Coconut Oil for Dogs and Cats? The Bad and Good

Updated on February 26, 2018
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Melissa holds a bachelor's degree in biology and is a plant and animal enthusiast with multiple pets.

In the past, it was my staunch opinion that all pet owners should have a jar of cold-pressed organic virgin coconut oil on hand for use with their pets' healthcare and for themselves as well. The substance is touted as having multiple benefits that are well known among "alternative" medicine enthusiasts and nutritionists, having been documented with convincing anecdotal and scientific evidence. I still find coconut oil to be of value for animals, just as other 'natural' products such as honey (used for wound care) or aloe vera can be.

The claims: 90% of coconut oil consists of a naturally occurring saturated fat which is composed of medium-chain fatty acids (vegetable oils are composed of long-chain fatty acids). While this word "saturated fat" may have a negative stigma in human health studies, coconut oil is said to be very healthy because it also contains the health-promoting compounds lauric acid, capric acid, and caprylic acid.

  • Unlike most oils, coconut oil is not damaged by high heat (making it ideal for cooking and frying). High heat causes the "rancidity" that makes the artificial trans fats found in many processed foods harmful to health. Therefore, coconut oil is said to improve conditions such as high cholesterol, heart disease, stroke, and hardening of the arteries in humans.
  • Numerous benefits have been attributed to coconut oil from healing skin conditions to even assisting recovery from diseases such as diabetes and cancer. Weight loss, increased immunity, hair health, bone strength, improved digestion, improved vitality and maintenance of blood pressure levels are other alleged benefits of this coconut derivative, with many believing it to be the healthiest oil on Earth. More extensive studies are needed to verify this long and exciting list of benefits, but a few clinical studies exist that mostly verify its impact on some skin conditions.
  • As a "nutraceutical," coconut oil may offer similar benefits for many species. Coconut oil can be utilized to address potential issues before they worsen and require a stressful and expensive vet trip.


Health Benefit Claims in Humans

  • Increased metabolism
  • Weight loss
  • Immune system support
  • Antioxidant properties
  • Anti-fungal, antibacterial, anti-protozoan, anti-viral properties
  • Promotes heart health
  • Aids thyroid abnormalities
  • Speeds healing
  • Improved digestion

How does it work?

PLEASE READ: I'm leaving some of the original parts of this article up for archival purposes, but I've reversed my opinion and recommendations for the use of coconut oil on pets (and humans).

To read my new opinion, scroll down to "The truth about coconut oil"

Coconut oil possesses anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-microbial properties that are so strong they are used by some clinicians to treat infections like AIDS.

University of the Philippines Emeritus professor of pharmacology Dr. Conrato S. Dayrit explains that the substance has been shown to reduce the viral load in affected patients:

"Initial trials have confirmed that coconut oil does have an anti-viral effect and can beneficially reduce the viral load of HIV patients."

The lauric acid content may be metabolized by the body, which results in the release of monolaurin, a fatty acid that acts as an antibiotic, disrupting the lipid membrane of envelope viruses, inactivated bacteria, yeast and fungi. Therefore, it is easy to see why using coconut oil could have potent healing abilities for multiple ailments.

A pet version of coconut oil, great for skin ailments

Petpost | Coconut Oil - Hot Spot & Itchy, Dry Skin Treatment for Dogs - 100% Certified Organic Extra Virgin Superfood & Moisturizer for Skin and Coat, & Dog Itch Relief- 16 Oz.
Petpost | Coconut Oil - Hot Spot & Itchy, Dry Skin Treatment for Dogs - 100% Certified Organic Extra Virgin Superfood & Moisturizer for Skin and Coat, & Dog Itch Relief- 16 Oz.

This coconut oil brand is made especially for pets. The serving recommendation is ¼ to ½ teaspoon of coconut oil per 10 lbs. of body weight daily, and increasing the dosage over a week to 1 teaspoon per 10 lbs. I use coconut oil as a moisturizer for animals, and while it is OK for them to ingest small amounts, I do NOT feed it to them.


Coconut Oil for Cats and Dogs: My Experiences

Dogs and cats do not eat coconuts in the 'wild', but that shouldn't stop owners from supplementing this healthy food in the proper amounts. Pets will usually take it directly from a spoon.

Warning, anecdotal information ahead:

I've never owned a cat, but I have a close exotic cousin or feliform—a spotted genet. Over the full year that I've had him, he has succumbed to a few issues with his health, and coconut oil appears to have resolved or aided all but one of them.

My small-spotted genet's first health complication occurred before I even obtained him. On the day he was scheduled to be sent to me by plane, he developed a case of diarrhea and developed a raw spot under his tail.

As do many exotics, these animals need to be bottle-raised by their permanent owner as early as possible for bonding purposes. For that reason, a week later, even though the issue wasn't fully resolved, he was sent to me with a portion of amoxicillin, an OTC antibiotic that the breeder had been administering.

My Dog Loves the Taste


A few days after giving him the antibiotic as instructed, while observing no improvement, I decided to put a mix of coconut milk and coconut oil into his bottle.

The problem resolved quickly after that. I observed that his poop had solidified (I hadn't known its usual consistency before I acquired him), and that the raw spot had sprouted fur rapidly. It's possible that time could have resolved the issue as well, but I'm convinced that his condition was aided or healed by the inclusion of the coconut products.

Another incident occurred that to this day, I don't know what the cause was. My genet mysteriously had patches of fur missing from his arms and what appeared to be little scrapes that seemed inflamed (*they did not appear to be self-inflicted and have not re-occurred as of 2016). I found this very concerning and thought about the possibilities; discomfort from a skin condition that resulted in an attempt to relieve it through chewing/self-mutilation, psychological discontent, or a nutritional deficiency that could also have led to one of the other conditions.

Photos of the condition

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My genet, licking coconut oil off of his exposed skin.Good photo of the raw.
My genet, licking coconut oil off of his exposed skin.
My genet, licking coconut oil off of his exposed skin. | Source
Good photo of the raw.
Good photo of the raw.

Skin Ailments

One disadvantage of owning an animal that very few people own is that you cannot go to Google and find numerous posts by other owners listing and explaining the symptoms that pertain to your species. Any change in an animal's behavior should be addressed immediately. A vet visit would most likely mean a lot of tests that could be unlikely to provide insight toward the problem, as well as stress for the animal. So I opted for a shotgun approach first, which coconut oil is great for, as it provides a stimulating level of high-quality nutrients and antibiotic properties in case of an infection.

I applied the oil to his arms in case it was a skin condition. He rapidly licked it off (he also loves the taste), so he also ingested a small amount. The problem resolved, again, quite rapidly. The fur grew back and no more bald spots appeared afterwards. It was a big relief.


Use Coconut Oil Before (Or While Waiting For) The Vet

The last problem was even more vague. I had had many issues with his insatiable appetite. One day, his behavior was very "off:" he wasn't being active at his usual time and he was being very affectionate. He had been affectionate before when he was sick, that time from 'accidentally' consuming the carpeting. He wanted to sleep next to me and not in his hanging ferret teepee.

Although he was eating, I assumed he may have been affected by something he ate, and served his wet cat food with flax seed (hoping to improve the intestinal lining and aid digestion) and coconut oil. He resumed his typical behavior the next day.

Coconut oil is a great oil to offer dogs, cats, ferrets, and other carnivorous mammals if they appear to have the following:

  • A bacterial infection
  • Digestive upset
  • A skin condition
  • Parasitic infection
  • Suspected immune system impairment

Coconut oil can also be used alongside a prescribed treatment for sick animals or to improve and enhance the health of healthy animals. It can be used in the early stages of a potential issue to try to resolve the abnormality before it worsens and requires a vet to intervene.

Exotic Pets

I have used coconut oil successfully with my panther chameleon
I have used coconut oil successfully with my panther chameleon | Source

Reptiles and Other Pets

I have used coconut oil in the "gut load" for my panther chameleon, including it in his overall health-promoting mixture while he was suffering from kidney disease, and I have used it externally on my green iguana as an excellent moisturizer to combat dry skin and potential infection. It is probably safe to feed iguanas small amounts of coconut oil, but not recommended due to their sensitivity to saturated fats (they can be fed no animal material either).

Other Applications

It always pays to experiment with very small amounts of a new substance and carefully observe for any changes in the animal's behavior or worsening of the condition. Coconut oil can add essential nutrients into the diet of compromised reptiles and small animals who are lethargic or have a poor appetite.

Reptiles tend to contract external problems with their skin such as difficulty shedding. Coconut oil is a great way to provide soothing and healing relief while any errors in husbandry (such as improper humidity levels) can be fixed.

Coconut oil can be applied to superficial wounds, external fungal infections, and cuts to ward off infection, after they are thoroughly cleansed with an appropriate solution such as Nolvasan or sterile saline.

How to Administer

For humans, a dosage of approximately 2 1/2 to 3 Tbsp is recommended daily, to be consumed in separate portions about three times a day before meals. Sufficient time should be taken to acclimate the body by starting with smaller portions and working up to the desired dosage over the course of a few days. Decrease the dosage amount if diarrhea or other complications occur. A good dosage for dogs would be around 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight daily or 1 tablespoon per 30 pounds. In my pet's case, I offered a little oil when problems arose but didn't continue a regular schedule.

Beginners can start with around ¼ tsp. a day for small dogs and 1 tsp. per day for large dogs, increasing the dosage every few days until reaching the recommended quantity. Similar ratios can be estimated for cats and other pets. I would start with about a pinch full for reptiles depending on the size and diet of the species.

The Truth About Coconut Oil

While some clinical studies involving coconut oil have been conducted, many of them are small and inconclusive. Other studies that show benefits are in vitro studies, or in other terms, the mechanism has been demonstrated in a petri dish and not in actual subjects. Those that have used live subjects used animal research, but few if any have been canines and certainly not the exotic pets I speak about in this article. This means that such studies demonstrate the possibility of an effect in other species (both pets and humans, unless your pet is the species of lab animal used) but they certainly do not prove or provide sound evidence for the exaggerated claims in my and other articles.

I'm inclined now to agree with Dr. Daniel Hwang, a research molecular biologist specializing in lauric acid at the Western Human Nutrition Research Center at the University of California, Davis:

“There are a lot of claims that coconut oil may have health benefits, but there is no concrete scientific data yet to support this.”

If we know very little about the long term consequences of coconut oil on human health, we certainly should be concerned about the consistent use of the product on our pets.

I have used coconut oil with my pets and have witnessed no problems with it to my knowledge. Nevertheless, despite my experiences that seemed to suggest coconut oil was resolving my pet's problems, that is inadequate anecdotal evidence. I no longer recommend any medicine considered 'alternative'. Any medicine proven to work can simply be called 'medicine'. The word "alternative" is generally code for "unproven and likely ineffective." So, DO NOT rely on coconut oil for any major illnesses your pets have.

Well-Demonstrated Coconut Oil Benefits

Appetite Stimulant: As previously stated, both my dog and genet love the taste of coconut oil. Since it is such a heavy nutrient, I believe it can be useful for feisty animals that might be recovering from illness (with its potential anti-bacterial properties) or malnutrition. One study, contrary to some claims, showed that dogs gained more weight with coconut oil included in their diet. However, I would use it sparingly, as it is a saturated fat (not as bad as other animal-based saturated fats). The dosage instructions are in the above italics. Fish oil can also serve this purpose.

Skin Moisturizer: As in the above video, coconut oil seems to be a reasonably safe and edible skin applicant for pets. with some properties that might help aid animals withe minor external ailments. I do continue to use it for these purposes but I recommend extreme caution.

Anti-bacterial?. Coconut oil often causes diarrhea in people who take it because it is said to have anti-bacterial properties. Although this attribute is undesirable, this means that the substance might possess some benefit as an antibiotic. While I no longer view it as a miracle cure, I sometimes use it with carnivorous or omnivorous animals experiencing probable bacteria-related illness, but after they've seen a vet, or while waiting to see one (1-2 days before the vet I stop administering it as to not interfere with any prescribed medication).

There are very few, if any, "miracle cures." Coconut oil has its place in use with animals, but the claims of extraordinary health benefits being made are dubious at best. I will keep this page updated with any recent scientific study or more information.


[1] Carandang E.V. 2005. Health Benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil Explained. Philippine Coconut Research and Development Foundation.

[2] Nevin KG, Rajamohan T. 2006. Virgin coconut oil supplemented diet increases the antioxidant status in rats. Food Chemistry [2006, 99(2):260-266]

[3] Assunção ML, Ferreira HS, dos Santos AF, Cabral CR Jr, Florêncio TM. 2009. Effects of dietary coconut oil on the biochemical and anthropometric profiles of women presenting abdominal obesity. Journal Article, Randomized Controlled Trial. Lipids [2009, 44(7):593-601]

[4] Marina A.M., Che Man Y.B., Amin I. 2009, Beneficial effects of virgin coconut oil on lipid parameters and in vitro LDL oxidation, Trends in Food Science & Technology Vol. 20 481-487.

[5] Intahphuak S., Khonsung P., Panthong A. 2010. Anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antipyretic activities of virgin coconut oil. Pharmaceutical Biology. Vol. 48, No. 2, Pages 151-157.

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        Caroli 8 months ago

        I had to scroll back pretty far to find the Shannon comment. That person was making a trolling comment to provoke and the site owner responded. No big deal. The article updating coconut oil explains itself well. Upon further research she believes that it has some good uses, is not a cure for illnesses or disease instead of calling it alternative medicine, it is medicine. I respect that she is willing to base her judgements on multiple studies and is willing to admit answers can be different than what she may have been wanting or expected.

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        Lynn 14 months ago

        Wondering about the sudden turnaround in your opinion of coconut oil? ( to the author)

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        AnonaMeowse 15 months ago

        Sounds like maybe the author of this article may perhaps, have been threatened with legal action for "offering medical advice" by some online busybody, thereby bullying her into retracting the generally benign, good natured and overall helpful advice of which the article originally intended?

        That's my guess, anyway.

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        Anonymous 16 months ago

        This is such a confusing read . I just don't understand .

        Did something happen to change your view ? I'm not trying to be rude , I'm just curious what happened .

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        Crosswind 17 months ago

        Author of this article lost all credibility after I read your comment for calling Shannon's comment "Stupid". You could have used more professionalism and class by "teaching" why you disagreed with her. Just because someone disagrees with you, does not make them stupid.

        Re: Melissa A Smith said:

        "Thanks for that stupid and unnecessary comment Shannon."

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        just a fyi for all in case the problem of anal or skin problems arise.....coconut oil

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        Melissa A Smith 19 months ago from New York

        Shelley: I used to feed my dog some raw and she was in the early stages of periodontal disease. After her surgery and dental cleaning I've committed to brushing her teeth everyday and her vets are always amazed with how clean they are now. She at least 15 years old.

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        Melissa A Smith 20 months ago from New York

        Nancy, you can try it, but not too much if he starts eating it.

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        Nancy 20 months ago

        I have a cat that is itching and chewing on himself all over his body. We have done testing and have come up with nothing. I have treated him with Frontline and also Revolution. We have him on Prednisone, which I absolutely hate, but vet recommended it and it seems to be doing nothing for him. Could I possibly get some organic coconut oil and try it for him and would I do this topically or how? I have to do something before he chews and bites himself to death here and has broken skin. The store here I can get it in only has the solid form where I could melt it down. Please let me know as I have been dealing with this for a month now and my cat needs relief, even if it's just a little, and I saw a post where someone did it topically on their pet and it helped.

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        Shelley 20 months ago

        I don't vaccinate my pets, but I do feed them organic immune boosting herbs etc. I have American Ringtail Cats which were one of yhe rarest experimental breeds. Any time I see anything that could cause sickness, or any possibility of lower immunity, I either put an Echinachea and golden seal Tincture in all water bowls. It has aided in sinus and respitory problems, especially in my DHS/Maine Coon 30-40 # male every spring he would become congested, sneezing etc. I also have for 24 years been an adamant believer in no pesticide flea or dewormers, no antifungal meds.

        I have give my pets Brewers yeast tabs 1- 3 2 times a day. This B vitamin supplement makes them undesirable to Fleas. I also many nights while preparing dinner removing fat, etc and feet it raw to my pets. I do not ever fed them raw pork.

        Dental issues in our pets are a new continued problem that's isn't being cures with dental supplies. Prior to processed man made pet foods most owners fed scraps or raw meat to them. The chemical reaction in raw red meat especially for dogs and cats cleans their teeth. Also cooking of kills by wild canid's and Felid's doesn't exist. They are no by man being feed toxic not a highest percentage of diet necessity for pets. These by products, grains, and not really as they were made to be digested in these intolerable ways of giving the best nourishment to our pets. I will eventually be making diets of raw foods for my pets.

        I have experienced in the last 3 years infestations of mites, to most of my pets. I recently have had it occur again. On my 15 Ringtail Kittens, and the Queens. Only one of my girls would drink the tinctures water. Lol. So the immunity difference of 2 litters. I am now going to use my powdered Golden Seal and Echinachea Caps to flavor treats for all my pets.

        I also have a 50 # box of Food Grade organic Diatomaceous Earth which we use on mattresses, etc to kill the mites, fleas, and other bugs such as spiders. We dust the dogs several times a week. No fleas and no mites. It's me and my kittens that have the attack of the ickiest pest I have come to organically destroy in my life

        I use small amounts of garlic in,aiding pet health, but never raw. I also give detoxing herbal tinctures of milk thistles. I do not give any of my pets canned foods for pets, nor do I buy canned for us. I have saved both my dogs from Parco using pepto tabs, power aide, ginger powder.

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        Melissa A Smith 22 months ago from New York

        InformedOne: A few of them are listed right at the bottom of this article or did you not see it? Alternative medicine is simply an alternative to medicine using the conventional methods of using the proper testing to check a substance's efficacy. Such alternative methods often include listening to the anecdotal tales of people whom are experiencing the placebo effect or coincidental recovery from limiting disease and getting angry if someone suggests these methods are not correct and the substance might actually not be working.

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        InformedOne 22 months ago

        Actually there are several peer reviewed studies on benefits of Coconut Oil.


        Me thinks you do not understand what alternative medicine means.

        Not inferior or less valuable than Western Medicine.

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        surendra 23 months ago

        Thanks a lot for providing great information

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        Melissa A Smith 24 months ago from New York

        Hi Peter, reptile kidney disease is irreversible. No medicine, especially coconut oil, will reverse it and I doubt the oil will help at all. Unfortunately my chameleon did pass away many years ago...that's how I find out he has kidney disease, I examined them myself. It is important to make sure they get plenty of water, maybe a light shower in the bath once a day (put them on a potted plant with leaves). I think that perked him up a bit. You can slow the progression of the disease. Most reptiles at the end of their life have some form in captivity I believe.

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        Peter 24 months ago

        Hey Melissa, I've only recently stumbled on your article. I know it's been a long time since you wrote it. I wanted to find out how adding coconut oil to your panther chameleon's feeder gut load turned out? Did it reverse the kidney damage? I hope he lived a nice long life, better still he's still with us today. My two year old panther chameleon recently got back bloodwork suggesting liver and kidney damage, I wanted to a see if you discovered anything new. Thank you for your time. Pete

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        Maryann Stypinski 2 years ago

        My cat was limping on hie left paw, I didn't think much about it until all the hair he pulled off and he kept licking it. His personality changed and he would not eat. I made a decision to spread his paw with coconut oil and behold the next day and a half he was back to his old self.

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        Jan 2 years ago

        I was putting on some organic virgin coconut oil to my hands and skin and my cat was acting like I had catnip. I let her lick a little, then I figured I should check if it was ok for her. The information surprised me, so I guess if its ok we'll try it I also wanted to try on my dog's itchy skin,maybe topically. fingers crossed.

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        Sharon N. 2 years ago

        I live in Upstate NY and noticed my cat scratching side of her neck with rear foot. As soon as I gave her a rub of coconut oil, the scratching stopped! It is amazing, and this cat is obsessed with her constant washing.....dont think it was fleas(?) Maybe dry skin? Anyhow, use sparingly! A little on a cat goes a long way as they lick it off their coat! Vegan coconut oil is great on my arms, legs, and face too! I was told i sure dont look my age! Of couse, good genetics helps too! Thank you coconut oil!

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        Melissa A Smith 2 years ago from New York

        Pam: I wouldn't advise that.

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        Pam 2 years ago

        My cat was just diagnosed with kidney disease. Can I give him coconut oil. He is on Hills kd can and dry cat food. And would it work for hairballs.

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        Rae 2 years ago

        I agree Wildman!

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        Wildman 2 years ago

        unnecessary to snub Shannon rudely - her intuition of expressing her care for wildlife may not have been nuanced - this does not mean we should be calling others', "stupid"!

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        reikimom 2 years ago

        You REALLY DID NOT DO A COMPLETE research on this. Go back and start over.

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        Melissa A Smith 2 years ago from New York

        Anita I wouldn't recommend giving them coconut oil and do the fish oil sparingly.

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        Anita 2 years ago

        Is it safe to give the CO and fish oil together?? My kitten has a grade5/6 heart murnur and I wanted to give him heart healthy supplements. Which both do. I'm concerned that maybe he's getting to much acids from both. Thanks in advance.

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        Melissa A Smith 3 years ago from New York

        Susy, my recommendation is to go with peer-reviewed studies. Unfortunately, we don't really have any on coconut oil, that doesn't mean we should guess that it works with such serious conditions. When someone claims that one substance does a myriad of miracles, that is a red flag that they don't know what they're talking about. It is very sad what people do to bulldogs.

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        susy 3 years ago

        I read that Coconut oil does dozens of helpful things for dogs' health. As an English Bulldog owner I'm always looking for any help I can get. Does anybody have experience with using Coconut Oil for brain issues, viruses, severe skin diseases and stuff like Arthritis and Cancer -- all things I've read that Coconut Oil treats.


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        Melissa A Smith 3 years ago from New York

        Interesting Anegela. Your dogs are probably satiated by the oil and enjoy the taste. I would recommend weaning them off of it. Maybe try fish oil?

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        Angela 3 years ago

        Has anyone experienced a suppressed appetite when using coconut oil? I have two 90 pound labradors (age 10), and after a few weeks of giving them coconut oil daily, they've lost interest in eating their breakfast. They aren't overly interested in their dinner unless I give them coconut oil. One of them has always been a finicky eater, but the other has never skipped a meal in his life unless he was sick. Wondering if anyone else has experienced something similar.

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        Melissa A Smith 3 years ago from New York

        No real evidence that it does what people claim it does, I think that's pretty bad. It's a pure saturated fat. In minimal amounts it should be harmless, but there might be no point in using it except topically.

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        Justme 3 years ago

        So what was the bad? I didn't see it.

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        Lee 3 years ago

        Fantastic Article! Coconut oils is amazing for dogs! We incorporate it in our sauce for dogs called KetchPup®!

        Doggy Meal Deal™ - KetchPup® Fetch Fries® Burger Bone™

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        Melissa A Smith 3 years ago from New York

        Terry, I'd recommend consulting with a veterinarian. I wouldn't rely on it for parasite control, but it could assist in infections topically.

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        terry russell 3 years ago

        Does this coconut oil have any effect against fleas an ticks. I seen a shared post on FB where it was used 2 prevent fleas an ticks. What about ear mites an ear infections. Also does it do any good with mosquitos.

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        Melissa A Smith 3 years ago from New York

        Breck123, I don't see why not. I would only be concerned about animals that are sensitive to saturated fats.

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        Breck123 3 years ago

        Great hub! I had no idea coconut oil could be so useful. Do you think that it would be OK for snakes to ingest it? It would make a wonderful supplement.

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        Melissa A Smith 3 years ago from New York

        That's great lrc7815!

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        Linda Crist 3 years ago from Central Virginia

        Great hub. I am a huge fan of coconut oil. I use it for cooking and for a dietary supplement for myself and have for a while now. I recently used it (as a supplement) for my 9 pound Italian Greyhound who was battling a sebaceous cyst on her shoulder. !/2 teaspoon a day did the trick in 3 days. The cyst has vanished.

        This is a very useful hub for anyone. Voted up.

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        Amanda smith 3 years ago

        KT Williams - I am heavily involved in rescuing and fostering and it sounds like your cat had a URI. Upper Respiratory Infection. I ended up keeping one of my fosters and he has episodes all the time. Once they have it they will always carry it.

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        Melissa A Smith 4 years ago from New York

        Lisa---whatever your animal prefers. I melt mine. In the summer I have no choice : )

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        lisa 4 years ago

        Do you warm the oil to make it liquid or as is?

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        Melissa A Smith 4 years ago from New York

        I'm glad you discovered coconut oil Suz, it's truly great. I wish you luck with your cat.

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        Suz Smith 4 years ago

        We have just spent so much money on our kitty with the Vet, it's crazy all the blood work ect.. and still no answers. Tonight I put coconut oil on her neck and she stopped scratching right away. I am going to continue and really hope it helps with her healing. I am tired and sad for her with all the drugs she has been given for a probable skin problem (3 vets yes 3 vets ) keeping my fingers crossed. Thanks for this info, it can't hurt anymore then that crap they have injected into our kitty.

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        Melissa A Smith 4 years ago from New York

        Thanks for that stupid and unnecessary comment Shannon.

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        shannon 4 years ago

        "the common genet inhabits rocky terrain with caves, dense scrub land, pine forests, and marshland"...not someone's house or apartment. It's a shame what we do to wildlife. Imagine how terrifying the plane ride was for him.

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        Melissa A Smith 4 years ago from New York

        Yes Thelma coconut meat is excellent for dogs too. Thanks!

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        Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

        This is a very informative hub. I did not know that coconut oil is good for animals, too. What about scraped or grated fresh coconut? My dog Angus loves eating grated fresh coconut when I have just grated one for cooking. It´s seldom, but if it´s very healthy for my dog I will give him this often. Thanks for sharing the information. Voted up and useful.

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        bev D 4 years ago

        This has been so much help for myself my pets ,our lives. thanks vibesites

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        Melissa A Smith 5 years ago from New York

        Thanks vibesites

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        vibesites 5 years ago from United States

        I usually take coconut oil as a food supplement and also for applying to my scalp.

        It has done wonders for me, but I didn't know that it will do good to my pets too. Thanks for posting! Up and useful. :)

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        Melissa A Smith 5 years ago from New York

        Aplethora23, thanks, yes it is the best oil to cook with.

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        AngPow 5 years ago from North Cali

        Great! I knew Coconut Oil was awesome to cook with. I have a wonderful recipe for Ginger French Toast that calls for Organic Coconut Oil. I know that there are many other ways to benefit from it, but why did I never think of the pets?! Thank you for this valuable insight.

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        Shaddie 5 years ago from Washington state

        Fascinating hub, I have never considered coconut oil before!

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        Melissa A Smith 5 years ago from New York

        Very glad to hear that KT Williams. It wouldn't be a bad idea to not take him now considering how expensive vets are, unless it's about time for a regular check up anyway. But if it would give you peace of mind go right ahead.

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        KT Williams 5 years ago

        I'm taking my cat to the vet today because on normal days he tends to make noises like he has a breathing problem (so I'm always on alert regarding his health) and several days ago he started sneezing a lot and acting like he had some mucus problems. He also was sleeping a lot and wanting to snuggle all the time - though his appetite was not affected. We happen to have coconut oil around all the time and my husband mentioned that I should let him have some. I gave him a little bit just 2-3 times. Now I'm afraid to take him to his vet appointment in an hour because they might think I'm crazy! He seems fine! I googled it and found this article just to make sure I wasn't going crazy. :)

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        Melissa A Smith 5 years ago from New York

        It is, jenb0128. I try to add it to my oatmeal. Just keep an eye on his droppings and I bet he'll experience health benefits.

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        Jennifer Bridges 5 years ago from Michigan

        I recently started giving coconut oil to my bird. I can't say much about the health benefits yet (too early to say), but he seems to love the taste of it, and I can get him to eat more of his veggies by adding a drop of the oil.

        I started using it for myself, too -- it's good stuff!

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        Melissa A Smith 5 years ago from New York

        @Stacie L Many products and herbs do wonders for cats and dogs and should be explored more often. Thanks for commenting.

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        Stacie L 5 years ago

        Well this is a surprise to find out about coconut oil. I know not all the foods humans consume are good for animals ,but this is.Good info.

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        Melissa A Smith 5 years ago from New York

        Yes, I love it. I'm glad you found this information useful.

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        Helena Ricketts 5 years ago from Indiana

        This is excellent information to have! I would have never guessed that coconut oil is such a great product.


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