Can dogs drink coconut water?

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Mike Tanaka


Have you ever had fresh cold coconut water straight from a real coconut? In my opinion, its sweet aroma and taste makes it one of the most refreshing natural drinks after a run with my dog.

But can dogs enjoy it too? Let’s dive right in!

The short answer is yes, dogs can drink coconut water, and most enjoy its sweet taste. Coconut water is a natural source of electrolytes, including potassium, sodium, magnesium, and calcium. These electrolytes play a crucial role in maintaining proper hydration levels, making coconut water a fantastic way to keep your dog refreshed and healthy.

However, they contain high amounts of carbs/sugar so coconut water should be given as a treat and should not replace water as the main source of hydration.

Natural vs packaged coconut water

Opt for fresh, natural coconut water from a real coconut. You can find them in many supermarkets in the fruits and vegetable section. Remember to put the coconut in the refrigerator right away because who likes warm coconut juice?

On the flip side, giving your dog packaged coconut juice that’s in bottles and cans is not a good idea. These products contain additives and artificial sweeteners that are not suitable for dogs.

How to open a coconut

There are many ways to open a coconut. After trying different coconut openers, these 2 stood out from the rest with the pricing, ease of use and durability.

If you prefer to get only the water out of a coconut, this tool punches a small hole in it so you can easily drain it out.

Useful, simple and easy to use

Coconut Spike Opener


Excellent price

Comes with drinking straw


Or if you want to crack open the top of the coconut and scoop the coconut meat ( the white meaty parts inside the shell ) and get the water, this tool is especially handy.

Handy tool to get coconut water and meat quickly

Coconut Opener with rubber mallet


Great price

Lasts for years

Easy to use

I prefer the second tool because I like to drink the coconut water for myself, and scoop out the coconut meat as a treat for my Golden Retriever Max.

How to introduce coconut water to your dog

Every dog is unique, and their digestive systems may react differently to new fluids.  When introducing coconut water, start by giving them a quarter teaspoon of the coconut water or a small chunk of the coconut meat the size of your pinky nail.

Although coconut allergies are rare in dogs, monitor your dog for any adverse reactions. Signs of intolerance may include upset stomach, diarrhea, redness and swelling.

If your dog is not having any issues, gradually increase the quantity over the next few days.

Giving your dog coconut water and/or meat

What are some tasty ways for both of you to try? Here are my go to coconut recipes for dogs.

  • Dilute the coconut water with regular water, put them in ice trays to make coconut infused ice cubes ( If your dog like ice cubes )
  • Scrape the inside of a coconut with a spoon for a tasty coconut meat treats
  • Enjoy the ice cold fresh coconut water straight together 🙂

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