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Olive Oil for Dogs - Uses and Benefits

Josie F. Turner
By Josie F. Turner, Journalist specialized in Animal Welfare. October 3, 2016
Olive Oil for Dogs - Uses and Benefits

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Olive oil is a very healthy product for both humans and dogs, provided it is used in moderation. In the case of your pet, you can give it simply by adding olive oil to dog food. It can also be used externally for some diseases, such as a treatment for epidermal areas.

Besides being good and healthy, olive oil has a positive effect on the quality of dogs' coats, their dermis, and it can even be useful for constipated dogs.

If you want to know all the benefits and properties of this natural and healthy food first hand, keep reading this AnimalWised and learn about the various properties, uses and benefits of olive oil for dogs.


  1. Properties of olive oil for dogs
  2. How to give olive oil to your dog
  3. Long term benefits

Properties of olive oil for dogs

Olive oil is a monounsaturated oil that is very high in antioxidants that deeply nourish your dog's body cells. It provides the organism with vitamin E, Omega 3 and healthy fats. This product should not be given in excess, since it can have a laxative effect. For this very reason, it is a natural remedy that can help in cases of constipation.

Olive oil is available in the main European markets, but it is not so easy to get hold of it in other places where this crop is not as plentiful.

Moderate consumption of olive oil promotes good cholesterol while regulating bad cholesterol and improves and helps joints and muscles. This is very useful when caring for elderly dogs suffering from diseases like hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, arthritis or osteoarthritis.

Finally, some studies show that the consumption of olive oil prevents the onset of cancer or, at least, reduces the chance of cancer in those who consume it.

Olive Oil for Dogs - Uses and Benefits - Properties of olive oil for dogs

How to give olive oil to your dog

The doses of olive oil that you should give to your dog will vary according to its size and weight. Below we'll show you a simple conversion chart:

  • Small dogs (10 kg) > 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil per day.
  • Medium sized dogs (11 to 30 kg) > 1 teaspoon of olive oil per day.
  • Large dogs (over 30 kg) > 1 and a half teaspoons of olive oil per day.

You can mix the olive oil with dry dog food, with its normal homemade diet or with wet food. You can also add it to toasted rice flour, for example, or any food containing cereals - only those approved for dogs, of course.

Don't forget to be restrictive with the recommended doses, since exceeding them may cause your dog to suffer from diarrhea. You will see how it immediately improves your dog's intestinal transit.

Olive Oil for Dogs - Uses and Benefits - How to give olive oil to your dog

Long term benefits

After a few weeks of consuming olive oil as part of its diet, you'll notice that your dog's coat looks better. Its fur will be shinier, and it will be more elastic and silky to the touch. Discover at Animal ¡Wised other tricks to make your dog's coat shiny.

In the right doses, olive oil is used in slimming diets for obese dogs. However, don't overdo it because your dog can get fat.

Powerful skin regenerator

Olive oil is a good dermal regenerator for your dog's dry skin areas. Its antioxidant effect nourishes the cells and revitalizes the epidermis. The drawback of externally applying olive oil to a dog is that it may then stain the furniture or the floor.

For these types of skin problems we recommend rose hip oil, which is better absorbed by the dog's skin than olive oil, leaving less external waste. It is also better at healing and regenerating skin. However, your dog can consume olive oil in the recommended doses, but it should not consume rose hip oil.

Olive Oil for Dogs - Uses and Benefits - Long term benefits

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James Spradling
Does mixing Tumeric with the olive oil also have a good effect on elderly dogs arthritis?
Administrador AnimalWised
Hi James,

The jury is still out on its effectiveness, but many people swear by it. As long as it's in moderation, you should be fine as it is not toxic to dogs.
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