Can Dogs Eat Coconut? High in fat, but bad for your dog?

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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.

Can dogs eat coconut

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.

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  1. Frankie Furter and Ernie on

    We LIKE coconut butt do not get much of it. Mom is the coconut lover in this house. We’re just sayin.

    MERRY CHRISTMAS to you BUNK.. and to your family too!!!!

  2. Thank you so much for the very detailed information on the benefits of the coconut to humans and dogs. Not only does coconut improves health but every part of it can also be used as a shelter. Many dog owners are discovering its wonders, as shown by its nutritional value and healing content. With this article I learned so much.

    Thanks again. 😀

  3. I had no clue about coconut for dogs… but I am constantly looking things up that I do not know when it comes the pups (3 in my family, more than the people). I do have a question though… can you recommend any other coconut products, especially for deodorizing? Bear, a yorkie-poo, who is forever stinky around his mouth/beard area… I have tried the deodorizing sprays and wipes but they are very short term, anywhere from an hour to maybe a day if I get lucky. Also, I would love to know the best way to give coconut to help with arthritis, my pup Sinbad is 7 has slowed down a bit and I took him in for x-rays and found out he has arthritis in his hips and knees and I want to do whatever I can to help him not be in any pain.

  4. Our dog had a bad experience with eating coconut oil. She had several tablespoons and ended up very sick and going to the vet. Fortunately she wasn’t dehydrated or she would have needed IV fluids. I would be very careful about giving coconut oil to any dog.

  5. I had to give coconut water to my little Havanese when she got dehydrated. She loved it. And my little Bishion Frises is crazy about it too.

  6. I mix a teaspoon of coconut oil in my dog’s food. He loves the flavor and perks up when I go to get the jar.

  7. The other day when I was worried that the pads on my little guy’s feet were too dry, I tried to rub on some coconut oil (just discovered it’s safe). I don’t think much of it got to his pads because his face was constantly in the way trying to lick every little bit off of my hands! And his buddy (they’re both Bichon / Shih Tzu mixes) came right over to get his share too. Glad to find out that it’s so good for them but just like any fat, no matter how healthy it is, you can expect issues if they get too much. Thanks for giving guidelines on the dosage. Very helpful article!

  8. My dogs have had a tsp of coconut oil in their food on a daily basis for years. My vet recommended it and fortunately they love it. As I have numerous coconut trees in my yard, I fill their water bowl with half coconut water and have boiled tap water. As for humans, my elderly aunt would become dehydrated and this resulted in her mind wandering and becoming forgetful. It was her electrolytes that were out of whack so she would be admitted to hospital for IV. One day a doctor suggested she drink a glass of coconut water if her mind seemed hazy and it would restore her electrolytes immediately. Always worked for her and I make sure when I am pouring coconut water for the dogs, to drink a large glass myself.

  9. Kelly Charlshe on

    The Coco Therapy brand in the blog is also great for dog’s tears. I put it in every meal to keep tears, tear stains & eye gunk @ bay. Not sure if human dehydrated coconut does the same thing. I would like to find out though because unfortunately Coco Therapy coconut flakes are kind of expensive.

  10. Hi!
    Thanks so much for this detailed information… I brought some coconut home to make some milk for some shrimp im going to cook later, so I gave a piece to my niece, she’s not the biggest fan and ended up giving it to Dex (our dog) behind my back, after I made the milk I gave him a bowl of kernal, as you called it, and dug right in. Something healthly and natural for my dog…
    Thanks again.

  11. Nirvana Kennel on

    When we bought the new dutch shepherd pups for our kennel, I thought they are a bit under weight. we gave them the usual paste -like vitamin and energy supplement. There was an improvement but I thought they needed more in terms of nutrients as they are not as healthy looking as our Belgians of the sage age.

    The vet said they needed more energy. I initially gave them unrefined sugar from sugar cane but later realized they could be susceptible to diabetes. Then I saw the virgin coconut oil being taken by my parents as supplement. I gave the same to my pups at 1 teaspoon per meal. In a 2 weeks, they grew so fast our vet asked us if we are giving them hormones. The other noticeable effect was the appearance of the coat. Initially, the coat was dull. After two weeks, their coats were very shinny. the blacks were deep black and the golden stripes were really bright.

    I relayed my observation to my dad who lives with our Belgians in the farm. He has told me in the past that our 2 ten-month old female Belgians seem to have very little appetite and as an effect there is a noticeable reduction in body mass. I told him to start giving the Belgians virgin coconut oil. Then he had an idea to give the Belgians freshly grated coconut meat instead. We have a coconut plantation so giving coconuts is easy and very cheap.

    When I visited our farm last week, I did not see the loss of body mass as described by my dad. He told me that after he began giving them grated coconut meat (mixed with the usual puppy food), the dogs regained body mass.

    I think, fresh coconut meat is even better than virgin coconut oil. Although, VCO is not subjected to chemical processing, the drying of the meat to extract the oil could potentially destroy some of the micronutrients in the meat. By giving the dogs fresh coconut meat, all of nature’s goodness are made available to the dogs.

  12. Years ago, my Miniature Schnauzers were 19, and had become picky eaters in the last six months of their lives. So, I fed them whatever I could tempt them with, despite their sensitive stomachs. Anyway, my vet is a big fan of The People’s Pharmacy, a newspaper column published here in NC, and in select other markets. I believe they have a radio show and website, too, for just different kinds of medical advice. Anyway, here’s my point. They said to keep a can of coconut flakes (unsweetened) in the freezer, and just sprinkle a pinch on the dog’s food to settle their stomachs, or even human’s food to settle our stomachs. It’s not 100%, but the fresher varieties do calm my tummy down some, especially during an Irritiitible Bowel attack. I refill the can every so often to keep the stock fresh. It’s not a miracle, but it is an inexpensive (relatively) band-aid to try.

  13. However, you shouldn’t let your dog chew on the outside as mentioned! Because even though they have no pestisides they have chemicals on the outside to preserve them, that’s why they are white.

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