Coconut oil may be a popular trend for humans, but is it safe for pets? While you want your dog to be healthy, some health fads may not be ideal for your best friend. We sat down with Trupanion veterinarian Dr. Caroline Wilde to learn more about coconut oil for dogs and best practices to keep your pet healthy.
Coconut oil and dogs: pet owner
What are the health benefits of
giving your dog coconut oil?
oil may be helpful for human hair and skin, but you may want to think twice
before applying to your pet. Wilde weighs in on the coconut oil myth below:
“There is actually
little evidence to prove that coconut oil is beneficial for pets. In fact,
coconut oil should not be given orally except under veterinary advice.”
interested in supplements, talk with your veterinarian. They can recommend a treatment
plan personalized for your dog based on their needs.
Omega fatty acids
Although coconut oil may not be the best supplement for your pet, there are other options to consider for your pet’s diet. For example, omega fatty acids have been shown to help with inflammation and your pet’s immune system. Also, an omega-3 fatty acid like fish oil may benefit your dog’s coat and help prevent shedding. Talk with your veterinarian about the benefits of fish oil and if it’s a good fit for your furry family member.
Your dog’s dry skin
dog is itchy or has dry
skin, omega-3 fatty acids may help curb your pet’s frustration. Also, it
could mean something more is going on. Wilde points out the importance of seeking
medical care for your pet if have concerns.
“If you feel there is an indicator to give your pet coconut oil, then you should consult with your veterinarian to make sure it is appropriate. Also, your veterinarian can make sure there’s not an underlying condition like a skin infection, allergies or something else. Also, there may be a topical that you may use, but the person to make that recommendation is your veterinarian.”
addition, if your veterinarian does recommend a supplement for your pet, stay
on the treatment plan, and let your veterinarian know of any negative changes.
Optimum wellness for your best
direct connection between your pet’s health and the supplements they ingest
every day. If you have any questions about pet supplements, talk to your
veterinarian. Their guidance and expertise is the best resource to get your pet
on track to proper growth, development and overall health.
is a digital content writer and editor for Trupanion. She spends her workday writing for the Trupanion blog. She loves writing about pets, being inspired by pets, and luckily gets to hang out with her rescue dogs all day long. In her free time, she enjoys exploring and traveling with her family. Her work has been featured on the DOGTV blog, KitNipBox blog, Get Your Pet blog, Fansided, among many others.