Coconut Oil For Dogs: Our 3 Favorite Recipes

coconut oil for dogs

 

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One of the most popular questions we get asked here at Dogs Naturally is if giving your dog coconut oil is a good idea or just a lot of fuss about nothing.

The truth is we love coconut oil for dogs and I’ll share our 3 favorite ways to use it. But first, let’s take a quick look at why coconut oil is such a healthy addition to your dog’s diet.

Why Feed Your Dog Coconut Oil?

There are a lot of different fats you can feed your dog, but coconut oil specifically contains a lot of medium chain fatty acids (MCFAs). Those MCFAs carry a variety of health benefits and here are just a few:

  • It contains antifungal, antibiotic and antiviral properties.
  • It helps balance the thyroid.
  • It’s great for skin and coat.
  • It can help reduce allergic reactions.
  • It can disinfect cuts and wounds and soothe cracked pads
  • It helps with digestive disorders
  • It regulates insulin and can help prevent or control diabetes
  • It can repel and expel parasites
  • It can even be used to clean teeth.

Unlike many over-the-counter products, coconut oil is safe, even if fed in huge amounts. It’s also much less likely to oxidize and become rancid than other fats (including fish oil).

(NOTE: Confidently feed a dog food that you KNOW is healthy, and giving coconut oil becomes an added nutritional boost! Download the free Pet Food Analyzer and find out if your dog food needs some help. Click here to download it, or enter your email below.)

Feeding Your Dog Coconut Oil

Because coconut oil has so many healthy properties, there are a lot of great uses for it. So before I get to the top 3 uses, I want to talk about adding coconut oil to your dog’s food to reap many of the above benefits.

Just feed coconut oil as a daily supplement by adding it directly to your dog’s meal. But remember coconut oil is a MCFA and your dog still needs other fatty acids in his diet. So if you’re feeding your dog fish oil, hemp oil or other supplements, add the coconut oil to the rotation, but don’t replace his regular oils or he may be missing important fatty acids. The best approach is to just rotate the oils each day.

Quality counts so don’t skimp on your coconut oil. Look for organic, extra-virgin coconut oil in glass jars.

How Much Coconut Oil For Dogs?

If you’re giving your dog coconut oil daily or every few days, give him up to 1 tsp per 10 pounds of body weight. You might want to start at just 1/4 of that amount and work your way up to avoid loose stools.

Most dogs don’t mind the taste of coconut oil and will eat it happily. If your dog is more picky, you can try adding coconut meat, coconut milk or coconut water to his meals. But just be careful it doesn’t contain sugar or preservatives. And 14 oz of coconut milk contains about 5 Tbsp of coconut oil – that’s about a tsp per ounce of coconut milk. So a 14 oz container would last a small dog about two weeks.

So once you’re feeding your dog coconut oil in his meals and he’s loving the tasty addition, it’s time to look at more creative ways to use this healthy oil.

So next,  let’s get to the recipes …

The Top 3 Uses For Coconut Oil For Dogs

I’m sure you might have heard about the benefits of feeding your dog coconut oil – but you might not have thought about other ways to use it. Because of it’s bacteria, fungus and virus killing properties, coconut oil can help you dog inside and outside. So let’s start with a topical application.

Recipe 1: Coconut Oil Anti-Itch Cream

Many times, allergy symptoms are caused by a fungus called yeast, or Candida. Yeast is a natural part of your dog’s digestive system and when it’s balanced in the body, it helps your dog absorb and digest nutrients in his diet, but it can grow out of control, especially if your dog has taken antibiotics, steroids or drugs, or if he’s eating a processed diet or has a weakened immune system.

Once yeast grows out of control, it can cause leaky gut syndrome and start causing allergy symptoms. (Click here to learn more about treating allergies by treating leaky gut)

Coconut oil has strong antifungal properties so not only should you feed it to your dog, but you should try this topical blend to help get rid of yeasty skin and ears:

  • Put 8 oz coconut oil in a small glass bottle.
  • Let it sit in the sun in a warm room to turn room temperature.
  • Add 10 drops of lavender essential oil.
  • Add 2 drops lemon essential oil.
  • Shake or stir to mix.
  • Massage it into your dog’s skin once a week (or more often if needed)

Store you mixture in a dark place and it will last for several months.

Recipe 2: Coconut Oil Topical Antibiotic

Not only does coconut oil have great antifungal properties, it also has antibacterial properties. And it’s becoming important these days to look for natural alternatives to antibacterial creams and disinfectants because they cause bacteria to mutate and become antibiotic-resistant. So here’s a great recipe for a really powerful topical antibiotic:

  • Put 4 Tbsp coconut oil in a glass jar or bottle.
  • Let it sit in the sun in a warm room to turn room temperature.
  • Add 12 drops oregano oil (be sure you don’t apply oregano oil directly to your dog, it must be in a carrier oil).
  • Mix the coconut oil and oregano oil together with a spoon.
  • Use the cream as a topical antibiotic (it’s OK if your dog licks it too).

Place a lid on the jar and it will last several months.

Recipe 3: Coconut Oil/Turmeric Immune Builder

You can combine coconut oil with another powerful food: turmeric. This healthy combination not only doubles up on coconut oils bacteria killing properties, but can help detoxify the liver and even fight cancer. Here’s the recipe:

  • Place 1/4 cup extra-virgin organic coconut oil in a saucepan with 1 cup filtered water.
  • Heat the mixture on low heat until it melts.
  • Add 1/2 cup organic turmeric powder.
  • Add 1 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper.
  • Stir all the ingredients over low heat for about 10 minutes or until it forms a thick paste.
  • Let the mixture cool and then place it in a jar with a lid.
  • Store the paste in your fridge for up to two weeks.

Add the coconut oil/turmeric paste directly to your dog’s meals – they usually don’t mind the taste. It’s best if this mixture is fed twice a day.

Start by giving your dog about 1/4 tsp per 20 pounds. You can increase that amount over several days or weeks to 1 tsp per 20 pounds.

So yes, you can use coconut oil for dogs! It’s an inexpensive, healthy addition to your dog’s diet – and now you can use it as an anti-yeast spray and an antibacterial cream too.

Try these recipes and start replacing chemicals and meds with natural options today.

(NOTE: Confidently feed a dog food that you KNOW is healthy, and giving coconut oil becomes an added nutritional boost! Download the free Pet Food Analyzer and find out if your dog food needs some help. Click here to download it, or enter your email below.)

About the Author Dana Scott

Dana Scott is Editor In Chief for Dogs Naturally Magazine. She also breeds Labrador Retrievers under the Fallriver prefix and has been a raw feeding, natural rearing breeder since the 90's. She is an advocate for natural health care for dogs and people and works tirelessly to educate pet owners so they can influence veterinary medicine and change current vaccine, food and preventive health practices. Visit Dana's Labradors at Fallriver Labs