Is coconut oil good for your dog?

Coconut oil for dogs

Coconut oil is squeezed from the meat inside the coconuts. It has a lot of health benefits for skin, nails and hair. It's packed with healthy fatty acids and saturated fats. It has become a popular supplement in humans and dogs. The best coconut oil for dogs is unrefined or virgin coconut oil.

Benefits of coconut oil for dogs are:

  • anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties
  • helps with skin conditions like hot spots, bites, stings, or itchy, dry skin
  • Improves the appearance of your dog’s fur, it makes it shiny and healthy. That’s why is commonly used in dog shampoos, which improve damaged skin and reduce allergens.
  • reduces coughing and helps eliminate hairballs
  • good for digestion and weight loss
  • helps with bad breath
  • eases allergic reactions to outdoor pollen
  • improves brain energy and mental function in older dogs
Even though, coconut oil is usually safe for dogs, some may have an allergic reaction to it. Sometimes, giving a dog too much coconut oil could cause diarrhea. So before adding coconut oil to your dog’s diet, talk to your veterinarian. He will tell you what is the right amount for your dog and if he really needs it.