The benefit of using coconut oil are many. Two of the best benefits are using on the nose and in the food. Using it on the nose it better and cheaper than any other product. Some people claim bag balm, vitamin E, snout soother, etc. While these might work, they are far more expensive than coconut oil. As for Vaseline
: NEVER ! I wipe a small amount of plain (Costco bulk pack) on their noses and then they get to lick my finger. Now as for adding to food, a small amount of coconut oil (melted if needed) aides in the digestion system and works great for the skin. ALL of my dogs LOVE to lick it off a craft stick (not the dinner spoons!) and love it in the food.
Many owners add salmon oil to the food to aide in digestion and skin coat. This works great in the food, but does not work good on the nose. Too messy, too smelly. So using coconut oil serves double duty. And as others have said it is great for hand cream and moisturizer.
Get the plain coconut oil, not the cooking oil type. Not the same.
Next we can talk about the benefit of canned pumpkin..