Why olive oil belongs in your dog’s diet
There are many good reasons why olive oil belongs in your dog’s diet. It provides your dog with energy and protects the immune system for starters. There’s also the fact that it’s rich in monounsaturated fats which lessen the effects of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. It also protects the immune system, helps prevent cancer, and helps keep your dog in tip top condition inside and out. That includes healthy skin and coat. Oh, and then there’s the fact that olive oil’s ability to promote cognitive health and to protect joints is considered particularly beneficial to senior dogs. It helps to protect them from age-related illnesses such as dementia and arthritis. Bottom line, rich in vitamins E and K, olive oil helps promote optimum health in both humans and dogs.
Many vets, holistic vets in particular, recommend olive oil as a regular supplement for dogs. Extra virgin olive oil is best, but even if you can only offer your dog plain old vin ordinaire olive oil, it’s still better than nothing. I believe in offering my dogs olive oil throughout their lives to better prepare them for later in life. It’s something I recommend you do too!
So what is olive oil?
The olive tree is one of the world’s oldest known cultivated trees. Native to Asia Minor in modern-day Turkey, olive oil is the liquid obtained by pressing whole olives. Its production is known to have taken place in the Mediterranean region for many thousands of years.
Legend has it that Athens was named after the Goddess Athena because she planted the original olive tree which produced the olives so essential to the ancient Greeks. They used it for everything from food and medicine to lighting, heating and even purfume.
Olive oil’s beneficial for commercial and homemade dog food
If you feed your dog commercial dry food, simply drizzle a little olive oil over each meal for added goodness. I recommend no more than one teaspoon per 10 kilos of bodyweight per meal. More than that and it could cause your dog to gain unnecessary weight. If you home cook for your dog and use my recommended recipes, you’ll find that I regularly add olive oil, along with the likes of safflower oil and salmon oil for maximum nutritional variety.