Do you know about olive oil for dogs? Yes! Olive oil; the staple you can find in your own kitchen! Did you know olive oil has numerous benefits for dogs? What benefits could olive oil possibly have? Let’s take a closer look!
Olive Oil for Dogs: Benefits
Supplementing your dog’s food with olive oil is extremely beneficial. Olive oil is rich in a nutrient known as monosaturated fat. Being rich in monosaturated fats provides olive oil with the ability to reduce the effects of diabetes, for example. Olive oil has also been found to reduce the risk of cancer.
Olive oil contains a large number of antioxidants which assist in defending the immune system and increasing immunity. What does this mean? Basically, olive oil helps your dog fight illness and disease!
In addition to preventing illness and reducing the effects of illness, olive oil has also been found to prevent aging in dogs. How? Olive oil reduces cognitive decline. What does this mean? Basically, your dog’s mind is kept fresh by supplementing his food with olive oil. Excellent!
Olive Oil and Dogs: The Amount
How much olive oil should you add to your dog’s diet? As a general guideline, a dog weighing up to 20 pounds is given approximately ½ teaspoon. Dogs weighing approximately double this amount (50 lbs or so) should be eating 1 teaspoon per day. For dogs over 100 pounds, 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil can be given. It is crucial not to overfeed your dog olive oil, though; overfeeding olive oil can lead to diarrhea and vomiting.
If you have any questions regarding supplementing your dog’s diet with olive oil, please contact our in-house pet nutritionist here at PetPremium! She is available to discuss any questions you may have.
Miss Amber Johnson has many years of experience with pets and is a licensed cat and dog nutrition and behavior specialist. She currently collaborates with PetPremium where she counsels clients in pet behavior and nutrition. The statements made in this article are the personal opinions of Miss Amber Johnson and based on independent experiences and could be different from the opinions of PetPremium Pet health Insurance or any other pet health insurance provider.
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