Coconut Oil Dog Treats

These coconut oil dog treats are highly tasty and nutritious as well. Coconut oil for dogs have a lot of health benefits, so these treats are more like yummy supplements for dogs!

Have you started giving coconut oil to your dog yet?

If not, you should!

Coconut oil has a lot of health benefits, both for people and dogs. Since most dogs find coconut oil palatable, it is a win-win for everybody!

Coconut Oil Health Benefits for Dogs

Taken internally, coconut oil has been found to be able to prevent and help control various health issues. For example:

  • Skin Health: Perhaps the biggest and most obvious benefit that many dog parents observe after giving coconut oil to their dogs is an improvement in the dog's skin and coat condition. Coconut oil helps alleviate itchy, irritated, dry and flaky skin. It also makes the coat shiny and soft.

    If your dog is constantly scratching and licking his body, then coconut oil is definitely something to consider. Doesn't hurt!

  • Digestive Health: Coconut oil helps with digestion and improves nutrient absorption. For dogs with digestive issues, such as colitis, ulcers, IBS, etc., adding coconut oil to their diet can help improve the condition.
  • Weight Control: Got a chubby dog who cannot consume too much animal fat? Try substituting some of the animal fat in the diet with coconut oil, which supplies fewer calories than other fats.
  • Anti-infectious: Coconut oil has strong antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal functions; therefore it can help prevent various infections (e.g. candida, bacterial infections).
  • Joint and Bone Health: Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory properties and is especially beneficial to older dogs because it can relieve joint pain and help dogs with arthritis.
  • Cognitive Function: Another coconut oil benefit to older dogs is that it is able to improve their cognitive function. Therefore, giving coconut oil to older dogs may help prevent or delay the onset of doggie Alzheimer's (canine cognitive dysfunction).
  • Cancer Prevention: As coconut oil has strong anti-inflammatory properties, it is believed that it can help reduce the risk of cancer and other degenerative conditions in dogs.

Feeding Coconut Oil to Dogs

The amount of coconut oil to give to a dog depends of course on how big the dog is, as well as whether the dog has any health issue. As a general guideline, the suggested amount is around 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight per day.

If you have never given coconut oil to your dog before, it's better to start slowly and gradually increase the amount every few days, so that the dog's body can get used to the oil.

For example, start off by giving 1/4 teaspoon/day for small dogs or puppies and 1 teaspoon for large dogs, and gradually increase the amount every few days.

You can of course just add the oil to your dog's food. However, coconut oil solidifies when the temperature is under 76°F (24°C), which makes measuring out the oil and giving it to the dog a bit messy.

One way to overcome the problem is to make some coconut oil dog treats (see recipe below). As you can see, I have added some blueberries for extra antioxidants (and better taste!).

Recipe: Coconut Oil Dog Treats with Blueberries

You Need:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • a handful of frozen blueberries
  • a small silicon ice cube tray

Instructions:

Coconut Oil Dog Treats
  1. Put coconut oil in a measuring cup and warm it up in the microwave oven for 50 seconds or so (if coconut oil is in solid form). Stir until the oil has all melted.
  2. Put a frozen blueberry inside each "cavity" of the ice cube tray.
  3. Pour coconut oil into the ice cube tray (the amount of oil to pour into each cavity should be the daily amount for YOUR dog.)
  4. Put the tray in the refrigerator to allow the oil to solidify.
  5. Once solidified, pop the treats out and store them in a Ziploc bag in the refrigerator.

I put one of these coconut oil dog treats on my dog's food in the morning for her daily coconut oil intake.

GR with a rolling pin

Fido's Tips

  • Remember to get organic, unrefined coconut oil.
  • If you don't have frozen blueberries, you can use other goodies, such as small pieces of strawberries, apples, etc.
  • If you have an older dog, or a dog with chronic inflammation, or cancer, you can mix turmeric powder with the coconut oil. That way, you can give two great supplements to your dog in one go! Also, since turmeric is fat soluble, mixing it with an oil is an effective way to give this herb to your dog. (Want to know more about the benefits of turmeric for dogs? Read this page.)

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