The short answer is… yes!
Let’s talk about the benefits of giving our canine friends olive oil in their diets. In an earlier post we looked at another beneficial oil – virgin coconut oil. These powerful natural food oils have some different and some overlapping qualities. Are we recommending one over the other? No, rather I see them as complimentary. Therefore to alternate their use would be a good way to combine their benefits for your dog.
So, let’s zero in on the benefits of providing olive oil to German Shepherds in their diet:
Health & Energy
Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fats (healthy fats!) that fight against cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Heart-health is further aided by the flavenoid polyphenols, natural antioxidants contained in olive oil. These antioxidants add further immunity against disease.
Senior dogs tend to experience cognitive decline. Feeding them olive oil will help prevent this. There’s no reason your dog’s brain shouldn’t remain sharp as he ages.
Because olive oil counters the effects of free radical oxidation, it is effective in promoting longer life, and reducing the effects of ageing.
Weight Control & Elimination
The monounsaturated fats in olive oil work to break down the fats contained within fat cells, providing a great natural weight-reducing mechanism. In addition, olive oil promotes healthy digestion and elimination.
A Beautiful Coat
A dog that has olive oil in his diet tends to have a more shiny, vibrant looking coat, an attribute shared with coconut oil.
Adding olive oil to your dog’s dry kibble gives flavor and can help overcome some canines’ fussy-eating ways.
Start by adding a little olive oil to your dog’s food – about a teaspoon. Let him get used to the new flavor and the feel of the oil in his mouth. Progressively add to the quantity over several days. End up feeding about a tablespoonful a day for a 50lb dog; a spoon and a half for a 75lb pooch.
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