Health Benefits of Coconut Oil for Animals

Last Updated on March 28, 2024 by Kapuluan



A tricolor dog sits on a sandy beach next to a large coconut, with palm trees and the ocean in the background under a clear sky.

Many of the health benefits of coconut oil for humans also apply to animals. 

There are unlimited health benefits of coconut oil for animals. We started researching ways to use coconut oil for pets when our cat ran every time we opened our coconut oil. We knew he loved it because he would make this funny purring sound as he ran toward us, licking his chops. So we’ve been giving our dogs and cats coconut oil ever since.

Last month we were in Bali, Indonesia, and even the monkeys went crazy for our coconut oil. If you know monkeys, you know they don’t ask permission, so we didn’t have much choice in the matter. They drained our tube pretty quickly.

Coconut Oil for Animals

Coconut oil* can help aid pets’ digestion, improve their coats, help prevent infection, and more. Carnivorous animals like cats and dogs would have consumed a high amount of saturated fat in the wild, and the beneficial fats in coconut oil are a great way to ensure they are getting enough in their diets.

It can be given internally or applied externally, providing remedies for many skin infections. In addition, it can disinfect cuts, heal wounds quickly, deodorize your pet’s skin, and improve general skin and coat conditions.

Unlike most herbal products that are good for your pet’s health, coconut is something that most animals love to eat. We’ve seen dogs, cats, monkeys, squirrels, bears, crabs, and even love coconut oil. They know what’s good for them!

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

HOW MUCH TO GIVE THEM?

We give our pets coconut oil in their food every day and use it externally on their coats. Here’s what we do:

  • Our cat gets a teaspoon a day in food (we started with 1/4 of a teaspoon and worked up over a month)
  • Our dog (about 55 lbs) gets two tablespoons a day in food (we started with one teaspoon and worked up over a month)
  • To help ward off fleas, both get brushed with coconut oil every few weeks, especially in summer
  • For any dry skin or skin issues, we use coconut oil (or honey) on the skin as needed
  • Nursing puppies get coconut oil added to their first foods when they start eating

BENEFITS OF COCONUT OIL FOR ANIMALS: THE SCIENCE

  • The primary benefit of coconut oil comes from the fats it’s made of. Coconut oil is almost exclusively (more than 90%) saturated fat and is one of the few foods classified as a superfood.

MCTs are coconut oils’ secret weapon. Medium-chain triglycerides (MCT) are a good fat that provides an array of benefits, including digestion improvement, immune system support, a metabolic function that assists with weight loss, skin and coat health, and thyroid health.

  • MCT comprises Lauric Acid, Capric Acid, Caprylic Acid, Myristic Acid, and Palmitic. Coconut oil also contains about 2% linoleic acid (polyunsaturated fatty acids) and 6% oleic acid (monounsaturated fatty acids). Lauric acid has antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal properties. Capric and caprylic acid also have similar properties as lauric acid and are best known for their antifungal effects.

In addition, MCTs are efficiently metabolized to provide an immediate source of fuel and energy, enhancing athletic performance and aiding weight loss. In dogs, the MCTs in coconut oil balance the thyroid, helping overweight dogs lose weight and helping sedentary dogs feel energetic.

  • Coconuts are an excellent source of nutrition and have healthy meat, juice, and oil. The oil is arguably the most nutritious and has many health benefits. Coconut oil has antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antifungal properties and antioxidants that help absorb other minerals.

Lauric acid in coconut and oregano oil is more effective in fighting staph bacteria than antibiotics. Lauric acid has also been shown to be preventative against some cancers. Coconut Oil is over 40% lauric acid, the richest source naturally available.

HEALTHY SKIN AND COAT

  • Clears up eczema
  • Aids flea allergies, contact dermatitis, and itchy skin
  • Minimizes odor
  • Reduces allergic reactions
  • Creates sleek and glossy coats
  • Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections
  • When applied topically, coconut oil promotes wound healing
  • It also can help with hot spots, dry skin, and hair, bites, and stings

IMPROVES DIGESTION

  • Improves digestion
  • Increases nutrient absorption
  • Helps with colitis and inflammatory bowel syndrome
  • Reduces or eliminates bad breath
  • Helps with coughing

“SUPERFOOD” BENEFITS

  • Assists with weight loss
  • Powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal agents
  • Balances insulin and promotes normal thyroid function
  • Helps prevent or control diabetes
  • Aids arthritis and ligament problems
  • It helps prevent infection and disease
  • Aids in increasing energy

We recommend only using high-quality, unrefined Raw Coconut Oil whether it’s for you or your pet. So pick up some Kapuluan Raw Organic Coconut Oil for your pet today!

*Some dogs could have an allergic reaction and other issues, so it’s essential to take care and talk to your vet before having your dog use or consume coconut oil.

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