To be perfectly honest, when it comes to your dog, there is really just one main quality you’ll want to look for when buying coconut oil for your dog: Unrefined – also known as Virgin (or Extra-Virgin) Coconut Oil.
However, since I buy my coconut oil in bulk, because I use it both for my dog AND for myself (in cooking, in smoothies, as a salad dressing, etc.), I also make sure to get cold-pressed coconut oil for taste purposes.
Unrefined Coconut Oil
Unrefined coconut oil, often called Virgin or Extra-Virgin (just like olive oil), is made by pressing the oil from fresh, raw coconuts. It has no additives or chemicals, and is simply coconut oil in its purest form. This alone is worth the few extra dollars, especially since you’re ingesting it, or giving it to your dog.
Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil
This is fancy speak for the way the oil is extracted. To put it simply, when heated during the extraction, at a certain temperature, the coconut oil will take on a more toasty flavor. I’ve also heard that heat-pressed coconut oil loses beneficial enzymes, so I like my coconut oil in its most natural state possible. However, your dog won’t care if it’s cold-pressed or not.