Can I Give My Dog Olives?

Can I Give My Dog Olives?Olives seem like a healthy and harmless enough food for dogs. They could make for a bite-size snack but are they totally safe for canines to be consuming?

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Keep in mind that very few foods are going to give your dog, and really you should only be giving your dog foods that benefit them in some way.

In this instance you want to give your dog dog treats instead of an olive. We recommend keeping a supply of dog treats available to treat your dog when they are wanting what you are eating.

Can I Give My Dog Olives? Answer: Not Necessary

Only in extreme cases would a wolf or coyote eat olives in the wild, and only if they’re really hungry. They definitely wouldn’t be eating the kind of olives we eat, ones that have been soaking in ferrous sulfate, if they’re black olives, or brine if they’re green.

A dog left alone with Mother Nature would only be able to access fresh growing olives on an olive tree. They likely couldn’t reach them as they’re growing, so would only be privy to the ones that fall to the ground.

So, use a dog treat instead and turn it into an obedience lesson by rewarding them for not staring at you while you are eating, or for keeping their distance while you are eating our food. This reinforces good behavior, keeps their dog breath away from you while you’re trying to eat her food, and also rewards the dog with a treat so they will be more likely to keep up the action going forward.

Black Olives

Even though it’s not necessary to give your dog olives, some owners still will. They may wonder if there’s a difference between black olives and green. Anecdotal evidence suggests that black olives are okay to give your dog, but be sure that in the middle of them, and like all human foods you’ll want to keep it to a minimum. Depending on how often you feed your dog people food will make a difference as to how they respond to them.

Green Olives

Again, most owners are are reporting that their dog did not have any problem eating green olives, but most say that some searches and a pressing reason to give your dog olives, i.e. they are receiving nutritional benefit from them, it just doesn’t make much sense to give it to them.

Stuffing Matters

Some olives out there are stuffed full of things like blue cheese, feta cheese, anchovies, pimentos, and more. That’s why you have to consider what is in the olive, not just the olive itself. These types of olives are usually pretty expensive, so it’s not likely that you’ll be wanting to give in to your dog in the first place, but you should definitely keep in mind all of the food you’re giving your dog, even the insides of the olives.

Virtues of Dog Food

It’s so important to feed your dog a high quality dog food. Then you don’t need to worry about giving them anything else like table scraps or any other human foods. As as long as you stick to a daily diet of a premium dog food, your dog will be getting all of the nutrients and vitamins they need.

You won’t have to worry about supplementing their diet with foods like olives, olive oil, or anything else that may be good for our diet, but often doesn’t translate to the canine world.

We all want what’s best for our pets, and it’s good that you’re looking up whether or not dogs can have olives. If you found that they got into the olives and you know they ate a lot of them, you shouldn’t worry too much because most likely what will happen is it a case of indigestion, including diarrhea or vomiting if they can’t process it fast enough. But olives are not toxic to dogs, and this will pass in time.

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Dr. Stephanie Flansburg Cruz, a practicing vet, has reviewed and endorsed this article. She has 3 dogs of her own and cares about the welfare of all animals.


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