Can Dogs Eat Olives?

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Olives are a tricky treat to feed your pup for a few reasons, but they are not toxic and therefore safe to eat in moderation. If your pup snags a few from the table, he should be fine. But there are some things to keep in mind to make sure your pup stays safe while enjoying this Mediterranean treat.

Are Olives Safe for My Dog To Eat?

While they aren’t toxic, there are a few aspects to eating olives – black and green – that could become causes for concern. First, many olives have pits which could pose a choking hazard for dogs, especially smaller ones. They can also be harmful for dogs’ teeth if they were to try and chew into the pit. Second, olives that are canned or pickled contain extremely high amounts of sodium, which could lead to dehydration and sometimes even toxicity for your pup. If you notice your dog has eaten an excessive amount of these salty olives, we recommend contacting your veterinarian. The final thing to be aware of is if the olives you plan to toss your pup’s way contain any seasonings, like garlic and onion, which are both toxic for your dog to consume.

Pitted, unsalted olives can be a nutritious snack for your dog…as long as it’s given in moderation. If you have any other concerns regarding your dog’s diet, calling your vet would be the best option.

Zoë Butler
Author: Zoë Butler

Content Writer for DogFriendly.com.

Zoë Butler
Author: Zoë Butler

Content Writer for DogFriendly.com.

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