Although we’ve been focusing on the benefits of olive oil for humans, it is also important to highlight the fantastic properties this miracle oil has for dogs. In this post, we’re going to clear up some misconceptions about to the use of olive oil in a pet’s diet and then show you the best olive oils for dogs how to use them.
Olive Oil and Dogs:
Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) is safe for dog consumption. In fact, animal wellness magazine calls it a “super food” due to its monounsaturated fats that help weight loss, antioxidants and other nutrients. It should be noted that, like most food for dogs, it must be dosed properly and may cause diarrhea if ingested in large quantities.
Olive Oil Diets for Pets:
When used in a balanced diet for your dog, olive oil has many health benefits. These include:
- Reduce the risk of diabetes, strokes and other heart diseases. This is due to the presence of monounsaturated fats that, unlike trans and refined polyunsaturated fats that are present in processed foods,
- Improve brain health and help with inflammations. This is due to oleocanthal, the compound that causes a burning sensation in the back of the throat when consumed, and other antioxidants such as omega 3, which are present in olive oil. Oleocanthal has been shown to share some of the same properties as Ibuprofen and has garnered a lot of interest in the medical community. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4139846/). Consuming olive oil regularly will thus help dogs avoid a decline in mental health and sharpness.
- Improve dry skin and fur conditions. This is due to the presence of vitamin E and the moisturizing properties of olive oil.
- Improve digestion. Due to its lubricative and mild laxative effects, olive oil can contribute to reducing congestion.
Usage and Dosage:
To start benefiting from the properties of olive oil, simply add roughly a third of a tablespoon of olive oil to your dog’s food. This will not only make it tastier but also provide all the health benefits described above. Some examples of good olive oil for dogs can be found below: