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Saturday, February 1, 2020

Coconut oil for dogs, 10 benefits every dog parent must know

Coconut oil for dogs, the good, the bad, and the ugly

In recent times, coconut oil has gained the reputation of being the most sought after oil when it comes to a beauty product or healthy living for humans. However, it is not far behind in the canine world either. Dog lovers/parents are diving in and exploring the benefits of coconut oil for dogs.

So the main question: Is coconut oil for dogs a good option?

I’d say, coconut oil for dogs is Pandora’s box of goodness. In this post, I have done a comprehensive review of the A to Z benefits of coconut oil in your dog's life. So read till the end to find out why you should buy that organic coconut oil bottle/jar today itself for your dog.

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Always use organic cold pressed coconut oil
Always use organic cold pressed coconut oil

What is coconut oil?

Coconut oil is extracted from the meat of the coconuts harvested from a coconut palm. 

It has 90% saturated fats [most of these fats are medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs)]. 

MCTs contain:

  • 7% capric acid and 8% caprylic acid: anti-fungal effects
  • 48% lauric acid: anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral effects.
  • Myristic and palmitic acids

MCTs are good fat and can undergo quick metabolization to provide energy.

It also has 2% linoleic acid and 6% oleic acid.

Let’s explore the benefits of adding coconut oil to your dog’s daily routine.


When ingested is diet:

Natural virgin coconut oil has antibacterial, antiprotozoal, antimicrobial and antifungal properties. Thus, it allows the skin to heal from the inside out. Due to the presence of lauric acid, coconut oil also repels and kills fleas.

When applied topically:

  • Prevents yeast and fungal contact with your dog’s skin.
  • Soothes irritated skin, sting, bites, heals cracked paws, abrasions and hot spots. 
  • Prevents flaking and adds moisture to the skin.
  • Keeps your dog’s nails healthy and strong.
  • Keeps the fur smooth, soft and prevents the development of bad odour.
  • Can act as a natural detangler when dealing with matted fur and tangles.
  • Prevent excessive shedding by relieving the itch due to allergy mediated skin conditions.
  • Acts as a key ingredient for the DIY dog paw balm (Recipe coming up soon).

How to use on skin:

You can add a few drops of coconut oil to the shampoo and then apply it on your dog's fur. 

As a conditioner: Apply some coconut oil on your dog’s coat post-bath when it’s still wet. Let it sit for two minutes and then rinse it off.

As a moisturiser: Rub a few drops of coconut oil on your hands and pat it on your dog's fur. Make sure you run your fingers through his/her fur and massage it a little down to the skin. You can also apply coconut oil directly on your dog’s skin and nails once a week.

Coconut oil can be used as a conditioner, detangler, moisturizer and tear stain remover for your dog
Coconut oil can be used as a conditioner, detangler, moisturizer and tear stain remover for your dog.
  • Coconut oil is the safest option to use around or in your dog’s eyes. 
  • Coconut oil prevents bacteria and yeast buildup. It also creates a water-resistant layer on the skin to repel deposition of tears. Thus, tears are unable to soak into your dog’s skin.

How to use on eyes to remove tear stains: 

To remove tear stains, massage some coconut oil with a soft lint-free cloth on the stain. If you use a light-coloured cloth, you will see the red or brown matches collecting on your cloth. You should repeat this twice a day until the stain is gone or you don’t see the stain coming off on the cloth anymore.


Not only can coconut oil relieve the stress and soothe your dog’s ears, it can also remove and repel ear mites (otodectes Cynotis mites).

How to use on ears

Put a small amount of coconut oil on a cotton pad and clean the inside of your dog's ear canal. You can do this either every day or every alternate day depending on how much your dog’s ear is bothering him/her.


The antimicrobial properties of coconut oil allow it to prevent harmful bacteria from colonising your dog's mouth. It also helps prevent bad breath.

How to use on teeth

  • You can apply some coconut oil to a slightly damp gauze piece or a soft toothbrush and brush your dog’s teeth gently.
  • To target bad breath, add a few drops (1-2) of parsley oil to the toothbrush along with coconut oil.
  • You can make a home-made pro-biotic mouthwash for your pup by mixing a  human pro-biotic capsule supplement with 1 tablespoon of kefir or coconut milk and provide it to your pup as a post-meal supplement.

Bonus tip: 
If your dog is not very fond of dental chews and it’s not possible for you to make him or her brush every day, you can coat the dental chew in coconut oil and provide to him or her. Since dog’s love the flavour of coconut oil he/she would love to chew on the chew bone. 

Coconut oil can provide amazing benefits to your dog when used correctly.
Coconut oil can provide amazing benefits to your dog when used correctly.


  • When consumed in the diet, the triglycerides of coconut oil get converted into monoglycerides and free fatty acids in the digestive tract. These lead to better nutrient absorption and digestion. 
  • The MCTs in coconut oil destabilise the membranes of the harmful bacteria causing bacterial death. The fatty acids especially caprylic acid and lauric acid kill Candida and other harmful organisms without harming the gut-friendly bacteria. 
  • Coconut oil has also been observed to heal inflamed tissue and provide lubrication in the digestive tract allowing for easier passage of stools. 

Fights kennel cough:

  • Coconut oil, due to its antiviral property is one of the most helpful home remedies for healing kennel cough caused by the Bordetella virus. 
  • Give two teaspoons to your pup daily until the cough is cured.
  • Also, if your pup’s appetite is suppressed due to congestion, the fragrant aroma of the coconut oil will get some appetite back. 


  • Regular feeding of coconut oil has been observed to improve mobility and lessen pain in case of arthritic dogs. 
  • The MCTs of coconut oil has been observed to reverse the ligament damage which is primarily responsible for aggravating the arthritis symptoms.

Other amazing benefits of coconut oil

  • Helps balance insulin levels
  • Boosts your pup’s immune system
  • Helps control body weight 

Bonus tip:
You can coat your dog’s tablets in coconut oil and offer it to him or her. When presented like this, the tablet is considered and eaten as a treat instead of medicine.

The bad and ugly side of coconut oil

Coconut oil can cause side-effects like diarrhoea or greasy stools. This usually happens if the coconut oil dose is too large. Another point to keep in mind is that you must always check if your dog is allergic to coconut oil before introducing it in his or her regular diet plan. In case you find that your dog is allergic, discontinue use of coconut oil immediately. 

How much coconut oil to add in your dog’s diet?

If you have a small dog, you can mix 1 teaspoon of coconut oil (per 10 pounds of body weight) with his or her regular meals. If you have a larger dog weighing at or more than 50 pounds, you may need to add 1 tablespoon (per 10 pounds of body weight) to the meals. Make sure to mix the oil with your dog’s food and provide it twice a day.

Which coconut oil to use?

Always go for unrefined coconut oil which is also known as virgin coconut oil. The best option is to buy cold-pressed oil as in this method, the oil is processed quickly after the coconuts are harvested allowing preservation of the nutrients. Some coconut oil may have a bold coconut flavour, while others might be bland. Some coconut oils might have a smooth and buttery flavour, while others could have a nutty flavour. You might have to try out different oils to find out which one your dog prefers the most.

Personal Experience

Recently, Delta faced a severe bout of constipation. Passing stools was very difficult for him and there was also some blood in his stools. We started him on coconut oil, and within eight hours of the first dose, he could poop without putting too much pressure on himself. We also don’t have to fear to make him take his tablets anymore. We coat it in coconut oil and he eats it like a treat. I am so happy that the days of putting the tablet in his mouth and holding him down so that he swallows it are behind me. I wish I found this sooner.


Now that you know about all the amazing benefits of coconut oil, it’s time to decide whether you want to include coconut oil as a supplement in your dog's diet. Before the addition of any supplements to your dog’s diet, you must consult your veterinarian. Coconut oil is not a magic fix, but it has definitely worked wonders for my little boy.

In this post, I have tried to include all the health benefits of coconut oil in your dog's daily regime. If you have any query, kindly mention it in the comment section below and I will try to resolve it to the best of my ability. Further, if you want me to write about a specific topic or make a video covering anything that you wish to know, let me know in the comment section. I will touch upon that as soon as possible.

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Coconut oil for dogs, one oil many solutions
Coconut oil for dogs, one oil many solutions                 

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  1. Exceptional article..outstanding scientific content

  2. Very informative. We give our dog coconut oil regularly and it really has made a difference. Her coat is so much softer and shiny now and she loves coconut oil based toothpaste, which makes brushing her teeth a breeze.

    1. You can also use coconut oil to massage her achy bones after a good run in the dog park. My boy passes out like a light after a good massage. It relieves all the muscle soreness:)

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  4. What an amazing idea! My pooch has incredibly itchy skin and we have tried everything with no success. Who knew coconut oil had so many benefits for our fur babies :D Thank you for sharing!

  5. Great info!! I will be using good on my baby yorkie!

  6. Very informative post ! I would not have thought of using coconut oil on dogs - amazing!

  7. Wow!! Incredibly informative. Thank you for getting straight answers for so many questions!

  8. I had no idea coconut oil has so many benefits to dogs. This was such an informative post!

  9. Good info. I have used coconut oil on my chihuahuas coat and it has helped with hot spots. Havent tried internally.

    1. If you use it internally, it will prevent the hotspots from happening itself.

  10. Kristine Nicole AlessandraFebruary 17, 2020 at 10:53 AM

    We add coconut oil to our dog's meals. It keeps his coat shiny and his skin healthy. My cousin told me about that and it also seems to repel fleas and ticks. Thanks for sharing this post. It will help a lot of dog parents and it won't cost them much money to do so.

    1. Welcome..At a lot of places, people find it hard to afford vet care or the vet is unavailable. This way, they can begin the treatment at home itself and their are no side effects to using coconut oil. So nothing to worry about 😊

  11. I am not sure about giving it for dogs. My husband, however, takes it regularly.

    1. If you give it to your dog, you will definitely notice improvement in health and skin coat..more shiny and soft

  12. I make a beautiful soap with it and it's definitely helped our skin and our pets' fur.

    1. That is one amazing tip to use. Thanks for sharing :)

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