Coconut Oil for Dogs? 10 Reasons to Try It

Is coconut oil good for dogs? Coconut oil for dogs has many health benefits — for skin, digestive and immune systems; even your dog's bone and brain health!

A puppy dog biting a coconut.
Dog with coconut. Photography by DAE Photo / Shutterstock.
Last Updated on November 24, 2023 by Dogster Team

As more and more Americans appreciate the fantastic flavor and health benefits of coconut oil, many more excellent brands show up on store shelves. My favorite happens to be Tropical Traditions because it’s made from certified organic coconuts, which have not been treated with chemicals or fertilizers. Plus, it comes in a generously proportioned glass bottle (which I much prefer to plastic), so I always have enough to share with my beloved five-pack of dogs! So, is coconut oil good for dogs? Coconut oil for dogs can be used in a variety of ways.

Fed regularly, coconut oil for dogs can have many health benefits — for their skin, digestive and immune systems; metabolic function; and even their bone and brain health!

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Is coconut oil good for dogs? Coconut oil for dogs has many health benefits. Photography by Africa Studios / Shutterstock.

The 10 Reasons to Try Coconut Oil for Dogs

1. Coconut oil for dogs helps dog skin conditions

Coconut oil improves overall skin health for dogs, and clears up skin conditions such as eczema, flea allergies, contact dermatitis and itchy skin.

2. Coconut oil helps your dog’s coat

Incredibly emollient, using coconut oil for dogs helps moisturize the driest skin and makes a dog’s coat gleam with health — whether you add it to her diet, her shampoo or both!

3. Coconut oil promotes healing

Applied topically to the skin, coconut oil for dogs promotes the healing of cuts, wounds, hot spots, bites and stings.

4. Coconut oil for dogs helps your pup smell pleasant

The antibacterial and antifungal properties of coconut oil help reduce doggy odor, and its pleasantly tropical aroma imparts a delightful scent to a dog’s skin and coat.

5. Coconut oil has antiviral properties

Coconut oil prevents and treats yeast infections, including candida. Its antiviral agents also help dogs recover quickly from kennel cough.

6. Coconut oil for dogs improves digestion and nutrition absorption

Digestion and nutrient absorption are improved by the addition of coconut oil to a dog’s diet. It can, however, cause stool to loosen; if that happens, just add a few spoonfuls of canned pumpkin to your dog’s diet (go here for more stool-firming tips).

7. Coconut oil can help doggy breath

Coconut oil reduces — and sometimes eliminates — doggy breath. Some dog lovers even brush their pets’ teeth with the stuff! Which makes sense, as dogs love the taste of coconut oil, and that makes the chore less arduous for brusher and brushee.

8. Coconut oil for dogs helps protect against disease

Like cinnamon, coconut oil helps prevent diabetes by regulating and balancing insulin. It also promotes normal thyroid function, and helps prevent infection and heart disease.

9. Coconut oil helps promote mobility in dogs

Helping to reduce weight and increase energy, coconut oil for dogs also promotes mobility in pups with arthritis and other joint issues.

10. Coconut oil for dogs helps your canine’s mind, too

Again like cinnamon, coconut oil is excellent for brain health; it’s being used to stave off dementia in humans, and it’s a must to keep senior dogs’ minds from becoming cloudy.

Tell us: What do you think about coconut oil for dogs? Have you used it before? How do you use it on your dog?

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