Coconut is generally a source of healthy fat. And you may be thinking that you can serve some to your furry pal as a treat. However, can dogs eat coconut? Are there any dangers to giving coconut to your dog?
Read on to learn more about dogs eating coconut before you give any to them!
Can Dogs Eat Coconut?
The short answer is yes.
Dogs can, in fact, eat coconut, but as with all healthy snacks for dogs, they must be fed in moderate amounts. Remember that no snack should ever replace their dog food, and that all snacks and human food should make up no more than 10% of your dog’s daily calorie intake.
Coconut Health Benefits in Dogs
There are plenty of benefits that coconut has to offer to dogs. Apart from its great taste, coconut is a hydrating fruit that is most suitable for warm weather when dogs get more thirsty.
In addition, the meat of the fruit is rich in healthy fats, protein, and carbs which all contribute to building muscle strength and generating energy fuel in your furry pal. Moreover, coconut is famous for improving the skin and coat in dogs. It potentially acts as an excellent moisturizer that makes for shinier and softer fur. Its skin-protecting quality may also heal wounds which is why you may find it listed as an ingredient in dog products such as shampoos and salves.
Finally, coconut contains vitamins, fiber, minerals, and manganese. Manganese is a mineral that elevates metabolism and maintains bone health. Finally, coconut is high in antioxidants that can boost the immune system.
Dangers of Coconut in Dogs
Moreover, do not ever feed the shell to your dog. Its hairy texture can affect your dog’s bowel movements. On top of that, it is hard to chew, which may also cause a significant choking hazard. Instead, only give them a few fresh, ripe coconut meat pieces. You may give one teaspoon for every 5kg of your dog’s weight per day.
Additionally, know that coconut water is too high in potassium for our pets. Do not feed coconut water to your dog or cat.
Coconut is a very healthy treat for dogs. At the same time, you must always take into account the possibility that your dog may not enjoy it. Do not force them to eat a human snack if they do not find it appealing (no matter how healthy it may be). In that case, stick to typical dog treats or consider alternatives such as carrots, bananas, and blueberries!
Do you still have any questions about your dog eating coconut? Then schedule a video consultation with one of our qualified vets!