Can Dogs Eat Olives as a Tasty Treat or Snack?
Olives are one of the most popular foods among pet owners. They are easy to prepare and they taste good! However, it is not known whether these tasty treats can be eaten by pets. There are many opinions about this topic. Some say that olives are toxic to dogs; others say that they do not contain any harmful substances but rather contain natural oils which may cause allergies in some animals.
The truth is, there is no definite answer to this question. All opinions are based on various facts and studies. Therefore, it would be best if you consult your veterinarian before trying out olives as a treat for your dog. Also, make sure that the olives used in the recipe are safe ones because some brands may contain high levels of pesticides or other chemicals.
In general, olives can be consumed by dogs provided they are cooked properly (see Cooking Olives).
What Are Olives?
Olive trees are members of the laurel family. Olive trees grow in temperate regions of the world such as Europe, North America, Australia and Asia. They produce fruit containing olive oil. The name olives comes from the Latin word olivum meaning “olive”. Olive oil is a fatty substance obtained from olive seeds that is commonly used as food additive and flavor enhancer in cooking.
Olives are green in color. They turn black when they are fermented or cured. Olives can be eaten as snacks or stuffed with different fillings such as anchovies, garlic, onions and cheese. They are also an ingredient in various recipes such as tapenades, pâtés and pizzas.
Olive oil is commonly used in Mediterranean cuisine. Olive oil contains a high level of oleic acid, a monosaturated fat that helps lower bad cholesterol (low density lipoprotein) and prevents blood clotting. It also contains antioxidants, vitamin E and other minerals. (Article continues below)
Can Dogs Eat Olives?
In general, olives are not harmful to dogs. In fact, they can be fed in small quantities as a treat once in awhile. Olives are nutritious because they contain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. (Antioxidants help prevent free radical damage in the body and are responsible for keeping cells healthy).
However, many olives on the market contain high levels of chemical pesticides and herbicides which may be harmful to dogs. These chemicals can cause vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pains, allergic reactions and even death to canines.
Types of Olives:
Black olives are safe for dogs. They have a strong taste and contain healthy fat and antioxidants.
Green olives are also safe but they do not have a distinctive taste. They are usually used as an ingredient in tapenades and other pates.
Ripe olives are usually not fed to dogs because they are extremely bitter and most canines do not like their taste.
Brown olives are toxic to dogs. They may contain high levels of a natural chemical called Hydrocyanic acid (also known as prussic acid), which is poisonous to animals and humans. Ingesting brown olives can cause nausea, stomach pains and vomiting within a short span of time. Ingesting large amounts can lead to dizziness, fainting and even death.
Olives are not good for dogs because they are not nutritious enough to warrant feeding them. It would be better if you consult your veterinarian before giving your dog olives as a treat.
You can also make your own healthy dog treats at home. Check out this easy and quick recipe:
(Note: If you are using the recipe for small dog treats, reduce all the ingredients accordingly).
1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, chilled and cut into cubes
¼ tsp. salt
¼ cup water
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Combine flour, butter and salt in a bowl. Using a knife or pastry cutter, “cut” the butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture looks like coarse crumbs. (You can also do this in a food processor).
Slowly add water and stir with a fork until it comes together in a ball. Do not overwork the dough. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to about a ¼-inch thickness. Cut into your favorite shapes using a cookie cutter or the rim of a glass. Place cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 10-12 minutes until lightly golden brown around the edges. A toothpick inserted in the center should come out clean. Let cool for at least 5 minutes on the pan before transferring to a wire rack. Store in an airtight container.
Enjoy your homemade dog treats with your furry friend!
You might also want to consider buying dehydrated dog food. These foods use only the highest quality ingredients and contain all the nutrients that a dog needs. They rehydrate quickly and have a long shelf life so you can store them for when you need them.
Dehydrated dog food also known as wilderness dog food is easy to carry and your furry friend can eat it whether you are hiking, backpacking, or just spending time outdoors. It also prevents your pet from begging for food at inconvenient times!
When choosing which dehydrated dog food to buy, make sure that the ingredients are natural and high quality. Just because it is dehydrated does not mean that it is good for your dog.
You also want to look for foods that have a balanced nutrition and are rich in proteins, carbohydrates and fiber. These food will keep your dog full when out on the trails or away from home.
If you plan on using dehydrated dog food as a treat or as part of your dog’s regular diet then you’ll need to make sure it is nutritious enough.
Dehydrated dog food is a great addition to your dog’s diet as long as it is used properly. They are convenient, lightweight and keep your furry friend full. Just remember to read the ingredients and nutrition facts before you buy so you know you are giving the best treat to your pet.
Feeding Your Dog Safely When You’re Away:
If you are going to be leaving your dog home alone for more than 3 hours at a time, then you need to rethink your schedule or make arrangements for somebody to come in and walk or play with your dog. Otherwise, long periods of isolation can lead to separation anxiety and a whole host of other issues.
If you just can’t find anybody to help out and you have to leave your dog home alone for a few hours, there are a few things you can do to make it easier on him or her.
First of all, make sure they have some toys to keep them busy. I’m not talking about a single stuffed animal that they will destroy in 2 days. I’m talking about several toys, enough that they don’t finish them all in one sitting.
Second, throw in a treat or two for good behavior. A little snack will keep them from getting hungry and chewing your shoes!
Third, you can try to leave on a radio or TV. Just make sure it isn’t something that is going to scare your dog, like a thunderstorm or some other loud noise.
One very important thing to remember is DO NOT FEED YOUR DOG THE DAY BEFORE YOU LEAVE. If you feed your dog the day before, then leave them alone, they are going to start getting hungry and thinking about food while you’re gone. They’re going to get bored and hungry while you’re gone, which is obviously not ideal.
Some dogs get in trouble when their owners are away because they get bored and look for something to do. If this is the case with your dog, then you may want to consider getting a pet sitter, finding a doggie day care or bringing them to a kennel. These are all options that can keep your dog active while you are away at work.
Even if you don’t plan on leaving your dog home alone, it wouldn’t hurt to have these things on hand. You never know when an emergency is going to come up and you’re going to have to get home as soon as possible.
The key is to keep them from getting too bored or hungry while you’re gone, and feed them as soon as you get home. Don’t wait until tomorrow; their metabolism will be raging after being left alone all day and they will burn through that bowl of food in no time, especially if it’s full of carbohydrates and sugars.
Keeping Your Dog Entertained:
All dogs need to release energy from time to time. If you have a high energy dog and don’t do anything to help them burn off that energy, then problems are sure to follow.
There are several ways you can give your dog the exercise they need. You can take them for a walk, throw the ball around in the yard, enroll them in dog daycare or hire a pet sitter to stop by every once in a while.
If you don’t have the time to spend exercising your dog every day, then you may want to look into a dog gym membership or getting them a running buddy. This way they can at least go out and run around with another dog at any time of the day.
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