Are coconuts safe for dogs?
Some dog owners have been known to give coconuts to their dogs as toys to play with and then later they open the coconut up for their dog to eat.
Dogs can eat the coconut pulp and the coconut milk; however, their poop will usually turn runny, greasy, and pale. The hard shell or husk isn’t really good for dogs to eat, because it’s hard and has “hairs”, although it shouldn’t be toxic. You don’t need to worry about pesticides because coconuts don’t need any thanks to their protective outer shells.
Some people say that dogs chewing on coconut shell have stopped their show chewing habits, which is great! Please make sure they do not digest any of the shell though. Sometimes “hairy” particles can get stuck amongst the intestines and mess up the digestive tract! Therefore, dogs can eat coconut but make sure they do not eat the shell.
Coconut contains albumin, which is also found in egg whites and is good for red blood formation. Coconut is also rich in fiber with its digestible oils and can aid in removing worm eggs.
Coconut water is the juice in the interior or endosperm of young coconut. Its water is one of the nature’s most refreshing drinks, consumed worldwide for it’s nutritious and health benefiting properties. While dogs can eat coconut, the coconut juice especially is very good for them!
As a special treat, we sometime dip one of Bunk’s treat in some coconut oil. He really likes it and it’s a fun way to spoil him from time to time. There is a bit of controversy surrounding the healthfulness of coconut oil for dogs due to its high levels of saturated fat. It is important to note, however, that while saturated fat is something you usually want to keep away from your dog, coconut oil is unique and beyond the scope of this article.
If you want to learn more about coconut oil, check out the article called Coconut Oil by Ray Peat, who has a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Oregon, with specialization in physiology.
Dogs and Coconut Water
The water is actually obtained by opening a tender, green, healthy, and undamaged coconut. Inside, it’s clear liquid is sweet, and sterile and composed of unique chemicals such as sugars, vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, enzymes, and a lot of other good things. In general, young and slightly immature coconuts harvested when they are about 5-7 months of age for the drink.
Coconut palm flourishes well along the costal tropical environments. A coconut tree may yield several hundred tender nuts each season. Different species of coconut palms are grown all over the tropics. Naturally, their taste and flavor of water show variations according to saline content in the soil, distance from seashore, mainland, etc
Despite very light consistency, its water has much better composition of minerals like calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, and zinc than some of the fruits like oranges (Compare the mineral composition of oranges).
With what foods can dogs eat coconut?
Because we do not give Bunk coconut straight from the shell, we will often serve it to him in a variety of manners. Usually we will either give him coconut chips or mix a doggie treat with coconut paste. Like we mentioned before, we sometimes enjoy mixing coconut oil with his treats or even sprinkling Coconut Therapy Chips on his kibble. Due to its high level of fats, however, we will generally not give Bunk coconut with anything else and give it to him only on special occasions.
When fed regularly to pets, coconut has proven benefits. It clears up skin conditions such as eczema flea allergies, contact dermatitis, and itchy skin. It makes coats sleek and glossy. It deodorizes doggy odor. It reduces bad breath. It regulates and balance insulin and thyroid levels. It helps with arthritis or ligament problems. It speeds health of cuts, wounds, hot spots, and insect bites and stings when applied topically.