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Yes, it is safe for dogs to drink coconut water in moderation. In fact, coconut water is a highly effective hydration solution for your dog, adding valuable vitamins and nutrients to their diet. However, excessive intake of coconut water can cause an upset stomach or lead to frequent urination in dogs.

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Safe: This food is generally considered safe by the veterinary community. Dogs can eat this food sometimes or in small amounts but contains little to no nutritional value.

Food Safety Safe to drink in moderation
Nutritional Value  Antioxidants, calcium, zinc, iron, magnesium, manganese, vitamin C, potassium
Potential Risks  Vomiting, diarrhea, xylitol poisoning
Every dog is different. For specific feeding guidelines, including quantities and beneficial foods that are best for your dog, please consult your vet.

How Much Coconut Water is Safe for Dogs?

A slow introduction of coconut water into your dog’s diet is best to observe its compatibility with their digestive system. It is best to initiate the process by giving them a few ounces of coconut water as a treat or for hydration on hot days.

Generally, a daily quantity of a quarter teaspoon is ideal for small dogs. In contrast, big dogs should be given no more than one tablespoon per day, gradually increasing the amount after that.

If your dog tolerates it well for two weeks, you can safely increase the dosage to 1 teaspoon per 10 pounds of body weight.

What Happens if Your Dog Drinks Too Much Coconut Water?

Incorporating organic, unsweetened coconut water in small quantities is considered safe for dogs. However, it is important to note that coconut products with added ingredients such as sugar, preservatives, and excess fats, including coconut water, oil, and milk, should not be given to dogs in excess amounts.

A more-than-necessary amount of fat in their diet may lead to obesity or weight gain. At the same time, a substantial quantity of added sugar can contribute to gastrointestinal issues such as upset stomach, loose stools, and bloating.

What to Do If Your Dog Drinks Too Much Coconut Water?

If your dog drinks too much coconut water, the best thing to do is to watch their condition for 12 hours. If your dog is vomiting or experiencing diarrhea after drinking too much coconut water, immediately take it to your vet.

They will probably administer IV fluids to replenish all the electrolytes your dog has lost due to constant diarrhea and vomiting. That said, drinking too much coconut water generally won’t be fatal to your dog.

How to Give Coconut Water to Your Dog?

An easy approach during hot weather would be to freeze coconut water in an ice cube tray and serve it to your canine companion as a refreshing snack. However, don’t forget to verify that your coconut water contains no artificial sweeteners such as xylitol, which can be hazardous for dogs.

Furthermore, it is also best to keep a close eye on your pet for any negative responses, such as digestive disturbance or indications of an allergic reaction, after introducing new food items into their daily diet.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes, frozen coconut can be a great treat for dogs, especially during hot summer days. You can add it to your canine companion’s bowl or feed it to them directly.

  • Coconut water contains a ton of sodium per cup. So, it’s best to avoid feeding it to your dog if it has kidney disease. This is because eating too much sodium-rich food can be fatal to such dogs.

  • Yes, coconut is good for dogs. However, it would be wise to practice moderation, as feeding your dog too many coconut-based food items can lead to diarrhea, vomiting, or stomach pain.

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.