Is Olive Oil Good for Dogs? What about Coconut Oil?

Is olive oil good for dogs?

Most of us know that olive oil is good for people.  It is said to lower cholesterol and blood pressure.

It is said that olive oil helps people lose weight.  It is a very good antioxidant.  So it helps protect us from oxidative damage.

It is believed to help protect us from the full extent of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoporosis.  It also is said to help in preventing some types of cancer. 

So it seems that olive oil would be good for dogs, as well.  Of course, we should use a smaller dosage.  100037548

What about the benefits of coconut oil?

It seems to help with heart disease in humans.  It is said to improve skin and hair.  It aids in weight loss and indigestion.

So coconut oil is considered to be healthy for dogs.

I read a recent article in Dogster.com.  It lays out 8 benefits of using olive oil as a part of your dog’s diet.  The article is entitled, “8 Reasons to Add Olive Oil to Your Dog’s Diet” by Julia Szabo.

So is olive oil good for dogs?  According to this article, both olive oil and coconut oil are good for our dogs.

Here is a quote from the article and the first of 8 reasons to add olive oil to your dog’s diet:

Olive oil, that staple of every kitchen, happens to make an excellent, healthful addition to every dog’s food bowl. I know I’m usually touting the benefits of coconut oil, which is another mainstay in my pantry, but let’s not forget the oil that comes from olives, too, 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. Bone appetit!

1. It tastes doggone good

Few things perk up a boring bowl of dry kibble than a loving 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!

The entire article can be found here.  I encourage you to read it to learn the other 7 reasons.

So what do you think?  Is olive oil good for dogs?  Thanks for your comments.

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