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Food & Diet

Can My Dog Eat Coconut?

At A Glance

Dogs can safely consume small quantities of fresh or dry coconut flesh. But you must steer clear of feeding them processed coconut products, including coconut flakes and non-edible coconut oil.

Coconut can also cause a range of health issues from stomach upset to obesity if fed indiscriminately.

Last Updated on: May 03, 2022

Contrary to popular belief, dogs are omnivores by nature and they can eat coconuts. But, feeding coconut to your dogs comes with its own set of dos and don’ts. Because feeding your dog foods we enjoy is never a matter of a simple yes or no.

What are the conditions that you should follow then? Let’s find out.


Is Coconut Safe For Dogs?

That is a matter of contention. Fresh coconut flesh, free of adulterants and chemical fertilizers makes for a good addition to your dog’s diet. But the amount of coconut you feed your pet should not exceed more than one tablespoon for a 30-pound dog.

You need to adjust the portion size depending upon your dog’s weight: go for one-fourth to half a tablespoon if your dog is small in size. If you are the parent of a large breed of dog, you can go up to 2-3 tablespoons, depending upon how much your pet weighs.

Apart from fresh coconut, you can also indulge your pooch with dried coconut treats, coconut milk, or even preservative-free coconut oil. But before you do, please consult your veterinarian.

Coconut and its products are non-toxic to dogs. That said, no two dogs are the same and what they should eat depends on a combination of factors, including but not limited to their age, weight, health, allergies, and other medical conditions. So do not blindly jump onto the bandwagon of that coconut popsicle recipe you saw on TikTok — get a consult first.

Pro Tip: Make sure to chop up the coconut flesh into easily chewable pieces, or drizzle some coconut oil in your dog’s regular food. Under no circumstances should your pet ingest large chunks or the husk of coconuts.

As you might’ve already guessed, both can cause your dog to choke.

Benefits of Coconuts for Dogs

If you feed coconut to your dog in the recommended quantity and by following all precautions, it can offer the following benefits:

  • Reduce allergies and inflammation in your pet
  • Boost your pet’s immune system
  • Healthify its coat of fur
  • Tackle bad breath and gum issues
  • Fight off viral infections like ringworm, influenza, etc.

In case your dog suffers from any of these issues which coconut can help with, definitely introduce it in your pet’s diet. Don’t put your foot on the paddle with full force at once. Introduce it slowly and definitely observe whether your dog even likes coconut or nut.

No matter what the benefits, do not force feed coconut to your dog. After all, you wouldn’t enjoy being made to eat something you don’t have a taste for, would you?

an image of owner feeding the dog

How to Safely Feed Coconut to Your Dogs?

It’s simple — go for natural and organic produce. Steer clear of processed coconut products, especially sweetened coconut flakes that you use to top your cupcakes. Instead, crack open a fresh one and chop the flesh finely or mince it up before giving it to your pet.

You can mix coconut flesh in your dog’s regular kibble or canned food, or offer it some as a snack. The choice is not entirely yours, whatever you do must be acceptable to your four-legged buddy.

If your dog doesn’t like the taste of coconut flesh, but you want to give it some to clean up its teeth, drizzle a small quantity of coconut oil over its food and toss to coat.
There, now you know of several ways to safely feed coconut and its products to your precious pooch.


Top Coconut Recipes for Dogs

How about some easy peasy coconut treat recipes for your dog? We’ve rounded up our favorite ones for you.

Coconut Oil Popsicles

This one’s really easy and makes for a yummy summer treat. All you need are some chemical and preservative-free coconut oil and some chopped fruits of your dog’s choice. We personally love a coconut-mango combination, but you can go for bananas, apples, peaches, or any seasonal fruit that is safe for dogs to eat.

Start by mixing half a cup of frozen or solid coconut oil with one or more of your dog’s favorite fruits. Blitz it in a food processor to combine well. Now pour into ice-cube trays and place the tray in the freezer.

These yummy fruity treats will be ready in 6-8 hours for your dog to enjoy. You can make these in a batch and indulge your dog every once in a while.

Banana Blueberry and Coconut Smoothie

How about a nice smoothie for your dog so that it can slurp away happily while you dig into your acai bowl? Making this dish is easy as pie (we reckon making an actual pie is a lot harder). Chop bananas, blueberries, and coconut flesh finely. Dump it all in the blender with some peanut butter to up the yum factor and blend until, well, smooth.

You can serve this smoothie slightly chilled, or at room temperature.

Coconut, Honey, and Peanut Butter Biscuits

This is such a wonderful recipe that not just your dog, you can enjoy it too! You’d need to get your hands on some unsweetened coconut flour for this one. Make a dough with coconut flour, coconut oil, eggs, honey, and peanut butter. Roll out the dough, cut into different shapes using your regular cookie cutter, and these biscuits will be ready to bake.

Bake them for 15-20 minutes in a preheated oven set at 375 degrees Fahrenheit and you’re all set.

You can easily store these biscuits in an airtight container for anywhere between 7-10 days.

dog eating a coconut

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Coconut Kill Dogs?

It’s highly unlikely, although not impossible. If your dog chokes on a large piece of coconut or swallows some husk, that can cause respiratory issues which can become fatal. Your dog might suffer from gastrointestinal issues or obesity if you feed it too much coconut.

Can a Dog Drink Coconut Milk?

Yes, but only if it is unsweetened and preservative-free. Even then, you cannot go overboard with feeding coconut milk to your dog.

Is Coconut Husk Safe for Dogs?

Absolutely not! In fact, ingesting coconut husk can prove to be fatal for your dog.

Can Dogs Have Coconut Oil?

Yes, but in very limited quantity and only if that oil is meant for edible use. It should also be preservative-free.

coconut water in a glass

Can Dogs Have Coconut Water?

Coconut water is safe for dogs. It’s tasty and full of helpful nutrients. However, don’t make it a habit to give your pet coconut water all the time. The reason? It contains lots of carbs.

Can My Dog Have Coconut Yogurt?

Yes, but only in moderation. Do remember to stick to unsweetened varieties and steer clear of artificial sweeteners like Xylitol.

Can Dogs Have Coconut Ice Cream?

Only if it is homemade and sans sugar. Commercial ice creams contain lots of additional fats, sugar, and sweeteners like Xylitol which are extremely harmful to dogs.

Can Dogs Eat Coconut Flour?

Yes! In fact, it’s gluten-free, contains healthy fats, and helps dogs maintain their blood pressure. It is very good for diabetic dogs.


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