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.

SitStay How Much Coconut Oil Should I Give My Dog?

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! If you still have questions about coconut oil for your dog, visit our Frequently Asked Questions About Coconut Oil For Dogs blog.

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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?


Diane said:

Will the diarrhea from too much coconut oil

Clear up as soon as you stop giving it! How long
Will it take? Would decreasing the dose in a day or so help – or should you wait longer?

stephanie butcher

stephanie butcher said:

I want to make homemade peanut butter for my dogs using roasted organic peanuts. I would like to use coconut oil to blend the peanuts. Is this good for my dogs?

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! :-)


SandraParsons said:

How long does it take for the adjustment period take for a 15 pound dog?

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!!

Dixie Perez

Dixie Perez said:

Just rub it on them! Don’t over think it. About a tsp per 10 lbs a day will do wonders in their food. Liquid coconut oil is available and great for their coats but why? Just put it on your hands, rub them together in its hardened state and your dog will try to lick it off your hands before you can apply it! I have 3. My German Shepherd healed a horrible case of hot spots in 3 days. My Rotty had a dander spot that disappeared in a day. My mini pin begs for it just because. I use organic only and in the beginning of the hot spot agony for my big boy I made Golden Paste. Turmeric, coconut oil and black pepper. Amazing. They all shine, are happy, amazingly healthy – and not a single flea. I wouldn’t use anything else.


Debby said:

My 14yr old Jack Russell had been getting slower and his coat was shedding a lot, he had lost his sparkle. I started him on coconut oil a few weeks ago when I applied it to a sore foot, it healed up quickly and his coat improved. He has spent most of today chasing a ball, something which he normally would only last 30 mins doing but today he hasn’t stopped, he is like a puppy again.


Katie said:

I just put about a teaspoon of organic coconut oil on my chihuahua/jack Russell mix n her hotspots instantly calmed down….Thank you God I’ve found something that works n don’t have to feel guilty my dog is suffering n I can’t fix it….thank you Jesus…


Robyn said:

I’m finding my dog eats around the coconut oil when I try to put it on his food. It’s very thick consistency. Is it ok to microwave it for few seconds so it melts more?

SitStay Hannah

SitStay Hannah said:

Hi Robyn! Most dogs love the taste of coconut oil so it is fine to have them eat it right off the top of their food. (My border collie does this all the time!) While you can microwave coconut oil heat can reduce the potency of the benefits so we do not recommend it. Hope this helps! -Hannah

SitStay Hannah

SitStay Hannah said:

Hi Stephanie,
You can absolutely use coconut oil in your dog biscuits!


Debby said:

I love everything you’ve posted thank you so much. We have 6 Papillons and they’ve been itching so ad lately. Even took 2 of hem to be vet ( like the lady said previously that was costly). Their still itching. I found my organic coconut oil( which I hadn’t even opened yet). I just put 1/4 tsp in each of their bowls of food. So I understand correctly that I can rub some into their coats and leave it there or do I need to rinse it our? Also I can put some on a sore spot or hotspot? My one pap keeps biting at his paw. Can I rub some of the coconut oil into the bottom of his paw? Thank you again so much for all your information and all the positive comments from other followers. You don’t know what this means to me and our beautiful papillons.

SitStay Hannah

SitStay Hannah said:

Hi Debby,
You can definitely rub the coconut oil onto their skin/coats and not need to worry about rinsing it off. The oil will sink into the skin, or your pup will lick it off. Either way your dog will receive the benefits. You can also put coconut oil on their paws and hot spots. If your dog is sensitive there, however, we recommend feeding it to them rather than rubbing their skin where it is sensitive.

Mary Oliver

Mary Oliver said:

I have a 70 pound female Shepard, she takes spells and refuses to eat. I think she might have hair balls she sheds Alot and doesn’t cough, but burps Alot . She had diarrhea the other day and my son said it was black so I gave her coconut oil, how long before it starts working? Then I will check her stool for hair. Any other suggestions or reasons you could give me?I’m at my wits end about eating good then not eating at all .I will listen to all help , we love her Alot, don’t like to c her doing this Please help thanks

SitStay Hannah

SitStay Hannah said:

Hello Mary,
We STRONGLY recommend taking your dog to the vet right away. Coconut oil is a great product but it does take time before your dog will notice a change.

Debbie Guilbeau

Debbie Guilbeau said:

I have a 13 yr. old beagle that has an enlarged liver and heart and her hind legs are wobbly after she walks a while but when she goes out hunting around on a leash she is fully of energy. She hasn’t been wanting to eat anything but cooked chicken or beef so she is not getting the vitamins she needs. She is on heart meds and a fluid pill and also Denosyl for her liver. Also has a bad cough after drinking water and every now and then at other times. All this started after taking Simperica in July for flees and ticks. Not sure if it is just her age or the meds she took for the flees but trying to help her skin coat and also the rest. Do you think the coconut oil will be beneficial to her.

Destiny H.

Destiny H. said:

I would like to start using coconut oil for both my doggies. Their breath has become smelly and I’d like to do as much as I can to help them prevent diseases and additional odors! Can I use organic coconut oil that has been refined? Thank you!

SitStay Hannah

SitStay Hannah said:

Hello Debbie,
Thank you for sharing; we are sorry to hear about your beagle and we would love to help her. Coconut oil is a great product, however, we ALWAYS RECOMMEND speaking to your vet before adding any new supplements to your dog’s diet, especially if they are on medication for different health problems. In some cases, coconut oil is not the best option so we rely on the vet’s opinion as they are best familiar with your dog and her needs,

SitStay Hannah

SitStay Hannah said:

Hello Destiny,
This is a great question! We cannot speak to all coconut oil, only the product we carry ourselves because we know that it is pure organic because we know where it comes from and the process used to package it. Refined oils tend to have a lower potency because of the process they go through.

As we are unfamiliar with other coconut oils, we would recommend taking it to your vet and asking them if they see any reason that it could be harmful to your dog.


Stephen George

Stephen George said:

Nice Massage

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caryl thatcher

caryl thatcher said:

Hi ive got some 100% coconut oil which is hard.delievered today.gave some to my two dogs…an hour later they both threw up…I gave them a scraping as it was so hard…should I carry on with it?

SitStay Hannah

SitStay Hannah said:

Hi Caryl,
Thank you for reaching out. There are quite a few factors that could be why your dogs became ill. We aren’t able to speak to all coconut oils, just the ones that we carry. We would recommend speaking with your vet as they will be able to see what coconut oil you are using and if there are any other signs on your dogs that could lead to them becoming sick from it. (While coconut oil is great, some dogs do not handle the new supplement easily.)


frank said:

we have a 10 years old male pugle. He was diagnosed diabetic a year ago, getting twice /day 10 unit insulin, but his BS still shouts up after feeding, even on raw food diet. Someone recommended coconut oil and CBD oil to help with his BS and has some lumps on his body.

tomacita vidal

tomacita vidal said:

I’m very happy to read all the comments. My Dog Sofia is health but she chats a lot, I have never heard about coconut oil. Where do I fine it, where we fine dog shampoo. I love my Sofia, only that I don’t like for her to shad. Is the coconut hand cream good too.
SitStay Hannah

SitStay Hannah said:

Hello Tomacita,
We are happy to hear you are interested in keeping Sofia healthy and helping to reduce any discomfort she may be experiencing. We always recommend speaking to a veterinarian before introducing coconut oil to your her in case they see any reason she shouldn’t be using it. We cannot speak to all coconut oils, only the one we carry because we know if it pure, organic coconut oil. We would not recommend hand lotion because there may be added chemicals that are unsafe for your dog. We carry a safe-for-dogs option here on our site.
Hopefully this helps!
Thank you,


coconutoils said:

According to studies, coconut oil can help increase energy levels, enhances coat and skin texture, reduces allergic reaction, and improves the digestive system in dogs.

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