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. 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!
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, amino acids, cytokine, and phyto-hormones. In general, young and slightly immature coconuts harvested when they are about 5-7 months of age for the drink.
Botanically, coconut plant belongs within the Arecaceae family of palm trees and has the scientific name: Cocos nucifera.
Each nut may contain about 200 to 1000 ml of water depending on cultivar type and size. Any nuts younger than five months of age tend to be bitter in taste and devoid of nutrients. In contrast, mature nuts contain less water, and their endosperm thickens quickly to white edible meat (kernel). Coconut milk obtained from the meat is therefore should not be confused with coconut water.
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
Coconut water is a very refreshing drink to beat tropical summer thirst, whether it be for the humans or their dogs that can eat coconut. The juice is packed with simple sugar, electrolytes, and minerals to replenish hydration levels within the body.
Research studies suggest that cytokinins (e.g., kinetin and trans-zeatin) in coconut water showed significant anti-ageing, anti-carcinogenic, and anti-thrombotic effects.
Coconut water has been generally offered to patients with diarrhea in many tropic regions to replace the fluid loss from the gastrointestinal tract and reduce the need for intravenous therapy. It works the same of dogs to make their stool a little harder. The osmolarity of tender coconut water is slightly greater than that of WHO recommended ORS (Oral Rehydration Therapy) osmolarity. Presence of other biological constituents like amino acids, enzymes, minerals, and fatty acids may account for this higher osmolarity. However, unlike WHO-ORS, its water is very low in sodium and chlorides, but rich in sugars and amino acids. This well-balanced fluid composition with much-needed calories would be an ideal drink than any other brand of soft drink beverages in dehydration conditions.
Coconut water is composed of many naturally occurring bioactive enzymes such as acid phosphatase, catalase, dehydrogenase, diastase, peroxidase, RNA-polymerases etc. In effect, these enzymes help in the digestion and metabolism.
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).
Its water is also a very good source of B-complex vitamins such as riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, pyridoxine, and folates. These vitamins are essential in the sense that the human body requires them from external sources to replenish.
Coconut water contains a very good amount of electrolyte potassium. 100 ml of water has 250 mg of potassium and 105 mg of sodium. Together, these electrolytes help replenish electrolyte deficiency in the body due to diarrhea (loose stools).
Further, fresh coconut water has a small amount of vitamin-C (Ascorbic acid); It provides about 2.4 mg or 4% of RDA. Vitamin C is a water-soluble ant-oxidant.
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.
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.