Many of us love black olives especially on a nice juicy slice of pizza... My dog drools at the sight of pizza, if yours does be sure the toppings are safe for your dog before you give him a taste. The topping that I will talk about today is black olives. Can dogs eat black olives? Read on to find out.
Maybe it's the salty taste of olives that dogs like or maybe it's just food for the taking. Black Olives are actually OK for our dog, but before you give your dog an olive understand what has been done to the olive. Is it pickled, marinated, cooked, raw.... this will determine how it will affect your dog.
What Are The Benefits Of Black Olives
Gown in large quantities around the Mediterranean, Black Olives actually belong to the stone fruit family. They are very high in vitamin E and other powerful antioxidants. They contain up to 15% fat which produces the delicious olive oil also said to be very good for us.
According to Healthline, olives are a good source of several vitamins and minerals including:
Vitamin E: High-fat plant foods usually contain the highest amounts of this powerful antioxidant. Vitamin E is good for your dog’s immune system and will benefit their skin, joints, and muscles.
Iron: Black olives are a good source of iron, which is important for the transport of oxygen in red blood cells.
Copper: This essential mineral is often lacking in the typical western diet. Copper deficiency may increase the risk of heart disease .
Calcium: The most abundant mineral in the body. It is essential for bone, muscle and nerve function..
Sodium: Most olives contain a high amount of sodium, since they are packaged in brine or saltwater. Best to rinse your olives or give your dog olives that are stored in spring water in stead.
It is said that olives can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure, prevent heart disease and certain cancers. They can help with digestion, reduce inflammation and allergic reactions.
How Are Black Olives Made
Well, not so much made as they are grown on trees to be plump and ripe. The raw natural olive is actually really bitter and not very nice to taste. Once ripe and picked, the olives are cured by soaking in a salty solution to remove the bitter elements so that they are more enjoyable to us. Once cured, they are generally packed in a brine solution, more salty water.
So, Can Dogs Eat Black Olives?
Yes, dogs can eat black olives. Feed your dog black olives as a healthy snack or use them as a treat if your dog really loves them. Feed in moderation.
Which Black Olive Is Best For My Dog
Ripe black olives are OK to feed your dog, however with any new food that you give your dog, do so in moderation. Too much of any new food could give your dog an upset stomach or a case of diarrhea.
Be aware that many olives are marinated in chilli, garlic, spices and sauces. These may not be OK for your dog and your dog will suffer or be sick.
Most olives are soaked in brine or salty water to reduce the bitterness and when packaged. Stick to the plain ripe black olives and sock them in fresh water before feeding them to your dog.
How To Feed Your Dog Black Olives
Olives are packed with healthy fats, vitamins and minerals but we don't feed dogs olives to balance their diet. Your dog should already being eating a good balanced diet. If you want to feed your dog black olives, do so as a treat.
Most black olives have the pit removes, but if not, remove the pit to avoid costly dental bills, intestinal obstructions or choking hazard. They are very hard and wont add any nutritional value for your dog. Watch that your dog doesn't scoff olives and eat a lot in one sitting as they may build up and block intestinal tract.
Feed your dog plain, unmarinated pitted black olives. Although not poisonous to your dog, feed in moderation to avoid stomach upsets and remove the pits.
Like us, dogs can be allergic to some foods. Watch your dog when introducing new foods for any sign of allergy or reaction. If you do see a reaction, stop immediately, you may be to consult your vet. Some food may not be suitable for all dogs particularly those with serious health conditions.