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While eating coconut meat is super healthy, you want to know if this also carries over to canines.
Here’s the deal:
Despite the well known benefits, sharing a bunch of coconut with your dog is generally a bad idea.
As an occasional portioned out reward, it’s OK. Just don’t make it a regular thing.
Though there are lots of nutrients to be had, especially manganese, there are also way too many calories.
Don’t Feed Your Dog A Lot of Coconut Meat
This topical treat should only be fed in tiny amounts.
When you do share, be sure to cut it up to avoid a possibility of choking.
Be mindful that coconut’s high fat content is difficult to burn off. That is, unless your dog is extremely active.
Moderation is a Must
The main concern is this:
Coconut will add a bunch of unnecessary calories and carbs.
You obviously want to avoid a possibility that your dog will eventually gain a lot of weight. Regularly feeding coconut meat will tend to do that.
And there are other key factors to consider…
Medium Chain Triglycerides
Like fish oil, coconut contains MCTs.
There is an interesting study that indicates medium chain triglycerides are well-tolerated by dogs.
Yes, there are many health benefits linked to this coconut characteristic. For one, MCTs may be fantastic for Fido’s brain.
But, wait a second!
This is more true for coconut oil. And the same can be said for….
Super Saturated Fatty Acid
Coconut uniquely contains lauric acid, and there are many great things about this particular component of triglycerides.
Where do we begin!
Here’s a start:
- Prevents all sorts of infections
- Provides an energy boost
- Healthier skin and coat (fur)
- Reduces allergies
- Improves digestion
- A natural antibacterial
- A natural anti-inflammatory
- Helps with yeast infections
And the list goes on!
Though the effects on cholesterol levels don’t really apply so much to dogs, many of the benefits listed above are relevant.
Concerning Coconut Water
You can go about incorporating coconut without having your dog consume this extremely rich fruit.
Coconut water, not to be confused with coconut oil, may be what you are looking for.
It is loaded with electrolytes and will also hydrate a hound.
What’s really awesome about it is this:
Young coconuts contain water that is relatively low in calories. Excellent for dogs!
There are also valuable nutrients, especially potassium and magnesium.
Pets And Processed Products
Fresh coconut is one thing, but added sugar or preservatives are a no-no. Your dog should not even get a taste.
Processed products, coconut-flavored or not, are basically junk food.
Forget about it!
The Bottom Line
There is nothing especially toxicity about giving your dog coconut meat. Still, you should go easy.
You’d be wise to be conservative about sharing, mainly due to the high calorie count.
We prefer coconut oil instead, as well as the water inside, when it comes to including the family dog.