It is common knowledge that fresh extra virgin olive oil is great on a salad, a marvelous cooking aid, and has quite a few health benefits for us humans. But did you also know that dogs can appreciate this wonderful culinary ingredient in much the same way?
Some wet dog foods already include olive oil as an ingredient, but these are mostly foods of the wet variety. Fortunately, adding olive oil to what you normally feed your dog is well within anyone’s food preparation abilities. All you need to do is add between 5 and 6 drops to your dog’s food twice daily. Be careful not to give too much at once (more than 10 drops), as this can lead to diarrhea.
Since adding olive oil to your dog’s diet is wonderfully simple, we have no doubt that you will want to at least try it out with your dog, especially after hearing all of the benefits of this magic ingredient.
Yes, olive oil can aid in weight loss for a pudgy pooch. This might seem a little counterintuitive considering the fact that olive oil is basically fat with a single tablespoon of olive oil containing 120 calories. However, not all fats are unhealthy and some are actually productive for weight loss if administered in the right way. Olive oil is composed of monounsaturated fats which actually serve to break down fat cells, creating the conditions for easier weight loss.
We mentioned that large amounts of olive oil can give your dog diarrhea. This is because it is a natural laxative. Therefore, if your dog is experiencing constipation problems, a little olive oil will straighten him right out. Olive oil will also lubricate your dog’s digestive tract, allowing contents to pass through it with greater ease.
Immune System Boost
Olive oil is loaded with antioxidants and vitamin E. These things give your dog’s immune system an extra boost in protecting your dog against disease.
Olive oil is good for both your dog’s insides and outsides. A dog’s skin can become dry in the winter months, much like you or I are susceptible to chapped lips. Incorporating olive oil into your dog’s diet can fight against this, reducing flakes and even yielding a shinier coat. Some dog owners who have discovered the benefits of olive oil even opt to apply it directly to their dog’s fur. While coating your dog in olive oil probably won’t hurt your dog, it could make an awful mess, so be careful if you decide to choose this option.
If your dog has asthma, or other respiratory conditions, olive oil may be able to help. Olive oil can be especially useful to breeds of dog which are known for their breathing issues, like bulldogs.
Olive oil is also known to be a hearth healthy addition to any meal. It can lower cholesterol and generally improve the cardiovascular system. The Mediterranean diet is known for its low death rate from cardiovascular diseases compared to other regions, and with the amount of olive oil in it, this is unsurprising.
I probably don’t need to tell you that olive oil tastes fantastic. There is a reason we are constantly cooking with it and applying it to foods. It is delicious. Your dog probably thinks so too. If your dog regularly turns her nose up at the kibble you put in front of her, dress it up with a few drops of olive oil and see what kind of reaction you get. Our guess is, she’ll be wondering where this fantastic new food came from and give you a bark of approval.