Can Dogs Eat Black Olives?

Posted by Christy Caplan
Dog Eating Black Olives

Do you enjoy sharing pizza with your dog? We cheat and give our dogs some of our pizza crust!

Olives don't seem like a terrible snack but what do the experts think about this pizza topping?

Dogs can eat olives but it needs to be in moderation. Make sure they're plain and unsalted though and you do need to worry about the pits.

Are olives safe for dogs? 

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The American Kennel Club (AKC) tells us that a few olives are fine.

"Dogs can eat olives in moderation. They contain many vitamins and minerals important for human health, though dogs fed a complete and balanced diet don't need these additional nutrients. However, plain, unsalted olives can be a healthy snack for your pup.

"They are full of healthy fats and proteins, though too many can add unnecessary calories to your dog's diet. But an olive now and then won't hurt him."

It's the pits that pose some hazards. Olive pits may cause choking or obstructions in dogs. They can also crack teeth.

Under what circumstances are they unsafe?

Look and see what that olive is stuffed with (blue cheese or jalapeños)? Also, olives can be soaked in garlic and onion juice so really look at the ingredients in that olive jar before you reach for one as a snack for your dog.

Sometimes you'll find that olives are soaked in alcohol! Make sure the olives you give as a snack are not from this jar! The other issue is salt toxicity.

Symptoms to watch for with salt toxicity 

If they get into a can of olive juice and salt toxicity becomes an issue you should look out for these symptoms.

  • Coma
  • Confusion
  • Convulsions
  • Extreme thirst and urination
  • Fluid buildup
  • High fever
  • Increased heart rate (tachycardia)
  • Lack of energy
  • Loss of appetite
  • Muscle spasms
  • Nausea
  • Respiratory distress
  • Seizures
  • Stomach pains
  • Tongue swelling
  • Vomiting
  • Watery diarrhea
  • Weakness

Also, olives can be coated in garlic, seasonings or oils, which also carry risks. Be on the lookout if your dog is behaving strangely or experiencing any of the above. Check those ingredients! 

Head over to your vet if you suspect your dog's snack was well beyond a few green olives off your pizza.

Whether you have black olives, stuffed olives, green olives, or fresh olives the sodium content can cause health issues of your dog has too many. The short answer is a few olives will not harm your dog. Yet excessive amounts may cause GI upset just like any human food.

You must watch the ingredients like whether or not they're stuffed with feta cheese as you wouldn't want your dog to eat a large amount of stuffed olives! Perhaps share a few with your furry friend but share them in small quantities.

Using olives in dog training may not be the best food choice! There aren't that many health benefits of olives for your pup to consider feeding them regularly.

Other veggies are just fine so you may want to consider green beans or pumpkin.

The olive pits can be a choking hazard. Always watch your dog after you give them a new snack. You never know how your dog will act and perhaps sticking to their dog food is the best choice!

What snacks do you feed your dogs? Please leave a comment below!

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