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Can Dogs Eat Olives (Black or Green)?

can dogs eat olives

I am an olive lover and would not tread any food or snack that contains olive for any other; whether as a whole (raw), added to food, salad, sandwich or even drinks.

Olives do not only have savory flavors but also enriched with beneficial nutrients that enhance optimal health.

While olives provide many benefits to humans, can dogs eat olives too and benefit from the same nutritional content too?

Read on to find out.

Understanding Olives

Olives are a healthy and highly nutritious delicacy that scientists dates back its first domestication in Eastern Mediterranean about 6000 years ago. The highest producers of olives are Spain, Italy, Greece, and turkey.

Olives are rich in good fats, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants thus offering lots of health benefits. Some of the essential vitamins include A, E, and K.  

Olives are beneficial in reducing cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and inflammations.

In addition, olives prevent the contraction of diseases such as cancer, infections, allergic reactions, and heart diseases. What’s more, olives enhance the digestion process, immune system, improves vision and bone health.  

Also, if you have a highly intelligent dog breed, you should consider serving her olives as they are known to promote cognitive health and brain function.  

Olives are available in diverse varieties, however, the main ones are black and green olives.

Can Dogs Eat Olives?

Dogs can eat olives although in moderation; offering her once in a while won’t hurt. Note that, you cannot offer your pooch any olive out in the market, ensure that she takes safe and healthy olives.

Here are significant considerations to take before giving your dog olives:

Plain olives

If you have to offer your pooch olives, stick to plain, organic olives.

The digestive system for dogs is not designed to process flavors and sodium. Also, her taste buds cannot distinguish one flavor from the other.

Flavored/canned olives contain certain amounts of sodium that may pose health risks on your pit. Excessive consumption of sodium among dogs can lead to dehydration, high blood pressure, and even toxicity.

In addition, some olives may be coated in oils, seasonings, and garlic that also pose health risks to your furry friend.

Pitted olives

Olives with pits will harm your pooch. If she happens to chew the pitted olive she is likely to suffer from teeth injuries and can also choke her. Also, pitted olives are likely to cause digestive issues in your pooch.  

Therefore, always ensure to clean your olive well and carefully remove the pits completely, before offering your pooch to snack on it.

Fresh olives

Just like veterinarians insist on feeding your pooch always with fresh dog food to prevent the occurrence of related diseases, the same applies to olives.

Desist from offering your pooch old or contaminated olives. Instead, look out for fresh olives. In the event that you cannot find fresh olives especially when it’s out of season, find an alternative snack that she can feed on.

Stuffed olives

Be wary of feeding your furry friend stuffed olives since some of its ingredients may be toxic or detrimental to your dog’s health. For instance, blue cheese, feta cheese, Jalapeno, Anchovies, and Pimentos among others. 

In addition, stuffed olives may also contain other ingredients such as garlic as well as preservatives that are harmful to your dog.

Always check out ingredients found in stuffed olives before giving it to your pooch. Alternatively, you can simply avoid serving stuffed olives to your dog.

Can dogs eat green olives?


Green olives are pruned from the olive tree way earlier before fully ripening.

Green olives contain a higher sodium content compared to the black olives. However, both types of olives contain the same nutritional content.

Can dogs eat black olives?

Yes, they can.

Black olives are well-ripened olives that are picked from the tree when they are completely ripe. Although they contain the same nutritional content with the green olives, black olives contain lower levels of sodium. 

Note that, you can offer your pooch both types of olives. You only need to limit her consumption of olives. However, most dog parents prefer serving their pooches with the black olives as opposed to the green olives due to its low sodium content.

How much of olives should I feed my pooch?

Initially when introducing the olive to her, just offer her a small piece of olive and keep an eye on her for any allergic reaction at least for the next 24 hours.

If she loves the olive, you can drastically increase the amount to one olive then to two olives at a time, but occasionally. Do not allow her to snack on it on a daily basis.

Olives contain saturated fat that if consumed in high quantities, is likely to cause detrimental effects to your dog.

Also, note that the dog’s body system especially the pancreas and kidneys are not designed to process high levels of sodium. Therefore, too much sodium is likely to cause pancreatitis, a life-threatening disease that can be treated in some rare cases, through surgery.

How about its high-fat content? Will it harm my pooch?

Well, olives contain monounsaturated fatty acids that are beneficial fats in the dog’s body.

The fatty acids support the body in breaking down fat cells thus reducing cholesterol levels in the body and is suitable for weight loss as well as maintaining healthy skin and coat.

Due to its fat content, olives are also known to reduce the risk of diabetes and blood pressure among dogs.

Final thoughts.

Pooches can eat olives. Olives contain lots of nutritional content that are not only beneficial to humans but dogs too. They help prevent diseases such as cancer, promote digestion, immune system, and optimal body function. They are also rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and beneficial fats.  

However, it is recommended to serve your pooch with plain, unsalted olives as they won’t harm their bodies. Whether it is a green or black olive, remember to initially wash the olive well and remove the pits that are known to cause harm to dogs.

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