Why Savvy Pet Parents Are Giving Coconut Oil To Their Dogs

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Coconut oil is all the rave now among health and beauty enthusiasts. It’s no wonder, the oil is a superfood that contains a unique combination of fatty acids which have profound health benefits on humans. The benefits include fat loss, healthy hair, as well as better brain function.

Coconut oil however, is also making waves among pet parents. Dog owners are buying the oil for their pets for many reasons. Here are a few.

  1. To Stave Off Infections

No matter how much you try to keep them away from harm, dogs will be dogs. They’ll always be curious about the world around them. Quite often, this curiosity leads them to harm. They get cuts, hot spots and cracked paws amongst other things from their daily scavenging. Locking them in the house is not the answer. If you want to have happy and energetic companions, you need to give them their outside time.

You can however, help protect them by using coconut oil. Coconut oil contains Lauric Acid. This is a 12 carbon fatty acid that is enzymatically digested to form a monoglyceride known as monolaurin. Both monolaurin and lauric acid are very effective against harmful disease-causing microorganisms such as viruses, bacteria and fungi. You can therefore protect your furry friend from infections and allow them the freedom they need for a healthy and vibrant life.

    1. To Help Their Pets Lose Weight

Is your dog dragging around some extra pounds? Dogs love to run around and explore the world around them. If it’s disheartening for you to watch your furry friend struggle with the weight and live a listless life, then you can imagine just how hard it is for them to watch all the other dogs run and play outside.

You can help your pet lose fat naturally and boost his energy levels by giving him some coconut oil. Unlike other fats, coconut oil is transported to the liver where it is converted into energy. It is not stored as fat around the body. If your furry friend is overweight, he will lose weight naturally and feel more energetic as a result of increased levels of energy. Before you know it, he’ll be shooting down the road.

  1. To Improve Their Dog’s Appearance

Dogs are the most interesting of creatures. They get into fights, sleep in the sun without a care in the world, and try to squeeze through spaces that are too small for them. This is all fun until they start developing cracked paws and infected cuts.

Coconut oil provides an inexpensive alternative to taking your dog to the vet for pricey ointments and antibiotics. It has the ability to improve the content of lipids in the skin as well as enhance moisture levels.

Coconut oil can also be very effective in the prevention of hair loss and damage. When applied to the skin, it acts as an effective sunscreen. It blocks about 20% of the ultraviolet rays from the sun. Applying coconut oil to your dog’s coat will protect his fur from sun damage.

  1. To Prevent Allergies

If your pet is suffering from allergic skin conditions like eczema, dermatitis, or flea allergies, give him coconut oil on a regular basis. At times, allergies might not be very visible; some might cause your pet’s feet to itch and he might try to lessen the discomfort by chewing or licking his paws frequently. Look for any signs of discomfort to know whether your dog is suffering from allergies.

Use the Best Products on Your Pet

Not all coconut oil products in the market have numerous positive effects. It is therefore important to scrutinize the products you buy to ensure you get the best for your pet. Here’s what we recommend:

1 Coconut Oil specifically for dogs. There are several brands on the market but we like the one from SunBeams as not only is it the best value for money (its twice the size as the other leading brand) but it’s also 100% pure, certified organic, raw, extra virgin, cold-pressed and unrefined.

2. If your dog doesn’t like the oil then you can try Coconut Chips/flakes that mix in nicely with food.

3. If your dog is crazy about peanut butter, get him DOGSBUTTER. It is made with natural ingredients including coconut so he’s bound to love it! Many dogs don’t like eating coconut but cannot resist peanut butter. The product also contains ginger which offers amazing benefits when combined with coconut. Together, they will boost the immunity and digestion of your canine companion.

Your dog is your best friend, why not get him the absolute best?


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  1. I use coconut oil. Glad to know incan use it on my dog. Now what bout my cats? I would love to be able to use it on my csts too.

      1. oopps Meant to say; Yes, you can give to cats as well!

    1. Hi Lucille,

      Yes, you can use coconut oil with your cat, both topically as a skin/coat treatment and internally with food.

      Used on the skin, coconut oil relieves itchy dry skin and improves the look of your cat’s coat. It can be applied directly to sores, flea bites and allergic reactions as well. Coconut oil has antioxidant properties, which help soothe the damage skin. The fatty acids also help remove the layers of dead skin causing the dryness and itching and strengthen the connective tissues that make up the skin layers.

      The fatty acids work in your cat’s digestive tract to help soothe constipation and the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome and will help the cat absorb more nutrients from food.

      According to holistic veterinarians, start by giving your cat 1/4-teaspoon daily on food and then, over a period of a month or so, slowly increase the daily dosage to a full teaspoon daily. Reduce the dosage if you notice loose stools.

      I hope this helps.

      Cate RVT

  2. I have a Greyhound and he does lick himself and itch his face on the carpet…..but I would NOT want him to loose weight, I can see his ribs. I feed him half a can of wet food with rice am. 2 cups of dry food with kefir pm. I myself eat at least 1TB coconut oil a day. What do you think about giving it to my Grey? I’ve only had him for 4 months.

    1. Hi Jeannette,

      You can absolutely try coconut oil for your Greyhound. It’s great for both skin and digestion and may actually help your rescue dog (Bless you for that!) absorb more nutrients from his food. If he does start losing weight because the oil increases metabolism, simply either cut back on the amount of coconut oil you’re giving him, or increase the caloric intake of his food — maybe a full can in the morning instead of a half.

      The recommended dose is 1 teaspoon per day for every 10 lbs. of dog. Start with 1/4 of that and slowly increase what you’re giving him over a period of a month until you reach the recommended dose. You want to allow his digestive tract to get in tune with the new regimen. That you’re giving him a probiotic daily will certainly help with that and increases the chances of him getting all his food nutrients.

      It sounds to me like you’re doing a great job on your boy!

      I hope this helps.

      Cate RVT

      1. Thank you very much :)

        I will start Sawyer today on 2 tsp. of coconut oil. He’s a big frame guy at 90lbs.


        1. You’re very welcome, Jeannette. :)

          Cate RVT

    2. Just realize white rice is a STARCH. Starches metabolize into sugars ! Sugars feed the yeast ,Candida, which in turn causes fungus & adding to their itchy skin from this fungus or overgrowth of the bad bacteria Candida ! It’s living on the sugars from starches !! I suggest OATMEAL & Organic cold pressed COCONUT OIL( it looks like wax, but melts in your hand), added to their food since both r good for the skin .Also, I want to mention, my 3 lb poodle had similar issues. I have good results w/ weight gain & a lot less itching as a result ! Started w/ feeding frozen raw rabbit, no hormones, or antibiotics ( & since she is allergic to chicken now), mixed w/ Organic Oatmeal, as much as there is meat in the bowl,I put that much oatmeal.. w/ some added water so its not too thick, along w/ alfalfa powder 1/4 tspn, & w/ turmeric, both as an anti-inflammatory which she doesn’t even know its in there. About 1/3- tspn.. Redness has eased & she is a happier & calmer baby girl ! Alot Less lick,lick lick !! You gotta get rid of the candida , so coconut oil & also grapefruit seed extract can work also ! sometimes when all these new things are introduced too quickly, there will be what is called a major “DIE OFF” of these bad bacterias & can show as if they are getting worse 1st, before the calm.. it takes about 1-2 months to see
      GOOD results ! yes this happens, ! So go very slow w/ the introduction of these yeast control foods ! I would definitely, get rid of that white rice & absolutely, NO POTATOES !! thats pure starch !

      Good luck w/ your baby & read, read, read !! I suggest they are my best find- Dr.Mercola- Healthy Pets w/ Dr.Karen Becker, has wonderful advise for many issues our fur babies can have from food
      issues.. ! Oh & may I add… Older dogs need so much more live
      ENZYMES as they age, they Just do, especially if fed a mostly dry
      diet ! apples, pineapple, but not too much !! r e a d… about it.. Peace..Jan B. in NJ..

  3. i have a 2 year old Yorkie/ Maltese or what they call a Morkie. He has had 2 pancreatitis events. His first a year ago. Will coconut oil work on this issue? I’m looking for help to reduce the chance for another bout. Any suggestions? Do you know of another low fat dog food other than Royal Canine?


    1. Take your baby off heart worm meds # 1.. it is much too toxic for these tiny ones to handle , but use instead a RELIABLE all NATURAL spray instead.. ! Less your dog is outdoors all day during summer months..

      Give your baby berries, & fruits NO GRAPES, or an enzyme supplement since his pancreas is over worked w/ pumping out enzymes that has made it exempt .. ! Thats whats lacking.. !! Fruits & veggies are essential for proper metabolism of proteins, which they don’t get enough of in the dry diets or canned foods ..25 % protein is MINIMAL requirements for them..Please read on some Holistic websites on this topic.. Good Luck w/ your fur BaBy !

    2. All natural enzymes are needed to be added to the diet & raw organic meats if possible, slowly introduced.. Grain free diets are best as they get older. Then their pancreas doesn’t have to get overloaded trying to put out enzymes it struggles to make !
      Science diets are GARBAGE ! They don’t need it !
      Sorry people, you gotta read on each ingredient to see what it does for their systems !! most had corn as the 1st ingredient, so it is mainly just that corn
      They do need greens but minimal dandelion,milk thistle powdered, introduced slowly . Some people add apple cider vinegar to their water since we don’t want to decrease too much acids in the stomach.. I also add citrus, like lemon juice, fresh organic, & just a little if possible, to their water, but should be in a porcelain or glass bowl, not stainless steel, since acids in the lemons can effect the metal. good luck w/ your Baby ! You gotta read..
      Mercola.healthypet.com good reading !!

  4. I have tried melting peanut butter and coconut oil together and then portion it out in an ice cube tray. Freeze and serve a cool treat :) little Winston can’t get enough! Use whatever proportion you like (I use a 2 to 1 of coconut oil to peanut butter)

  5. My dogs has fleas and I have tried a lot of thing to get rid of them, is coconut oil is a good product for that?

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