Can dogs eat Coconut?

can dogs have coconutYes

Overview

dog-food-safety-information

Coconut is generally a safe fruit for dogs to consume. Coconut meat is considered nontoxic, but it may cause tummy problems due to medium-chain triglycerides in the fruit. Coconut is also high in fats, which contributes to unhealthy weight gain in dogs if consumed excessively.

Benefits

health-benefits
  • Coconut contains significant amounts of manganese, which is essential for a dog's bone health and metabolism.
  • Coconut is rich in antioxidants that support the dog's immune system and help them fight against harmful microbes.
  • Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory properties that can help relieve pain.

Risks

health-risks
  • Eating pieces of Coconut shell can cause choking and intestinal obstruction.
  • Coconut contains medium-chain triglycerides, which can irritate the GI tract leading to stomach ache and bloat in dogs.
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Servings

serving-suggestions
  • Cut the coconut open and scoop out the white meat. Coconut meat can be served raw or dried coconut flakes.
  • Feed coconut meat to your dog in moderation.

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