Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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Can Dogs Eat Olives?

Rachel Poli Author
Jun 16 ·
can dogs eat olives?

If you enjoy olives on your pizza or salad, then you may wonder, can dogs eat olives? The short answer is yes; you can share an olive or two with your furry friend. Olives are considered a fruit and have a few health benefits for your pooch as long as you give them olives in moderation.

While your doggo will enjoy this tasty treat, it’s always best to call your veterinarian before trying new foods with your dog. Human foods aren’t always safe for pups, and your dog’s diet should be about 90% of their commercial dog food anyway. So, checking in with a health professional is a good place to start.

can dogs eat olives?

What are the health benefits of feeding dogs olives?

Olives, believe it or not, have some nutritional value for our canine companions. Olives are rich in vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K, potassium, zinc, calcium, and iron. This fruit can also help reduce inflammation, lower cholesterol, boost their immune system, and help their cognitive health. In addition, olives can help prevent heart disease and cancer.

All of this sounds great, but that doesn’t mean that you should feed your dog olives daily. Also, when you feed your dog olives, it should only be one or two at a time.

How are olives bad for dogs?

Luckily, olives are not toxic for dogs. However, too many olives aren’t a good thing, and there are a few different reasons for that.

The pits

Olives are small, and yes, they do have pits in the middle. When feeding olives to your pooch, be sure to remove the pits. Otherwise, this can cause some issues for your pup. The pits are hard to chew, so your dogs may crack a tooth or have other dental issues because of it.

In addition, since the olive pit is hard, it could become a choking hazard. If accidentally swallowed, it may get lodged in your dog’s throat. If it does go down all the way, then the pit may cause an obstruction. This will lead to vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, bloating, pain, and weakness.

can dogs eat olives?

Too much sodium

Olives are also rich in sodium, which isn’t safe for dogs. Too much salt can lead to your doggo getting sick such as vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, getting a fever, having seizures, and more.

Seasoned olives

Olives can be seasoned or stuffed with other ingredients. Or, they can be soaked in something to intense the flavor. When giving this fruit to your dog, always be sure that the olive is plain and unsalted. Otherwise, your dog could get sick. Most of the time, these olives contain garlic and onions, which are toxic to dogs.

In addition, it’s not a good idea to feed stuffed olives to your dog. This includes garlic, blue cheese, goat cheese, almonds, hot peppers, and other food items you can add to olives. You certainly should not give your dog the olive out of your martini. This has been soaked in alcohol, which is certainly not good for your dog to consume.

What are some safe ways to feed dogs olives?

Remember, your dog gets all the nutrients they need from their commercial dog food. Olives are better for dogs when it’s fed to them in small quantities. If you’re looking to add a little bit of this fruit to your dog’s diet, then there are a few ways to do so once in a while.

You can add an olive or two as a food topper to your dog’s dinner about once a week. Or you can toss an olive to your dog while you’re preparing a salad for your own dinner. Just be sure that the olives are plain and unsalted.

Can dogs have olive oil?

With all of this talk about avoiding seasoned olives and such for your dog, can they have olive oil? Believe it or not, yes, they can. In fact, olive oil has many nutritional benefits for your pup. Olive oil is good for your dog’s skin and coat. It can also maintain their body weight and boost their immune system.

The fun part about olive oil is that it adds extra flavor to other food items. For example, you can drizzle a little bit of olive oil into your dog’s commercial food. It will moisten the food and add extra flavor that your pooch will surely love. You can add a teaspoon of olive oil to your dog’s food either daily or weekly. 

Below are some homemade recipes that contain olives for your pooch.

can dogs eat olives?

Can dogs eat olives?

Yes, in moderation. Similar to other human foods, dogs should only eat these foods once in a while and small quantities. However, olives do have some nutritional benefits for your dog, as long as it agrees with their digestive system.

Always monitor your dog when trying new foods with them and check in with your vet before giving them anything new. Your dog will surely enjoy this tasty treat!

Similar reading: what fruits can dogs eat?

So can dogs eat olives? The simple answer is yes.

Rachel Poli Author
Rachel is a stay-at-home pet mom, caring for her dog, cat, turtle, tortoise, and fish. She's a content writer in various niches but most notably in the pet field, educating pet parents on the health and wellbeing of their furry friends. When she's not writing, she's reading, playing video games, or organizing something.
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