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Benefits of Coconut Oil For Dogs

Benefits of Coconut Oil

There are many benefits of coconut oil for dogs being discovered for dogs, even though it was not recommended in the past. The coconut, also known as the “tree of life”, has been found to have many benefits not only for humans, but for our best friends as well.

There are many products and furniture made from coconut lumber and leaves. Many foods and desserts have at least a bit of coconut milk in them. But the most popular use of the coconut, in the field of health and medicine, is the coconut’s oil, which has been found to cure or alleviate many diseases.

Benefits of Coconut Oil For Dogs

Many diseases and ailments, like yeast infections, smelly coats, hot spots, cuts that have been infected, and even cracked paws, can all be cured with just a jar of “virgin coconut oil.” When all forms of diet remedies have failed, then it is time to try out this miracle natural medicine for your dog. Virgin coconut oil means that it is unrefined, and it can be used for both dogs and humans. Lauric acid, a medium chain fatty acid, can help prevent bacterial and viral infections. This is most commonly found in a mother’s milk and builds the immune system. Fortunately, dogs can benefit from the same kind of protection and health advantages it gives throughout their lives.

There are many other benefits of coconut oil for dogs, all good reasons why you should give your dog some virgin coconut oil. First, it can potentially reduce cancer risks. It also improves the digestion of your dog and becomes medicine for most digestive upsets. The thyroid function is also kept normal with coconut oil. It can give your dog a smooth glossy coat, as well as healthy, supple skin. Yeast and fungal infections are also treated and prevented through the use of coconut oil. Arthritis and similar pains can also be minimized or treated. Coconut can also balance your dog’s metabolism rate to keep his weight under control.

Another area in which amazing results have been attained is in prevention of parasitic infestations, and apparently curing the problem in many instances. As described in an article on the website:

Coconut oil may provide an effective defense against many troublesome parasites including giardia. Like bacteria and fungi, giardia can’t stand up against MCFA found in coconut oil.

Research has confirmed the effectiveness of MCFA in destroying giardia and possibly other protozoa.5,6,7 By using coconut oil and other coconut products every day, you may be able to destroy giardia before it can establish a toehold.

It can be given internally or applied externally, and can provide remedies for many skin infections. It can disinfect cuts and improve your dog’s general skin and coat condition, making it healthier. Wounds also heal faster with coconut oil, and it helps to deodorize your dog’s skin and clear up some rashes as well.

And unlike most herbal products that are good for your dog’s health, coconut is something that your dog will most probably love to eat. They will most likely gobble up the coconut oil and not be too picky with it. Just as humans can get a bit nutty for coconut, so can our beloved buddies. Mix it with their food – it has cured many picky eaters.

Many vets and researchers today are recommending the regular use of coconut oil for dogs and many other pets as an excellent source of nutrients, which keeps your dog in good health.

The recommended dose is pretty easy; just give a teaspoon of coconut oil per 10 pounds of dog, or you can give a table spoon per 30 pounds. Start with about 1/4 the recommended dosage and build up to the recommended level over 3-4 weeks, as sometimes flu-like symptoms can appear if you hurried it right away.

More benefits of coconut oil for dogs are being constantly discovered. Get some for your fur baby’s health and well-being.

Have you already started using coconut oil for your dog? Feel free to share this article with others below.

295 Responses to Benefits of Coconut Oil For Dogs
  1. […] Coconut oil for dogs (and people) is often called a miracle in a jar. “Virgin” (or unrefined) coconut oil helps to support and maintain overall health in both humans and dogs. Coconut oil contains Lauric acid, which is a medium chain fatty acid that is also found in mother’s milk. Lauric acid is the substance that prevents infants from getting viral, bacterial and protozoan infections, and those same benefits seem to apply to dogs as well. […]

  2. Barbara Chittenden
    July 14, 2014 | 7:43 pm

    Since Schnauzer’s are prone to pancreatitis and fat intake should be limited, is the coconut oil good for this breed?

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  5. Heather
    July 11, 2014 | 3:29 pm

    I have 2 Std Wire Hair Dachshunds and we attend and participate in Conformation Dog Shows on a regular basis. I have read many articles on the benefits of supplementing my dogs diet with Coconut Oil. Th only concern I have is, the coats on a Wire Hair Dachie is supposed to be course and wirey. I am concerned that supplementing my dogs may soften their coats. Has anyone ever tried given Coconut Oil to any wire coated breeds, and if so what were the results? Anxiously awaiting for any responses. Thanks Heather, Fish and the Sneakman !

  6. Allie Arnst
    July 9, 2014 | 4:35 pm

    Hello, we put our dog (Goldendoodle) on the raw meat diet. We were first on kibble and dry treats, but after much research and consultation with a holistic vet, we went to the raw meat diet. We buy premade patties, and add veggies and currently hemp oil. We had trouble with the dry kibble – she became itchy, ear infections all the time, chewing her feet. Antibiotics from the vet. When the vet suggested we put her on a kibble made from feathers, I kinda lost it. Feathers!!! All the kibble is overprocessed by heat and heat destroys nutrients. Not to mention grains. Our dog can’t do fish, and my friend’s dog can’t tolerate lamb, so you have to go through a process of elimination. We feed our dog elk, bison and duck patties, and duck and turkey necks, and raw meaty buffalo bones. I read most of the comments on here are concerned with itching, yeast, ear infections. It’s the kibble folks. I highly recommend going the raw meat way, it solved 90% of her issues. She dances around and barks and gets really vocal when we prepare her meals now, and she sure never did that before, not even close. I’m going to switch to coconut oil in her diet now. thanks all.

  7. Tammy Harris
    July 4, 2014 | 2:44 pm

    My 6 year old doxie is always scratching and chewing to where her skin on her belly is red and sometimes sores. Have taking her to the vet and she gets a shot of antibiotics. It lasts awhile, couple months and then its back. I bought Coconut Oil, its in solid, when rubbed beteween hands it becomes liquid. I rub it one her and another doxie that has red bumps all over his belly. 5 minutes later there belly skin was so soft. They seem better. Can this be rubbed on their coat? Probably will be greasy but hair might soak it up to their skin? The one doxie has long hair, it’s that a problem and how often can I use the coconut oil on them???? Thank you

    • Traci
      July 8, 2014 | 4:39 pm

      It can be rubbed on your dog’s coat. Start with a small amount and work it down to the skin with your fingers or a zoom groom. It may help to part the dog’s fur to get it down to the skin. My dogs love getting a coconut oil rub down. I just have to watch them so they don’t try to lick the coconut oil off of each other! :-)

  8. Mike
    July 3, 2014 | 9:27 am

    I have an aussie-lab mix , havent found virgin coconut oil locally yet , so bought some organic from local store …will it be as good for her ? ( more in my budget…)at least until I convince myself to spend 3 times as much

    • Donna
      July 5, 2014 | 8:48 am

      I found it better to purchase the unrefined extra virgin coconut oil that I use online. Personally, I like the Vitacost website but it’s always a good idea to shop around. In GA local stores charge $8 and up for a 12 oz jar. Vitacost charges around the same for a 16 oz jar. I’ve been using coconut oil for over two years both personally and for the dogs I foster. If giving it to them as a supplement be careful not to overdose as I’ve read it can cause diarrhea. I typically don’t give it to them daily – just a few times a week. Use the same caution as with humans when trying something new – measurement and monitoring are key.

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  10. Rebecca Wipf
    June 25, 2014 | 11:18 am

    If I have 1000mg softgels, does anyone know the conversion rate for the teaspoon per pound? Our dog weighs 70lbs, and I don’t want to give him too much.

    • Karen
      June 30, 2014 | 1:40 pm

      It would be around 12- 1000 mg capsules to equal one table spoon. I’m not sure how dogs digestive systems would be with that many at one time.
      Take care,

  11. Serviced Apartments Guy
    June 23, 2014 | 1:13 pm

    Coconut oil is absolutely brilliant for so many different things, so it really doesn’t surprise me that it’s good for dogs too! Great post!

  12. Anna
    June 23, 2014 | 9:25 am

    Hi, I am looking for help with essential oils for my chocolate lab who has allergies and keeps gnawing at her paws. She doesn’t scratch her body, it’s just in her paws. She is four year old and the allergies started about 6 months ago. The vet thought it might be an allergy to the food she was eating. I didn’t think so, but we changed her food 4 times. She is still gnawing. I am thinking it’s environmental and I can’t afford the testing at the vets office being recently unemployed. Any suggestions please?

    • Louise Thorne
      June 25, 2014 | 9:16 am

      Braggs apple cider vinager in water great for dogs! Kills bacteria

    • Tammy
      June 25, 2014 | 1:34 pm

      Our yellow lab has same issue. It has after many years been diagnosed as yeast. Treating her yeast symptoms is helping greatly. I’m anxious to try adding coconut oil and see if this benefits her, too.

    • Russ
      June 26, 2014 | 1:09 am

      My Weimaraner had similar issues… we haven’t fully solved the issue but making great progress… usually the paws is an over heating of their system and usually from food sensitivities… some from Chicken (due to all the chemicals fed to intensively raised chicken) and some from the various grains found in most dog foods… Acana and Orijens are two from Alberta Canada that have absolutely no grain products and food grade animal proteins… going to their six fish version has mostly solved our issues / we’re still phasing in so it’s looking promising for when we get her on a full diet of the new food.
      Best way is to strip the food intake back to only your dog food and whole food dog treats (no manufactured treats with grains and many strange ingredients)… try dehydrated meats or carrots. Then change one thing at a time… it usually takes a few meals to react.

    • Kym
      June 27, 2014 | 9:54 pm

      My bullmastiff (now 13) started gnawing his paws and ultimately having seizures when he was about 2. After many diet changes, he has been a vegetarian for about 9 years and it has almost completely seizure free. I have found 2 brands that have truly vegetarian options: Wellness and Taste of the Wild. Make sure you read the ingredients carefully on anything you choose; many so-called vegetarian options still contain chicken broth and chicken by-product!

    • Karen
      June 30, 2014 | 1:43 pm

      I would defiantly try the coconut oil directly on her paws and give it internally as well. Coconut is anti fungal and anti bacterial. It would also aide in her digestion.

    • Jennifer
      July 15, 2014 | 9:04 pm

      Probely allergic to grass. U need long sox on all fours hold them on with rubber bands each time u go out side. Use main n tail lotion on paws. Ur dog will want to lick it off but correct ur dog

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  17. David
    May 30, 2014 | 1:35 pm

    Has anyone tried giving coconut oil to a Shiba Inu? Did it help with their extremely dry skin?

  18. Lynda
    May 22, 2014 | 5:42 am

    i have a 9 year old long haired german sheppard , he has lost all is coat underneath from his neck down also has got sores on the fronts of his paws , he has been tested for thyroid , mange , fleas u name it and still no vet can tell me whats wrong im afraid he wont survive the winter if he looses much more of his coat , please can u help ???

    • Shannon
      May 28, 2014 | 9:24 pm

      Sounds like severe skin allergies. Dogs can have allergies to fleas, to their food, or to the environment. Keep him on flea control and do a food trial with a perscription diet from the veterinarian of a hypoallergenic food. If those 2 things don’t work then it is an environmental allergy. For environmental allergies they can be on a medication such as Atopica life long in order to control the allergy ( you can’t “treat” allergies) or you can get get him tested to see what the allergen(s) is/are and get a special vaccination made just for him against the allergen(s) but that’s the expensive approach. Doing the medication would be cheaper. Hope this helps! I too have a long haired German shepherd and he has seasonal allergies so every (summer/spring) he gets hot spots on his legs and sometimes ear infections as well! If you are worried about him being cold in the winter keep him indoors! Or get him a doggy coat.

      • Charles
        June 19, 2014 | 1:25 am

        Get your dog on a 9.5 or higher PH Alkaline Ionized Water and use the acidix water on skin and use Organic Food Grade Diatomaceous Earth in food (parasites) and skin (fleas)

    • Paula
      June 5, 2014 | 10:02 am

      My dog has the same problem and for her its yeast. Right now because the weather is warms she is flaring up really bad but get an anti-fungal from your vet to take by mouth and an anti-fungal shampoo. I have to bathe her at least once a week when she is doing good and every other day or at least every 3 days when she has a flare up and I rinse her with an apple cider vinegar rinse (about 1/2 cup to 1 cup of ACV to a gallon of water and you don’t dry them off afterwards, allow to air dry if possible). I’ve also cut out gluten in her food. I can’t afford really expensive foods like Blue Buffalo which is supposed to be the best so I use Diamond Senior 8+ which is wheat free and she does well with it. Now because she is continuously on anti-fungals she has started to build up a resistance to them and they don’t work as well as they used to. I am now trying a more holistic approach and using coconut oil and giving it to her by mouth and applying it directly to her skin and I’m using this web page as a guide,
      You can buy antifungal shampoos, look for ingredients with either Ketoconazole or miconazole. I even used a horse antifungal shampoo at my local feed store which my vet said was good to use. But before you try any of this consult your vet to be sure its yeast. Sometimes just changing the food is all you have to do because it could just be a gluten allergy.
      Good Luck.

      • Paula
        June 5, 2014 | 10:04 am

        Also don’t be discouraged if you don’t see immediate results. It takes a month of treatment before I notice any difference on my girl.

        • Charles
          June 19, 2014 | 1:35 am

          Paula blue buffalo is NOT the best not even close and Diamond is full of recalls and have a plant shut down The best is organic raw coupled with supplements I use raw, kibble % wet and 3 different supplements with teh c oil and DE and treats consist of a occassional shoe, chair and anything loose

    • Stephanie
      June 22, 2014 | 12:45 am

      I have a sheppard mix. She is about 12 and for the past few year has been “flea biting” and recently has begun to sratch like crazy. I started off thinking it was just minor allergies and gave her some benedryl and it helped for about 2 nights…then just seemed to get worse. After trying many things, I believe she has dermatitis, and is allergic to one of the many grasses in Florida. I JUST today gave her a medicated bath, changed her food to a grain free diet, AD ointment is doing wonders and I also shaved her down in order to prevent any yeast from growing after the bath. I am still keeping up with the benedryl for now. I bought coconut oil today and plan on using it tomorrow morning, heck I use it all the time for myself for many things, I am sure it will benifit her as well! Good luck, its frustrating, but it’s not the end of all ends, it will get better.

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  21. Megan McLouth
    May 3, 2014 | 7:53 am

    My malamute wolf dog mix is constantly itching, I’ve spent days looking for fleas and he has nothing, but he’s itching so bad that he’s giving him self blisters (the vet said it’s from him itching and leaving saliva on his skin and put him on a medication, but after the madication it has returned) should I try giving him some coconut oil orally and rub some on all his itchy spots? Thank you for your time!

    • Amy Patterson
      May 16, 2014 | 8:27 pm

      Definitely both. Coconut oil is very soothing and has healing properties. I use it on my dogs whenever they have an itchy spot or a minor abrasion, and also on my older dog’s dry nose. It’s amazing stuff with no side effects. The trick is to keep them from licking it off, because dogs love the taste. :-) … Taken orally, it will take a while for the oil to benefit your dog’s skin and coat, so applying it topically in the mean time will help a lot. Like with fish oils, it’s important to give it to your dog every day, all year round, for maximum benefit.

    • Marie Solo
      June 2, 2014 | 3:08 pm

      It could be a yeast infection. I discovered a video series on you tube by Veterinarian, Dr Karen Becker of Mercola Healthy Pets, very informative. Dr. Becker is a proponent of coconut oil too. Good luck!

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    • Brandon
      July 7, 2014 | 4:29 pm

      Great for mals. Mine would constantly get hot spots, itchy spots, her fur would get extra oily and smell. She also had to take thyroid supliments. 1 year or 2 tbls of coconut oil on her food and no problems , doesn’t need her thyroid pills either. Also add 1 tsp of acv to her water daily.

  22. Mellisa
    May 1, 2014 | 9:21 pm

    When my female pekingese was 13 1/2, all of a sudden she started having problems walking. She would try to get out of her bed and her back legs went out from under her. When I took her for a walk, every dozen steps or so her legs went out and when she tried to go to the bathroom, she fell over.
    I took her to the vet and she said it was old age, her hips were going out and there really was nothing I could do. It would only get worse. After coming across an article on the benefits of VCO, I immediately put both of my dogs on it. (Building up to about a tsp./day.) After about 2 months I noticed that her legs were hardly going out anymore at all. A few months after that and she’s completely back to normal. Now, at almost 15 I have to say her health is amazing! Her energy level has skyrocketed and is like that of a dog half her age. I haven’t seen any hip problems in a year.
    Both my dogs love the taste too. I use Nutiva that I get at Costco. (About $17-18 for a 76 oz. jar.) I truly believe that the coconut oil not only saved her life, but made for a much better quality of living for her. I will always use and highly recommend giving to your doggies every day…even if nothing is wrong with them.

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    April 24, 2014 | 10:31 am

    This is very good information. I am now waiting for the cocoanut dog supplements to come out, or maybe they are already here. What products are out there with cocoanut in them you can give to your dog, i.e. treats.

    • Cherie
      May 20, 2014 | 11:49 pm

      Just my opinion, but I have a 2 yr old Pom-chi rescue dog, and she just likes to lick it off my finger. I rub it on her paws and she licks that off too. It smells and tastes great for them. I’m going to put some on the good-for-her food that she wont eat and see if it helps too!

      • Cherie
        May 20, 2014 | 11:51 pm

        ps I bought a jar of Trader Joes Virgin coconut oil from Ebay. 5 stars! After all the crap they put in dog food/treats now, I wouldn’t trust a ‘supplement’. This is pure as the driven snow. And its good for us too!

    • Sam
      June 16, 2014 | 5:36 pm

      You don’t need supplements – just feed it to them from the jar. I have never met a dog yet that does not like the taste.

      • Charles
        June 19, 2014 | 1:43 am

        half of my hounds wont eat it

  24. Lauren
    April 18, 2014 | 2:49 pm

    We have three greyhounds and have been giving them yogurt, pumpkin and fish oil as food supplements. They don’t have any serious skin issues, just a bit of dry skin and one of them has some flaking. The supplements have helped with the dry skin but not the flaking so much. If I start using coconut oil, should I keep them on the other supplements?

    • Erin
      May 1, 2014 | 6:55 pm

      Cow or goat yogurt? I ask as goat is much easier for dogs to digest.

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  27. Erika
    April 4, 2014 | 3:33 pm

    We have a 9 year old boxer that was the runt of the litter and has always been really skinny. He would eat all the time but never seemed to gain weight. We always thought that this was just normal and he was naturally thin. Finally we found out that he has acute pancreatitis and his body was not processing his food correctly. He was eating a ton, but just not keeping all of the nutrients. Our vet told us to put pancreatic enzymes and coconut oil on puppy food everyday, and within 2 weeks his ribs had already stopped showing. It was like magic! His coat is better, and he seems to have much more energy. We will continue with this from now on. Just wanted to share our story in case someone else is having trouble with a skinny dog!

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    • Denise
      April 3, 2014 | 12:09 am

      My miniature poodle has been suffering with skin disease for a few years. I had tried everything, fish oil, grain free, eliminating common allergy producing proteins like chicken. Finally I started feeding him about a teaspoon of coconut oil daily for the past 6 weeks. His skin is completely cleared up. He looks great. Wish I had tried it sooner.

      • Chris Arnold
        April 8, 2014 | 10:22 pm

        My American Bulldog has a skin allergy, a friend told me to try coconut oil in his food and it can be rubbed on his skin.
        I believe there is Virgin, Refined and Unrefined Coconut Oil, can the Virgin be put on his food as well as rubbed into his skin
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      • vanessa
        May 30, 2014 | 1:27 am

        hi, i hv a mini poodle with minor skin problems too. she is constantly scratching & licking herself. The vet said she has fungal infection, i tried pills, ointments, shots, malaseb shampoo, they are not working. Is VCO good for her? Articles say apple cider works but i haven’t try it out yet. Please reply me, thank you.

  29. Bonnie
    April 1, 2014 | 11:00 am

    As I read down through these comments I found it interesting to read the negative ‘jabs’ made towards vets. That’s pretty sad. Obviously if you feel this way about vets then you have the wrong vet! We have a vet that looks at EVERYTHING and then makes a decision. The last resort is a prescription that is ‘deadly’(as one person said here!). She is a very holistic professional that always looks outside the box to see what is truly best for your animal. We have been very thankful to have found her and drive quite a distance with our 3 dogs, 2 Cocker Spaniels and an English Bulldog, just to see her! She is absolutely one in a million! I suggest before you belittle the veterinarians that you take the time to TRULY care about your pets and find them a ‘doctor’ that cares about them. After all, don’t you do that for yourself? Just a thought!

    • Charles
      June 19, 2014 | 1:54 am

      Bonnie you made the case against vets with your own 1 in million remark that means there are NO GOOD vets left you have the only one Most Vets are just above clueless just walk in and see the food they are pushing (holistic excepted) its not al their fault its a hard profession as they have to deal with a range of differnt type animals

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    I started giving my dog coconut oil mixed with his raw diet about a week ago…for the past few days he has been turning his nose up at it or eating it and throwing the whole meal back up again. I am thinking maybe I started him on too much at once? I have been giving him a tablespoon split into 3 meals. Any ideas?

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  37. Kendall
    March 3, 2014 | 6:09 pm

    I have a 11y/o white lab, with chronic yeast infections in her ears. We have been to the vet numerous times over her life, with NO success. I have tried many different ear cleaners, the plain vinegar(which made a dentbut didn’t get rid of it), also the apple cider vinegar(which seems to be causing MORE YEAST)…. Going to try the coconut oil, hope it helps!!!!!! I go through 10 qtips 2/3 times a day cleaning yeast out of her ears, and the smell is HORRIBLE! If anyone has any suggestions, please don’t hesitate. We have also changed her food numerous times, with no success. Currently we are grain free. I read somewhere she could be allergic to meat(but that doesn’t seem naturally possible for a dog, seeing is thats their natural diet).

    • Wendy
      April 1, 2014 | 4:58 pm

      My Golden had that problem. I used Novalsan Otic for maintenance. But first have to get rid of it. I used prescription Panalog or Animax (same drug).

    • Muffy
      April 3, 2014 | 8:27 pm

      I have a labradoodle that had a yeast infection when we got him from the breeder. I tried all the treatments from the vet to no avail it did not go away. we were relating the story to one of our friends and they had a soaniel with the same problem adn his vet told him to use dish soap and water 1 time a day ( 10 drops to 2 ounces of tepid water) for 2 weeks. well I said I would try it and guess what no yeast infection. sometimes the simplest of solutions seems to work. at least it did for us. you can try it too!

      • Nancy Graev
        April 28, 2014 | 12:55 pm

        DISH SOAP and water???? Did you bath her in it? More info. please. My 3 yr old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel had yeast in her ears and vulva. She had been treated with an antifungal prescription med. She also takes Coconut oil everyday. She loves it.

        • sylvia
          June 1, 2014 | 2:48 am

          I read about your Cavalier King Charles Spaniel having a yeast infection, and for that I wanted to know if you had her spayed? If not, I strongly urge you to do so as I was unaware of the severe consequences it has on their uterus. My poodle was always having an infection and finally became extremely ill. I thought she was just sick since it happens a bit when she doesn’t sleep with a sweater because they were the same symptoms. This particular time, she felt hotter than usual so I rushed her to the vet. they had to perform an emergency operation to remove because a large cyst had formed, filled with pus, and could rupture & spread. I hate myself for not understanding and letting this happen for so long, but hopefully this may help

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            July 13, 2014 | 9:14 pm

            Another good reason to sterilize our dogs besides helping to try to curb the overpopulation of dogs and the killing of homeless ones. They are more at risk to health problems when we keep them intact.

    • Liz
      April 5, 2014 | 11:59 am

      My black lab has had the same problems till I tried this recommended by a friend and as seen posted on other sites:
      16oz of Isopropyl Alcohol, take out oboist 1oz to make room for rest of ingredients.
      4 Tablespoons Boric Acid Powder
      16 Drops of Gentian Blue/Violet Solution 1%
      Mix/shake and shake at each use
      Gentian Blue/Violet is very staining so best used outside. Your dog being white may get purple ears but it will go away.
      You can also warm the solution, your dog will thank you
      First three days , flood ears twice a day and rub ears to work in solution then let him shake it out.
      Forth day, once a day 8-10 drops massage in and wipe out with baby wipes. Do this for two weeks and then as needed going forward. I clean my boys once a week or so. You will be amazed at the results.

    • Tracy
      April 24, 2014 | 6:31 pm

      Try Zimox enzymatic solution with hydrocortisone. It has worked wonders for my dogs when nothing else has worked.

    • Linda Jennings
      April 26, 2014 | 2:46 pm

      Have you tried Vet’s Best Ear Relief Wash & Dry? I have used this product for over the past 17 years with my chows, Without exception the smell, yeast and other possible ear problems have been cleared up by this product. 17 years ago I believe it was call Veterinarian’s Best Friend. I have recommended it to many different people with different breeds of dogs and they have all, without exceptions, raved about how it cleared up their dog ear problems. I hope you will not be the first one to find this product does not work for your dog. It is all natural chamomile, yucca, aloe vera, tea tree oil, clove oil and echinacea; calendula, clove, siltca,tea tree oil,aloe vera, chamomile, and echinacea.

    • Lisa
      May 7, 2014 | 9:56 am


      My Wheaten has a similar problem and I have decided to try adding probiotics to his diet in addition to the coconut oil. There is a popular dog probiotic (Probiotic Miracle) on Amazon that has lots of great testimonials. I’m also considering adding digestive enzymes to his diet.

      Hope you find relief for your doggie soon!

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  39. Mitti
    March 1, 2014 | 2:55 pm

    One of my dog suffered from frequent bouts of giardia, but ever since I switched to the Curry n pepper vegan kibble, she has been healthy and away from giardia or other gastro related problems. The kibble contains coconut! Purchased them from etsy (

    Another dog of mine suffered from a very dry coarse coat with itchy skin, I switched his diet to Curry n Pepper and started using their Balms…he now has a super soft coat and is itch free!! Both these products contain coconut.

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  41. Jean
    February 23, 2014 | 12:05 pm

    My dog has been scratching for years. The vet suggested feeding him omega 3 fish oil for dogs. He wouldn’t eat it. I tried the coconut oil topically and he is scratching much less. However I think he is still biting and licking at himself in places and vomited. This happened twice several weeks apart. Can the coconut oil be making him sick? Can it cause pancreatitis because of the high fat content? I’m thinking of still slathering on the coconut oil because he seems to be getting relief but maybe making him wear a cone so he can’t lick it. ???

  42. raja
    February 23, 2014 | 5:48 am

    My gsd dog is severly suffering from eczema diagnosd by vet.actully he has this problem from almost an year a lot of antibiotics/creams try my vet but it works only temporarly.again after a month hairfall, itching and hotspots.plz help me i am very frustrated what i do?

    • Tim
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      Hi Raja
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    • Maria
      April 15, 2014 | 12:02 pm

      Hi Raja,
      Have you tried changing your dogs food? He may be allergic to wheat or the type of meat that is in what you feed him. Most dogs cannot tolerate wheat, corn, chicken, or beef. My dogs (both GSDs) are fine with chicken, but one is not fine with beef. I have them on a lamb and rice kibble, along with a homemade meal of chicken, vegetable and rice. Best of luck, I hope you find something that will help your GSD. PS: My 1 GSD can not have any Gluten, or beef as it causes his anal glands to ulcerate.

      • Jim
        April 26, 2014 | 5:04 pm

        I buy the large pack of boneless chicken breast……….boil it then I boil sweet potatoes and brown rice……….the brown rice should not make up more than 15% of the serving………and then add to dry food……..Each serving is roughly a half of boiled breast……1/2 cup of brown rice (cooked) half a sweet potato (1/2 cup) ………..and two cups of dry…….DRY DOG FOOD must be careful of kind………google bad dry dogfood or dry dog food warnings you will be suprised

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  45. Tania
    January 25, 2014 | 11:03 am

    Will it change the effectiveness of coconut oil if it goes from a solid form to liquid and back to solid if I want to put it in a liquid form to change the containers it is in?

    • Mellisa
      May 1, 2014 | 8:39 pm

      No, it will not change the effectiveness!

  46. Kim
    January 22, 2014 | 1:32 pm

    My pittie Nellie has horrible skin allergies, she has basically lived on prednisone since we can’t afford the $1000 allergy test, wondering if coconut oil could help for this???

    • Tim
      April 2, 2014 | 6:27 pm

      Hi Kim,
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    • Maria
      April 15, 2014 | 12:09 pm

      Your dog may be allergic to something in her diet. Try going to a lamb and rice diet. Make sure she does not have anything with wheat in it, even her treats. Coconut oil may help, but don’t over do it.

  47. Healing Paws
    January 13, 2014 | 6:48 pm

    Coconut oil may help delay senility/improve cognitive function in our pets, too!

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  50. Amy
    January 1, 2014 | 1:50 pm

    I use Essential Oils on my dog all the time. A friend of mine who is a certified health coach recommends the gold label at She is also big on using coconut oil and doing oil pulling. Just make sure whatever kind you get is unrefined, extra virgin and organic. Her recommendations. I am looking at getting some in the next week.

  51. Teesha Johnson
    December 11, 2013 | 12:02 pm

    Peep’s…FYI…just read up on the protein in coconut oil….: }

  52. Beth Altman
    December 1, 2013 | 5:34 pm

    Would coconut oil help a dog with heart problems?

  53. ron
    November 8, 2013 | 6:32 pm

    i have been giving my 23 lb. female BEAGLIER about 2 teaspoons a day for a few weeks now and her coat is significantly shinier and her poops are now normal when prior to the oil intake they were much too dry. she LOVES it and would take much more of it so it’s a good motivator for tricks, etc.
    (i worked up to 2 teaspoons for a week or so.)

  54. Laura G
    November 8, 2013 | 8:37 am

    We purchase our coconut oil in 5 gallon bins from Absolutely amazing stuff! We not only use it for cooking but for lotion on our skin as well as our dog. Our dog loves it!! She licks the spoon clean every time!

  55. Hope Perez
    November 3, 2013 | 7:50 am

    I have a ten year a miniature pincher mix with chichaua. She had a cyst on her hind leg, which was proturding and the hair had fallen off. I read on the internet about how coconut oil could help. I was despersate and really couldn’t affford a vet. I am a disabled senior. I first cleansed the area with perioxdie, then proceed to numb the area with ice and insert a sterile needle into the skin to release the fluod wihtin the hard knot. Afterward, I applied a generous amount of coconut oil onto a bandage, covered the wound. I also purchased a cone for the dog, to prevent her from removing the bandage and licking the area. Within two days, it started healing.
    Thank you very much!!

  56. William Mayer
    October 28, 2013 | 12:31 am

    My Schnauzer Has Been Nipping At His Paws For A While Now I Put Boots On Him But He Just Will Not Move With Them On. I Was Wondering If I Rubbed Coconut Oil On His Paws, Would That Help?? And How Long Does It Take To Be Absorbed So He Will Not Stain The Carpets ? He Is About 18 l7 Lbs. What Doseage Would I Give Him Daly’ Thank You For Any Help In This Matter . He Drives Me Crazy Scratching The Carpets With His Paws!.

  57. Sheila Smith
    October 27, 2013 | 3:06 pm

    Where does one finds coconut nut please?

    • Patt
      October 29, 2013 | 6:50 pm

      You can purchase coconut oil at some grocery stores, Trader Joe’s or I buy mine at the local health food store. Be sure to buy cold pressed, virgin coconut oil, and in a glass jar. I think someone said Costco sells it too, I don’t know for sure though.

      • Mellisa
        May 1, 2014 | 8:45 pm

        Costco sells it. That’s where I buy mine. Nutiva extra-virgin, organic. About $17 for a 78 oz. jar I believe.

  58. SuzieShaw
    October 25, 2013 | 3:02 am

    Coconut oil is great, and we use it on our Westie Oscar.

  59. Dorothy Voigt
    October 24, 2013 | 4:04 pm

    The dosage of 1 tablespoon per 30 pounds….is that per day or per meal?

    • Dorothy Voigt
      October 24, 2013 | 4:06 pm

      disregard my question, I see it’s been answered :)

  60. pamela
    October 20, 2013 | 12:56 pm

    Our story. NORMAN is our 112lbs forster american bull dog. When he came to us he smelled something awful and was full of hot spots. We took him to the vet and had him all worked up. And why we were at it we adding coconut oil to his food. Well after a long talk with our vet he had said there was no Evidence showing coconut oil helped in anyway and that fish oil would prob. Be better for his joints and such. So we had stopped adding it to his food. Omg how awful was that idea! We now don’t care what he says about it the pil in the food keep him from scratching nonstop and opening hot spots on himself. We keept the fish oil to for his joints but for his skin and coat nothing has helped him more! Try it see how it goes for your dog. It helped ours for sure!

  61. Tamii
    October 20, 2013 | 4:11 am

    I used coconut oil on the tear stains of my white poodle. It is the most effective thing I have ever used. I was really pleased with the result!

    • LInda
      October 25, 2013 | 4:55 pm

      What’s your method when using cocomut oil for tear stains? My malti-mix has the same issue and not much helps.

  62. nature syrup
    October 20, 2013 | 3:06 am

    thats great to know dogs also love coconuts.

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  64. Sandy
    October 13, 2013 | 4:40 pm

    I see the recommended amount of coconut oil but not sure if it is once a day? Like, 1tsp. Is that once a day or at each meal? I just got some today, it’s solid so I scraped some out and put it ontop of their food they wolfed it right down.

    • Ron Miller
      October 14, 2013 | 6:15 pm
      Ron Miller

      Sandy: the recommended dose is PER DAY. Sorry I didn’t make that clear in the article.

  65. George Chase
    October 11, 2013 | 3:51 am

    Has the coconut oil caused any significant weight gain? It is pure fat.

  66. Debra Holden
    October 10, 2013 | 1:02 pm

    Is it possible my dog is allergic to coconut oil? He is very itchy and i’m trying to narrow down the reasons.

    • Ron Miller
      October 14, 2013 | 6:09 pm
      Ron Miller

      Debra: it’s possible but not likely. The only way to know for sure is to eliminate the coconut oil completely — diet or contact. Also check shampoos & lotions & eliminate any that have the oil as an ingredient. If there’s no change in a few days, you’ll know it’s not the coconut oil.

  67. Kandi Alexander
    October 8, 2013 | 11:56 am

    I have a Pomeranian that has Black Skin Disease, this is where a thick black skin smothers out the hair folicules and does not allow hair to grow. Therefore, I pretty much have a hairless Pom. Do we know, will Coconut Oil help this ?
    Thank you for any feedback.

    • Ron Miller
      October 14, 2013 | 6:24 pm
      Ron Miller

      Kandi: There has only been a report or two of someone trying VCO for this problem. Results are apparently limited. It probably wouldn’t hurt to try it, but you should check with your vet first.

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  70. Jackie
    September 22, 2013 | 2:24 am

    Well, after reading this post I went and got my rotty virgin coconut oil from Whole Foods… he was scratching like crazy and losing fur. He’s been on it for a little over 24 hours — and I’m not kidding! HUGE IMPROVEMENT! I feel like I getting my old Brutus back!!!! He was miserable and scratching constantly. He was making himself bleed in some spots and just going crazy. I changed his diet to see if that helped, NOPE! Oatmeal baths helped for about 10 minutes. Hot spot meds, NOPE!! He had like thick dandruff and spots where he was just going bald/thinning :( He smelled funky :( Poor boy couldn’t even get comfy to sleep because he was so itchy. So, I figured I would try the coconut oil for a few days and decide then my next step. Sooo…. this is what I did. I got the virgin coconut oil in the jar. I think it was like $8 or $9 at Whole Foods. I melted a big spoonful in the microwave for 10 seconds and stirred it. I poured directly on the areas of concern and worked it into his skin… which he loved. And then I massaged it all over his body/fur quickly, but from the oil I had poured on the spots. So I sat there and looked at him….. He wasn’t scratching!! He actually slept and didn’t wake up to scratch! When he started to scratch hours later, I applied it again before I went to bed. He stood there and let me massage it in and was so happy to lick the bowl when I was done. I even put a little in his water, which he loved. He cuddled with me all night and NO SCRATCHING! His nose is nice and damp/cold and he’s so happy running around outside without SCRATCHING! So in the morning, I did it again. I applied another coat of the oil on areas of concern and worked it in and I could see the chunks of dry yuck coming off of him. I got his dog comb and very carefully and lightly combed him and the dry crap was falling right off of him… and he loved getting brushed. Even my kids said his fur looked better already!!!! He smells like yummy coconut, too. Now, he keeps coming up to me for some hugs… and when I walk in the kitchen where I keep his oil, he’s running in there looking up at me waiting :) FYI — When you buy the oil, it’s solid. Mine went to liquid oil over the night. It’s warm in my kitchen, but it just made it easier for me to apply on him. (it does that) He’s had three applications of this so far and I’m thrilled with how it’s working. Just a tip, they love the smell and taste of it! So, don’t use the jar, pour it in another bowl in small amounts in case they want to knock it out of your hands… (like mind did…) I do it first thing in the morning and at night before bed :) It’s oily, so cover anything that your dog climbs/lays on just in case.. but honestly, mine isn’t that bad and I caked it on some spots. I’m hoping when we get over this “hump” this won’t have to be a daily thing.. just pour some in his food daily and maybe once a week over his whole body to maintain him ……. but we’ll see. hanks to you that posted about this. And maybe I’ll help someone, too. I’ll check back in a week and let you know the updates…

    • Ron Miller
      October 14, 2013 | 6:26 pm
      Ron Miller

      Jackie: thanks for letting us know about your great results with coconut oil!

    • Kate Ward
      March 15, 2014 | 9:09 am

      Thanks for the detailed info! I was wondering how long it takes for any response… My 9 month old Great Dane has been battling allergies (yeast, among others) since 6 months. She has hives, rashes, dry patches, open sores from chewing, and patches of missing hair. We’ve done allergy testing with the vet to determine the specific causes and have done meds when necessary(antibiotics, steroids bursts during the worst flares, and daily benedryl), but that’s no way to treat her for the rest of her life. I’m stopping her flea/tick meds, as those seem to exacerbate her skin. We already started flax oil, and I will start coconut oil today!!

    • Sam
      June 16, 2014 | 5:40 pm

      Stay away from the oatmeal baths. If your dog is suffering from allergies/yeast infections, oatmeal will make it worse.

  71. kim
    September 19, 2013 | 3:11 pm

    I have recently started my schnoodle on coconut oil. She has always had an order even shortly after bathing her. Just wandering how long it normally takes before we “smell” results. I started her at 1/4 tsp and now she is taking 1/2 tsp daily.
    We are only a week into the coconut oil.

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  74. Greta Raskim
    September 5, 2013 | 10:52 pm

    I started giving my Jack Russell Terrier and my chuhuahua a tsp of coconut oil with their meal and in 48 hrs. Their bad breath is GONE ! They have sticky breath due to kidney problems.

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  76. Jeri
    August 27, 2013 | 2:35 am

    I am trying to find out if someone has used coconut oil to give the boxer with cancer, problems with stomach such as pancreatic and skin rashes. How much dose do you give them as followed by their weight? My 2 year old boxer have cancer, seizure, pancreatic problems and rashes since I want her to have a long healthy life since she was rescued 9 months ago and I took her in where the rescue never told me how sick she was.

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  77. Karen P
    August 20, 2013 | 6:17 pm

    I’m almost at my wits end with my rescue terrier/maltese mix. He has severe allergies and is on weekly shots. He has IBS and skin yeast infections (summer), along with separation anxiety. Along with the shots, he gets a bath in anti-fungal shampoo, along with a vinegar rinse twice weekly. I came across this site while doing more research because his yeast issue is escalating and I’m worried his licking is becoming obsessive and he’s miserable. Normally, its all under control but not this summer! I’m going to add coconut oil to his food immediately and keep my fingers crossed it helps!

    • Dana
      September 12, 2013 | 9:32 pm

      My friend has a 12-year old Pit/Boxer mix. The dog had a very horrible yeast infection, was losing hair and had severely dry skin. She was shedding flakes constantly and smelled like a mixture of corn chips and old Parmesan cheese. We tried two or three baths a week w/ an antibacterial/fungal shampoo and then gave her a vinegar rinse on the days when she wasn’t bathed.

      I researched the condition on the net and I came across the information about yeast infections in dogs. We switched her over to a totally meat-based food (Taste of the Wild in the red bag) with no potatoes or starches, corn or grains. That was the first step.

      I came across a website that sells a product called Clora-Care and purchased a 16 oz. bottle and we mixed it with her shampoo and made a spray out of it. She has less itching and her hair has started to grow back in spots where it has been missing for several months.

      She purges from time to time and from what I understand these infections when systemic can take several weeks or even months to completely clear up. Clora Care is a topical product.

      In the past week, she has been itching a bit more,so I was back to researching the net for more relief. I found out information about the benefits of using coconut oil for dogs with a yeast infection. The first week, she purged massively and shed some dry, flaky skin. However, now that she is up to the maximum dose of coconut oil per day, she has a few spots of yeast coming out but NOTHING like she had in the past few months.

      I feel she is vastly improving with the combination of meat based diet (which includes NO table food at all or anything which could be a source of food for the yeast), Clora Care for the itchy spots(it also kills yeast on the skin instantly and the effects last for up to 12-hours), and now the coconut oil internally. We rubbed it into her coat last week to relieve some of the itchy spots and because it has antibacterial properties, it didn’t hurt in case she had any active yeast spots which were purging through.

      I will come back in a few weeks after we know more information, but for now, the dog is on the upswing and her coat is looking so much better and the constant itching has subsided and now it’s just a few times a day on the spots where the yeast is coming through. Thankful for finding a combination of things which appear to be working because it was so sad to see her suffering with the itchy, dry skin and constant scratching. Plus, the horrible yeasty smell is all but dissipated. Now when she purges, it’s only a very small spot here and there and nothing like it was.

      I am a firm believer in coconut oil because I’ve seen a great amount of improvement and look forward to seeing how much more she will improve in the coming weeks/months.

      • SJ WEigel
        November 22, 2013 | 2:53 pm

        Hi, can you tell us how the Clora Care is working? I have a similar issue with my older rescue aussie mix — I’ve tried a lot of things but am thinking about the Clora Care. Thanks for any updates or tips.

    • Sam
      June 16, 2014 | 5:50 pm

      I feel your pain; I have the same issues with my rescue Maltese. I have now put him on a raw meat diet (with Dr. Harveys mix), fish oil and coconut oil and pro-biotics and weekly baths in a special shampoo (no oatmeal) and rinses with Provodine iodine. Tummy issues all sorted as are his skin issues. Now I am dealing with his seasonal allergies which are really affecting his eyes badly this year – he is quite the challenge! If you don’t have access to a holistic vet in your area like me I really recommend Dr. Beckers website – fantastic advice on there.

  78. Shara Lynn Kelsey
    August 18, 2013 | 11:28 pm

    Do check out — I am amazed I only saw it mentioned once in all this blog! I just purchased a quart of their Gold Label Certified 100% organic virgin coconut oil to try it out. The glass jar came in the most well-packed box I’ve ever seen. It does indeed ‘freeze’ in the frige, but does not really need to be refrigerated — just kept out of direct sunlight. This is indeed the Gold Label Standard of coconut oils, and not the most expensive, either. I agree with Chrissy that almost everything has risks, but urge her to look up BPA. I first found out about it in a book called “Slow Death by Rubber Ducky”, and have never since bought anything in plastic that does not say “BPA Free” loud and clear. I may post again after some experience, although I never use FaceBook or anything like it.

  79. Annette
    August 15, 2013 | 4:16 pm

    Does it also help with fleas and flea allergy? My Pug and 2 Lab/Sharpei mix’s all have flea allergies…itching all the time with extremely dry skin. Will this benefit them? If so, in food, on skin, and how is it administered?

    August 15, 2013 | 4:00 pm

    My dog suffers from hot spots.We have been to the vet many times,and he has received not only shots,but spray for this problem.Which by the way seems to be doing nothing for him.So my question is,will coconut oil work,and would I just apply directly to the problem area?

  81. Theresa
    August 15, 2013 | 3:01 pm

    My Pug Muggsy had a bout with allergies last year that started Mid July and progressively got worse until around September or October. I wasn’t sure if they went away because I had changed him from Nutro Ultra to Hills Prescription diet or if it was the seasonal change that made them go away. Instead of waiting to see how he would do this summer on the prescription diet I made the mistake of changing him to Blue Buffalo grain free turkey and potato diet the first couple weeks of July. Come mid July he started turning red all over again and biting his paws raw. His trainer told me to switch him back immediately to the prescription diet as it might be the food, which I did but no change in condition. The vet started him on antibiotics and prednisone and had me give him Zyrtec but the paws haven’t healed. I got some Allergy Tabs from Petco that he’s been on for a couple weeks but don’t seem to be helping. Finally I’ve been giving him coconut oil internally for about 3 weeks now or so. He is up to a teaspoon a day but no change either. I even tried it topically which caused more problems because he found a way to get to his paws and lick them even with the cone. I’m starting to lose hope altogether. I hate seeing my little man suffer.

    • Aileen
      April 22, 2014 | 10:14 am

      Theresa, Your vet sounds very inept if he can’t diagnose a simple seasonal allergy! Save your money $$$ by getting him off dead-kibbled foods and put your dog on a species appropriate diet,(raw diet please do your own research on that)this will help build up his immune system which is compromised by the allergies he suffers from. But please, get poor Muggsy some immediate relief in the correct/specific medication (find a better, more caring and experienced vet NOW!)until the season changes and the weeds/grass/hay/airborne spores/ that he is allergic to, die off. So #1)Build immunity by feeding optimally with a species appropriate diet. #2) You say you care, then please HELP HIM NOW! This ‘itch’ is UNBEARABLE. Get him the allergy pills *specific* to mid-july-late fall allergy season for dogs. Allergy relief for one condition doesn’t necessarily work for another, different allergy. He won’t need them the rest of the year so take him off of them when appropriate. You say his feet are very red, this could be a ‘contact’ allergy which means he is coming in contact with the allergic substance. Could even be a grass allergy. #3) Tell Muggsy you won’t give up on him, you will do EVERYTHING you can to make him feel good again. This will give him hope that you understand he needs your help now.
      Good luck! Been there, done that…and it made ALL the difference in the world for my pet and for the whole family! :-) Aileen

  82. Marie Dries
    August 15, 2013 | 2:33 pm

    My two little dogs are licking there paws cant seem to stop them what can I do ??

    • George Chase
      October 11, 2013 | 3:46 am

      When my pug was a pup, he had a spider bite which infected. I got some baby crew socks and held them in place with floral velcro tape. He never bothered trying to take them off, and it helped his sore heal.

  83. Chrissy
    August 12, 2013 | 8:33 am

    I get Biona raw cold pressed organic coconut oil from Amazon UK (where I am). I’m not too bothered about the plastic container. To be 100% safe, we would have to live in a sealed capsule – because everything from toiletries, to cleaning products, to that new sofa and these days even the air we breathe, has risks.
    It makes a passable deodorant just rubbed neat underarms. Ive also used it for oil pulling and as a moisturiser. You can add it to food and use it for frying – though it does have a low fry point.
    Never tried it on the dog. I might do now!

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      • Joann
        September 22, 2013 | 3:19 am

        Hi Kathy ,
        I’ve been reading all about this subject for hours. The coconut oil for dogs has many great websites to gain info as well as all the important things I learned for replies on the sites. Like this one. I would suggest reading all the replays too. So very very helpful.
        I checked out your website for this granola factory coconut oil.
        I must say everyone on the site as well as all you’ll read on the official websites for coconut oil for dogs all concur that saving a dollar is not doing an good for your dog. As Gordon above says, you really must use the best if you want the best results. Many of these people have tried the oil in plastic or not a Virgin Coconut Oil, and had problems. You really should buy from or there is another somewhere above listed. Sorry, I forget the sites name. But the Coconut Therapy might be the best etc.
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  87. Beth
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    Coconut oil has helped my dog so much. She has been suffering with what they call allergies and despite treatment was no better. Within four weeks of giving her the coconut oil, all of her symptoms have cleared up. She did have some digestion problems with the coconut, so we started really low and slowly increased. My dog is no longer scratching, licking, chewing, and the best part is we have been able to remove her steroid which was attacking her liver.

    • Deb s
      August 4, 2013 | 10:41 pm

      Yay! Amazing stuff!! Glad your doggy is doing better :)

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  89. Dani
    July 24, 2013 | 4:20 pm

    I’ve been using coconut oil in my half great dane half poodle for several months now and have seen great results. He’s very large and has trouble with his ears being itchy all the time. We’ve tried medication from the vet to cure the yeast but once the medicine is gone it comes right back. We use the flat cotton swabs and dab enough to saturate it. Since the ear canal is so long twisty it’s hard to go in too deep. So we just use our (washed with soap of course) finger and gently work into the nooks and crannies. He loves it! He shakes his leg and groans when we clean his ears! They smell so much better and the oil helps break down that yucky wax that builds up in there. We have to do this every day to keep things at bay, but with consistency things have definitely improved!

    • Joann
      September 22, 2013 | 2:54 am

      Hi Dani,
      I’m thrilled that your sweet dog is so much better w/ VCO.
      I just wanted to suggest using an ear dropper instead of your fingers.
      You can gently slide it in a little ways if you can’t see through his ears to bottom.
      Then make sure to always rub his ears in the front bottom of the ears really well. This will make sure the oil has gotten all the way down into the ear :)
      take good care!

      • Joann
        September 22, 2013 | 2:57 am

        forgot to say you can purchase an ear dropper at any drug store, Walmart,
        etc. Only a couple of dollars or less… :)

        • George Chase
          October 11, 2013 | 3:42 am


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  91. Lyndsey
    July 15, 2013 | 6:40 pm

    I actually stumbled on this artical because I forgot to close the lid to my coconut oil, so my dog managed to get a few licks out of it. I was worried that it may be harmful to him so I googled dogs and coconut oil, and found that it’s actually the opposite of harmful to them; and can actually be beneficial. I have very dry, dull looking skin and started using coconut oil every night before bed, and a homemade coconut sugar scrub every morning and it has made a huge difference in my skins apperance. I’m very happy to have read this artical because now I know as beneficial as coconut oil has been for my skin it can also help Jaxson’s skin as well; he also suffers from dry spots. Thanks!

    • dani
      July 24, 2013 | 4:28 pm

      It’s also incredibly beneficial to your hair. I’m trying to grow mine out and soak it in the oil including castor oil and sometimes honey (not often though because it’s a natural color lightener) over night before I wash my hair. I wash my hair every other day sometimes every two days and use sulfate free shampoo and condition, let it air dry and my hair has grown an inch in one month! Typical growth rate is about 1/2 an inch per month. It’s helped with scars too in combination with honey and lemon juice. Great stuff!

  92. lISA
    July 14, 2013 | 4:14 pm

    I am rescuing an 8wk old Feist/Cur puppy nxt week. He has had worms due to the flea infestation. Hes been on meds most of his mere 2mo life.

    WHEN AND more importantly HOW do I start giving him the EVCO?
    I don’t want to make any mistakes. I use it daily both internally/externally.
    I love it!

    • Deb s
      August 4, 2013 | 10:39 pm

      They say 1 tsp. per 10 pounds. It should help bring his health back to normal. Good luck! I buy mine at Costco, but you can also order it online. I paid $17.99 for 54-ounces at Costco (Canada). usually has it for a good price too. I get the Carrington Farms Cold Pressed Organic EVCO :)

  93. Marcie Nielsen
    July 14, 2013 | 11:26 am

    Cats. Not cars.

    • Deb s
      August 4, 2013 | 10:36 pm

      Yes to cats, no to cars, LOL ;)

  94. Marcie Nielsen
    July 14, 2013 | 11:25 am

    I wonder if it would benefit cars??

  95. susan
    July 10, 2013 | 8:38 am

    Hi there.

    Where can you buy the ‘Virgin Coconut Oil’ from?

  96. elisabeth
    July 5, 2013 | 10:32 pm

    How would one go about making underarm deodorant and toothpaste with coconut oil? All receipe suggestions welcome. Thanks for this posting.

    • Erica
      August 6, 2013 | 5:36 pm is a goldmine! Just search for coconut oil under Natural Living and you’ll find loads.

  97. cindy
    July 5, 2013 | 2:17 pm

    Is coconut oil a solid or a liquid?

    • melanie
      July 13, 2013 | 1:59 pm

      it’s solid below 75 degrees, a liquid when the weather is warm

    • Deb s
      August 4, 2013 | 10:35 pm

      Depending on the temperature it’s stored at it changes. It can be left on the shelf. If really hot inside my house it liquifies. Otherwise room temperature it’s kind of creamy, but immediately melts in your hands. It should freeze in the fridge if it’s really cold-pressed virgin coconut oil.

    • Shirley
      October 28, 2013 | 7:33 pm

      You can get coconut oil in liquid form. PVL makes 100% MCT oil.

  98. Gordon
    July 5, 2013 | 2:12 pm

    I have tried so many brands but the best for me is CocoTherapy virgin organic coconut oil. It is the highest quality you can find. You need to get the best to see results. Never buy it if it’s in a plastic jar. Some people on here also mentioned the coconut chips from the same company. It is the only kind you can give dogs, do not give the thick, waxy chips, they can’t digest it! Only give CocoTherapy Coconut Chips, it is made specifically for the pets digestive system. You can find out more at their website:

    • kabookie
      July 7, 2013 | 2:29 pm

      Why do you (and others) object to plastic jars? All kinds of products come in plastic. The CocoTherapy site is quite expensive.

  99. Debbie
    July 5, 2013 | 1:41 pm

    This is new to me, we have a 100 lb black lab, who is always on antibiotics and predinsolone. For his skin allergies , Will the coconut oil help with that, the vet said it is yeast infection and fungus, he is actually a very healthy and beautiful coated dog, and thoughts or suggestions, would be appreciated….

    • Deb s
      August 4, 2013 | 10:33 pm

      It will definitely help with your issues! I believe it’s 1 tsp. per 10 pounds. If the dog does not take to it (some don’t), I’d reduce the amount and build up to it. I got a 54-ounce jar of Carrington Farms Cold-Pressed Organic Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil at Costco (Canada) for $17.99. The way to tell if it’s really cold-pressed virgin oil (even olive oil) is to put it in the fridge – the product should “freeze” in the fridge. Not get thick but actually freeze. This product does that so I know it’s the real deal!

      • Kathryh
        September 17, 2013 | 11:06 pm

        Deb – get your dog off the drugs and onto a raw diet for the allergies. Herbsmith make a great herbal product for dogs with allergies. The steroids will rot them from the inside out. Raw diet, no chemicals and the Herbsmith product – worked for my lab – get their system back in balance. No flea treatments or vaccinations either. These are the cause of most dogs problems.

  100. Stacey Cabral
    May 24, 2013 | 11:26 pm

    My dog has gastritis. She’s a litte pom. I started giving her coconut oil off and on over the last year. She was eating it during this last time she had a really bad bout of gastritis. I am kind of afraid to give it to her again. The vet cannot tell me exactly what is causing this. She is eating boiled chicken and rice right now. I have tried the raw food diet, I had her on organic dog food. She always seems to have issues every 8 to 12 weeks. Has anyone heard of dogs having a problem with coconut oil? I know it’s supposed to help with stomach problems. But I wonder if my dog is the exception.

    • Tracey
      May 25, 2013 | 2:33 pm

      It can upset the stomach. My dog got bad diarrhea and I get it to. I think I may have used too much. I gave him about a tablespoon since he is 75 pounds.I don’t deny the health benefits but if your dog has stomach issues, be cautious.

    • Stephanie
      July 5, 2013 | 1:59 pm

      Try giving the coconut chips instead. It has fiber as well as the lauric acid. Don’t give the grocery store kind, dogs can’t digest that kind. You need to find CocoTherapy Coconut Chips. They make theirs differently so that it is easier to digest and is higher in fiber. Here is their website:

      • Linda Griggs
        October 10, 2013 | 8:21 pm

        Pumpkin is also very soothing/settling to a dogs stomach, much as ginger is soothing to ours. NOT Pie filling, but canned pumpkin.

    • Andrea
      October 28, 2013 | 11:34 am

      Stacey, try to get more fiber in your Pom’s diet. With my older Pom, I used Eukanuba WD which is high fiber. You can also get the same effect by adding a tablespoon of canned pumpkin to what you are feeding to her everyday right now. What you are giving her now does not contain enough nutrients for health but can get her on the right track, then gradually move her to some other food that is high fiber. If she is having an acute exacerbation of gut disturbance, ask you vet to prescribe a short course of metronidazole. I have years of experience with this and know the heart ache you are and the tummy ache your pom is going through.

  101. Diana
    May 15, 2013 | 12:23 pm

    I got mine at Walmart. 10.00 for 16 oz.

  102. diane petrrson
    May 7, 2013 | 10:56 pm

    Great cure for my pug’s wrinkles and her skin and ear issues. She loves the taste. My older lab is benefitting from the arthritis healing benefits. Can not say enough about this for my dogs.

    • Danielle Smith
      May 17, 2013 | 7:09 pm

      My Bulldog gets sores in his wrinkles sometimes, the vet has me treat it with a prescription but I am wondering if I can try coconut oil before it gets too bad. Do you add it to your pugs food or directly on her skin? Thank you!!!!

      • Elizabeth
        July 7, 2013 | 8:47 am

        Danielle -
        Please look into essential oils (grapefruit, eucalyptus and others) for your bulldog. Great anti fungal, antibacterial properties, and they smell great and are all natural with no added stuff. Research and get one of the trusted brands, mix with coconut, almond or sesame oil and Q-tip it into your doggies wrinkles. Otherwise keep the area dry as much as possible. Do not let your dog lick it as it is an external treatment only and keep it away from the eye area. It’s also great for inside ears. Couple drops, let the dog shake his/her head, wipe with a warm washcloth next morning. You will be amazed, I predict!

        • Charlene
          July 8, 2013 | 12:06 pm

          Please Never use Almond Oil or ANY almond products for your dog!!! Almonds are POISON to dogs! My husband used the oil on his dry skin and our dog licked it and nearly died.

      • Francine
        July 14, 2013 | 10:51 pm

        I use vitamin E, works wonders even inside the ears for infections… I am going to start using coconut oil on my dog. I already cook with it. Great for frying…

        • Shelley
          July 30, 2013 | 11:17 am

          I use half neem oil and half coconut oil on my bulldog.. the neem oil has a gross smell but works like a charm… You can also add some to your dogs shampoo for a bath.. Our bulldog had mites and it worked great! I use coconut/neem in the dogs ears and under their ropes too!

  103. jan
    April 12, 2013 | 9:32 am

    i bought my virgin coconut oil at the health food store.

  104. Adoption Revolution
    March 26, 2013 | 1:47 pm

    I use a 1/4 tsp of a mixed oil from whole foods…flax, avocado, olive once a day in my dogs food. It has helped his itching considerably and his coat is gorgeous. Not to mention, he starts to whine when he sees me uncap the bottle at dinner time!! He is only 13 lbs so that’s why it is such a small amount.

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  105. Olga Rainey
    March 25, 2013 | 5:22 pm

    I will have to try this, my dogs have sensitive stomachs, and I find Ginger works wonders also.

    • Lisa
      July 5, 2013 | 2:08 pm

      If you dog has sensitive stomach try the CocoTherapy Coconut Chips. It has the coconut oil in it, plus it is high in fiber. My dog has IBD and colitis, and now they are completely cured because of this! It is a miracle product. CocoTherapy also makes the best virgin coconut oil! You can go to their website and find stores:

  106. Marcella Denney
    March 25, 2013 | 4:34 pm

    Where can I get the Virgin Coconut Oil for my dog!

    • Ron Miller
      March 26, 2013 | 7:53 pm

      Marcella: I found the virgin coconut oil locally at a large supermarket, and at a couple of health food stores. Call around — you shouldn’t have much trouble finding it. Plus, it’s available online too.

      • Joan King
        July 14, 2013 | 12:42 pm

        Anyone know the difference between virgin coconut oil and pure coconut oil?

        • Hadassah
          August 16, 2013 | 6:34 pm

          Virgin coconut oil is a fermentation process no heat at all. Easily absorbed by the skin without greasy feeling just like putting a lotion on it while a pure coconut oil has a greasy feeling because it has been heated in the process.

    • Brenda
      July 5, 2013 | 12:03 pm

      It can usually be found in the oil section of your grocery store.

    • Nadine
      August 7, 2013 | 11:55 am

      I buy my coconut oil through Amazon – Nutiva (to get the most health benefits, the oil must be virgin cold pressed). I buy the 54 oz. jar and it lasts me and my two Chihuahuas about 2 1/2 months.

  107. Beulah Wright
    March 25, 2013 | 4:33 pm

    Wondering how to treat the inside of the ears? My Jezabel gets yeast in her ears. I use the cocoanut oil on her food and her skin, but do not know how to treat her ears.
    it is also good used like butter on toast, bagels, ect….
    Costco has large jars at a reasonable price.

    • Ridgebacks
      May 14, 2013 | 10:16 pm

      I use castor oil for yeast/ear mites in the ear. This is best done OUTSIDE. Put a couple of tablespoons in an aspirator, rub the ears for a few seconds, stand back & they will spread the rest around by shaking their ears. The oil smothers the yeast/earmites. In a few days, wipe the ears with a warm washclothe.

    • Tracey W
      July 3, 2013 | 6:34 am

      My Dog had very yeasty ears after being on antibiotics for months last year. I cleaned them with with witchhazal and feed him a probitic called Gentle Digest along with the coconut oil oil which I purchased from Swanson Vitamins online. I have a Shih Tzu so I kept his ears plucked too. It took months but I don’t have to clean them anymore they are good between visits to the groomer.

      He’s always been a very yeasty dog where he would bite and scratch from being itchy especially in the summer. After 5 years of it, this is the first year his skin is clear, coat is shiny and isn’t biting. Lastly his paws no longer have that corn chips chip smell.

      • Patsy
        February 9, 2014 | 3:06 am

        I’m confused on the dosage for dogs. I see some say 1/4 tsp per 10 lbs and others say 1 tsp per 10 lbs. That’s a big difference when you’re giving it to an 80 lb. dog like I am. I don’t want to make him sick.

    • susan
      July 7, 2013 | 7:21 am

      Burrows solution from my vets office was a miracle for the yeast in my dogs ears. His 1st vet didn’t prescribe it & we tried various antibiotics & that 1st vet pulled the hairs from his ears in the office & also he underwent anaesthesia for the same thing. So, I was thrilled that his new vet recommended Burrows solution – it cost maybe $9 for 15 ml & $14 for 25 ml & it was a real saviour for him. That was > 8 yrs ago & he periodically got the yeast infections & was treated – but hasn’t had any problems for years now. I will try coconut oil esp on hot spots & their pads – but I felt that the burrows solution made such an improvement to their quality of life that I felt it was important to let people know.

  108. Betty Barker
    March 25, 2013 | 4:32 pm

    Where do you get Coconut Oil?

    • kris z
      March 25, 2013 | 4:33 pm

      amazon is where i got it but i imagine you can find it locally.

    • Donna J. Phillips
      April 25, 2013 | 3:01 pm

      I found coconut oil on ebay. Received it within three days. Starting my dogs on it today. Hoping it will help with some hair folicle problems in two of my dogs.

    • Brenda
      August 15, 2013 | 12:01 pm

      You can buy coconut oil in almost any supermarket in the oil aisle.

  109. kris z
    March 25, 2013 | 4:32 pm

    i fed it for awhile and did not notice any difference.. maybe i will try it again. i have used it in the rinse for their baths though i do rinse it off is oil and i think it would stain things like couch fabric/etc.

    • Elizabeth
      July 7, 2013 | 8:37 am

      Kris z – if you are washing the oil off you are wasting your time and money and coconut oil!
      After bathing my Boston (Bostons have terribly dry, fragile skin – true), I put half to 3/4 CO with half hair conditioner in the palm of my hand (so, like couple teaspoons each for half and half) and slather it all over her little body (not her head) especially her underside and legs and and I go against her hair (to get to her skin) with my fingertips and massage it into her skin. I rinse my hands as they get full of her loose fur (couple – 3 times) and the water from my wet hands is enough to dilute the oil, so I don’t rinse her, just vigorously towel her as many times as she’ll stand for, then I crate her for a bit or make her lie on a clean towel, since she will do the after-my-bath-I feel-so-good-I-just-have-to-lie-down-and wiggle, thing – so not good to do on the sofa… the CO just sucks into her skin and hair seemingly and I never have a problem with oiliness doing things this way, at all. She gets on our bed and I’ve never noticed any oily mark on the fabric. Try it – you have to adjust amounts and how you do it to your own doggie and situation of course. Good luck!

  110. Cynthia Charat
    March 21, 2013 | 10:33 pm

    Where do you get Coconut Oil?

    • Diana
      May 15, 2013 | 12:23 pm


      • Linnie
        July 8, 2013 | 8:18 am

        Fresh & Easy has it too..

      • Nikki
        September 14, 2013 | 4:03 pm

        Don’t shop at Wal Mart! Any health food store will have it :)

        • Linda Lord
          October 10, 2013 | 9:20 pm

          Buy on line

          • Robin
            December 11, 2013 | 1:52 pm

            Dr Bronner’s has coconut oil!
            Go to Abe’s Market on the internet.

    • Stacey Cabral
      May 24, 2013 | 11:00 pm

      You should always buy organic coconut oil. You can buy it at Costco, as Traci said. Wholefoods, Safeway, TraderJoes. It also helps with weight loss. You can use it to make your own products for hair, face, body. Even make underarm deodorant and brush your teeth. There are so many things you can do with it. This is a good saturated fat. It has medium chain fatty acids and lauric acid. It is antinflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial. One of the best oils you can consume. It tastes good too! If your not sure about it try making some coconut oil fudge -

      • Jennifer
        July 5, 2013 | 2:05 pm

        Be picky about the coconut oil you buy. They are not all the same! Cheaper is not better! I got some cheap stuff and my dog got really sick. You need to make sure it is in a glass jar, NOT plastic! It ahs to be certified USDA organic, just because it says organic may not be true, it has to be certified by an organic agency. Cold-pressed is best, make sure it is bleach and hexane-free. You will get the best bang for you buck if you get the best quality. I get a brand called CocoTherapy, here is their website: They also have Coconut Chips that is high in fiber which my dogs LOVE and is great for their digestive health and coat!

        • Beth
          August 4, 2013 | 3:39 pm

          thanks this might explain why the coconut oil is working but making my dog have some gastro intestinal problems. i did buy 100 coconut oil but it is in a plastic jar. just curious. why is plastic a problem.
          thanks for recommending the website.

          • Soly
            August 7, 2013 | 9:11 pm

            The one I buy is in COSTCO (CARRINGTON FARMS) and it’s in plastic but it is certified organic and a very good name brand. It is pure, unrefined, cold pressed, chemical free, gluten free and has a wonderful taste. The container it’s in is HEXANE FREE AND BPA FREE so there really is no problem if it’s in a plastic container like this one. Always check for all of these important details lusted above and you’ll be fine. Personally speaking I use it and it’s doing wonders for me and also I’ve been giving 2 tblsp of CO to my labrador retriever, she has been loosing lots of hair and had a skin condition and the results have been great!So,yes I recommend CARRINTON FARMS. Hope this has been useful to you and everyone else who reads this.

        • Sue
          August 7, 2013 | 5:25 pm

          you can make your own dog treats with cocoanut flour (expensive) – my dog just LOVED those

        • Patsy
          February 9, 2014 | 3:03 am

          Why does it have to be in a glass jar?

      • elisa
        July 5, 2013 | 10:29 pm

        How would one go about making coconut underarm deodorant and toothpaste? All receipes will be welcome if you have any. Thanks for this post.

        • Amanda
          July 28, 2013 | 1:32 pm

          I have been using this deodorant for a few months now and love it. It’s not an antiperspirant, but it keeps the odor away all day, even through a workout.

        • LindaCampbell
          September 15, 2013 | 7:40 pm

          Linda Campbell
          There are MANY recipes for deodorant and toothpowder/paste on the web.

        • Valerie
          January 10, 2014 | 5:27 am

          1/4 cup of baking soda
          1/4 cup arrowroot powder
          4-6tablespoons coconut oil (melted)
          12 drops essential oil

    • Mags
      August 15, 2013 | 6:40 pm

      Only buy ORGANIC, RAW or Unrefined… It costs about $10 and up per jar.

    • Maria
      October 10, 2013 | 2:36 pm

      Costco..Nutiva organic virgin coconut oil 78oz for about $22. I cook with it, use it as moisturizer for my face, deep conditioner for my hair, and put it in my dogs’ food everyday.

      • George Chase
        October 11, 2013 | 3:37 am

        Does the added fat in the coconut oil in my pugs’ food need to considered in his overall calories count for food? Or do I need to subtract an equal amount? I was giving it to him, but he gained a pound. Not sure if it was the oil as we also were housebound during the heat in July and August, plus the Moore Tornado effects kept the diets, his and mine off the front burner. Yes, I cook with it, and he loves it. Sam’s also has it, smaller quantity $8 and change.

    • Holistic Hounds
      February 18, 2014 | 9:46 pm

      Holistic Hounds is dedicated to bringing healthy pet products to the marketplace. We specialize in healthy dietary additions for dogs. Our organic virgin coconut oil, free range goat milk, organic pumpkin powder and premium black chia seeds are our first items currently selling in what will be a long line of healthy pet products. Watch for more products available soon that your pet will love!

    • Dana
      March 5, 2014 | 11:04 am

      Bountiful Baskets is where I got mine… 64oz jar for $20.50.

      If you have a costco I heard it is pretty inexpensive there too.

  111. Traci Kopp
    March 3, 2013 | 9:18 pm

    I have been giving coconut oil to my beautiful red nose pit for a couple weeks. I put it in a shot glass and melt it in a bowl of hot water then pour it over her food. She loves it!! She suffers from allergies and has recently developed wart like sores on her ears. I started rubbing coconut oil on them and they are almost gone. My vet thinks I am crazy but couldnt deny the fact that the coconut oil worked. Her skin is soft, shiny and she smells great!!! The health benefits of this oil are amazing. I use it for cooking and also put a tablespoon in my hot tea every night. Costco sells a 78 fl oz organic extra virgin coconut oil made by Nutiva for 21.99.

    • Susannah Yam
      May 22, 2013 | 12:39 am

      Coconut oil is amazing.

    • Joie
      July 5, 2013 | 4:04 pm

      I go to Costco too and buy it there my dog and puppy love it I used it also on my puppys ears same issue and it helps I thought it was mites but it is allergies !

      • Deborah
        July 6, 2013 | 4:21 am

        My dog also has allergies, & ear problems. I have tried everything. I just started using C.C. oil, so will share

      • Patty
        July 26, 2013 | 6:22 pm

        Does it have to be VIRGIN Coconut Oil?
        Because I just bought ORGANIC Coconut Oil in a glass jar USDA….
        but I did not get Organic VIRGIN Coconut OIl – will that make a difference??

        • Nadine
          August 7, 2013 | 11:51 am

          Patty, to get the most health benefits, it must be virgin cold pressed coconut oil. The organic oil that you have is good to use for cooking. I’ve had a lot of luck with the Nutiva (can get a 54 oz. jar for approximately $30 on Amazon, which lasts about 2 1/2 months), both me and my two Chihuahuas have been on it since last year!

          • Joann
            September 22, 2013 | 2:17 am

            Thanks, Amazon here I come…!

  112. Barbara
    September 11, 2012 | 4:15 pm

    I also understand that olive oil is good for them. Can you give them both coconut and olive oil or just one. If just one-which is best? And is olive oil also 1 tsp per 10 lbs of weight?

  113. Nellie
    September 10, 2012 | 11:19 am

    This is great information, I’m going to look into it a lil more, my dog needs something just like This ..

  114. barbara drake
    September 10, 2012 | 10:30 am

    how can i use it on the inside of the dogs ears?

    • Robert
      July 5, 2013 | 3:52 pm

      Just put three drops in the dogs ear. Use an eye dropper or medication syringe. Morning and night for about three days. Make sure to message the front base of the ear.

      • Sarina Aguilar
        August 15, 2013 | 12:08 pm

        My dog has been getting ear infections (the same ear) for the past 2 yrs. and around the same time of year…and it looks like she’s getting another one. we take her to the Vet each time, get ear drops, and it clears up before we take her back for her checkup…We use an ear wash that the Vet gives us but it expires way too fast. My question is why does this keep happening? and to the same ear? And what can I do to try and prevent this so she’s not so dang miserable? Thank You!!! :-)

        • Celia
          September 1, 2013 | 2:12 pm

          My dog suffers from allergies which has been diagnosed by a skin specialist and patch tests etc,
          He showed an allergic reaction to house dust mites, forridge mites, wheat and oat pollen and pigeon feathers!!

          Obviously, every spring/ summer, his skin condition gets worse. His ears get infected, smelly and filthy, which I have to clean every day and use ear drops when they get bad. I found that after a while I had to change the type of drops as it no longer worked!

          He also has a bald tummy which is red and as dry like ‘rhino’ skin. I have now started to rub some coconut oil on it as Aloe Vera gel didn’t seem to moisturise it enough.

          I also rub a little of coconut oil on the inside of the ears when they are flaky and sore which has dramatically improved them.

          After a week of using coconut oil, my dog seems a lot less itchy and sore.

          I am glad I have finally found a natural product that can minimise my dogs discomfort and be gently on my wallet too!!

          • Rose Marie
            October 11, 2013 | 9:48 am

            Celia~ If you go to, you will find that there are natural products that just might help your furbaby.
            My Rocky, a yorkie had a lot of issues…he had ear infections along with arthritis. Since using these products (Antioxidant)my Rocky, is a changed furbaby. I will continue to use this natural product for the rest of his life.

          • Patsy
            March 6, 2014 | 4:09 am

            My experience with one of my dogs is that I learned he has food allergies and that makes his ears and feet itch. I don’t feed him beef, corn or wheat and always a premium food.

            However, I have another dog, a rescue, who has always had skin problems and has never been officially diagnosed. He’s been treated with Temaril P which is a steroid and antihistamine in one. It worked very well except it was blowing him up like a balloon and the dog is now twice the weight he should be. So we switched to this new med Adequil I’m sure I have the spelling wrong, but it’s a new drug to treat dogs with allergies. It’s working fine, but I would love to din the cause of his itch and hopefully not have to give him any drugs. I started both dogs on coconut oil a couple of weeks ago. Can’t really tell if it’s making a difference.

          • Hillary
            March 14, 2014 | 7:38 pm

            Thank you so much for posting this. My dog also suffers from horrendous allergies. Her allergy panel came back positive for everything they tested her. We’ve got he on a Z-D diet, allergy shots, and cyclosporine and she is still a mess.
            I am going to try this coconut oil and see how she does. Question, how do you keep your dog from liking it off? My pup is already constantly licking her belly. She probably has a yeast infection (she seems to have a chronic one that clears up with meds but comes back quickly after she stops) and I don’t want her licking to increase.
            She’s got just what your pup does- red, elephant skin belly.

            Thanks again!

        • Tammy
          September 6, 2013 | 4:31 pm

          We did several food trials for our Zuny, as she suffered reoccurring ear infections. This food got her system clean and no not 1 infection in a year and a half! She would have them every few months!

          • Joann
            September 22, 2013 | 2:12 am

            Thanks so much Celia, Tammy & everyone else for all this great info. It came at the perfect time for our newest sweetheart who shortly after adopting was diagnosed w/ ear infections. After the 10 day 2x day drops she had it again in no time:( same drops for 5 days. But I’m not so sure it completely worked. I’m going to try this.
            I had read briefly read that coconut oil was good for dogs. But it didn’t have all these great responses with much more important info. So in a store a week or so ago I saw coconut oil & bought a bottle but have been too hesitant until now to use it.
            I do have one question though; does it really need to be. ‘ Virgin Coconut Oil?’
            Mine is just coconut oil , not the virgin. And where’s a good retail place to buy it?
            Thanks everyone again and good luck to everyone here & to all that’s reading this. Don’t hesitate
            but this virgin coconut oil. & help your dog & ( CATS to I think?) not sure, but why not? Look it up for cats… I’d do or try anything to help my little ones live longer & healthier lives. I’m going to use it myself too! :)

          • Melissa
            October 2, 2013 | 12:42 am


            I get our virgin coconut oil from any of the following:
            FredMeyers (Kroger)
            Trader Joes
            Whole Foods

            I believe the difference between virgin and not is probably the same as olive oil, virgin is less acidic than “regular” olive oil.

          • FrannyLee
            February 18, 2014 | 3:35 pm

            Absolutely the very best organic extra virgin cold pressed coconut oil (which is practically all I ever use for myself and pets) is Earth Circle Organics. Thetaste is definitely superior to all others I or my friends have tried. Go to or do a search to find your prefference. I buy a gallon at a time, price ranges around $60-65. Sounds like a lot but if you buy smaller, you are spending much more even for non organic. Well worth it.

            A healthier alternative tip if you like a little sugar now and then: I started using (organic raw) coconut sugar about a year ago. It is not nearly as sweet as regular raw sugar but is very satisfying.

        • A. Elizabeth
          December 26, 2013 | 5:59 pm

          I use a recipe for dog wash from the Zimmer family cocker webpage. It works great on all dogs. I’ve used it on a cocker mix, beagles and a rott/lab. If/when the dogs get cheesy or gross ears I wash them once a day and after that 2-3 times a month. My vet cleared it too. Boric acid, rubbing alcohol, betadine and vinegar. Check it out maybe. Outdoor use is recommended ;)

          • Lynda
            March 11, 2014 | 12:33 am

            I use that same ear recipe for my Rottie. Works wonders and our vet asked me for the recipe.

        • starr
          January 2, 2014 | 7:55 pm

          I have a pitbull/boxer rescue, he had a terrible ear infections that we could not get rid of for months. Since he has floppy ears it is difficult to cure. I even tried taping his ears back for air, but didn’t work he always flung it off. Finally, I did some research and found this product called Zimox w/ Aloe, not the wash, it worked within 3 weeks and it has not returned. He still gets a little dirt in his ears but I use Zimox ear wash and all clean again. He is one happy doggie and no more shaking of the head. This product can be found on the Dr. Leonard website.

          • Rhian
            January 24, 2014 | 6:49 pm

            I have a pitbull/boxer mix as well and she has really brittle nails. This winter they have all started to crack, rip, and eventually fall off and it seems to take months for a new nail to regrow. Have you experienced anything like this with yours? I’ve just started using coconut oil on her food as well as externally as I’ve heard it could help. I’ve talked to a couple different vets but I feel like there all $ driven!

        • Laurie Crooker
          January 29, 2014 | 6:49 pm

          Your dog’s ear infections may be caused by environmental and or food allergies. I have had similar issues with my dog’s ears as well. I had him tested for environmental allergies and he tested positive for grass, weeds, dust, etc. He was on allergy shots for awhile and it did seem to help him. However, recently I had to change his food to a raw dog food diet. He is doing much, much better. His ears have cleared up and there is a noticeable difference in him not chewing at his paws also. He eats K-9 natural raw venison. You can order it from Since I have had him on this food he is doing a lot better. To answer your question as to why he keeps getting ear infections; I would say his body is reacting to something in his food or(possibly environment). Yeast infections in the ears is a way of telling you she is allergic. Try changing her food. Don’t be surprised if your vet. doesn’t agree with you on the raw food diet though. Most conventional vets are against it. All I can tell you is nature’s real food is making a big difference in my dog’s life. No more ear infections…

        • Aunt Maudie May
          March 24, 2014 | 1:23 am

          I have a dog who had ear problems and a similar problem later developed on his paws. His paws were infected off and on for 4 years.
          Nothing worked from the vet(s) we visited. It was all liquid sprays and oils.

          Or how bout this one vet story that takes the cake. This ole vet swore my dog had allergies and I only needed to give hime a shot each day for the rest of his life. Oh, and I could never stop once he began the treatment. Warned that if I stopped and started again that the dog might never recover to his former health. Hmm. My scientific mind became skeptical of the hard sell and lack of looking at the whole dog, in other words the only solution looked for in this vets office was his expensive treatment plan that I was about to commit to for the rest of the dogs life. I walked out. Poor doctor, bless his heart.

          A lucky break. I found a compound from friends. A vet formulated this in cooperation with my two R.N. friends.
          The R.N.s had poodles with ear problems. My dog had ear problems and this cleared it when his paws became infected and I was desperate when nothing else was working , I thought to try it with his paws, it had worked well but the problem was recurrent .

          My brother, an R.N. Got involved at this point. He is a dog lover and cares a lot for the wellness and comfort of people and creatures!

          With his help and support I was able to get to the cure!

          The compound was a dry powder mix of Boric Acid, Iodaform and cloves.

          Dry ear powder, prescribed by a vet and made at any compounding pharmacy.
          Gloves and mask for protection for hands and lungs.
          Mild study solution and a clean warm water,for a rinse.
          10% bleach solution
          Blow dryer

          I cleaned my dogs paws, rinsed and towel dried them. then soaked or dipped them in very mild bleach solution. (10%) once for about 3 minutes. ( this was a long
          time) but he was very infected at that point) if the recurrence was really bad I would do the bleach soak more than once at the direction of the nurse.

          Next: dried them and after the drying with a hair dryer set on low, the black fungus/bacteria would have turned white indicating the growth was dead. The fungus/ bacteria would just peel off, with good skin underneath. Next I powdered them with the compound 2x daily until no sign of infection. When his infection still kept coming back I realized he was harboring some of the germs under neath his nails on top. I could see it there. So, I restarted the process , this time I did not use the bleach solution.
          The key was to get the compound up under the skin overhanging each nail. I had a idea for a good tool in my make up kit. A soft clean natural bristle brush used for blush that I did not use.
          Pressing it into the doggies service, I employed the brush to work the compound into his hard to reach areas under the nails and YES! You got it, he is fungal and free of this problem!
          He is fungal free. Thanks be to the determination to find the right solution, nurse friends who care about dogs, and a wonderfully supportive family!

          Good luck to you

      • Tamela
        November 18, 2013 | 3:33 pm

        I give my lab green beans for ear infections.
        I use generic frozen green beans from the grocery store. I place 1/3 cup of beans in a bowl with enough water to cover them. Microwave them for 30 seconds and dump them on top of her dry dog food.
        I do this twice a day. It takes about two months to start working; however we have been doing this for four months and have been infection free for the past two months.

        • Labrador Breeder
          November 23, 2013 | 11:43 am

          Excellent information about green beans, thanks for posting it! It’s worth a try for people whose dogs have bad allergies.

        • Marjorie
          January 12, 2014 | 7:22 pm

          I have an 8 pound pom-shih Tzu dog who is now almost 9 years old. When I first got him at 8 weeks old, my veterinarian recommended from day one that to give him a healthy start and to avoid excessive weight gain that little dogs are prone to, by slightly reducing the dog food and topping with green beans. This has worked beautifully and can be adjusted to weight changes (especially little dogs, a pound gain is too much and a pound loss is also too much). You can either increase the pet food and decrease and adjust the green beans accordingly. This has worked for us. I am a green bean for dogs supporter :-)

  115. Linda
    September 10, 2012 | 10:14 am

    My Rottweiler & Pug absolutely love coconut oil melted & poured over their dry food! I also lather it onto my Rotts skin because he has yeast.

    • Quizative
      August 9, 2013 | 3:08 pm

      If he has yeast, you should not be feeding him dry dog food. Yeast feeds on sugar. Most dry dog foods have tons of sugar, fructose or corn syrup for flavor since they dont have much of what dogs really love…meat.
      they also have starch, potatoes or grain (corn and rice or flour). ALL of these convert to SUGAR which feeds the yeast.
      Even dry dog foods that say grain free weill have potatoes!!!! You must find foods that have no grain, potoates or starch or sugars.
      Wyson Epigen 90 may be one of the only dry dog foods that do that.
      good luck.

      • Mike Reich
        August 20, 2013 | 2:55 am

        Fyi. Orijen grain free formula has no potato also now.

        • Shelley Halik
          September 29, 2013 | 1:35 am

          I wish the go grain free canned by orijen was made without potato as well.

          • Pam | Words With Wieners
            October 30, 2013 | 12:55 pm

            @Shelley – Orijen doesn’t make canned food. Perhaps you meant another brand. Just don’t want people confused.

          • Bulldog
            December 8, 2013 | 5:09 pm

            go and orijen are 2 different companies

          • shady
            February 11, 2014 | 12:34 pm

            Earthborn Holistic with lamb meal is grain and potato free also, my dog does great on this

          • robyn
            March 31, 2014 | 9:44 am

            Acana Singles are new and they are potato free.. they are made by the same company as Orijen

      • Melissa
        October 2, 2013 | 12:36 am

        At whole foods we picked up a bag of food called “Nutrisca” (made by dogswell) and it has no grains or potatoes. Only chickpeas and peas I believe. They call it a low glycemic dog food. Seems like overall pretty good ingredients. :)

        • MK
          October 28, 2013 | 8:28 pm

          We just started giving our Airedale Nutrisca and it seems to suit her digestion very well, and she quite likes it.

        • Labrador Breeder
          November 23, 2013 | 11:53 am

          I bet you can find it online cheaper then Whole Foods which can be overpriced. Here is one site I use on occasion, especially when they have a sale going.


          I’m glad you found something helpful.

          • Bulldog
            December 8, 2013 | 5:06 pm

            ive also started seeing nutrisca and dogswell in kroger and food lion. not sure if thats good or bad for the product

          • Robin
            December 11, 2013 | 1:49 pm

            Hi, is a great place to shop too. They have 25% off your first order.

      • Emily
        October 16, 2013 | 5:36 pm

        Zignature is also Potato free (and corn, wheat, soy, dairy, chicken, and egg free). They use peas and chickpeas instead, for their low glycemic index. Great for dogs with stomach troubles, though the Wysong mentioned above has much higher protein and lower carbs.

      • Labrador Breeder
        November 23, 2013 | 11:39 am

        Before taking this poster’s word as the gospel, try asking your vet. I also speak to a compounding pharmacist about things like this.

        • rebecca alworth
          December 10, 2013 | 3:10 pm

          Since when did vet’s have all the answers? They don’t teach nutrition in vet school, They teach how to prescribe dangerous meds.

        • Patsy
          February 9, 2014 | 2:56 am

          I find vets are the last ones to speak to about nutrition and supplements. Same as human doctor’s, they are not taught about natural healing in vet school. Best bet is to talk to other pet owners to get the best information.

          • BNIGHT
            February 19, 2014 | 10:18 pm

            Be careful with coconut oil for dogs – If the dog is taking certain medications, it can cause pancreatitis!!

          • Jenwags
            March 18, 2014 | 2:28 pm

            The only reason I ask my vet for advice is when I research and then ask if it will interfere with any current meds that my dog is on. I am a fan of the raw diet for all of my dogs, different ages and sizes and I do not go to my vet for food advice on food either, I do my own research and consult with a holistic vet on occasion to make sure I am getting everything my dogs need. Each dog is different and may have unique health restrictions.

        • Kay
          March 24, 2014 | 10:00 pm

          Yes, please ask your vets so they can put you on some crap kibble that they sell at their shop!
          The food suggested is a very good food and she suggested it for a good reason. If you know ANYTHING about yeast and how it works.. You would know this!

          Yeast feeds on sugars/carbs -potatoes, rice,=sugars – feeds yeast overgrowth. pretty simple.

      • Labrador Breeder
        November 23, 2013 | 11:50 am

        Holy smokes!! It costs $73.99 for a 16 lb. Box? I don’t know anyone who can afford that unless it’s a toy breed you’re feeding. Does anyone know if there home food remedies instead of this Wyson Epigen 90?

        Any breeders out there, these are the reasons why you should NEVER breed a dog with allergies, even if they’re minimal. They are genetically passed on.

      • Benazir
        January 3, 2014 | 1:20 pm

        Most common dog foods have wheat so try buying taste of the wild or earthborn holistic

        • Judy
          March 28, 2014 | 5:37 pm

          My labs have been eating taste of the wild for years. My older lab did very well on it. It helped cure skin allergies. He just passed away at age 13+.
          My younger lab has been eating it done she was a puppy. Her coat is shiny, looks like velvet.
          I have been very pleased with all varieties and so have my labs.

      • Joanne
        January 11, 2014 | 9:26 am

        Quizative, It might appear more helpful & less judgemental if u perhaps considered that Linda might already be using one of the dry foods available without potato & cereal.
        She’s already looked into the yeast, she takes the time to warm the coconut oil & pour it over the food … it’s not too big a leap to think that she might’ve already given it some thought ..
        Capitalisation & exclamation marks = yelling at her – not necessary, u could’ve bn much kinder & more constructive with ur help … I’m sure ur intention was good, but it came off really mean, I’m afraid..

      • Judy May
        January 29, 2014 | 8:59 am

        wow>this was very interesting to read about the ‘dry dog food’..My rat terrier prefers a lot of veggies(green) but> her favorite meat is it possible that ‘dog treats’ can cause an allergy w her skin? what would u suggest? she also luv’s anything w/vinegar..she even eats marinated artichoke..what would you assume would be the best meat for her? I guess animals do have “carb’ problems just like humans..boy; I am learning a lot about ‘health issues’ just by reading the response u gave on dry dog food..I hear that peanut butter is gd for them but then, it also can cause a ‘peanut allergy’..My rat terrier didnt have allergies till this yr..findin out wt she is allergic 2 (coat rash /hives/itching & thinning hair)have her on benadryl for now> {she can’t tolerate prednisone}..Thank u for ur time.

        • Steve Poland
          February 2, 2014 | 1:30 am

          Judy, I would advise you not to feed bacon or bacon treats (Purina beggin strips) to your pet because it contains sodium nitrate. That’s a salt preservative compound known to cause certain types of cancer. Have you tried Omega 3 fatty acids (Fish oil) or Barley grass that has enzymes to improve skin and coat conditions? I rescued a lab retriever a few month back that was in bad shape, but I finally got her skin and coat looking beautiful again. I took flour of sulfur and mixed it in a can of melted Crisco all-vegetable shorting as a salve for her skin. Crisco also contains vitamin E and ALA Omega-3 fatty acid too. Plus, I used benadryl to provide some immediate relieve from the digging. I hope yor furbaby improves…

        • Lori
          March 15, 2014 | 8:20 pm

          I buy a couple of rubber kong dog toys with holes for my dogs and regularly add peanut butter in the holes and freeze them. Treats like these can be used and filled with a piece of cheese or something else instead if there’s a peanut allergy. I’ve used raw carrots for treats in training as well as frozen peas. Just use your imagination and whatever they enjoy that’s healthy for them! :)
          For dinners I make extras… I’m learning to feed my dogs healthy but plain… in other words no lasagnas! If I afford a can of salmon weekly they get it in their meal… eggs are good too. They sure love their veggies!

      • Kelley Bauer
        March 12, 2014 | 9:01 pm

        I found wyson gave my Vizsla diarrhea, too much protein?? i have been using TLC pet food for the past 4 years with no issues, great product and it gets delivered to our door for free!!

      • Paula McCafferty
        March 14, 2014 | 12:28 am

        NutriSource also makes a grain free potato free kibble.

    • cindy lewis
      December 28, 2013 | 11:25 pm

      yeast treatment-apple cidar vinegar from the health food store looks like rustwater–1x a week spray on the coat under the tail on the paws and 1 squirt in the side of the mouth-on a q-tip in the ears–

      • Patsy
        March 6, 2014 | 4:05 am

        Full strength on the cider vinegar?

        • Tzu's Mom
          March 14, 2014 | 10:43 am

          Be careful with the apple cider vinegar… it irritated my dog’s skin really bad.

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