Coconut is the premium, all-natural superfood that has made its way into our daily meals, and even into our pet's treats! Widely recognized for its natural health benefits, coconut has become a premium staple in pet food and grooming essentials. But how else can dogs benefit from this superfood?
Coconut and Dog Health
Coconut is non-toxic to dogs and is packed with nutrients and antioxidants to help boost the immune system and reduce inflammation. Fresh coconut in small amounts is a great treat for dogs recovering from illness.
Coconut oil acts as a nourishing moisturizer for dog's skin and coat. It helps relieve dry, itchy skin and soothes inflammation from cuts or wounds. Shredded coconut can be found in premium dog treats as a natural, health-boosting ingredient. And how about coconut milk? Can dogs drink coconut milk? Read on to find out how you can safely give coconut milk to your pup!
👉 Tip #1: Feed in moderation
Make sure you feed your pet only a moderate amount of coconut milk. Coconut may offer health benefits to dogs, however make sure you do not overfeed your dog with coconut milk. Coconut milk is high in healthy fats, but too much fat in a dog’s diet can potentially cause unnecessary weight gain and even pancreatitis. If your dog shows any signs of upset stomach, vomiting or diarrhea, take your dog to a vet right away.
👉 Tip #2: Introduce slowly
As with any new foods, introduce coconut milk to your dog's diet very gradually. You can give your dog a few ounces of coconut milk per day. This will give their system a chance to adjust and you can observe for any changes to their digestion. You can add coconut milk to homemade frozen dog treats or to oven-baked dog biscuits.
👉 Tip #3: Use organic unsweetened coconut milk
When giving coconut milk to your pup, avoid milks with sugars or added sweeteners. The additional sugar gives unnecessary calories to your dog which may lead to weight gain. Try to find organic coconut milk, which uses fresh coconut that is free from pesticides.
👉Tip #4: Add to homemade dog treats
There are so many ways for dogs to enjoy coconut milk! You can give frozen coconut milk ice cubes to dogs as a training treat. You can add unsweetened coconut milk to homemade dog treat recipes.
Here's an easy, all-natural coconut dog treat:
Frozen Coconut Watermelon Dog Treats 🥥
1 seedless watermelon
Slice off watermelon rind and cut watermelon into small cubes.
Place in blender and pulse until smooth. Add coconut milk and blend. Pour into an ice cube tray and let freeze, 2-3 hours. Remove from freezer and let your pup enjoy!
👉Tip #5: Check with your veterinarian
Health always comes first! Before you introduce new foods to your dog, make sure to check with your veterinarian to see if your pup can enjoy coconut milk. Nothing can replace feedback from a professional veterinarian.
The information in this article is not a substitute for professional veterinary help.