Coconut Oil is Good for Dogs, But What About Coconuts?

Rocky Kanaka 14 comments

Coconut Oil is Good for Dogs, But What About Coconuts?

We’ve all know that coconut oil is good for dogs and humans, but what about regular, straight up coconut? Can dogs eat coconut? And if so, what are the benefits of eating coconut for our canine companions?

The answer to that first question is YES! The oil isn’t the only part of the coconut that’s beneficial and healthy for our canine friends. And I’ve discovered recently that my dog simply loves the taste of coconut oil, so why not branch out with other treats containing this superfood?

(If you'd prefer to learn about how awesome coconut is for your dog in a video, check out The Dog Bakery Founder Rocky Kanaka and his three dogs as they tell you all about it!)

And to answer the second question, what are the benefits of dogs eating coconut? Here are just a few benefits to treating your pup to some good, old-fashioned coconut every now and then.

1.  Coconut is made up of Lauric acid. This substance helps fight against viruses, which in turn helps boost their immune systems.

2.  Coconut also contains albumin which helps in the formation of red blood cells.

3.  It can clear up skin conditions including flea allergies and itchy skin.

4. It can help with bad breath.

5.  It’s even believed to help speed the healing of cuts, wounds, hot spots and more.

So yes, it’s safe. It’s yummy. And it could potentially help your dog in many different ways. The next question is, how should you give it to them?

Some owners apparently like to give their dog a whole coconut to chew on like a toy. That’s safe and could save your slippers, but don’t let them actually eat the shell or swallow any of the little hairs on the outside, as these can get lodged in your dog’s throat or digestive tract. After your best friend is done playing with the coconut, you can open it up and feed them the pulp from the inside.

If you’d prefer not to deal with the mess of a whole coconut, you can also

  • Mix in coconut chips with their dog food or give it to them as a treat. 
  • Use coconut paste to make your dog a special treat, perhaps mixing it with some all natural peanut butter  and freezing it.
  • Give your dog coconut oil, either by the spoonful or by dipping a treat in it.
  • Give your dog treats that have coconut as one of the ingredients like the 100% all natural ones we make at The Dog Bakery specifically for dog's with skin & coat issues.
  • Add coconut milk or coconut water your dog's food or water bowl.

One question that often comes up regarding coconuts and coconut oil is about the high level of saturated fat. Yes, it’s true that coconuts are high in saturated fat and typically, you do want to avoid saturated fat with your dog. But the fat in coconut is a bit different and is considered safe, in moderation, for your dog. Of course, you don’t want to give your dog too much. Too much of anything can be a bad thing, and coconut is no different.

When it comes to the oil, a good rule of thumb is:

  • 1 teaspoon for every 10 pounds of body weight 
  • 1 tablespoon per 30 pounds.

But you don’t want to start with these amounts. It’s best to introduce coconut and coconut oil to your dog gradually as it can cause runny poop.

In case you’re wondering, dogs love coconut so it shouldn’t be any problem to get them to eat it. It’s just another yummy human food you can delightfully (and safely) share with your best friend. The options are pretty much limitless. So why not find a recipe for some coconut milk ice cream and share a cool treat with them today? 

  • Linda says...

    Coconut oil in with Tirmeric and fresh black peppercorns grounded are a Paste made for my dogs and myself for arthritis and hip dysphasia for my make dog. It’s great so far.

    On December 30, 2017

  • Barb says...

    My 1 year old Cocker, Stella is a very PICKY eater. It’s painful.

    I love fresh/frozen shredded coconut in my yogurt (Birdseye makes in your grocers freezer) so I thought to sprinkle some on her morning kibble! Wha-la! Gone in a minute. I’ll be making her some homemade coconut treats now!

    On October 05, 2017

  • Debi says...

    Thanks, great info! Quick question: What’s agood flour with which to make bisquits? Heard wheat is not good.

    On October 04, 2017

  • Susanne says...

    Wow…. neighbor told me about this. Looking forward and try it .
    My dog ? I will eat anything !!!!!

    I’ll be trying it soon …. I was confused on the oil, butter type..

    On September 30, 2017

  • Marina Voutsinas says...

    Me and Zoë say 2? up!

    On September 27, 2017

  • Shirley says...

    Rylee loves treats with coconut.

    On September 24, 2017

  • Mary Anne Orr says...

    Do you have any ideas for safe treats for a diabetic dog. Freckles is an 8 year old shih tzu who developed diabetes about 4 months ago and quickly became blind. He is adapting well, but is also allergic to corn, wheat and soy, which narrows our treats. Any help would be appeciated.

    On September 15, 2017

  • David says...

    I made a paste with coconut oil, turmeric, and fresh ground black pepper and have been giving it to my dogs for over a year. Takes care of the old dogs arthritis and the younger pits skin problems. Also put oil in their food and on their skin for fungus and hot spots. Helps relieve the itching very well

    On September 15, 2017

  • Darlene Adams says...

    Hi! I just began introducing Coconut Oil (Trader Joe’s
    Organic cold pressed- unrefined ) both internally
    And externally this past week.
    How long do I give him only 1/4 tsp. As introduction
    Until his system adjusts?
    He’s 25 lbs.

    On September 14, 2017

  • Yolanda lee says...

    Thanks for the info. My dog has allergies and I look for safe food for him to eat. Hopefully this will help him as well and not have him itch.

    On September 07, 2017

  • Anissa yeager says...

    We have 4 boxer puppies 1 is 4 years old and the other is turn 3 and we have 2, 1 year. And we just had 6 new born baby boxer puppies on 9 1 2017. I was so excited to read about coconut oil and other stuff.

    On September 03, 2017

  • Barbara Gould says...

    Love your helpful information. Thank you for helping me out regrading nuts and coconut oil and coconut. I was running out of ideas for dog treats and I don’t like what we get in the stores. Too much sugar in store-bought dog treats. I’m looking forward to receiving more information from you. Thank you so very much.

    On July 28, 2017

  • Berlinda says...

    Thanks for this very helpful information.

    On July 25, 2017

  • Marianne Milward says...

    Safe flea tc

    On June 03, 2017

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