Can you give dogs coconut oil? Get Your Pet Thinking

How to Give Coconut Oil to Dogs

Coconut oil can generally be given to dogs 1-2 times a day with meals. How much you should give your dog depends on his size. Many veterinarian recommend starting slow with the coconut oil. A good starting dose is ¼ teaspoon daily for small dogs up 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon daily for big dogs. However, if you have an obese or overweight dog, it’s suggested that coconut oil be provided no more than once a day because of its high fat content. Any dog who is receiving coconut oil should be closely monitored for weight gain.

“Coconut oil can also be used as a base for dog treats,” explains Smith. She suggests mixing turmeric and vitamin D in with coconut oil for optimum snacks. Turmeric works as an anti-inflammatory, while vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin. Be careful that you don’t give too much vitamin D to your dog, however. Over-supplementation can cause kidney problems.

To find the best coconut oil, understanding the labels can make all the difference. Smith recommends pet parents use organic, virgin, cold-pressed coconut oil.

Benefits of Coconut Oil for Dogs

Some of the things coconut oil could do for your dog include:Â

  • Ease inflammation
  • Fight harmful fungi and bacteria
  • Help digestion
  • Ease coughing
  • Help skin and hair
  • Make their coat glossy
  • Eliminate odor
  • It can also:

  • Decrease brain lesions that worsen with your dog’s age
  • Improve how their thyroid works
  • Help bad breath
  • Ease allergic reactions to outdoor pollen
  • Balance insulin
  • Make them more energetic
  • Keep in mind that these claims haven’t been proven by veterinarians. It’s important to talk to your veterinarian before introducing anything new to your dog’s diet. They’ll know if your dog needs coconut oil and recommend the right amount to feed them based on your dog’s size.Â

    Some Dogs Are Allergic to Coconut

    Coconut allergies are rare, like most food allergies in dogs, but they are possible. Many pet owners don’t discover their dog is allergic until they have their first allergic reaction. If your dog begins having symptoms like skin itchiness, redness, swelling, bloating, or digestive problems, it may point to a coconut oil sensitivity or full-blown allergy.

    8 Reasons To Use Coconut Oil For Dogs

    Many people tout the benefits of coconut oil for their own health and well-being, claiming it does everything from reducing inflammation to improving cognition. But what about coconut oil for dogs? Is it a superfood and natural moisturizer for them too?

    For many dogs, the answer is yes. According to the American Kennel Club (AKC), the fatty acids in coconut oil can be beneficial for dogs, whether you feed it to your pet or apply it topically. The healing powers of this tropical nut are expansive and may positively impact your pet’s skin, coat, digestive system, immune system, joints, and endocrine systems. But as with all new ingredients, you should introduce it gradually.

    Below, we’ll go over vet-approved coconut oil serving sizes for dogs, potential risks of feeding or using coconut oil, and five different ways to try it in your dog’s routine.