4 Fabulous Benefits Of Olive Oil For Dogs

When it comes to natural remedies for dogs, there are a variety of “people foods” that can provide some valuable benefits. Just one is olive oil – a wonderful source of monounsaturated fatty acids (which are considered a healthy fat). We know that it’s great for humans, but what can olive oil do for dogs? Here are four fabulous benefits of olive oil for dogs.

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Olive Oil for a Healthy Coat

If your dog has dry, flaky skin you don’t necessarily need to shell out a small fortune to pay for fancy shampoos and conditioners. The solution may be as simple as adding some olive oil to your dog’s diet. Olive oil is rich in antioxidants including vitamin E, and it is a good source of phytonutrients as well. When added to your dog’s diet, olive oil can help to repair dry, flaky skin in as little as three days. The omega-3 fatty acids in olive oil help to moisturize your dog’s skin and, if you keep giving it to your dog, it can prevent the flaky skin from returning. All you have to do is add about ½ tablespoon of olive oil to your dog’s food twice a day for several days. Once your dog’s skin improves you can reduce the amount to a few drops a day to keep his skin moisturized.

Olive Oil for Immune System Health

In addition to moisturizing your dog’s skin and coat, olive oil can also be beneficial for his immune system. Olive oil is rich in polyphenols and carotenoids which help to improve immune system health. With a strong immune system your dog will be better able to fight off infection if it is exposed to harmful pathogens. Having a healthy immune system is also important in helping your dog to transition from one season to the next. Just like people, dogs can get sick when the weather changes so adding a little olive oil to your dog’s food can boost his immune system to prepare him for the change.

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Olive Oil for Brain Health

You’ve already learned that olive oil is rich in antioxidants, but you may not realize just how important antioxidants are for your dog’s health. A number of animal research studies have confirmed a link between olive oil and brain health. In one study oleocanthal, a type of polyphenol found in olives (and extra-virgin olive oil), was linked to a reduced risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Several human studies have linked Mediterranean-style diets that are rich in olive oil to lowered risk for dementia. Given the results of these studies, it would seem that adding olive oil to your dog’s diet can help to protect his brain from cognitive decline. This is especially important for senior dogs and for extra intelligent breeds like Poodles and Border Collies.

Olive Oil for General Health

In addition to providing specific benefits for your dog’s brain and immune system, olive oil can help to increase his overall health as well. Olive oil contains healthy monounsaturated fats which can reduce your dog’s risk for heart disease and diabetes. It’s also rich in oleic acid, a compound that has been shown to reduce the risk for cancer.

Who knew that this pantry staple could do so much good for your furry BFF? Do you use olive oil in your dog’s diet? What changes have you noticed? Leave your comments down below.

kate-Bio_PicKate Barrington is the loving owner of two cats (Bagel and Munchkin) and a noisy herd of guinea pigs. Having grown up with golden retrievers, Kate has a great deal of experience with dogs but labels herself a lover of all pets. Having received a Bachelor’s degree in English, Kate has combined her love for pets and her passion for writing to create her own freelance writing business, specializing in the pet niche.


  • nancyb0305

    OK so why not let them eat olives then? Olives should be good for them too to eat?

    • Olives are okay for your dog in small quantities, as whole olives can be high in salt. Just remember to pit them first before feeding.

      • nancyb0305

        I try to rinse them . I figure olives are so good for us and them why not just give the food with the vitamins then.He plays with it as a ball then eats the black olive,

  • nancyb0305

    My shih tzu ,4 years old, showed low liver enzymes. Will this olive oil help this and what else can help this ?

    • Did the vet say what was causing this? He/she will have to identify the root cause of the problem, so you can start treatment ASAP.

      • nancyb0305

        No he did not . He only said we worry when the enzymes are high . So is why I am asking you. What do I need to do or not to do?

        • He shrugged his shoulders? That doesn’t sound like he’s very concerned! Is there another vet in your area you can go to? Bring the paperwork from the tests for him/her to look at for a second opinion.

          • nancyb0305

            Yes there is and really I thank you for answering me. I am going to a holistic vet today. To me this is a concern as I read the liver is the most important organ in a dog. Not much is mentioned about it with the exception of high liver enzymes . Nor do they tell us what to feed or use for liver health. This is a needed topic

          • Please let me know how it goes and what he/she says. That way, I can look into it more and post an article about it.

          • nancyb0305

            She said based on those numbers I posted above it is not significant but the chinese method is with herbal remedies. She gave me some herbal pills to give 2 times a day . The bottle says Yi Guan Jian tablets.He is healthy other wise but too I question his growing these masses and two years ago another one called a benign tumor near his eye. So I asked for supplements to keep a healthy immune system. because I do home cook and use hard kibbles too. I cook ground meats and add either chia seeds or flaxseeds or hemp and vegetables so he will eat vegetables. But I do use top brand kibbles too. So now I have to order vitamins too but i need pills so I can push them down and make him swallow them. He is the worst eater i have even seen in a dog. I have to force him to eat and taste food and then he will decide to eat and only once a day .

          • Oscar is part shih tzu, and he has a little growth – my vet said that it’s pretty common in the breed, they are like warts. And yes, his is benign as well. Oscar is a picky eater too, eating once a day, so I have to hide his meds or supplements in treats. He likes the frozen-style treats, so I put a tablespoon or 2 of herbs or crushed supplement in there, even if the recipe doesn’t call for it.
            I love the hemp and chia/flax seeds – I am going to put together a treat recipe using help, because I’ve never tried it before. Where do you get yours?

          • nancyb0305

            First in response to Oscar’s growths so you too have them removed? Another shih tzu owner was told they are common do not worry. Well she listened and they turned to cancer and had to put her dog to sleep. So really I do not take chances as I work home care and see too much cancers so I believe if it does not belong on a body, ours our a dogs remove it.
            Second the feeding that Dr Karen Becker gave some home made treat recipes I altered them and use beans and carrots and broccolli. and ground meats so it cooks and gets the juices on the veggies. Otherwise he turns his nose as to everything else.I always but discounted meats the put out, like krogers and that is what got me started with this. Sometimes I pay 2.00 for pound of ground meat, still good but needs to be cooks asap. So I know he gets good meat and vegges and per Dr Karen Beckers green chicken crumpets recipe or pork pull ups I got the chia , flax and hemp seeds , 1 tablespoon per pound of meat mixed it. Sometimes I add an egg to bind too.
            Matthew use to love peanut butter . I once hid a treat in it and now wont touch it any more. ok I will post the recipes link here but I did alter it much and I do use little lawrey salt for taste too.

          • No, I haven’t. The vet said to keep an eye on it, to see if it got bigger, and the size hasn’t changed in years. I check it every day, it doesn’t bother him, but during our next checkup, I am going to get them to biopsy it – to be on the safe side.
            Thank you for sharing the recipe – it looks yummy!

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          • nancyb0305

            You can get the hemp seeds and chia seeds and flaxseeds at Trader Joes, They are even the cheapest too and sell organic coconut oil for 5.99 there as well. I use one tablespoon per pound of ground meat, I eat it too even. It is so good that way.

          • nancyb0305

            I see others too making chicken jerkey with boneless chicken. You can get it for less then 2.00 a pound verses buying it in a pet store for 6 or seven dollars for a few ounces of garbage. By the way I found Trader Joes has the chia seeds, hemp and flax cheaper and they have dog treats that are great and cheap too.

          • nancyb0305

            My holistic vet showed me this page to order supplements too because I home cook . It shows vitamins for small breeds Drs. Foster and Smith Pet Supplies