Whether it’s in your hair, on your skin, or in your food, coconut oil has many benefits. Coconut oil has been claimed to restore skin and even reduce stress. But what about when it comes to dogs. Is coconut oil okay to give to dogs, and what are the benefits?
Is coconut oil safe for dogs?
Coconut oil is not toxic to dogs and generally safe for dogs when applied to the skin or fur.
However, you should not feed your dog coconut oil. This oil is loaded with saturated fats (the “bad” kind) and leads to high cholesterol levels. A little coconut oil will not hurt your dog, but any more than that can become potentially harmful.
Some owners add a little bit of coconut oil to their dog’s food bowl once or twice a day (¼ to 1 tablespoon daily). Studies affirm the usefulness of coconut oil in promoting healthy skin and hair, but there are no studies on the effectiveness of adding coconut oil to dog food. Therefore, we do not recommend it.
What is coconut oil used for?
Coconut oil is best used for hair and skin issues. Applied to a dog’s fur, coconut oil can restore hair, making it shinier and less prone to further damage. Coconut oil is unique from other fats in this way. It can also hydrate dry and itchy skin and help to ward off inflammation.
Keep in mind that the benefits of coconut oil are studied in humans, not dogs. Many veterinarians support the use of coconut oil for dogs, but we do not have enough scientific data to say with one hundred percent confidence what the potential benefits and risks are.