Why You Should Include Coconut Oil in Your Pug’s Diet

Supplements for dogs is one of the hardest things to work out. There are so many health benefits to a range of supplements worth adding to your dogs diet. I’m sure you’ve all heard about the coconut oil craze. Well it’s not just a craze. There are many great reasons to have a jar of coconut oil in the house and it’s not just for you, but for your pug too. And I am going to tell you why you should include coconut oil in your pug’s diet.

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But aren’t fats bad for your pug? In most cases yes. But coconut oil, like fish oil, is one of the good fats that have many great benefits for your pugs health though it should not be confused with fish oil as it does not contain Omega-3 or Omega-6 fatty acids. But it does contain monolaurin, lauric, capric and caprylic acids which all have anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-microbial and anti-fungal activity. What does this mean? It is nature’s antibiotic.

Being nature’s antibiotic is just one of many benefits to coconut oil. Including coconut oil in your pug’s food daily or applying directly to skin is very beneficial. The list of benefits is quite long but here are a few of the benefits of coconut oil:

  • It helps clear up skin conditions like itchy skin, eczema and flea allergies
  • Reduces allergic reactions and keeps skin healthy
  • Helps keep your pug’s coat smooth and glossy
  • Can help deodorise that typical dog smell
  • When applied directly to the skin, it can help the healing of cuts, wounds, hot spots, dry skin, dry hair, bites & stings
  • Improves your pug’s digestion and nutrient absorption
  • Reduces or even eliminates bad breath
  • Helps reduce coughing and hairballs
  • Helps minimise arthritic pain or ligament problems
  • It helps keep the thyroid functioning normally through regulating and balancing insulin
  • It can help prevent or control diabetes
  • Helps with weight loss in pugs and increases energy in lethargic pugs

The great thing about coconut oil is that it tastes great so your pug will love to eat coconut oil with their meal each day.  All you have to do is add the recommended daily dose of 1/2 teaspoon per 5kg to your pug’s meal and they will thank you for it. But coconut oil is not just to be eaten. You can apply it directly to the skin or even use it as a conditioner. Not to mention it is readily available at any good supermarket or health food store.

Bonus Tip: In the warmer months, coconut oil will melt and since it is best served solid, store it in the fridge. And if you want to make it easier to feed, melt the coconut oil and divide into chocolate moulds according the the recommended daily dose. Store these is the fridge and just grab one fun looking coconut oil treat to pop in with your pug’s meal.

Do you already add coconut oil to your pug’s diet? If not, will you now add it to your pug’s diet knowing all of these great benefits?

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Kristy Beck

Kristy Beck

Owner & Content Producer at The Pug Diary
Kristy is the founder and editor of The Pug Diary, a photographer and pug mum extraordinaire to Ref + Serina. Kristy has combined her passion for photography with the love of pugs to bring you all of her knowledge of pugs and more to you through The Pug Diary.


  1. Avatar Kate, Wondrous on September 29, 2015 at 11:18 am

    This is so interesting! I (although this seems embarrassing to say out loud now) literally never knew that you could feed dogs much other then ‘dog food’. I was just under the assumption that anything else is bad for them. But when (wishful thinking) I get my own dog I am totally storing this in the memory bank. Kate, Wondrous x

    • Kristy Beck Kristy Beck on September 30, 2015 at 8:48 pm

      Thanks for stopping by and reading Kate. There is an amazing world out there full of pet nutrition so coconut oil is just the tip of the iceberg. Ref eats kangaroo mince, chicken liver, kale, capsicum, carrot, zucchini, apple and any other veg that he loves and is allowed to have. There is more to it than just dog food.

  2. Avatar samanthaatchicncheeky on September 30, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    Great post! Thank you. I love coconut oil but have never thought to share it with the furry babies. One of my parents dogs suffers from itchy skin and nothing has seemed to help, so keen to try this for him. Thanks!

    • Kristy Beck Kristy Beck on September 30, 2015 at 8:50 pm

      Thanks for stopping by Samantha. Coconut oil is just as wonderful for the pets as it is for us. Give it a try with your parents dog but they may need a change in diet to something natural and free of grains. Processed food has the same effect and dogs as it does on us.

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