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Although not recommended, if your dog happens to consume a small quantity, coconut milk is generally not dangerous. Coconut milk contains oils that might lead to gastrointestinal issues like diarrhea, loose stools, and stomach discomfort in some dogs. It is also high in calories, which can cause unwanted weight gain.

Coconut Milk
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Caution: This food is generally considered risky by the veterinary community. Dogs should not eat this food and should be monitored for adverse effects.

While it’s not recommended to intentionally give your dog coconut milk, if your dog happens to consume a small quantity, there is typically no cause for concern.

Food Safety Not recommended, although nontoxic
Nutritional Issue High in fat, added preservatives, high calories
Potential Risks Gastrointestinal issues, obesity
Symptoms Loose stools, stomach cramps, vomiting
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

What to Do if Your Dog is Sick from Coconut Milk?

Typically, coconut milk is nontoxic and will not cause serious harm. However, excessive consumption and drinking coconut milk regularly can cause your dog gastrointestinal issues. This is especially true for commercially available coconut milk because of the additives it contains.

Make sure your dog has access to plenty of fresh water to prevent dehydration. It’s also advisable to withhold food for a few hours to allow their digestive system to recover. If your dog’s symptoms worsen or persist beyond 24 hours, it’s crucial to consult with your veterinarian for professional advice and guidance. They may recommend additional treatments or care to help your dog recover more quickly.

Signs Your Dog Drank Too Much Coconut Milk

If your dog has consumed an excessive amount of coconut milk, they may exhibit signs of distress and restlessness. Watch for common indications of gastrointestinal upset, such as:

  • Loose stools and diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach discomfort or cramps

In more severe cases, your dog may experience persistent diarrhea1, which can lead to dehydration. It’s crucial to closely monitor your dog’s condition if they have ingested a significant amount of coconut milk.

TIP: If you want to give your dog some milk, offer them lactose-free or goat’s milk in small quantities.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Your dog can safely consume lactose-free milk and goat’s milk. Other types of milk can be harmful to your dog and are best avoided.

  • Typically, dairy contains lactose, and since most dogs are lactose intolerant, it is best to avoid dairy products that may contain too much lactose. However, your dog can drink lactose that

  • No, dogs cannot drink coconut water. The liquid contains high levels of potassium and can cause your dog harm.

About the Writer
Dan Greco , Dog Dad

Having been a dog dad for 5 years, I know how hard it is to make sure your dog gets the right nutrients and stays away from hazardous foods. With the help of a veterinarian who specializes in nutrition, I created this blog to help dog owners quickly access food information they need.

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About the Contributor
Dr. Hillary Wolfe , Veterinarian & Certified Food Therapist

Dr. Wolfe holds a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University and holds nutrition certifications from the NAVC and CIVT. Her business, Tula Veterinary Nutrition, hosts online courses that teach owners how to cook for their pet for optimal health and longevity. Follow her on Instagram at @doctorwolfe.dvm for dog nutrition tips, recipes and insights.