The Benefits of Coconut Oil for Dogs

Coconut oil for dogs can be used both internally and externally and may have multiple benefits for the pets. It is important to obtain organic coconut oil that is undiluted, which is the most effective in canines.

Coconut Oil As a Food Supplement for Dogs

When used as a food supplement, coconut oil can improve the dog’s appetite and help underweight canines gain some weight. There are also added benefits to the coconut oil used as a food supplement:

  • Improves the condition of the skin, as it contains antioxidants
  • Makes the coat shinier
  • Strengthens joints and delays the onset of arthritis
  • Improves metabolism, as it is a natural source of fibers
  • Reduces stress
  • May be used in diabetes management, as it can naturally reduce blood sugar
  • Strengthens the immune system and make the body more resistant to infections. According to certain theories, the coconut oil can destroy various viruses, bacteria and fungi, due to the high contents of lauric acid
  • Reduces cholesterol, which is particularly beneficial for dogs that have cardiovascular problems
  • May improve the function of the thyroid glands and increase the secretion of thyroid hormones, recommended in canines with hypothyroidism
  • Prevents formation of blood clots in the blood, which can cause embolisms
  • Coconut oil is also considered to prevent cancer, as it contains antioxidants
  • Improves the dog’s energy levels
  • Is said to delay tooth decay

You should administer 2 to 5 drops of undiluted coconut oil with your pet’s meals. If your dog doesn’t like to taste or the smell of the oil, you can use a syringe and try administering the oil directly in the dog’s mouth.

External Use of Coconut Oil for Dogs

The coconut oil may also be used externally and is known to reduce dry skin and dander in your pet. The coconut oil should be used in a small amount, no more than 5 ml at a time. Use a cotton pad to apply the oil in the problem areas of the skin or on the entire body of your pet. The coconut oil treatment is also known to reduce skin allergies and hot spots. After using the oil, pad the pet with a dry towel, to make sure that the dog won’t leave oil stains on your carpet or furniture.

When applied externally, the coconut oil will give a pleasant smell to the dog’s coat and skin.

How to Choose the Coconut Oil

When you choose the coconut oil to use in your pet, make sure it is virgin, untreated, undiluted and organic coconut oil. This may be found in various heath food stores and possibly in some pet shops as well. You may also find certain supplements that contain coconut oil. You can choose these, but check with your vet first, to make sure that the rest of the ingredients are recommended to your pet.