Unrefined coconut oil is one of my favorites, for myself and my dog alike. It’s soft to the touch, has a pleasant smell, and contains anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antibacterial properties.

This oil is solid at room temperature and melts like velvet when eaten or applied to skin. I use it every day as part of my skin care protocol – which is basically applying a mixture of coconut and olive oils.

For my dog, I would also use it topically should she have a dry patch of skin, or as part of a soothing regimen for some kind of wound (with proper vet care alongside… that goes without saying, right?)

Daily, I include coconut oil in my dog’s food. I give her about a tablespoon per day, sometimes a bit more. My girl weighs about 60 pounds, and the amount you give will depend on your dog’s weight, calorie requirements and other nutritional needs. But it is a highly beneficial, medicinal food. Coconut oil has about 130 calories per tablespoon.