Updated: Apr 17
One of the most common that comes up is coconut oil for cats or dogs. Many of our customers want to know if coconut oil is good for cats or dogs. To help, we've decided to put together the best guide out there to answer all of your questions about coconut oil for dogs.
Is Coconut Oil Good For Cats or Dogs:
Can cats & dogs have coconut oil? The short answer is Yes. Coconut oil is good for dogs and can help aid your pets' digestion, improve their coats, help prevent infection and more. But please note, it is mportant to follow the proper guidelines. As with most things, too much of even a good thing can end up having negative effects.
Why Is Coconut Oil Healthy For Pets
The big benefits of coconut oil comes from the type of fats it is made of. Coconut oil is almost exclusively (more than 90%) saturated fat and is one of the few foods that can be classified as a "superfood". I know what you're thinking, "Isn't fat bad for you?". In this case no. There are two groups of fats: saturated fats and unsaturated and within each group are several more types of fats. MCT's are coconut oils secret weapon. Medium chain triglycerides (MCT) is good fat, the kind that provides an array of benefits which include digestion improvement, immune system support, metabolic function that assists with weight loss, skin and coat health and thyroid health.
MCT is made up of Lauric Acid, Capric Acid, Caprylic Acid, Myristic Acid and Palmitic. Coconut oil also contains about 2% linoleic acid (polyunsaturated fatty acids) and about 6% oleic acid (monounsaturated fatty acids). Lauric acid has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. Capric and caprylic acid also have similar properties as lauric acid and are best known for their anti-fungal effects
In addition, MCTs are efficiently metabolized to provide an immediate source of fuel and energy, enhancing athletic performance and aiding weight loss. In dogs, the MCTs in coconut oil balance the thyroid, helping overweight dogs lose weight and helping sedentary dogs feel energetic.
Ok enough of the science, now on to the fun stuff.
Check out these creative ways to get coconut oil into your cats or dogs diet!
Benefits of Coconut Oil for Cats & Dogs
As we've stated, coconut oil has several benefits for your cat or dog. Let's go over a few of them. Coconut oil gently elevates the metabolism, provides a higher level of energy and vitality, protects your dog from illness, and speeds healing. As a bonus, coconut oil can improve cat or dog’s skin and coat, improves digestion, and reduces allergic reactions.
Healthy Skin and Coat
Clears up eczema
Aids flea allergies, contact dermatitis and itchy skin
Minimizes doggy odor
Reduces allergic reactions
Creates sleek and glossy coats
Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections
When applied topically coconut oil promotes wound healing
Also can help with hot spots, dry skin and hair, bites and stings
Increases nutrient absorption
Helps with colitis and inflammatory bowel syndrome
Reduces or eliminates bad breath
Helps with coughing
Assists with weight loss
A powerful antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal agents
Balances insulin and promotes normal thyroid function
Helps prevent or control diabetes
Aids arthritis and ligament problems
Helps prevent infection and disease
Aids in increasing energy
How Much Coconut Oil for Cats or Dogs
How much coconut oil should you give your dog? When starting your dog on coconut oil, it is absolutely vital that you start slow. Begin slow, start with a tiny amount. Your dog needs to take time for their body to adjusts to the addition to their diet. If you start with a larger amount of coconut oil, your dog could react poorly. Side effects can include diarrhea or greasy stools.
Start with Small Amounts
¼ teaspoon per day for small dogs and puppies.
1 teaspoon for large dogs, or even just a dab if your dog's constitution is sensitive.
After you've let their body adjust, a general guideline for the optimal dose of coconut oil for cats or dogs is.
About 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight daily
Or about 1 tablespoon per 30 pounds