Coconut Oil Dog Treats

Homemade coconut oil treats for dogs and the health benefits of feeding your dog coconut oil.

If you follow me on Instagram then you already know that Walter (along with our current foster pup, Arti) is about as spoiled as they come. One little delicacy that I’ve treated him to since he was a puppy is 1/2 a tsp of coconut oil each night before bed. He never forgets that it’s coming, but if I forget to give it to him he’ll refuse to come to bed until it’s delivered (such a drama queen).

Walter is 4 and has never had his teeth cleaned! In fact, on his 3rd birthday I made an appointment and took him in and the vet sent us home saying his teeth had “nothing to clean off”! I contribute this mostly to the coconut oil.

Feeding coconut oil to your furry friend provides him with many health benefits, including elevating the metabolism, increasing energy and vitality, protecting them from illness, speeding up healing, soothing and healing skin conditions, improving digestion and reducing allergic reactions. It also promotes healthy skin, a healthy coat, and healthy teeth and gums! (To learn more about the benefits check out this article from Dog’s Naturally Magazine.)

Previously I kept a jar in the bathroom and would feed him a small scoop. But every summer this becomes a problem because the melting point for coconut oil is 76 degrees, which means it turned to a jar of liquid! This minor issue led me to experimenting with creating small frozen treats, and the result is so convenient and well-liked that I’ve decided to do this year-round.

Simply scoop your favorite organic coconut oil into a zip-lock bag and seal it tightly. Line a baking sheet or platter with parchment. Trim the tip off a corner of the zip-lock so that you can use it like a pastry bag, and begin squeezing small dollops of coconut oil onto the parchment.

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If your home is at a comfortable temperature (around 72-75) you’ll find it very easy to squeeze out, but if it’s a little stiff in the bag trying heating it slightly with body heat. When you’re done creating the dollops, place your pan in the fridge or freezer. It will solidify quickly and can then be transferred off the parchment and into a jar or air-tight container for storage in the fridge or freezer. You can also try mixing in an essential oil such as peppermint (for breath), lavender (to ease anxiety when traveling or introducing new people) or clove oil (for a teething puppy). Be sure to only use pure therapetuic grade essential oils (I use Young Living).

If you give them a try be sure to share them with me on Instagram or Twitter by tagging @Thyme_is_Honey!

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153 thoughts on “Coconut Oil Dog Treats

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  2. Too funny, our little fur kids. I have a black lab that does the same thing. She’s GOT to have her coconut before bedtime!

    This is a great idea…especially love the thought of adding essential oils–fabulous!

    Thank you

  3. I have a 5 year old Airedale Terrier. She has been eating coconut oil since she was little. I use it on my face at night and she would go nuts when I opened the jar. After reading the benefits of Coconut oil for animals and humans. She now gets a daily dose. Everyone comments on her beautiful teeth…even the vet.

  4. I have given my dog coconut oil every night also and she expects it when we go to bed (just like yours she won’t come to bed without it) and while I’m rubbing it on my skin she stars to lick me ! I have noticed my dog have much softer fur from putting it on(:

  5. Great idea!! We live in Phoenix and in the summer, I mix the coconut oil in with the dry dog food, which sometimes doesn’t get finished. If they don’t want to finish their dry food after I’ve added the CO, they’ll make a HUGE mess by trying to lick the food clean…this solves my problem!
    Thank You! 🙂

  6. I am the proud new Auntie of a handsome Rottwieler puppy!! My brother, his dad, is very big on feeding Leo all natural, and I’m researching some treats that are homemade for us to make for Leo, as a gift!! This sounds yummy, and the benefits are awesome! If you have any other recipes, please do email me and share! Thanks so much! Going on to Facebook to add and follow you, as well!! Kristina Marie – on Facebook
    Thanks Again!
    Kristina and Leonidas 🙂

  7. hello, I have a boxer and a min. schnauzer., Carley and Bullet. My boxer has a bad tummy and horrid breath – how much of the essensal oils would i use in the coconut oil treats ? I would use the peppermint – i think would be best, and could i also use the clove oil at the same time for her teeth ? thanks for your great idea – i know it will help my schnauzer’s terrible dry skin too…

  8. i have that problem with the coconut oil. In the summer I give him a .5 teaspoon of the oil. And mix it into his food. I like to try the collaps kn the freezer the problem is, If he gets a treat, he runs around the house with it Plays with it then he eats it. I don’t want the oil on my carpet

  9. I have a dog that always seems to be itching on both sides of her belly, will coconut oil helps this? She just started this and I have treated for fleas.

  10. I have 2 shit zus one will be 13 in April(male) he has a heart murmur and is on 3 mess. His name is Max! we love him he is family!My girl is Daisy will be 8. We love them both so much. max is still very active, loves his toys. daisy just wants anyone to play where she can growl and be ruff.

  11. Going to make some of these for my dogs…..I particularly like the idea that it helps keep their teeth clean and aids with skin problems.

  12. Thanks so much for sharing this great idea. I used to give my dog fish oil but as she gets grain free salmon kibble, I’d noticed some problems with her digestion. I stopped giving her the fish oil, but my dog seemed to age without the fish oil. I was looking for a more digestable way to give her a boost, and to freeze the oil is a GREAT idea. Like you, I had problems with melting. That the c. oil is good for their teeth is an area I’d like to help my dog with too.
    One suggestion, use coconut oil for dog’s paw pads. The oil will soften rough pads, is anti-bacterial (for small cuts & abrasions), and if the dog licks the oil off, it won’t hurt the dog.

  13. I was under the impression that essential oils weren’t for consumption? Your saying that you feed your animals the oils? (I am not doubting you, I am new to the entire EO world, still learning😊.) I have a Darling Newf with the worst breath, no matter what we do to clean her teeth, freshen her breath or what!

  14. I love your post! Our Lucy gets a treat every night too, to go in her crate aka “camp,” and I’ve been thinking of how to give her something good for her teeth. Do you also brush Walters teeth or just do the oil. Thanks!

  15. Hello. We plan to try the coconut treats for our dogs and just wondered if there is any drawback in feeding them from the fridge; ie cold food for the dogs. I understood that feeding their dog food to them from the fridge was not a good idea. Cheers, Ranger

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  17. I think your idea is great. I use coconut oil on my hands and cuticles. But now with your idea I will do it for our 4 chiawawa. My girl friend uses it in her oatmeal every morning i haven’t trued that.thank you, Pam

  18. Hi! I have a chinese crested that has skin issues (itching), and I am going to start making the coconut bites. I was wondering if you knew about how long it may take to see some results.

  19. I just keep a small jar with a screw-on lid (with one nail hole near the edge) filled with coconut oil. All summer it usually is in liquid state. I just shake it on my dogs food or just shake a TBLS in her dish anytime….she loves it. Hint, if you have a gas stove, with a pilot flame hidden underneath the store’s top surface? Just store the jar near that warm spot for a forever liquid jar. Or simply keep a small container close that you can fill with hot water…it only takes 30 seconds to liquefy enough for a dose.

  20. Thanks for the tips about choosing a good coconut oil products. I notice there are definitely differences between sources. Sorry my resources page isn’t working for you. I’m not sure why, but occasionally it just doesn’t work at all for someone!

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  22. i use coconut oil EVERY time i wash my hair. after towel drying my hair, i apply a small amount of coconut oil in the palm of my hand and work it thru my long, thick and very curly hair. i then twist my hair into a bun and sleep in it. in the morning, i pick my hair out and it is so soft and so much healthier and it helps control the frizz from having naturally curly hair. i LOVE coconut oil!!!

  23. I love the smell and feel of coconut oil on my skin. It works beautifully as a moisturizer. However, I spend a lot of time on our boat and spiders love marinas and coconut oil. I was like a spider magnet. So disappointing.

  24. I love the smell and feel of coconut oil on my skin. It works beautifully as a moisturizer. However, I spend a lot of time on our boat and spiders love marinas and coconut oil. I was like a spider magnet. So disappointing.

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  26. Great points, John. My husband and I were just talking about a similar issue the other day. Someone had posted on Facebook not to drink bottled water that had been sitting in your car, because the heat could leach toxic chemicals from the plastic into your water. My husband asked, “Do they know how hot this stuff gets during shipping?” I totally had to agree. I’ve even heard some recommend not ordering raw honey and similar products during the summertime because they’re likely to get so hot during shipment they might not actually be “raw” anymore by the time they get to you. It’s definitely something to consider.

  27. Thanks for that link, Samantha. I just tweeted it and want to credit you. What’s your twitter handle? The Green Derm is such a wonderful blog and resource of good info. YULI is a well-formulated line. My skin is appreciating it more and more. I’m still early stages of testing certain products that have been working for me better than some of the others, so I look forward to sharing my routine soon. Thanks for reading & commenting! 🙂LikeLike

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  29. Hi- I was wondering if you could substitute the sea salt with Epsom salt for the scrub? I made a scrub when I was pregnant the was olive oil, Epsom salt and sugar (2 pregnancies and no stretch marks 😉 but this one sounds like it would be even better !!

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  31. I am from the Philippines. The reason why you will have a hard time finding cheap virgin coconut oil here is because a truly native Filipino does not go the grocery to buy it. We make it ourselves at home, more specifically our grandparents do it regularly. Guys from Manila may not be used to it. But, Manila is just one area of the Philippines and has probably the least number of coconut trees in the whole country since the place is mostly commercial areas. So, to get the authentic virgin coconut out from the source, try going out of the city to the provinces where all the trees and beaches and forest are at. We don’t buy and sell them. we make them fresh and naturally like we have been traditionally for generations at home.

  32. We’ve been doing this since we brought our Red ACD home at 4mon old (8 months ago now). He was returned to the shelter and was very anxious. We mixed in lavender and keep them frozen. He loves them!! We have plain ones, banana, and all make for a favorite treat in his Kong, or just for fun!

  33. This is such a great idea; I just adopted a rescue from a shelter and his skin seems dry and he sneezes a lot. Gilly is a sweetheart and when I first met him he was scared of everything and everybody. I use coconut oil in my coffee every morning and he is always at my feet so I took some of the oil on my finger and he loved it. So I’m going to try your treat suggestion for him; so thanks for the great idea.

  34. I make all the food and trats my one year old Daisy gets. I will make this as she has dry skin and does not like the spray I put on her. Also, she is not a happy traveler. She never made a peep at 2 months old and an 10 hour trip from Boston to home. Now dhe does not like being in the car. I love my girl.

  35. Hi! I love the idea, just wondering how much/big should I give to my dogs? I have a 105lbs german sheperd and a 65lbs sinerian husky. Thanks!

  36. I am so excited to have my pups try these! Do you have a measurement for the essential oils or a ratio you recommend?

  37. Doesn’t giving them oil loosen their bowels ? Should I start with just a little, gradually increasing the dose ? All my dogs are small, 3 under 10 lbs, 2 under 20 lbs.

  38. Thanks for the information I have been looking for info on coconut oil for dogs….will definately try at the weekend.

  39. Love this! I ended up using a silicone mold and froze the coconut oil in the molds. Its perfect portioning and my dog is so excited every night! Thanks for the great idea!

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  41. I don’t understand what the difference is between refined, unrefined & cold pressed & if there is a certain one that’s better or safer for your dog. Also should you use regular or extra virgin?

  42. I put coconut oil on my dogs face because she has an open sore that gets crusty. (Long story) . This encourages my old dog to clean her face more thoroughly and helps keep the crust down.

  43. I’m going to start doing this bc we just got an Akita/Husky and she’s seven. About 4 days ago a spot formed on her forehead and she started scratching, now she has a giant spot on her forehead along with spots on both her cheeks and her arms from scratching and rubbing her face. I found out she’s a carrier for mange. These treats should ease the discomfort and heal her faster. I’m taking her to the vet in a couple of days. I feel terrible but the coconut oil should help a lot. Thank you.

  44. How much of the essential oil do you add to your treats? My dog has some anxiety and I think this could be helpful.

  45. I give my dogs coconut oil a couple times a week, but think I will give this a try. They do love it. I usually spread a gob on my big dogs paws so he can lick it off as he won’t just “take it”. But, my little guys will eat spoonfuls of it. LOL

  46. Made these treats for my dog and he loves them. I am no longer buying treats in the store as he has a very sensitive stomach and these treats agree with him. So glad I came across this!

  47. I learned last night that I need to keep my coconut oil in the living room instead of the kitchen! I only have two window a/c units and the kitchen stays too warm, I tried putting it in the fridge for just a few minutes to harden it slightly but then it was too cold and I had to warm it with my hands and ended up splitting the bag trying to squeeze it out. lol It was basically a comedy of errors but I was able to make about a dozen though they are not nearly as pretty as yours, and I added YL peppermint oil. She had one last night and one tonight and she really likes them. Hopefully I’ll work the kinks out and get better at making them. I found your page on pinterest by the way, thanks for the info!

  48. Hello Im Migdalia David, I was reading your block and looks really interesting, I recommend to all my clients coconut oil, for skin problems. Thanks for teach us really natural stuff for our pets. Thanks a lot.

  49. Thank you for sharing! We have 15 dogs. We have two with skin allergies. I use coconut oil organic refined in my kitchen
    In cooking for us! I going to give this to all our fur babies & put directly on them, too!

  50. I am trying these coconut oil dollops for my French bulldog Honey Beau. Thanks so much for this column, very helpful. I will look for the (lavender) oil and see if it agrees with her. She does have bouts of anxiety.

  51. What a wonderful idea! I am new to the Young Living world and in trying to learn all I can about the oils. I have also just started using Coconut oil. How many drops of say the Lavender would you use to how much coconut oil? Thanks. PZ

  52. Can this cause runny stools like giving laxatives?
    I love coconut oil myself so I think your got a winner.
    Thanks for the info.

  53. I love your idea with plastic baggie dollops, but how do you measure the amount? My dog, at 85 lbs, should have 2 tablespoons a day. I tried to make from my metal n plastic measuring spoons but couldn’t get coconut oil out onto wax paper for freezing.

  54. Does/did your dog get diarrhea from that much at first? We have a pug and then a Welsh Corgi/Chihuahua mix. 2 dogs. The pug has allergies to food or treats with dyes in them. And the little one well eats about anything bit is on a regular diet, but is regulated daily. So we make our own homemade treats and add coconut oil to them. They love it and it helped with our pugs allergies. So I am interested in the coconut oil treats too.
    Thanks Lee Ann

  55. I just tried this with my pup. She ate up the dollop right away, and it took about a minute to harden. I hope to see the benefits of its long term use

  56. I’ve made coconut oil treats for my dogs, but I noticed my dogs pretty much just swallow the treat. Do your dogs actually chew on the coconut treats? I think they would need to to benefit the teeth.

  57. Please read up on essential oils and make sure you are using the corect amount. Too much or the wrong kind can be lethal to pets!

  58. My Newfoundland gets a daily dollop of coconut oil, I was using a silicon chocolate mould to create portion to refrigerate. But I was getting it EVERYWHERE, so I’ll try the bag trick next time 🙂

  59. I mix coconut oil in my baby girl’ s food at dinner. She has allergies & sensitive skin so I thought I’d try it & it works great! She also doesn’t get a tummy ache as much, either. She loves it!

  60. I have 4 fur babies, two were my moms when she was still with us. My two has had issues, so I am happy I found you on Pinterest. The Doxy will chew like the had off her legs and feet. My Shih Tzu has all kinds of allergies.

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  62. My dog has a condition where his body produces kidney stones. He is on prescription diet urinary care food for this. About 3 years ago he had so many stones, he could not urinate. He had to have emergency surgery and because he had such a problem the Dr had to cut a new hole for him to urinate from. I just want to know if the coconut oil would help or hurt him? He hasn’t had any problems with that area since but I like the idea of the coconut oil for all the benefits you mentioned. The dogs don’t mind the taste of it just by itself? How about for cats? Do you know anything about benefits for them?

  63. This looks like a great idea. However, my dog has a sensitive tummy and I am concerned about these making him “loose” . Should I start with a smaller serving for him?

  64. I asked my vet about giving my dogs coconut oil. He told me that it causes fat build up in the arteries. My Sheltie, Maggie, has dry skin and hair. I thought that coconut oil would help. My Yorkie mix, Pebbles, just had her teeth cleaned. The vet had to extract 18 teeth, costing me $400.00. I have read to give a dog 1/4 tsp. for every ten pounds. Your recipe is only 1/2 tsp. once a day. What kind of dog do you have? Large or small?

  65. Hi Dani,
    Love the idea. We give our Lab pup coconut oil everyday. He also gets very anxious on car rides and would like to begin adding some lavender oil to sooth him. How much lavender do I add, and is it safe for consumption?
    Thanks

  66. I can’t wait to try this! We have an 8 mo. old Boxer. Maycee is our baby since our kids are now grown.
    My question is, do I only give her a half
    Teaspoon per day? Yours just looked bigger.
    Thanks!

  67. I just use the mini ice trays and that is about works out perfect. I keep them in the fridge
    the dogs love them and they make great treats.

  68. Hi, My name is Tara and I am a Young Living Essential Oil user/Lover as well, and I have a quick question. My question is if I go to mix the coconut oil with say peppermint or the lavender? (Those are the only two I would feel comfortable starting off with, for my 3 babies). 😉 How many drops should I mix with the coconut oil?

    Thank You,

    Sincerely,

    Tara Neumann

  69. Hello I have four dogs( pit mix) ages are 6,3,2 and 2 too, I wanted to start giving them coconut oil treats. What brand of coconut oil I need to buy and where at and how long put in freezer ,,, how much I need to give them a day? Or you give them one a night? And also do they eat it all and shallow it ? It makes me nervous to give them something oil ?! The sound of it I’m
    A worry wart! Let me know.thanks

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  72. Question…

    My little one is 4 1/2 lbs. Should I still give her 1/2 t. Coconut oil?
    I love making her happy! YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN.
    Help if you can.

    Thanks
    Sandy

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  73. Thank l am going to try this with my Peanut she is One year old and four month’s. To see if it well help her from her dry skin and help with her teeth. Thxs again l will let you no how it works. From Teresa and Peanut St Catharine’s Ontario.

  74. Before I went to the trouble of making little frozen dollops, I offered some to my younger dog in her empty food bowl. I put about 1/2 tsp in the bowl and she licked it right up and the bowl for about a minute after. I tried to get my older dog interested by putting it on my finger and he wasn’t too excited about it. I decided to rub the rest on his teeth with my finger and on his dry nose as well, then the younger dog started licking his face and trying to lick inside his mouth! I would say she is a big fan. I get the big jars (2.48 lbs)of Kirkland brand organic virgin, cold pressed, unrefined coconut oil at Costco in the US. I use it everyday for cooking and on my skin. It’s very soothing for chapped skin.

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