Coconut

Can Dogs Eat Coconut?

YES, dogs can eat coconuts.

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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.

Feed Your Dog Coconut With Caution

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 2 420x315 CoconutCoconut 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.

Comments

  1. Frankie Furter and Ernie says

    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. says

    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. :D

  3. Amanda says

    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. Joan C says

    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. Deborah D says

    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. Elaine says

    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. Christine says

    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. taylor says

    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 says

    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. Victoria says

    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 says

    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.

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