Seeing your furry friend uncomfortable because of constipation can be distressing. Since many of us have olive oil at home, it’s natural to wonder if it’s a good idea to use olive oil for constipation in dogs.
While olive oil has numerous benefits for humans, is it a safe and effective option for dogs? Let's delve into using olive oil to alleviate constipation in dogs.
Understanding Dog Constipation
According to VCA Animal Hospitals, constipation in dogs can occur for various reasons, including:
- Medication side-effects
- Anxiety or fear
- Intestinal obstructions
- Lack of activity
- Sudden changes in diet
- Pelvic injuries or pain
- And more!
In general, you should be on the lookout for changes in your dog’s behavior. If they’re struggling or not using the bathroom, seem to be in pain, or there’s a change in appetite, they may be experiencing constipation.
Olive Oil: A Solution for Dog Constipation?
Olive oil, a staple in many households, has been lauded for its human health benefits, including its anti-inflammatory properties and impact on skin and hair. But what about for pets? And what about constipation?
Research is still ongoing, so the answer is a bit unclear here.
While a human study published in the Journal of Renal Medicine showed promising results, there’s still limited insights on effectiveness of using olive oil to treat constipation in general. And it’s unclear at this point how much the other health benefits of olive oil for humans also transfer to canines.
That said, olive oil does have lubricating properties that may act as a mild laxative, helping to move things along in the digestive system. And according to Rover and Chewy, olive oil is considered safe for dogs in the appropriate dosages.
How Much Olive Oil to Give a Dog for Constipation
If you’d like to try giving your constipated dog olive oil, the recommended dosage varies based on size. According to animal experts at Chewy, about one teaspoon of olive oil per 20 pounds of body weight per meal is acceptable.
Mixing the oil with your dog's food can make it more palatable and easier to administer.
A general guideline suggests starting with a small amount and working your way up, observing your dog along the way. Olive oil is calorie-dense, so too much can lead to weight gain, digestive issues, and other health concerns.
Maya Pet: A Holistic Approach to Gut Health
While olive oil may offer short-term relief, Maya Pet can offer a more comprehensive approach to your pet's digestive health.
Maya Pet is the world’s first anthrobiotic, going beyond a typical pet probiotic to regulate your pet’s digestive system, immune system, and overall health.
Our innovative formula with 10 Smart StrainsTM of good bacteria is designed to regulate your pet's gut health, minimize digestive issues, and offer long-term benefits.
Along with a healthy diet, exercise, and plenty of water, Maya Pet can help naturally balance your pet’s gut microbiome, preventing constipation issues and providing overall relief.
Ready to give it a try?