As non-dairy milk alternatives become more popular in the US for humans, you may have found yourself wondering if they’re good to share with your dog or puppy. Coconut milk is one of the non-dairy milks that has probably been used commonly for the longest period of time. You find coconut milk in many Indian and Thai recipes and of course, the classic cocktail, the Piña Colada. If it is something you use regularly, it might be okay to share some with your best friend too!
There isn’t much known about whether dogs drank coconut milk before its recent surge in popularity. Coconuts are high in fat and calories as well as some really important nutrients. However, due to the recent surge in popularity and the recent focus on the health benefits of coconut and coconut oil, it is not surprising that more dog owners are turning to coconut milk for their pups too!
Yes, in moderation. Coconuts and coconut milk may have some health benefits for your dog. You want to make sure you are only feeding unsweetened coconut milk, as the sweeteners in some packaged coconut milk are not good for your dog. Additional sugar adds unnecessary calories and can lead to weight gain for your pup. You also want to watch for stabilizers like carrageenan and xanthan gum, these can cause stomach irritation in both humans and pups.
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Coconuts and coconut milk are believed to have many health benefits for your dog. These include:
Adding coconut milk to your dog’s diet can be both delicious and beneficial if your dog enjoys drinking it. Like humans, some pups may not care for the taste or it may not sit well in their stomachs. If your dog is turning up their nose at coconut milk, don’t force the issue. There are plenty of other ways to help them enjoy a balanced diet without coconut milk.
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