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Yes, it’s safe for dogs to consume coconut oil in moderation. In fact, it boasts many unique benefits, including improved coat, skin, and digestion. It can help dogs fight off harmful bacteria and fungi while easing inflammation and preventing bad breath.

Coconut Oil
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Safe: This food is generally considered safe by the veterinary community. Dogs can eat this food sometimes or in small amounts but contains little to no nutritional value.

Food Safety Safe to eat in moderation
Nutritional Value Antioxidants, antimicrobials, vitamin E, healthy fats
Servings 1 teaspoon per 10 lb of body weight
Potential Risks Obesity, pancreatitis, diarrhea, allergic reactions
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

How Much Coconut Oil Is Safe for Dogs?

Consider coconut oil a supplement, not a treat. As with any supplement, moderation is key. Generally speaking a serving of one teaspoon of coconut oil per 10 pounds of body weight or one tablespoon per 30 pounds is appropriate a few times per week. However, these are merely rough estimates, certain breeds or dogs with conditions may require specific portioning. Consulting your veterinarian is always the best course of action to determine the optimal dosage for your pup.

The Magic Behind Coconut Oil: Health Benefits for Dogs

Incorporating an scheduled serving of coconut oil can lead to improved skin and coat health, as well as enhanced digestion long term. It also helps combat harmful bacteria and fungi, eases inflammation, and even reduces bad breath. I remember when I first started giving my dog, Bella, coconut oil—her once dull coat transformed into a silky and shiny one, and her persistent scratching disappeared almost overnight.

Incorporating Coconut Oil into Your Dog’s Diet

An easy way to incorporate coconut oil into your dog’s diet is to add a single teaspoon to your dog’s daily meals. If you’ve ever handled coconut oil before you know that it has a very low melting point. It’s not difficult to get it from a paste to an oil.

It’s recommended you melt the appropriate amount, pour onto or mix into your dogs meal, and avoid feeding it directly from the jar (where it’s typically not in a liquid form) as this can throw off your measurements.

Coconut oil is pretty versatile. It can but mixed into homemade treat recipes, or combined with strips of food like sweet potato fries for a more nutrient-dense bite.

Common Coconut Oil Ingredients

  • Lauric acid – This incredible compound strengthens your dog’s immune system, helping them ward off infections and viruses.
  • Fatty acids – Essential fatty acids like omega-3 and omega-6 are crucial for dogs, as their bodies can’t produce them naturally. These nutrients generally promote overall health and well-being.

Overindulgence: Can Dogs Eat Too Much Coconut Oil?

Although coconut oil is generally safe for dogs with benefits, it’s still an oil with fats. Overconsumption can lead to gastrointestinal issues, such as vomiting or diarrhea. To avoid these complications, be sure to closely monitor your dog’s intake and follow your vet’s recommendations. Though rare, keep in mind that some dogs may be allergic to coconut oil, which can cause symptoms like an upset stomach and itching. As always with a new food, make a mental note to monitor your dog for a period after their first serving.

Consulting An Expert

As a dog owner, you’re always on the lookout for ways to improve your furry friend’s health and well-being. If you made it this far, you might be convinced coconut oil could just be your latest insight. if you have questions about coconut oil or other foods that can increase the longevity of your dog, head over to Tula Veterinary Nutrition for more resources.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Liquid or solid coconut oil can be safely added to your dog’s diet. Typically, one teaspoon per meal will be fine to take advantage of its health benefits.

  • For dogs with itchy skin, coconut oil can be a quick remedy. It contains nutrients that treat inflammation, scaly skin, itching, and other skin problems in dogs.

  • The worst thing that will happen if your dog eats too much coconut oil is diarrhea or vomiting. However, some dogs might be allergic to coconut. So, consult your vet beforehand.

About the Writer
Dan Greco , Dog Dad

Having been a dog dad for 5 years, I know how hard it is to make sure your dog gets the right nutrients and stays away from hazardous foods. With the help of a veterinarian who specializes in nutrition, I created this blog to help dog owners quickly access food information they need.

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About the Contributor
Dr. Hillary Wolfe , Veterinarian & Certified Food Therapist

Dr. Wolfe holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University and holds nutrition certifications from the NAVC and CIVT. Her business, Tula Veterinary Nutrition, hosts online courses that teach owners how to cook for their pet for optimal health and longevity. Follow her on Instagram at @doctorwolfe.dvm for dog nutrition tips, recipes and insights.