A dog with an unsure expression looking at olives, indicating caution for dog consumption.

Can Dogs Eat Olives?

Yes, dogs can eat olives, but moderation is key! Plain, unsalted olives are generally safe for dogs, while seasoned or stuffed varieties can pose risks. Be cautious with the olive pits as they can cause choking or digestive issues.

A photo of Stefan Stumpfl, the co-author of this article.

By Stefan Stumpfl, in collaboration with Dr. Ali Raza.

Updated on Jun 30, 2024

Did You Know?

Olives are a source of monounsaturated fats, which can be beneficial in moderation.




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Benefits and Risks of Olives?

Olives contain healthy fats and some vitamins that could benefit your dogโ€™s coat and skin. However, they also come with risks. High sodium content in some olives can lead to dehydration and hypertension. The pits are a choking hazard and can cause intestinal blockages. Always offer plain, pitted olives to ensure safety.

What Parts of Olives are Safe / Unsafe?

  • Safe: Plain, unsalted, pitted olives.
  • Unsafe: Salted, brined, or stuffed olives; olive pits.

Other Products Containing Olives

Many household items might contain olives or olive derivatives:

  • Pasta sauces and salads: Often salted or seasoned.
  • Tapenades: Usually contains garlic and other seasonings toxic to dogs.
  • Baked goods: Could have pits and high salt levels.

How to Feed Olives to Your Dog?

To safely offer olives to your dog, follow these steps:

  1. Choose plain, unsalted, and pitted olives.
  2. Rinse them thoroughly to remove any extra sodium.
  3. Slice them into small pieces to avoid any choking hazards.
  4. Offer only a small quantity occasionally.

Common Misconceptions

Some believe that all olives are bad for dogs due to their high sodium content. This is a misconception! Plain, unsalted olives, in small amounts, can be a light snack. The key is to avoid salted, seasoned, or brined varieties.

What If Your Dog Reacts Badly to Olives?

If your dog shows signs of distress, vomiting, or diarrhea after eating olives, consult your vet immediately. If you suspect choking or any severe reaction, seek emergency veterinary care right away.

Safer Alternatives to Olives

Looking for safer snack options for your furry friend? Consider these:

  • Carrot sticks: Crunchy, low-calorie, and packed with vitamins.
  • Apple slices: Sweet, nutritious, but remember to remove the seeds.
  • Blueberries: Antioxidant-rich and low in calories.


When it comes to feeding olives to your dog, it's a mixed bag. While plain, unsalted, and pitted olives can be safe, the risks associated with salted or stuffed varieties and olive pits are significant. Always exercise caution and consult your vet if you're unsure. After all, ensuring our furry friends' safety is worth that extra step!