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OUR EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL FOR PETS
- a) EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL FOR DOGS
Olive oil, that staple of every kitchen, happens to make an excellent, healthful addition to every dog’s food bowl. I know I’m have touted before the benefits of coconut oil, which is another mainstay in my pantry, but let’s not forget the oil that comes from olives, 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 appétit!
- It tastes doggone good
Few things perk up a boring bowl of dry kibble better than a 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!
- It helps the eater lose weight
Whether the portly pepperpot is canine or human, if there are some unwanted pounds that need shedding, olive oil will help grease the weight-loss engine. The monounsaturated fats in olive oil actually encourage pound-melting by breaking down the fat inside fat cells, getting rid of belly fat and reducing insulin sensitivity.
- It promotes optimal health
Rich in monounsaturated fats, olive oil prevents and lessens the effects of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. It contains oleic acid, in addition to some compounds (squalene and terpenoids) that are believed to be effective in preventing cancer, which kills a staggering 50 percent of dogs over age 10.
- It defends the immune system
With high levels of antioxidants — including polyphenols, vitamin E, chlorophyll, and carotenoids — olive oil is very effective at arming the body’s immune system so it can efficiently fight off disease. That’s especially important as we (humans as well as canines) transition from one season to another.
- It extends canine longevity
Dogs don’t live nearly as long as we want them to, but nothing looks sadder than a young dog going gray before his time. Olive oil prevents free radical cell oxidation (see above), which can lead to premature aging, so it works to help keep your dog looking as vibrantly youthful as he did in his salad days.
- It’s a brain food
Olive oil helps prevent the cognitive decline associated with aging in all species, so be sure to serve it to senior dogs at least once daily, to keep their minds beautiful and cloud-free. This is especially important if your dog is a super-smarty, such as a Border Collie, Poodle, or Mensa mutt.
- It provides an energy boost
Circulation improves and breathing comes more easily with a daily dose of olive oil — it helps increase blood flow and, in humans, lessens the effects of asthma. So, by extension, it can be a dogsend for brachycephalic breeds such as the Bulldog, who sometimes struggle to breathe.
- It’s also a beauty treatment
There’s more to olive oil than mere substance — it’s a style statement, too! Long used to beautify human hair and skin, olive oil can do the same for canines. Condition your dog’s coat from the inside out with a daily serving, which helps to impart moisture and gleam to even the driest, dullest fur.
Do you add olive oil to your dog’s diet? Did we convince you to start? Let us know in the comments!
What’s the difference between extra-virgin olive oil, and plain olive oil? Does it matter which one I give my pet?
Olive oils are graded according to their extraction process and on the acidity of the pressed oil. Extra-virgin olive oil is extracted from olives using pressure only, a process called cold pressing. “Extra-virgin olive oil has 1% acid. It’s the oil that comes from the first pressing of the olives, and is considered the finest, having the freshest, fruitiest flavor,” says Dr. Timothy Harlan, MD, assistant professor of clinical medicine at Tulane University.
If we’re committed to feeding our pets nutritious foods, it makes sense to try and deliver the best. Food that has fresh, fruity flavour is always agreeable, however it delivers health benefits that other oils just can’t match. Extra-virgin olive oil is rich in antioxidant capability, thanks to its polyphenols, vitamin E, chlorophyll, and carotenoids. All of these nutrients strengthen the immune system. It also contains monounsaturated fats, which can lessen the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes.
As well, monounsaturated fats break down the fat inside fat cells; extra-virgin olive oil, then, can help facilitate weight-loss… which is why it is called a “good fat”. If a dog or cat carries an excess body weight of 10 to 15 %, clinically, he or she is considered obese. And as veterinarians forewarn, obesity can lead to disease.
One of the risks of canine and feline overweight is stroke. All animals can potentially suffer from a stroke, but older obese animals are more susceptible.
A French study involving extra-virgin olive oil and people aged 65 and older holds relevance for our pets’ wellbeing. “Stroke is so common in older people and olive oil would be an inexpensive and easy way to help prevent it,” said study author Cécilia Samieri, PhD, with the University of Bordeaux and the National Institute of Health and Medical Research (INSERM) in Bordeaux, France. Her team studied 7,625 people aged 65 and older. The participants had no history of stroke. Their consumption was categorized as “none,” “moderate” and “intensive.” The participants consumed mainly extra virgin olive oil, as this form makes up 98 % of the olive oils available in France. After five years, there were 148 strokes among the group. After considering all other risk factors for stroke, researchers found that those who fell in the “intensive olive oil use” category had a 41 percent lower risk of stroke compared to those who never consumed olive oil.
We want our pets to live long healthy lives, and a daily serving in their diet may help to make that possible.
An amazing addition to your pooch’s diet, our olive oil for dogs & cats packs a healthy punch. Here are a few reasons why you should share olive oil with your canine.
When it comes to natural remedies for dogs, there are a variety of “people foods” that can provide some valuable benefits. Just one is olive oil – a wonderful source of monounsaturated fatty acids (which are considered a healthy fat). We know that it’s great for humans, but what can olive oil do for dogs? Here are four fabulous benefits of olive oil for dogs.
Olive Oil for a Healthy Coat
If your dog has dry, flaky skin you don’t necessarily need to shell out a small fortune to pay for fancy shampoos and conditioners. The solution may be as simple as adding some olive oil to your dog’s diet. Olive oil is rich in antioxidants including vitamin E, and it is a good source of phytonutrients as well. When added to your dog’s diet, olive oil can help to repair dry, flaky skin in as little as three days. The omega-3 fatty acids in olive oil help to moisturize your dog’s skin and, if you keep giving it to your dog, it can prevent the flaky skin from returning. All you have to do is add about ½ tablespoon of olive oil to your dog’s food twice a day for several days. Once your dog’s skin improves you can reduce the amount to a few drops a day to keep his skin moisturized.
Olive Oil for Immune System Health
In addition to moisturizing your dog’s skin and coat, olive oil can also be beneficial for his immune system. Olive oil is rich in polyphenols and carotenoids which help to improve immune system health. With a strong immune system your dog will be better able to fight off infection if it is exposed to harmful pathogens. Having a healthy immune system is also important in helping your dog to transition from one season to the next. Just like people, dogs can get sick when the weather changes so adding a little olive oil to your dog’s food can boost his immune system to prepare him for the change.
Olive Oil for Brain Health
You’ve already learned that olive oil is rich in antioxidants, but you may not realize just how important antioxidants are for your dog’s health. A number of animal research studies have confirmed a link between olive oil and brain health. In one study oleocanthal, a type of polyphenol found in olives (and extra-virgin olive oil), was linked to a reduced risk for Alzheimer’s disease. Several human studies have linked Mediterranean-style diets that are rich in olive oil to lowered risk for dementia. Given the results of these studies, it would seem that adding olive oil to your dog’s diet can help to protect his brain from cognitive decline. This is especially important for senior dogs and for extra intelligent breeds like Poodles and Border Collies.
Olive Oil for General Health
In addition to providing specific benefits for your dog’s brain and immune system, olive oil can help to increase his overall health as well. Olive oil contains healthy monounsaturated fats which can reduce your dog’s risk for heart disease and diabetes. It’s also rich in oleic acid, a compound that has been shown to reduce the risk for cancer.
Treating Dogs’ Dry Skin with Olive Oil
Treating dogs dry skin may be difficult at times. There are several options, but they may not always work. It is important to detect the cause of dry skin, handle that condition and apply a suitable dry skin treatment. Treating dry skin with olive oil may be a viable option if the dog is not affected by severe underlying diseases that cause dry skin. Olive oil is a natural treatment that can be applied externally or internally.
Dry Skin in Dogs
Dry skin in dogs may be diagnosed if the skin is flaky and the dog sheds excessive dander. If the dry skin is severe, the skin can get cracked and this may lead to wounds and infections.
Dry skin in dogs may be the results of:
- Poor diet, lacking sufficient fats
- Dry, windy weather
- The cat’s room is dry and there are no dehumidifiers
- Skin infections
- External parasites
- Allergies (inhalant or food allergies)
- Liver problems
- Hormonal imbalance, especially lack of thyroid hormones
- Autoimmune diseases
The factor causing dry skin should be detected, so that the vet establishes the best course of treatment.
Olive Oil for Dog Dry Skin
Olive oil can be a solution for dog dry skin and may be applied both externally and internally.
This remedy alone will not reduce skin dryness if the dog is affected by liver problems or a hormonal imbalance, which require a more complex treatment. However, even in these cases, the olive oil may be applied as a supplement.
Olive Oil for Internal Use
Olive oil used internally may be added to the dog’s food or treats and can reduce skin flakiness. The olive oil contains omega 3 fatty acids, which can improve the quality of the skin. Add 5 to 10 drops of olive oil (approximately ½ tbsp) two times per day and you will be able to see results after a few days. Maintain this course of treatment until you notice that your dog’s skin is normal and then you can reduce the amount to just a few drops.
Giving a few drops of olive oil on a regular basis may be recommended, especially if your pet has a dry food diet. Olive oil will have no major side effects. Avoid giving more than 1/2 tbsp of olive oil at once, as otherwise the dog may develop diarrhea.
However, if the dog has excessively oily skin, olive oil will not be recommended.
Olive Oil as a Topical Treatment
Olive oil may also be used as a topical treatment. You may simply prepare a solution containing 5 to 10 tbsp of olive oil diluted in water and massage this into the dog’s skin once per day. However, this can be messy, so you may be better off opting for products that contain olive oil extracts. Creams and shampoos containing olive oil can be beneficial to repair dry skin in canines.
Get products that contain natural ingredients and avoid synthetic ingredients that could irritate the skin of your pet.
b) EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL FOR CATS
Most cats spend a good portion of their day grooming themselves. Petting sessions, play sessions, mealtimes and naps all require subsequent baths. All of that licking draws loose fur into your kitty’s belly. Her digestive tract can expel only so much through bowel movements. Any extra that fills up her belly comes back up through her mouth in the form of hairballs. Olive oil helps lubricate the cat’s intestinal tract, making a moist environment for dry clumpy fur to move right through. This oil does absorb in her intestinal tract, though, so it might not be helpful if her hairball problem is severe.
Your feline companion needs fat in her diet to keep her coat soft, shiny and pristine. Olive oil is rich in several polyunsaturated fats, such as linoleic acid, that are critical for skin health. These fatty acids keep her skin soft and supple, allowing her fur to get the essential oil it needs to thrive. Without adequate healthy fats in her diet, her skin can become dull, irritated and flaky. Because her skin can dry out, she might also be more prone to excess shedding and losing too much fur.
Inflammation can affect every part of your cat’s body. Between allergic breakouts on her skin, arthritis in her joints and inflammation in her bowels that cause irregularity, she may be uncomfortable, even if it isn’t obvious to you. The high amount of omega-rich fatty acids in olive oil, particularly omega-3s, plays a big role in the inflammatory response. The beneficial polyunsaturated fatty acids can minimize pain and swelling associated with chronic inflammatory conditions. Omega-rich fatty acids may also be healing for inflammatory kidney problems, although your veterinarian will have to do an exam to find the proper treatment.
Ear Mite Treatment
You’ve noticed that your fuzzy princess’ ears are wide open to the elements. Bugs and bacteria can easily sneak in, causing infection in her ear canal. Mites, for one, are known to cause infections in felines. If your little lady has ear problems, she’ll bat at her ears, shake her head or cock her head to one side. You’ll probably notice a foul odor coming from her ears, too. Olive oil can treat infections caused by ear mites — just a few drops in each ear daily. However, get permission from your vet first. Improperly treated infections can permanently damage her ears.