, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Thanks for the tips and sample.

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