Can Dogs Eat Coconut?

You probably already heard about the incredible benefits coconut provides for humans, but can dogs eat coconut? The answer is a bit tricky, but it leans toward yes. The best way to explain it is the coconut oil is beneficial for dogs, while the meat from the coconut can cause digestive issues due to the water content.

So, can dogs eat coconut? It’s not recommended. Can dogs eat coconut oil? Yes! Chances are the veterinarian has already explained the benefits coconut oil has for dogs. You have probably already been advised to add some to your dog’s diet as an added health benefit. Let’s find out what is so great about coconut oil for dogs.

Can Dogs Eat Coconut?

Benefits of Coconut Oil for Dogs

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  • Improves digestion
  • Creates a shiny coat
  • Freshens breath
  • Relieves itchy skin
  • Relieves allergies
  • Supports and boosts the immune system
  • Increases cognitive function
  • Soothes dry skin
  • It helps heal and soothe dry paw pads and cracked noses
  • Improves symptoms of arthritis
  • Help get rid of ticks and fleas
  • Increases energy levels

Dangers of Coconut for Dogs

The coconut fruit contains water, and if not chewed completely, it can be difficult to digest. The following issues can arise.

  • Weight gain
  • Hardening of the arteries
  • High cholesterol
  • Reduces scent-detecting abilities

How Much Coconut Oil is Safe For Dogs?

It’s generally safe for dogs, but there are a few rules you need to follow to prevent stomach upset. Coconut oil can lead to stomach upset if you give it too much to your dog, so it’s best to gradually add coconut to your dog’s diet in small doses and increase until you reach the dosage amount recommended by the veterinarian.

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Fun Ways to Add Coconut Oil to Your Dog’s Diet

  • Add a few drops to your dog’s dry kibble for added flavor and health benefits.
  • Mix a few drops into wet dog food.
  • Add a few drops of coconut oil into ice cubes in a tray and freeze it as a cool summer treat for your dog.
  • Place a blackberry and some coconut oil into a silicone mold, freeze and serve.
  • Mix coconut oil with a baked and mashed plain sweet potato, serve small portions to your dog, or add it to kibble or wet dog food.
  • Mix coconut oil and mashed banana together as a tasty treat or serve over kibble or wet dog food.
  • Add a few drops to peanut butter to help make the peanut butter easier for your dog to eat.

Try this tasty recipe your dog will love!

Coconut Dog Treats (no baking needed)


  • 2 ½ cups of rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup of coconut oil
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of unsalted peanut butter


  • Use a food processor to create the mix and add the rolled oats, coconut oil, and unsalted peanut butter until it is combined well.
  • Use a spoon to scoop bite-sized pieces custom fit for the size of your dog’s mouth and roll it into small balls.
  • Line a baking tray with parchment paper and put it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  • Keep refrigerated in a zip lock bag or plastic container with a lid and use as occasional treats and rewards for your dog to enjoy.

Bottom Line

Now that you know the answer to the question, “Can dogs eat coconut?” It’s time to focus on implementing coconut oil into your dog’s diet and leaving the fruit part of the coconut alone. If you suspect coconut or coconut oil is causing your dog to have an allergic reaction, contact a veterinarian immediately for further assistance.

A pet parent herself, Shellie knows the ins and outs of caring for a furry bundle of joy. She has been researching, reviewing and sharing her findings for the best dog products available for a number of years. A valued team member, Shellie's first-hand experience is invaluable.

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