Coconut Oil for Dogs - The Ultimate Guide


Because SitStay is all about good healthy dogs, we have many people ask us all the time about a variety of supplements for their dogs. One of the most common that comes up is coconut oil for dogs. Many of our customers want to know if coconut oil is good for dogs.

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To help, we've decided to put together the best guide out there to answer all of your questions about coconut oil for dogs. After reading our guide and learning more, we hope you'll be excited to get some for your pup.

Is Coconut Oil Good For Dogs:

Can dogs have coconut oil? The short answer is Yes. Coconut oil is good for dogs and can help aid your pets' digestion, improve their coats, help prevent infection and more. But please note, it is important to follow the proper guidelines. As with most things, too much of even a good thing can end up having negative effects. 

Why Is Coconut Oil Healthy For Pets

The big benefits of coconut oil comes from the type of fats it is made of. Coconut oil is almost exclusively (more than 90%) saturated fat and is one of the few foods that can be classified as a "superfood". I know what you're thinking, "Isn't fat bad for you?". In this case no. There are two groups of fats: saturated fats and unsaturated and within each group are several more types of fats. It can get a little confusing, for solid information all about fats, WEBMD has some good information

MCT's are coconut oils secret weapon. Medium chain triglycerides (MCT) is good fat, the kind that provides an array of benefits which include digestion improvement, immune system support, metabolic function that assists with weight loss, skin and coat health and thyroid health.

MCT is made up of Lauric Acid, Capric Acid, Caprylic Acid, Myristic Acid and Palmitic. Coconut oil also contains about 2% linoleic acid (polyunsaturated fatty acids) and about 6% oleic acid (monounsaturated fatty acids).

Lauric acid has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. Capric and caprylic acid also have similar properties as lauric acid and are best known for their anti-fungal effects

In addition, MCTs are efficiently metabolized to provide an immediate source of fuel and energy, enhancing athletic performance and aiding weight loss. In dogs, the MCTs in coconut oil balance the thyroid, helping overweight dogs lose weight and helping sedentary dogs feel energetic.

Ok enough of the science, now on to the fun stuff. 

Benefits of Coconut Oil for Dogs

As we've stated, coconut oil has several benefits for your dog. Let's go over a few of them. Coconut oil gently elevates the metabolism, provides a higher level of energy and vitality, protects your dog from illness, and speeds healing. As a bonus, coconut oil can improve dog’s skin and coat, improves digestion, and reduces allergic reactions.

Healthy Skin and Coat

  • Clears up eczema
  • Aids flea allergies, contact dermatitis and itchy skin
  • Minimizes doggy odor
  • Reduces allergic reactions
  • Creates sleek and glossy coats
  • Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections
  • When applied topically coconut oil promotes wound healing
  • Also can help with hot spots, dry skin and hair, bites and stings

 Improves Digestion

  • Improves digestion
  • Increases nutrient absorption
  • Helps with colitis and inflammatory bowel syndrome
  • Reduces or eliminates bad breath
  • Helps with coughing

 "Superfood" Benefits

  • Assists with weight loss
  • Powerful antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal agents
  • Balances insulin and promotes normal thyroid function
  • Helps prevent or control diabetes
  • Aids arthritis and ligament problems
  • Helps prevent infection and disease
  • Aids in increasing energy

How Much Coconut Oil for Dogs

How much coconut oil should you give your dog? When starting your dog on coconut oil, it is absolutely vital that you start slow. Begin slow, start with a tiny amount. Your dog needs to take time for their body to adjusts to the addition to their diet. If you start with larger amount of coconut oil, your dog could react poorly. Side effects can include diarrhea or greasy stools.

Start with Small Amounts

  • ¼ teaspoon per day for small dogs and puppies.
  • 1 teaspoon for large dogs, or even just a dab if your dog's constitution is sensitive.

After you've let their body adjust, a general guideline for the optimal dose of coconut oil for dogs is.

  • About 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight daily
  • Or about 1 tablespoon per 30 pounds

Again, DO NOT start with these amounts in the beginning!

For a free printable infographic of the dosage amounts, click here.

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Coconut Oil On Dog's Skin

In addition to giving your dog orally, coconut oil can be applied directly to your dogs coat and skin. As we stated earlier, because coconut oil contains lauric acid, it is a fabulous immune builder, both orally and topically.

A coconut oil treatment will leave your dog's skin incredibly soft, but it will also make it healthier. A coconut oil skin treatment about once a week can make a big difference in the health of your dog's skin and nails.

For good results, apply to the skin and let the oil absorb for about five minutes. After the five minutes, you can apply and a very light rinse. If you feel you haven't removed the excess oil, finish up with a light application of shampoo and another quick rinse.

Coconut Oil For Dogs Side Effects

Your dog may experience some side effects from coconut oil. Generally this happens if you give too much coconut oil to your dog too quickly. We recomend that you start slowly and see how your pet reacts. The most common side effects for your dog can include diarrhea or greasy stools.

Coconut Oil Dog Products

While you can give your dog straight coconut oil, what we REALLY love, are treats that have nutritional benefits for our four-legged family members. Here are some fantastic healthy products that your dog will love, with the benefits of nutritious coconut oil.

Natural Doggie 100% Organic Virgin Cold Pressed Coconut Oil for Dogs
Organic Virgin Cold Pressed Coconut Oil for Dogs Distinctive Dog Treats (All Natural Coconut Oil/Vegan/Gluten Free)

Wow. There really isn't much more we can say about that, besides ... what are you waiting for!? 

If you've learned anything from this guide, be sure to share it with your friends! We'll be posting a blog with frequently asked questions very soon.

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J.D.Wright said:

I started my dog on a supplement of coconut oil added to his food daily and have noticed an increase in vitality. he is beginning to get old but has recently been acting like a young pup again. when I see that bounce in his step I know he is feeling good. I wish I had known about this much sooner.


Belinda said:

I have to say that my maltipoo had loss a lot of his hair for some reason. His lab work would come up fine. I then started applying the coconut oil on his coat and within 1 week I began to see his coat grow back. It’s a wonderful and natural treatment and highly recommend it.

Sandra Hester

Sandra Hester said:

Can I hse on dogs gums and bad breathe?


Janet said:

Will my dog lick more where the coconut oil is applied because they like the taste. Can it make the area more inflamed because of this?


Michelle said:

Hello I have been told coconut oil is the best for dogs with itchy skin, I have read the ad and I’m going to try it. Please can you tell me if I have to melt the oil first or just a teaspoon of pure coconut oil. Thank you


Teresa said:

I keep seeing people talk about putting coconut oil ON the dog for fleas. I have been feeding my boys the oil for 2 years and we live in the country and never have fleas. Out last boy came to us covered in fleas-!!! A good bath with dawn and a tsp of coconut oil. Never saw another flea in his life. I couldn’t imagine a oily dog in my house. They love their flea treatments. My lab would tremor when he would see me grab the frontline in the he comes running when I yell bedtime snack. There spoon of oil on a cracker


Deirdre said:

Can I give my Bijon Frise coconut oil if she has had Pancreatitis, she is diabetic


Kaitlyn said:

For the cold press coconut oil do you put that on your dogs food or do you put one here coats ?


Susie said:

Great news thank you!!

Justin Case

Justin Case said:

I left a lil dish of organic coconut oil on the floor so my dog assumed it was for him .. so he ate it .. he loved it and begs for it regularly .. it makes his coat gorgeous , healthy digestion and works as an anti viral and anti fungal .. great stuff .. don’t be afraid to give it to em .. it will help with all kinds of stuff .. and get it in YOUR body too .. but get organic ONLY !!!


khristina said:

To answer some questions! I see a lot of people asking if you can leave coconut oil on your furbabies skin. YES! Also, the organic coconut oil you use for yourself is safe for you pup! Just make sure it is organic, especially when your pup has a lot of allergies/digestive issues. You want to make sure there are no added ingredients! Organic is BEST! You can also find organic coconut oil at you local grocery store! But, I would recommend getting any coconut oil treats (like the ones here) from a good pet company. You want to make sure treats are organic also. I have been giving my English bulldog organic coconut oil since a week after he came home. It made drastic improvement in just a week. From his coat, to pimples on his chin, a stye on his eye lid. Also, I believe it help with his watery eyes. This product is amazing for bulldog. Especially because it has antibiotic traits. Bullys are known for their wrinkles, and yeast gets in them and becomes infected. Of course, we make sure to keep wrinkles dry & clean but the oil also help a great deal! Also, it helps keep ear infections away, which is yet another bully prone problem.


Jil said:

My dogs wont eat anything with the coconut oil on. Can i give them the pill form? If so how much do i give?


Deirdre said:

My Bichon has a granuloma from an old IV site as she has recently been in hospital with autoimmune haemolytic anaemia and pancreatitis. She’s constantly licking it and I don’t know how to treat it. She won’t leave the E hood on. The vet gave me some ointment but not working.


Len said:

Hi I have a dudchhound that is slightly over weight.The vet put him on diet but he refuses to eat the pellets just clean like that.He is on metabolic mini diet pellets.
I put a very small amount of coconut oil on his pellets and then he will eat it but my vet said I must stop as it contains lots of fat and it wont allow my baby to loose weight.Is that true?Plse help
Thank you so much


Kayla said:

Just started my German shepherd on coconut oil, she suffers with dry skin, hot spots, allergies, dry/ cracked nose don’t want to use steroids again and so far the result is great and she loves it , eats it of the spoon and good for coating her medication so no issues there

Pat White

Pat White said:

I had been researching the use of coconut oil on my Pom, Bichon and shitz- zu. Your information contained the best info and in layman’s language. Thank you very much :) :)


Jeanne said:

I have a 8 year old to awhile and she’s been licking her feet and her private and she has her feet though all pink so I bought coconut oil and I’m going to try it I haven’t started it yet as I’m not sure how much and how often I should use it and it’s a Chiwawa

sandie said:

I have a staffie X. When I first got him the people I bought him from said he was 8 weeks old. I got his 1st injections done. About 1 week after his injections he started to really itch. Apparently, he was only 4weeks old when we got him! Not 8weeks. Would the injections cause this severe itching and would coconut oil help him? Thankyou.

Judith Coles

Judith Coles said:

If I use coconut oil on by little dog 13lbs. Should I rinse or leave it on?


Marlene said:

Confused on the bathing for my lab with coconut oil. Do I apply it as I would shampoo, does it lather? Do I rinse it off? I put some in his food and he still itches a lot. He has seasonal allergies, think he gets it from the grass.


Marlene said:

Confused on the bathing for my lab with coconut oil. Do I apply it as I would shampoo, does it lather? Do I rinse it off? I put some in his food and he still itches a lot. He has seasonal allergies, think he gets it from the grass.


MaryLynn said:

Dear Tammie,
Regarding your Bul Terrier, Rosie,
I would add some probiotics, get the capsule form,(at least 30 billion good bacteria per capsule) you can open these up and mix them into 2 ounces of fat free Keifer(plain, no fruit flavors or sugar added) can also add coconut oil to this mixture. Plus some powdered good grade Tumeric 1/4 of a teaspoon.
Give her this everyday. After one week increase Tumeric to 1/2 teaspoon.
Stop all meds, what she’s suffering from sounds like all food allergy related. Do not give her any white flour products or any dog food with soy or white flour or gluten.
For her feet, spray Colloidal Silver all over the bottom of her feet. This is a NATURAL antibiotic.
Good Luck with her, I’m sure she’ll get some safe health relief with my protocol.

Leigh Ann Tyler

Leigh Ann Tyler said:

My 7 year old Maltese has been diagnosed with PLE in the last 2 weeks. I have noticed loss of strength and muscle mass. Can any of your products help him? I’m reading about coconut oil. He is on hydrolyzed protien and hypoallergenic food along with Prednisone and 2 other meds. Any advice would be appreciated.


Kathy said:

My Rhodesian Ridgeback all of a sudden started licking his butt back in January, as was very odd because was never one to be licking his privates all the time like some dogs. I took him to the vets and they said it was anal glands which I had never heard about, but she released them and he was somewhat better but noticed he had a spot on the underside of his tail that he continues to lick. The vet has put him on antibiotics and anti-inflammatories twice now, eases it to a point but basically comes right back. I have added coconut oil to his food but still no relief. Any suggestions?


Christine said:

@Staci W: it does look like grease, but becomes an oil with heat… Just hold some in your hands for a few seconds and it will melt :)


Christine said:

My aunts 7 year old dog, Mitzi, Is a combination of maltese, Jack Russel and something with hard wiry hair… She has very bad skin that is rough, Hard, red, and appears painful to touch… She is always scratching and oftentimes she bleeds behind her ears… Would coconut oil help this?


Humberto said:

I have been applying coconut oil daily and leaving it on (I don’t wash it off) my Rottie Mix for about 2 years, now, during the warm/hot months. It has kept flees and ticks off of her! Awesome stuff!

fran lewis

fran lewis said:

my 7 lb. chi lies on her back rubs her back against the carpet, will should coconut oil be given orally or both. thank you………..


Regina said:

My 14 yr old English bulldog mix has suffered from allergys her who life. I used to get allergy shots from the vet but she is so old now they do more harm then good She scratches all the time and tears up her skin the oil rubbed directly on her skin has worked great twice a day and each time I let her lick it off my hand. She rests well now and no constant scratching.


Sheri said:

I have been giving to my 13yr old silky terrier. About a tsp. 2x a day morn & night. Has helped with decreasing night time panting & seems to help with his adrenal issues. Also makes giving meds easy!! He loves to lick it & I hide his pill in it it goes down easy & he doesn’t realize he took it!?.

Supriya Singh

Supriya Singh said:

My labrador has an extremely sensitive skin. Infections, Allergies and hot spots are common. Coconut oil really helps and heals him in no time. Plus it is organic and edible so it doesn’t give me stress if he licks it.
Just got to know about benefits of giving him the same orally. He has digestion and shedding issues so I m definitely going to start giving him a little everyday with his food.


Patricia said:

I have 2 Chinese Crested dogs. their skin is very dry and has pimple. Do i feed it to them or rub un their skin? Also i have 2 week powderpuff baby that isn’t getting enough nourishment from mom, is it safe to give him a couple of drops in his feeding bottle to help digestion and colic from formula? You can send any a severe to my email wildfire8875@msn. Thank-you. I started feeding the mom some because she refused everything I tried to feed her. She had c section and two pups were dead so she’s very depressed, stressed, and the trauma of loss and medications. Tonight she ate an 8 oz serving of a mixture I created and added some coconut oil to see if she would try it. It worked! Thank you for this site. Now I have hope.


vijay said:

I have a golden Labrador… can I apply the original coconut oil which home made product by our own self..??
Please advice us.

judy young

judy young said:

all i have found is a jar of coconut oil that looks like lard, very solid. where can i get it in the consistancy of oil? also, how do i use either of these? thanks


Kenny said:

I’ve used regular coconut oil that I got from the grocery store and it cleared up my pit bulls skin in 3 days. It also helped tremendously with his allergy to grass. His hot spots and itching stopped almost immediately. I would definitely recommend coconut oil.

kathy hall

kathy hall said:

I’ve been using coconut oil on my staffy x for about 3/4 weeks now and im finding it fantastic , my fur baby is overweight and already has leg problems at 4 , no fault of mine or his as he has thyroid probs…..he’s on a strict diet and a teaspoon of coconut oil a day , he’s improving greatly and his coat is beautiful. Also he had alopecia due to hormonal imbalance and that left ugly bald patches on his body, there all gone now !!!!
I only buy the raw , unrefined organic for him and he’s happy , ive started taking it myself as im so pleased with the results from him….

Quincy W.

Quincy W. said:

I think it is just fine to use the usual coconut oil, provided it should be virgin coconut oil. Coconut oil has more than a hundred benefits not only to humans, but also to our four-legged friends. I also use virgin coconut oil as ingredient to some treats I personally make at home. It is important that it’s 100% natural. Some dogs have allergic reactions to some ingredients though. But have a look at exoticonlinepetstore’s blog about food allergies. They also has some good stuffs to read about dogs having a sensitive stomach.

Sid S.

Sid S. said:

In response to Judy, the tub of unrefined coconut oil we have will change from thick, lard-like consistency to clear liquid depending on the weather and time of year. Right now, it the heat of summer (even though it is stored indoors) it is liquid. With not much change in the weather, it will start turning white and thicker. That doesn’t affect its nutritional value as far as I know; it just makes it harder to spread in their food as it gets harder.

Linda Melbourne-Van Dyke

Linda Melbourne-Van Dyke said:

I have 3 collies, 1pom. Using coconut oil for pom’s hotspots & rough nose. Cured by daily 1 t. plus rubbing on fur. Also McTavish my rough collie, 8, has Discoid lupus since 1,1/2 yrs ago going under anesthesia twice. Also Pyoderma of lips. Both cured. He had the sores on mouth& Lips for a year. All the vets could say was steroids. I gave him $1000 worth of vitamins, chinese herbs for a year. He improved but not until I tried coconut oil did he completely heal. It was within weeks! Amazing. He is 97lbs & takes 2 T. daily for life. I rub it on his lips & nose areas 2 times a day. As soon as I started this he was happier & wanting to play! I also rub it in his fur weekly for dry skin which went away. Recently after a vet tried for months to cure my brother’s Pit (Extreme Hair loss sores bumps & itching)I got him to rub it on her 2x a day. within 2 days hair growing, 5 days patches all over improved & itching less. Today is day 5 but already such a difference!

Janet Simpson

Janet Simpson said:

I have a 14 yr old Border Collie and a 4 yr old Great Dane with a sensitive stomach and skin. How would coconut oil benefit both?

Jenifer L Broga

Jenifer L Broga said:

I started my 2 Huskies on a regiment of Organic cold pressed Coconut oil a little over a month ago. I just added a teaspoon at a time gradually to eat meal until I got to the recommended amount per wt. My female is very overweight 96 lbs, and finding a decent grain free kibble has been a task all on it’s own. My male has a sensitive tummy and is very picky. He is at optimal 74lbs. My female has also suffered from GI issues in5the past so grain free wgt management non poultry food is even harder to find. A lady where I buy the food recommended trying coconut oil to assist in helping her lose weight along with occasional GI upsets. She used to have horrible gas not just smelly but audible grumbling you could hear if she was close by. I knew she had to be uncomfortable. Switching foods in June 2016 and adding coconut oil to her kibble has been AMAZING! In 2 months she’s lost 2.5lbs has increased energy and both their coats are smoother and6softer than ever. My picky male hardly ever walks away with food left in his bowl. He still maintaining his optimal weight and he’s more spunky then ever too. They’re both about to be 5 yr old and I have been concerned with the weight issue my girl has leading to hip issue and just overall health and my male is very large and I just have to be mindful most larger breed dogs have a tendency to get hip problems once they reach about 5. I want to take preventive measures and care for them both. They both love the taste and the benefits are wonderful. I’ve seen a few posts that some dogs don’t like the taste of the oil. I know the refined means the coconut flavor is removed. Secondly there are pill forms available for the pups that dont care for the taste. I just wouldnt have a clue what conversions would be involved in the teaspoon or tablespoons method of giving the gel caps instead. My guess is ask your vet for advice. Thanks for the article it was the reason I chose to begin using the coconut oil for my furr babies!


Jackie said:

I’ve been using lipoderm on my staffie to help his itching, done nothing 3 days on coconut oil no more itching, I’m now going to try it on my little collie cross she is covered in dandruff fingers crossed it will be as good for her


Jeanne said:

I adopted a blue pit. she is almost 2 yrs old now and I have spent so much money at vet for her skin allergies. Just yesterday I brought her back to the vet and cost me 175.00. She was just there in July for same problem. My brother referred me to your website and I was thrilled to find that coconut oil is a natural healer. I use organic cold pressed coconut oil so I pulled it out and to my surprise she ate it. I am hoping for good results. if this works you have saved me so much money. I will post result in couple days. thanks


Denise said:

Thanks for sharing this informative information. I am a new dog owner and before making my dog any new treats, I wanted to look into the benefits as well as the possible negatives. It’s a go with one homemade treat per day! :-)

Shirley DOLAN

Shirley DOLAN said:

I have a small 5 lb Maltese that is a very picky eater….She just does not like to eat sometimes.. l will put some coconut oil on her food and then she loves it..also it is good for her in a lot of other ways..


Shan said:

I love this article. This is very well written. You have truly enriched me with some excellent knowledge.


melma said:

I have been adding coconut oil to my Yorkies food, applying to his skin, using as ear drops, and feeding him coconut meat as a treat. His yeast infection has completely cleared up. He no longer smells, his hair is growing back, and he isn’t scratching himself raw. I had tried every prescribed med and suggested homeopathic treatment with no results. I also changed his diet to only grassfed protein. He looks like a new dog in only a few weeks. Miraculous!

JJanessa @PetSeed

JJanessa @PetSeed said:

People often think and ask a question that whether feeding fish oil is beneficial or Coconut oil for dogs? The trust is both of these are beneficial and contain some amazing nutritional which will help your dog to grow healthy and active. Here are some facts about fish oil and coconut oil; you must need to know before feeding these oils.

Terri Tilford

Terri Tilford said:

We had adopted a dog that came to us with kennel cough, he in turn gave it to my small yorkie, since she was so little the cough lingered for a long time. We gave her the coconut oil on a spoon, very little, and it has helped tremendously. She is no longer coughing, thank goodness.


BRENDA said:

I can tell you that my 72 year old mom has been swishing her mouth out with coconut oil for 15 mins a day, 2x’s a day for about 3 months and her gums are pink again and the black on her 2 teeth are 85% gone! (Your supposed to spit it out into the garage can after Because of the toxins in your mouth that was extracted from the insides of your teeth and gums. To put it in the drain, your drain will eventually plug up, so don’t do that)
So, with that said, I am now brushing my dogs teeth with coconut oil and that’s the ONLY stuff she will be okay with brushing her teeth with and she 100% loves to eat it too plus she has a rotten tooth she gets pulled soon and it actually makes her bad breath almost gone! I’m strongly impressed!!
So, I REALLY appreciate this article! Thank you!!

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