Oils in The Dog’s Diet – Harm or Benefit?

Oils are a large group of products that are familiar to everyone. They differ from each other in origin, composition, and effect on the body. But if for a person oil is not only delicious and useful, and sometimes an irreplaceable product, is it also important for a dog?

The article will tell you how oils affect the dog’s body, which types should be preferred, and how much to give this product.

Vegetable oils

If we consider them as a whole, we can distinguish the following useful properties:

  • high content of unsaturated fats (omega – 3 and omega – 6);
  • availability of vitamins A, D, and E.

All these elements are necessary to maintain the beauty of the coat, to strengthen the immune system and to prevent various diseases. But, despite the undeniable benefits of vegetable oils, not everyone is suitable for an animal.


It has a high content of omega-3, can be used as an additive to vegetables (for example, carrots), because the product helps to absorb fat-soluble vitamins. It is also used for bone diseases and tumors. The only drawback is the short shelf life (a month after opening the package). Keep it in a dark, cool place.

Sunflower oil

It contains a large amount of vitamin E and omega-6. When used, it has a good effect on the heart, replenishes calcium deficiency and gives energy.

Olive oil

Most of the olive oils that can be found on store shelves today are produced not from the seeds of the tree, but from its fruits. Therefore, the final product has almost no useful properties and loses on this indicator to other types. This means that its use in the dog’s diet is useless and undesirable.

Castor oil

It is known for its laxative effect on the pet’s body. It is given for gastrointestinal problems, constipation, intoxication, etc. But before treating a pet with this method, you should definitely consult with a specialist so as not to harm the dog.


This product is widely used in cosmetology. For dogs, it will be useless and dangerous because of the high content of saturated fat, which negatively affects the liver.


The product helps to improve the work of digestion, enveloping the walls of the stomach, removes toxins from the body, is an antioxidant and contains unsaturated fats.


It is distinguished by its unique composition – in this product, unsaturated omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids are well balanced. But eating it can cause a lack of vitamin E, so before giving it to your pet, you should consult a veterinarian and add products containing the missing element to the animal’s diet.

Cocoa butter

It is forbidden for all dogs. The stomach of Pets is not able to digest this product.


This dairy product is well known to everyone. But for a dog, it is not as useful as people think.

Despite the fatty acids and vitamins contained in it, all their useful properties are covered by milk fat and careful chemical treatment before going on sale. These factors have a negative impact on the liver of the pet.

How much to give

It is important to remember that even the most useful oil in the wrong dosages can cause harm to the dog’s health. Excessive consumption of unsaturated fats can not only adversely affect the liver and cause allergies, but also contribute to the development of tumors.

The optimal amount is considered to be one teaspoon of unrefined cold-pressed vegetable oil once a day in courses (2-3 weeks once a year). It can be mixed with food or given separately. But before you treat your pet, it is important to discuss with the veterinarian the need for such a product and acceptable intake standards.