Tony Reeves

Medically Reviewed By

Piet Hellemans, DVM
Veterinarian & Veterinary Consultant

You may be wondering if your dog needs MCT oil. This is a question that many pet owners ask themselves and their veterinarian, as MCT oil has become more popular in recent years.

MCT oil provides energy for when there’s not enough food available to meet the nutrient requirements of the body. It can also help provide an extra boost for training sessions and other strenuous activities. -MCT oils are easy for dogs to digest because they require less bile acids from the liver than other fats do, which means that MCT oils go straight into the small intestine and then into the bloodstream.

What is MCT oil and what does it do for dogs?

MCT oil is a type of oil that is derived from coconut oil. It has become more popular in recent years as people have started to realize the benefits that it can offer. MCT oil is most often recommended for dogs with chronic health conditions, but it can also be beneficial to healthy pets. Some of the benefits that MCT oil provides for dogs include energy, easy digestion, and a shiny coat.

How much MCT oil can I give my dog?

Veterinarians indicate the need to start slowly with MCT oil, giving you time to monitor how your dog reacts. The recommended dosage is generally in the range of 1-2 teaspoons per 10 lbs

What are the potential side effects of giving your dog MCT oil, and how can you avoid them?

MCT oil is a relatively safe substance, and if your dog can digest it, it won’t cause a stomachache. However, some dogs are lactose intolerant so MCT oil may cause diarrhea.

To avoid negative side effects of MCT oil, do not use it if your dog is lactose intolerant, pregnant or nursing. Do not use MCT oil if your dog has pancreatitis as MCT oil can affect the pancreas.

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What is the difference between MCT oil and CBD oil for dogs?

MCT oil is different from CBD oil because it is an edible aqueous extract of medium-chain triglycerides, not a full plant extract. However, CBD is often combined with MCT oil because mixtures have been shown to improve the bioavailability of the CBD.

What is CBD oil for dogs?

CBD oil is a type of cannabis extract that dogs can digest since it does not contain the psychoactive component THC. This means dogs are typically not “high” after ingesting CBD, but rather experience its numerous benefits.

Is MCT oil the same as coconut oil?

They are somewhat similar, but MCT oil is processed to avoid the high levels of lauric acid found in coconut oil. Also MCT oil is liquid at room temperature, whereas coconut oil is solid.

What dog food combines best with MCT oil?

Both canned dog food and dry kibble combine well with MCT oil. So don’t worry if your dog is picky with food.


If you want to give your dog an extra boost of energy or are concerned about the quality and quantity of their food, MCT oil might be a good idea. MCT oils provide healthy fats as well as more easily digestible calories that can help with any chronic health conditions they may have such as arthritis or diabetes. It also combines extremely well with CBD.


David is our expert for all things concerning CBD and your four-legged friends. Animals often need special attention and care and that's David’s specialty, but he’s also an expert in all CBD topics, so whatever your question, he's happy to help.

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