Olive Oil doesn‘t only benefits humans, it can help your dog stay healthy, too.
The longer I lived in Spain, the more essential this wonderful oil has become in my daily life. I pour it over my baguette for breakfast, make the famous “Pa amb Oli” for family and friends, swirl it over my salad and begin practically every recipe with it for dinner.
But aside from making a tasty salad dressing, Olive Oil has been linked to a variety of human health benefits.
The question is: Could it also benefit our dogs?
The simple answer is YES.
Some facts about Olive Oil
Olive Oil is the natural oil extracted from olives, the fatty fruit of the olive tree.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil is made from 100% olive juice and it is extracted by non chemical, mechanical means, and without the use of excessive heat. Approximately 24% of the oil is saturated fats and omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, with 73% being monounsaturated fatty acids, known as oleic acids.
In addition to beneficial fatty acids, Olive Oil also contains natural Vitamins, A, D, E and K, which help to replenish moisture loss resulting in restored flexibility and suppleness of the skin.
Olive Oil is also loaded with powerful, biologically active antioxidants that allow it to maintain stability and neutralize the oxidant effect of free radicals that damage collagen and cause skin dryness, in humans and in dogs.
An important antioxidant action is performed by phenolic compounds, which are found in abundance in quality Extra Virgin Olive Oils. Oleocanthal is a beneficial phenolic compound unique to Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and is a known anti-inflammatory often referred to as “nature‘s ingredient for pain relief”.
Squalene, another noted component of Olive Oil, is an antibacterial and antioxidant. It has the ability to rapidly penetrate the skin, and, once absorbed, helps prevent UV damage.
6 Good Reasons to Add Olive Oil to Your Dog’s Diet
Just as in humans, olive oil can be applied to dogs both internally and externally.
1. Olive oil for dogs promotes optimal canine health
Rich in monounsaturated fatty acids, Olive Oil for dogs prevents and lessens the effects of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. It contains oleic acid, in addition to some compounds (squalene and terpenoids) that are believed to be effective in preventing cancer.
2. Olive Oil could extend your dogs life
Due to the fact that Olive Oil has a lot of antioxidants present in it, it also sports some anti-aging capabilities. It can assist the body with preventing free radical cell oxidation, which can lead to premature aging.
3. Olive oil helps your dog lose weight.
Olive oil is well-known for its weight-loss capabilities. It is rich in monounsaturated fats, and these are bound to help one’s body to break down the fat cells in a lot more efficient and quicker way.
4. Olive Oil boosts your dogs immune system
With high levels of antioxidants — including polyphenols, vitamin E, chlorophyll and carotenoids — Olive Oil for dogs is effective at arming the body’s immune system so it can efficiently fight off disease.
5. Olive Oil for senior dogs………. a fountain of youth
Olive Oil helps prevent the cognitive decline associated with aging in all species, so Olive Oil for dogs can benefit your senior dog. Both internally and externally, Olive Oil can help lower inflammation in your dog’s body. The antioxidants found in this oil are well known to prevent unnecessary oxidative stress and boost overall health and comfort, particularly as your dog ages.
6. Olive Oil is a remedy for dry and itchy dog skin
Many dogs experience dry or flaky skin throughout their life, and it’s common in the winter when the humidity drops.The omega-3 fatty acids help moisturize the skin and prevent flakes from returning. Condition your dog’s coat from the inside out with a daily serving, which helps to impart moisture and gleam to even the driest fur.
How much Olive Oil should you give your dog?
When adding Olive Oil to your dog’s diet the general rule of thumb is to add no more than 1 tsp. for every 20 lb of body weight per meal. I, for example, go with 2 tbs. of Olive Oil that I pour over my senior dogs meal once a day, although he weights 40kg (88 lb).
While Olive Oil is considered safe for dogs, it might irritate the gastrointestinal tracts of pups with sensitive tummies, so don’t give it to your dog if he is exhibiting any signs of diarrhea or vomiting. If you notice any sign of stomach upset in your dog after introducing Olive Oil to its diet, cut it out immediately.
There aren’t any health risks associated with adding a little bit of Olive Oil to your dogs food, but with anything new it’s best to introduce it slowly since it can cause stomach upset.
So if you decide to give your pooch some of this “liquid gold” (Olive Oil was called liquid gold in ancient times), go with the Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Olive Oil on Your Dogs Skin
The most common use of Olive Oil for dogs is on their skin/fur, as this healthy oil is one of the best remedies for dry and itchy skin. The most effective way to apply this magic oil to the affected areas of the dog is with an Olive Oil Balm.
Olive Oil has become indispensable in the skin care of my Boxers since the old shepherd on the island Mallorca convinced me years ago, that Olive Oil on our dog noses nourishes and smoothens the skin and protects the nose from dehydration.
As for the external application (see above), the same applies to the internal application: the use of high-quality oil is important. For my handmade Dog Balms I take only the best Olive Oil from Spain or Mallorca: Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
This unrefined Oil is loaded with Vitamins and fatty acids and acts as a natural moisturizer that penetrates deep into the skin, providing needed moisture as well as a shield that protects the skin, keeping it smooth. Due to the important antioxidant action by phenolic compounds like Oleocanthal and Squalene, Extra Virgin Olive Oil has magical anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
DOG SKIN BALMS
My Olive Oil Dog Skin Balms are a powerful blend of natures best ingredients, all well-researched and carefully selected and, of course, tested on my Boxers. Every balm is specially formulated for the variety of skin problems in dogs:
For dry and crusty dog noses: Dog Nose Balm, an organic blend of Olive Oil, Sweet Almond Oil and Avocado Oil enriched with Besswax, Cocoa Butter and Aloe Vera.
To smoothen elbow calluses: Elbow Balm, an organic blend of Olive Oil, Avocado Oil and Coconut Oil with Shea Butter, Beeswax, Cocoa Butter, Chamomille, Allantoin and Vitamin E
To protect and heal dry paw pads: Paw Balm, a 100% natural blend of Olive Oil, Sweet Almond Oil and Coconut Oil with Beeswax and organic Shea Butter.
For small wounds and itchy skin: Skin Soother Balm, made of Olive Oil, Avocado Oil, Beeswax, Cocoa Butter, Vitamin E, Aloe Vera, Chamomille and Propolis
To care for wrinkles and skin folds: Dog Wrinkle Balm, an organic blend of Calendula infused Olive Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Beeswax, Cocoa Butter, Aloe Vera and Chamomille