coconut oil for dogs

Do you use coconut oil with your dog?

I did too.

I found it was great for my dog’s digestion, as well as her skin and coat…

But I soon found something much, much better.

Read on to find out more about CBD oil, and why it’s taken over coconut oil in my doggy medicine cabinet.

Why All the Hype Around Coconut Oil?

coconut oilCoconut oil is a huge trend in the health industry.

In fact, you might already be using it in your cooking, to condition your hair, or even to polish pieces of wooden furniture.

But what about coconut oil gives it such a wide variety of health benefits?

Well, it has to do with its high concentration of special saturated fats, most of which are medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs).

Unlike long-chain fatty acids, MCFAs are easier to break down by the body and can aid digestive health.

Furthermore, coconut oil contains up to 40% lauric acid, which is believed to be one of the stars behind the oil’s many health benefits.

When it enters the body, lauric acid is broken down into monolaurin, a monoglyceride that has anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Coconut oil also contains capric acid, which is also renowned for its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effects.

So it’s “anti” a lot of bad things, which is what makes it good!

Below is a brief rundown of some of the ways coconut oil can benefit your dog:

Coconut Oil Helps Improve Digestive Health in Dogs

Incorporating coconut oil into your dog’s diet is a great way to boost their digestive health.

This comes down to its high concentration of MCFAs.

Because they are smaller compounds and easier to break down, MCFAs put much less strain on the digestive system, including the pancreas and liver.

Plus, MCFAs are also sent directly to the liver where they are immediately used as energy for your body.

LCFAs, on the other hand, are usually stored around the body as fat rather than being used as energy.

Coconut oil has also been shown to naturally increase the number of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids the body is able to digest from food.

The anti-microbial properties of the lauric and capric acid found in coconut oil can also help fight bacteria, fungi, or parasites that might cause indigestion in pets.

And, thanks to their anti-inflammatory properties, both lauric and capric acid can also help calm symptoms of inflammatory digestive conditions like IBD, acute colitis or gastritis, or even Crohn’s disease.

Coconut Oil Promotes Skin and Coat Health

puppy with a lot of furBesides promoting your dog’s digestive health, coconut oil is also great for your pet’s skin and coat.

Again, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, coconut oil is great at fighting skin conditions like eczema, contact dermatitis, or itching.

It can also be applied topically to cuts, open wounds, or insect bites to help reduce infections and promote faster healing.

Coconut oil is also great for promoting a glossy, shiny, and soft coat.

Regular conditioning with coconut oil can also help keep your dog smelling fresh and fight that typical “dog odor” that some dogs are prone to.

It also helps balance the bacteria in your dog’s skin and coat, and helps to fight yeast infections as well as reduce hot spots.

Coconut Oil Boosts Metabolic and Endocrine Health

Regularly giving your dog coconut oil has been shown to have a wide variety of metabolic and endocrine benefits.

Because MCFAs are directly sent to the liver, they serve as immediate sources of energy for the body (much like simple carbohydrates, such as sugar).

Unlike sugar, however, MCFAs don’t cause a spike in insulin levels.

In fact, studies show that MCFAs can help fight insulin resistance and even promote weight loss.

LCFAs, on the other hand, are known to promote insulin resistance.

This is big news for people with diabetic dogs.

Studies have also shown that coconut oil can help boost the metabolism, which can be useful for people and animals dealing with a slow metabolic rate due to thyroid problems.

By boosting the metabolism, coconut oil helps the body burn more energy, which can also aid with weight loss.

Boosting the metabolism also helps improve energy levels, which is great for aging dogs or pups that struggle to stay active.

Coconut Oil is Great at Fighting Inflammation

dog laying down on a front porchI’ve already touched on the anti-inflammatory properties of coconut oil.

These properties mainly come from lauric and capric acid, both of which have been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects.

This really makes coconut oil an attractive supplement for any dog dealing with conditions that cause chronic or acute inflammation.

This can include:

  • Arthritis
  • Digestive inflammation caused by IBD, gastritis, colitis, or other GI tract issues
  • Hip dysplasia

Because it’s well tolerated topically, you can also use coconut oil to clean your dog’s eyes and ears to prevent infections or inflammation in those areas.

Coconut Oil Can Help Regulate Cholesterol Levels

Studies show that coconut oil can help boost the number of healthy lipids in the blood.

This study from BMJ Open, for example, compared the effects of coconut oil on blood cholesterol levels to other popular cooking fats like butter and extra virgin olive oil.

study on coconut oil and other fats

The study focused on a total of 91 middle-aged adults who were consuming 50 grams of either coconut oil, olive oil, or butter per day over a month.

The researchers examined the effects the different fats had on the cholesterol levels of the participants.

The study found that coconut oil increased the amount of good cholesterol in the blood, while not influencing the amount of bad cholesterol.

Other studies have found similar results, and suggest that coconut oil may help decrease the risk of heart diseases.

This is great news for certain dog breeds that are predisposed to heart conditions (like Great Danes, for example) or dogs that are overweight and suffering from high cholesterol.

Coconut Has Been a Staple Food for Many Indigenous Populations

coconuts on a beach

Coconut oil is by no means a new supplement.

Indigenous populations like The Tokelauans, The Pukapukans, and The Veddas, naturally consumed very coconut-rich diets.

In fact, studies show that The Tokelauans got over 60% of their energy from coconuts, for example.

Research also shows that these populations had almost no instances of heart disease.

This article in cocoveda.com, for example, cites a study from the medical journal Tropical and Geographical Medicine.

The study included over 200 members of the Veddas community aged between 20 and 83, all of whom underwent full physical examinations.

None of the participants displayed any signs or symptoms of heart disease.

Only 3.8% of the subjects had high blood pressure, and their cholesterol levels were normal, although they had higher levels of good (or HDL) cholesterol.

Studies on the Tokelauans produced similar results, with the subjects showing virtually no symptoms of heart disease.

Does Coconut Oil Produce Side Effects in Dogs?

dog playing with a coconutCoconut oil is very safe for dogs.

The only side effects that it might produce in your dog are diarrhea or greasy stools.

To avoid these adverse effects, it’s best to start your dog off on small doses of coconut oil so their body can adjust to the change in their diet.

I’ve put together an easy to follow coconut oil dosing chart for dogs further down in this article.

How to Give Your Dog Coconut Oil

Giving your dog coconut oil is easy.

Because coconut oil doesn’t have a very strong taste, some dogs will eat it willingly from a spoon or bowl.

If not, you can simply take some oil and mix it into your dog’s food.

How to Dose Coconut Oil for Dogs

The ideal coconut oil dosage for dogs is 1 teaspoon of liquid oil per 10 lbs of body weight.

However, to avoid any side effects, I recommend sticking to these smaller doses for the first week:

Small dogs (under 20 lbs) and puppies:

  • Start with ¼ teaspoon of oil per day.

Large dogs (over 20 lbs):

  • Start with 1 teaspoon of oil per day.

Stick to these doses for roughly 5-7 days, and make sure to keep an eye on your dog’s stool to ensure it isn’t overly greasy or loose.

Then, slowly increase their dosage until they’re taking 1 teaspoon per 10 lbs of body weight.

I generally recommend upping your dog’s dose slowly by around ¼ teaspoon per day.

How to Use Coconut Oil Topically

Small amounts of coconut oil are great for spot treating cuts, insect bites, rashes, or hot spots.

  • Just apply the oil directly to the area of your dog’s skin you want to treat and rub it in gently with your fingers.
  • Then, let the oil absorb for a few minutes before rinsing it off with cold water.
  • Alternatively, you can also use coconut oil to condition/moisturize your dog’s skin and coat.
  • Once a week, apply the oil to your dog’s skin and coat and let it absorb for around 5 minutes.
  • Then, rinse off the oil with water until your dog’s coat is soft and shiny but not overly greasy.

What’s the Best Coconut Oil for Dogs?

There are countless brands of coconut oil out there.

So, how do you know which one is the best for your dog?

For the best results, I recommend using an oil like Viva Naturals Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil because it contains a very high concentration of nutrients.


I recommend staying away from RBD (refined, bleached, and deodorized) coconut oil, although some dogs might prefer the flavor.

If you’re still unsure about which oil to buy for your pet, try asking your vet.

They may have specific brands to recommend.

Wait!... Did You Know That There’s a BETTER Dog Supplement Than Coconut Oil?

As you can see, there’s some pretty solid research behind coconut oil and the health benefits it has for dogs.

But there’s a secret supplement that leaves coconut oil in its tracks!

holista pet cbdThat supplement is CBD.

Chances are you already know a bit about CBD and some of its health benefits.

It’s great at fighting inflammation, boosting digestive health, and can also be used topically to fight rashes, itching, and more.

Read on to learn more about CBD and why I think it’s a much better supplement for dogs than coconut oil.

 

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5 Reasons Why You Should Consider Using CBD Instead of Coconut Oil:


1. CBD is Amazing for Doggy Digestion

cbd for dogs with digestive problemsI mentioned that coconut oil is great for dogs with digestive issues like IBD, gastritis, colitis, etc.

Well, it turns out that CBD is just as good, if not better, at strengthening your dog’s digestive system.

Digestive issues are really common among dogs.

Conditions like gastroenteritis, colitis, pancreatitis, and Inflammatory Bowel Disease will leave your pup dealing with really uncomfortable symptoms and can lead to serious health problems if not treated quickly.

Luckily, CBD has been shown to help with many of the digestive issues affecting dogs.

Thanks to its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, CBD is great at fighting both acute and chronic inflammation of the stomach, intestines, or pancreas.

Hence, it’s no wonder CBD supplements have become increasingly popular for pet owners whose dogs suffer from conditions like IBD, IBS, etc.

I’ve covered this topic in more detail in my recent post on CBD oil for cats with IBD. I also have a report on CBD for dogs with nausea which relates to these ailments.

Make sure to read through these articles for more info on the digestive benefits of CBD for both cats and dogs, if this is a main concern for your pet.

2. CBD is Better at Fighting Inflammation

cbd for dogs with painWe learned earlier that both capric and lauric acid are great anti-inflammatory compounds that are naturally found in coconut oil.

And while they’re both great at fighting inflammation, they’re no match for CBD.

CBD is renowned for its powerful and broad anti-inflammatory properties because it interacts with the Endocannabinoid System (a key player in triggering anti-inflammatory responses around the body).

CBD can bring down inflammation in the joints, for example, as well as internal inflammation like that caused by IBD.

In fact, studies also show that CBD can help reduce inflammation in the brain caused by complex disorders like Parkinson’s and epilepsy. Review the report on CBD for dogs with seizures and epilepsy here.

If your dog suffers from any type of pain, or has mobility issues, I strongly recommend you check out my report on CBD for dogs with arthritis and joint pain here.

3. CBD is Better at Boosting Your Dog’s Metabolism

cbd for your dog's metabolismCBD has been shown to have direct effects on the metabolism.

Research published in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry in 2016 shows that CBD helps induce a process known as “fat browning.”

The body has 2 main kinds of fat tissue; WAT and BAT (white adipose tissue and brown adipose tissue, respectively).

The first stores fat around the body. The latter, on the other hand, burns fat.

By carefully studying the effects of CBD on fat tissue, researchers found that CBD helped induce “fat browning,” a process that turns white adipose tissue into brown adipose tissue.

It does so in 3 main ways:

  • First and foremost, CBD was shown to stimulate genes and proteins that break down fat.
  • Secondly, CBD was shown to increase the number of mitochondria in the body and their levels of activity, which can help burn fat stores and energy.
  • And thirdly, CBD was found to reduce the expression of specific genes involved in fat cell generation.

Based on these observations, the researchers behind this study concluded that CBD could play a key role in preventing obesity and promoting weight loss.

Other studies also suggest that increased numbers of brown fat tissue can improve glucose tolerance and possibly help protect against diabetes, which brings me to my next point.

4. CBD Could Potentially Fight Diabetes

dog with diabetesThere’s a strong body of research suggesting that CBD has real therapeutic potential for preventing and treating diabetes.

Research by Dr. Raphael Mechoulam has found that cannabinoid receptors are highly prevalent in the pancreas.

In fact, Mechoulam’s research found cannabinoid receptors specifically on pancreatic islet cells, which is exactly where insulin is produced.

Other studies have also shown that, by activating these receptors, cannabinoids like CBD can inhibit the signaling of insulin receptors.

Obviously, these findings aren’t enough to warrant CBD a diabetes cure.

However, they make a solid case for the use of CBD and other cannabinoids in the treatment of diabetes.

Plus, research also shows that CBD can help prevent other medical conditions related to diabetes, including chronic inflammation, cardiac dysfunction, nerve damage, and more.

5. CBD Activates Your Dog’s Endocannabinoid System

dog looking at a cbd supplement bottleYou might be reading this and thinking:

How can CBD have so many broad health benefits?

Well, it comes down to the fact that CBD interacts with your dog’s Endocannabinoid System (or ECS).

The receptors that make up this system are found all throughout the body and are involved in managing all kinds of different bodily processes, including everything from appetite and metabolism to inflammation.

Hence, by stimulating your dog’s ECS, CBD can help with all kinds of different health problems, including:

  • Chronic pain
  • Seizures
  • Appetite loss
  • Weight gain
  • Inflammation

And much more.

For more information about all the different health benefits of CBD, make sure to check out my CBD benefits page here.

What Are Other People Saying About CBD for Pets?

king kalm cbd oilChances are this isn’t the first time you’re hearing about CBD.

After all, the supplement has attracted a lot of attention lately thanks to its health benefits and medical potential.

But maybe you weren’t so familiar with the fact that those health benefits also apply to dogs, cats, and other pets, not just humans.

Well, it’s true.

Because dogs have the same Endocannabinoid System as humans, they respond to CBD in much the same way we do.

They just need smaller doses.

In fact, many pet owners are already using CBD to help their dogs with all kinds of different conditions.

Here are some of the reviews CBD brands like HolistaPet, King Kanine, and Canna-Pet are getting from pet owners just like you:

Bethany from Tucson, AZ, uses CBD treats from HolistaPet (which actually contain coconut oil) to help her dog Stacy deal with arthritis.

cbd testimonial from holistapet
Screenshot taken from HolistaPet.com

Bethany was originally giving Stacy anti-inflammatory medication prescribed by her vet, but the medication was expensive and didn’t seem very effective.

After learning about CBD online, Bethany decided to give it a try and has never looked back since.

Stacy only takes 1-2 CBD treats per day and is seeing much better results than with her regular anti-inflammatories.

Plus, the treats are much more affordable, too.

Jessica, on the other hand, uses CBD oil with both her dogs:

cbd testimonial from king kanine
Screenshot taken from KingKanine.com

One is 11 years old and suffers from chronic pain due to a tumor, and the other is 2 years old and suffers from anxiety.

Jessica has seen great results in both her dogs with King Kanine's King Kalm CBD 300mg RX.

“I recommend this [CBD] to anyone dealing with any issues with their pups,” she writes.

Finally, there’s the story of Dakodah, a 3-year-old Malamute who started suffering from regular seizures roughly 13 months ago.

cbd testimonial from canna pet
Screenshot taken from Canna-Pet.com

She was later diagnosed with epilepsy, but luckily her parents soon found out about CBD.

She started her treatment (which consists of 1 CBD treat in the morning and 1 capsule at night) about 1 year ago and has been seizure free ever since! She uses CBD capsules from Canna-Pet.

These are just 3 examples of pets having success with CBD, however there are thousands of these reviews online, and they're growing in numbers!

Why You Should Try CBD With Your Dog Today

black and white photo of man and his dogYou’re probably wondering why I’m writing this.

Well, it turns out I’ve witnessed the power of CBD myself.

A few years ago, my dog Rosie got diagnosed with hip dysplasia and cancer.

As she got older, Rosie started becoming lethargic and suffered from constant pain.

She simply wasn’t the dog she used to be.

Luckily, with CBD I was able to help soothe her pain and bring back the energetic, loving dog me and my family knew Rosie to be.

Best of all, I was able to make Rosie’s final years with us extra special and give her the best possible quality of life.

Ever since my dog's success, I’ve dedicated myself to helping pet owners like me get informed about the powerful effects of CBD via this website.

In fact, we recently started a Facebook Group (which you can join by clicking here), and are happy to report that many other pet owners are reporting some great results from CBD.

cbd for pets facebook group cover photo

Here's a few recent comments from our Facebook Group:

There are many more positive testimonials coming into our little Facebook Group each month.

And there are thousands and thousands of other reviews about the positive effects of pet CBD all over the internet.

If any of the benefits of CBD align with issues your dog has right now, I highly recommend you consider using it.

I have listed all the products that I recommend and where you can buy them here.

Regarding Coconut Oil:

For a long time, I used it and other similar supplements with my dogs.

But once I learned about CBD, I realized that it’s a much more comprehensive supplement.

In fact, ever since I started using CBD, I’ve pretty much stopped using coconut oil altogether.

I occasionally use it to condition my dog’s coat, but that’s pretty much it.

Even for cuts, skin irritations, or hot spots, I now use topical CBD products like balms or sprays instead of coconut oil.

Here's The Next Step:

If you’re interested in learning more about CBD and how it might benefit your dog, make sure to download my free checklist, which reveals if your pet really needs CBD.

The checklist also comes with a full 35 page PDF report on all the benefits of CBD for dogs which you print and read later.

Just fill out the Free Checklist Form below to get started:


Blake Armstrong
Blake Armstrong

Hey I'm Blake, the founder of this website. Our family was fortunately to have discovered CBD products after our dog Rosie was diagnosed with a few common ailments. I truly believe they enhanced her last few years, and it's my passion to spread the word through this website. Thanks for visiting!