Published On: Mon, Jan 22nd, 2018

Coconut oil for dogs

​Fats are often perceived as being one of the biggest causes of health complications. Despite their bad reputation, there is evidence that fats are essential in leading a healthy lifestyle. Omega-3 fatty acids are one of the most well-known fats found in many things from flax seeds to salmon. However, there is another fat that can help support a healthy lifestyle: coconut oil!

Coconut oil has recently become one of the most notable healthy fats that have been incorporated into our daily lives. We use it in cosmetics, cooking, and general health; but did you know our dogs can also benefit from the use of coconut oil?

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From relieving skin irritation to aiding digestion and, this plant-based oil can be easily incorporated into your pup’s life and can promote a healthy and happy lifestyle for them!

What Is Coconut Oil?

Coconut oil comes from no other than (you guessed it) coconuts! Coconuts are the fruits found on a specific breed of palm trees that are commonly found in areas with tropical climates. Mature coconuts are harvested then pressed to retrieve the oil.

Coconut oil can be classified as either unrefined or refined. Unrefined coconut oil, which is sold in stores as organic virgin or extra virgin, provides the most nutrients since it is less processed. Refined coconut oil is more processed and has a neutral taste and smell.

How Is Coconut Oil Healthy?

Lauric acid and medium chain triglycerides (commonly known as MCTs) are two essential and healthy fats found in coconut oil.

Lauric acid gives coconut oil its anti-fungal and anti-viral properties, while MCTs help a wide variety of bodily functions from aiding digestion to helping provide energy and promoting healthy brain function.

How Can I Use Coconut Oil for My Dog?

Using coconut oil for your dog’s health come with several uses and benefits. This includes but is not limited to:

  • Skincare. Coconut oil has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, making it a great treatment for wounds and bug bites. The oil can also be used to moisturize dry skin and treat rashes caused by allergic reactions and eczema. It can even treat skin yeast infections!
  • Digestion. MCTs can help treat inflammatory bowel syndrome and colitis in addition to promoting nutrient absorption. Coconut oil can also help to boost metabolism.
  • Immune System. The lauric acid found in coconut oil helps to prevent both bacterial and viral infections. Additionally, it can be used to treat eye and ear infections.
  • Cognitive Function. Coconut oil can help to prevent alzheimers and promote healthy brain function in dogs.

Coconut oil can be applied topically or fed to your dog. When feeding your dog, make sure to start off with a small amount and work your way up to the proper dosage for them, or else they may have loose stool.


Although coconut oil is safe for consumption, it is still wise to consult your local veterenarian about your pet’s health. Ultimately, coconut oil is a great way to incorporate healthy fat into your dog’s diet in addition to treating ailments caused by skin conditions and infections naturally​.

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Vanessa Chung is a senior at Cal State Fullerton studying Business Administration with a concentration in Entertainment and Hospitality Management.

In addition to writing for SimpleWag, she loves to photograph everything from plants to food. You can follow her food adventures on Instagram @adventurouseats and her daily life adventures @nessiequik

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