Is Olive Oil a Good Addition to Your Dog’s Diet?
14 March, 2018
We always are looking for healthy ways to improve our dog’s diet. Even if your dog is eating a high-protein, low carbohydrate diet, there are many benefits from adding a small amount of olive oil to your dog’s diet. It not only adds flavor to their food, but is a great source of monounsaturated fatty acids (which are considered a healthy fat). We know that it’s great for humans, but is olive oil good for dogs?
Olive oil is great for your dog’s immune system
Olive oil is a great boost to your dog’s immune system. Olive oil is rich in polyphenols and carotenoids which help your dog’s immunity to ward off infection if your dog is exposed to harmful pathogens. Having a healthy immune system is also helps your dog to transition from one season to the next.
Olive Oil can help a dog’s flaky, dry skin and promote a healthy coat
If your dog has dry, flaky skin, 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 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 can prevent the flaky skin from returning.
Olive oil is linked to strong brain health which can be helpful to senior dogs
A number of 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. Just like humans, adding olive oil to your dog’s diet can help protect his brain from cognitive decline. This is especially important for senior dogs (as well as interactive puzzles)
Olive oil can promote a healthy heart and reduce the risk of cancer
Olive oil is great for your dog’s overall health. 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.
Dogs can also get an energy boost from olive oil
Circulation improves and breathing comes more easily with a daily dose of olive oil — it helps increase blood flow and can therefore lessens the effects of asthma. It can be a relief for brachycephalic breeds who sometimes struggle to breathe.
Extra virgin olive is oil is the most preferred as it tends be the least acidic and most pure. Keep your olive oil stored in the refrigerator to keep it fresh and effective. If you add olive oil to your dog’s meal, use a teaspoon a day for a 30 to 40 lb. dog, or up to a tablespoon for a large 90 lb. dog.
As with any new addition to your dog’s diet, if you see any gastric upset or any other side effect, stop the Olive Oil to see if that was the cause. And while Olive Oil is a good fat, it can be fattening if over-used so one teaspoon a day for a small dog is plenty!
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