Can dogs eat Dried coconut?

can dogs eat dried coconutYes

Benefits

health-benefits
  • Dried coconut meat is high in lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid that is an energy source for dogs.
  • Dried coconut has anti-inflammation properties, which help prevent arthritis in dogs. It can also help speed up the healing of cuts, wounds, and hot spots.
  • Dried coconut is packed with antioxidants that help boost a dog's immune system.
  • Coconut's antibacterial and antiviral properties help protect the dog's body against harmful bacteria, parasites, and viruses.

Risks

health-risks
  • Dried coconut contains medium-chain triglycerides, which cause gastric upset, bloating, and diarrhea in dogs when consumed in large amounts.
  • Although dried, the coconut retains its fat content, so excessive consumption can lead to obesity and pancreatitis in dogs.
  • Some store-bought dried coconut brands are loaded with sugar, which is not healthy for dogs.
health-risks-dog

Servings

serving-suggestions
  • Dried coconut comes in different forms. Desiccated coconut is fresh coconut that has been grated or shredded and then dried. It's typically used in cooking and baking. Desiccated coconut can be used as an ingredient in making dog treats.
  • Dried coconut is also available as coconut flakes and coconut slices. Any of these dried coconut varieties can be given to dogs in moderation.
  • Avoid sweetened dried coconut as they are very high in sugar content.
  • Dried coconut without added sugar can be given as an occasional treat or sprinkled on dog food once in a while.

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