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Olive Oil for Dogs — 8 Reasons to Add It to Your Dog’s Diet

Is olive oil good for dogs? Actually, olive oil for dogs is a great way to enhance your canine companion's diet and beauty regimens — among other benefits! Here's how to best use olive oil for dogs.
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Can dogs eat olive oil? And is olive oil good for dogs? Olive oil, that staple of every kitchen, happens to make an excellent, healthful addition to every dog’s food bowl — among other benefits. We’ve touted the benefits of coconut oil for dogs before, which is another mainstay in my pantry, but let’s not forget the oil that comes from olives, which has its own fantastic advantages. In fact, why not mix things up? Rotate the oils you sweeten your dog’s food bowl with! I like to switch among olive, coconut and (for the omega-3 factor so key to senior dog vitality) fish oil by Nordic Naturals. Here are eight reasons to heart olive oil for dogs. Bone appetit!

1. Olive oil for dogs tastes doggone good

A dog with an empty food bowl.
Can dogs have olive oil and is olive oil good for dogs? Photography by Jaromir Chalabala / Shutterstock.

Few things perk up a boring bowl of dry kibble better than a spoonful of what dog-loving celebrity chef Rachael Ray affectionately calls EVOO (extra-virgin olive oil) — especially if your kibble might be, ahem, the tiniest bit stale. Add a dash of cinnamon and turmeric, and you’ve spiced your dog’s meal in grand style!

2. Olive oil helps your dog lose weight

Whether the portly pepperpot is canine or human, if there are some unwanted pounds that need shedding, olive oil for dogs helps grease the weight-loss engine. The monounsaturated fats in olive oil actually encourage pound-melting by breaking down the fat inside fat cells, getting rid of belly fat and reducing insulin sensitivity.

3. Olive oil for dogs promotes optimal canine health

Rich in monounsaturated fats, 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, which kills a staggering 50 percent of dogs over age 10.

4. Olive oil for dogs defends the 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. That’s especially important as we (humans as well as canines) transition from one season to another.

5. Olive oil could extend your dog’s life

Dogs don’t live nearly as long as we want them to, but nothing looks sadder than a young dog going gray before his time. Olive oil for dogs prevents free radical cell oxidation (see above), which can lead to premature aging, so it works to help keep your dog looking as vibrantly youthful as he did in his salad days.

6. Olive oil for dogs is a brain food

Olive oil helps prevent the cognitive decline associated with aging in all species, so olive oil for dogs can benefit senior dogs. Serve olive oil to senior dogs at least once daily, to keep their minds beautiful and cloud-free. This is especially important if your dog is a super-smartie, such as a Border Collie, Poodle or Mensa mutt.

7. Olive oil provides an energy boost to your dog

Circulation improves and breathing comes more easily with a daily dose of olive oil — it helps increase blood flow and, in humans, lessens the effects of asthma. So, by extension, olive oil for dogs can be a dogsend for brachycephalic breeds such as the Bulldog, who sometimes struggle to breathe.

8. Olive oil for dogs is a beauty treatment, too

There’s more to olive oil than mere substance — it’s a style statement, too! Long used to beautify human hair and skin, olive oil for dogs can do the same. Condition your dog’s coat from the inside out with a daily serving, which helps to impart moisture and gleam to even the driest, dullest fur.

Tell us: What do you think of olive oil for dogs? Do you add it to your dog’s diet or beauty routine? Did we convince you to start? Let us know in the comments!

Thumbnail: Photography ©chendongshan | Thinkstock.

This piece was originally published in 2015.

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83 thoughts on “Olive Oil for Dogs — 8 Reasons to Add It to Your Dog’s Diet”

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  4. You mentioned to give dogs fish oil From Nordic Naturals but you didn’t mention to give the PET formula. The pet formula is without rosemary which can be toxic to dogs so you really should add that in your article.

  5. Thank You for the wonderful advice! I was having to vacuum once, sometimes twice per day because of our Lab/Cur “Charlotte “. I began giving her a Tablespoon Olive Oil on her Dry Food about 7 weeks ago, and I am only having to vacuum every other day now, not to mention her black coat is silky and shiny too! No more Dandruff either! I am so glad I read your article, as we are traveling in our Retirement, and my husband is allergic to dog dander and was quite upset I was bringing her on the road in these confined quarters. We had lived on an 8 acre farm for 11 years, and the dogs had free rein, and slept in the mud room. Lol!

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  9. I am reading about olive oil. I have 2 questions about it. Does it have Omega 3 ? What about eating olives. My shih tzu love black olives and since olive oil comes from olives would it be ok to eat olives?

  10. In reference to the person, Donna, who asked about grapeseed oil. Is this not from Grapes, and are grapes not said to be poisonous to dogs? I know grapeseed oil did wonders for my mom, who had areas on her arms where the blood vessels broke – I called it purpura, but I am not sure I would give it to my dogs.

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  13. Thanks for the great article! Both of my dogs get 1 teaspoon of EVOO plus a dash of turmeric with each meal. They love it!

  14. Stephanie N Cleghorn

    My dog had a bad itch and dandruff flakes all over we tried several things to help and then I came across this article on olive oil. I started adding some to his food at each meal and within 2 weeks the flakes are almost completely cleared up he isn’t itching anymore and both of my dogs absolutely love it. Of course they expect it now but that’s fine it really does help and I’ll continue to add it to every meal. As for how much I just add enough to coat the food a tbsp or so take a spoon and mix it until all the food is covered kind of like a salad lol.

  15. I’ve been using olive oil in my dogs dry food every evening ( wet food in am and dry in pm ). I started because my shih tzu was scratching a lot. I have an oil mister that I use to spray it on. Daisey, my shih tzu is scratching a lot less AND tank my pug has taken some much weight off. You know pugs, always on that seefood diet. Win, win.

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    1. Hi Carmen,

      Thanks for reaching out! We suggest contacting your vet to make sure salmon oil is right for your dog and what amount you should be using.

  17. Olive oil is great both for humans and dogs! It´s been used through thousands of years! I add about a spoon to my foster dog´s servings and they not only love the taste on their food, they develop healthier coats in no time!

  18. I know these oil products are great for dogs but just a warning I tried adding a very small amount of coconut oil to my dog’s food and he was instantly in the vet, he has pancreatitis. This would only once in a blue moon but be aware of it. Regards Sandra

    1. Hi there,

      Please note that this article was originally written in 2015. We have a degreed dog nutritionist writing for us now and she just did some articles on oils. Please check these pieces out and let us know if you have questions:
      https://www.dogster.com/dog-health-care/black-currant-evening-primrose-and-borage-oils-for-dogs
      https://www.dogster.com/dog-health-care/hempseed-and-flaxseed-oils-for-dogs

    1. Hi there,

      Please note that this article was originally written in 2015. We have a degreed dog nutritionist writing for us now and she just did some articles on oils. Please check these pieces out and let us know if you have questions:
      https://www.dogster.com/dog-health-care/black-currant-evening-primrose-and-borage-oils-for-dogs
      https://www.dogster.com/dog-health-care/hempseed-and-flaxseed-oils-for-dogs

    1. Hi there Noel,

      Thanks for reaching out! Please contact your vet with this question to find out the amount that is right for your dog.

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    1. Hi there Linda,

      Thanks for commenting! We suggest contacting your vet to find out what amount of olive oil is right for your dogs.

  20. My 13 year old lab has congestive heart failure and she takes three different medications twice a day. Since taking the meds, her coat has become so dry and is falling out faster than normal. I am starting the EVOO today in hopes of not only conditioning her coat, but also improve her heart condition. Tho I know there is no cure for her illness, I’m hoping the EVOO will improve her overall health and extend her life.

    1. My vet in the UK suggested I give my Rough Collie a quarter to half teaspoon of olive oil if I noticed his skin becoming a little flaky. I followed the vets advice and only gave for short periods of time when coat looked dull or flaky.
      I still follow this with my current long haired dogs. I do give coconut oil several times a week to my dogs as I know from my vet this does not affect the pancreas.
      Dogs need some fats and often if you feed kibble the fats are already rancid due to cooking methods.
      My vet suggested once a week share a small tin of sardines in olive oil between my two dogs for the omega 3 benefits and benefits of olive oil. Just doing this alone is hugely beneficial to your dogs, it’s a natural food source.
      I have moved my dogs to a cold pressed kibble and have noticed an even bigger improvement in their health.

  21. I’ve been giving my dogs olive oil in their food for years I first started with my German Shepard. Now I give it to my sibe.she loves it and her coat is so soft and shiny I think olive oil is an excellent way to keep your dog happy and healthy for a long time and it also makes boring dog food more tasty for your cherished pet ????

  22. My (senior) mini schnuazer has diabetes and also has bouts of chronic pancreatitis. Is olive oil still safe?

    1. I believe the best oil for dogs with pancreas problems is coconut oil as mct fats do not affect this organ like others oils fats do.

  23. one teaspoon is the recommended amount. i have 2 pugs and give them the olive oil together with their meal every morning, they love it.

      1. Hi there Lilyann,

        Thanks for reaching out! We suggest contacting your vet to find out exactly what amount of olive oil is right for your dog.

      2. Elizabeth Williams

        I also have an 11# Shih Tzu and since you so strongly recommend recommend olive oil, please tell us how much.

        1. Hi there Elizabeth,

          Thanks for reaching out! We suggest contacting your vet to find out what amount is right for your dog.

          1. I cook for my dogs once a month and freeze their food in smaller cupcake tins. I cook the chicken with olive oil probable 1/8 of a cup mix this with veggies, brown rice and quinua. It all goes in the food processor they love it wagging their tails and dancing when it’s time to eat. I have 2 beautiful 3.5Lbs Chihuahuas Tula and Bala. Since I started cooking for them 1 1/2 yrs ago no more problems at all, just happy little dogs.

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    1. Jackie laverty

      Ihave a 30 lb long hair english cream dachsund who is 12 1/2. How much olive oil should i give him daily.

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