Fish Oil vs Coconut Oil

There are many differences between Fish Oils and Virgin Coconut oil, starting with their physical structure. The structure of fish oils and coconut oil is very different, and fish oils and coconut oil are used and metabolized differently in the body.

Fish Oil

Fish Oil is a long-chain fatty acid, comprising of a chain of 18 carbon atoms

Fish oil is an Omega - 3 polyunsaturated fat. Fish oils are comprised of essential fatty acids, eicosapentaenioc acid (EPA) and docosahexaenioc acid (DHA). These essential fatty acids are found in cold water fish.

EPA and DHA are highly unsaturated fats because they contain 6 and 5 double carbon bonds on their long structural chain. Because of the double carbon bonds, fish oil is more unstable and prone to oxidation when subjected to light or high heat during storage.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a medium-chain fatty acid, comprising of a chain of 12 carbon atoms.

Coconut oil is a saturated fat. Unlike the saturated fats in animal fats, which is a long chain fatty acid (LCFA) comprising of up to 24 carbon atoms, coconut oil contains medium chain fatty acids (MCFA), mainly lauric acid, caprylic acid, and capric acid.

Saturated fats are made of single carbon bonds, which means that the oil if stable and not prone to oxidation or free-radical formation. Coconut oil does not need to be refrigerated and has shown no signs of rancidity even after three years of storage.


Fish oils primarily have an anti-inflammatory effect, and may help against heart diseases and cancer. EPA and DHA are converted into hormone-like substances called prostaglandins, which regulate cell activity and healthy cardiovascular function.

EPA and DHA in fish oils primarily support healthy brain function and normal eye health. DHA is a building block of tissue in the brain and retina of the eye. It helps with forming neural transmitters, such as phosphatidylserine, which is important for brain function. DHA is found in the retina of the eye.

Studies further show that omega-3 fatty acids may help dogs with osteoarthritis, supporting healthy mobility and bone health.

The Lauric acid in coconut oil is converted into monoglyceride monolaurin by the body, which supports healthy immune response to foreign microbes. Lauric acid is also found in abundance in breast milk, so it has similar nutritive effects.

The MCFAs are broken down and used for energy production and seldom end up as body fat or as deposits in arteries. Coconut oil supports healthy metabolism, provides a higher level of energy, and supports healthy cellular function. In dogs, the medium-chain fatty acids in coconut oil support healthy thyroid function, promoting healthy weight management.

Coconut oil has an anti-inflammatory effect and supports healthy brain and nervous system function. Coconut oil supports skin and coat health. Medium chain fatty acids do not have a negative effect on blood cholesterol and help protect against heart disease.


In a nutshell

You may give coconut oil along with and fish oils. Some veterinarians recommend rotating oils, as some animals may develop sensitivities and allergies to Fish oils, especially if given daily, over long periods of time. It is always best to provide as much variety as possible when giving your pets supplements and treats, to ensure your pet is getting as much nutritional support as possible.
Alternating coconut oil with fish oils will provide your pet with the best possible variety, as well as adding coconut chips to his repertoire of treats.

Talk to your holistic veterinarian about incorporating virgin coconut oil in your pets diet.

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