The olive tree is an ancient tree, and its medicinal properties have been known for centuries. Olive leaf extract is one of the most natural antibiotics for dogs and humans.
Medicinal properties of the olive tree
The olive tree is not only appreciated for its oil, the basis of the Mediterranean diet. In its leaves and bark, certain compounds with medicinal properties are produced.
Among them, we can find remedies for:
- Reduce blood pressure. An infusion of olive leaves has similar effects to antihypertensive drugs. Its hypotensive or vasodilatory properties reduce blood pressure.
- It lowers cholesterol levels. The extract of its leaves also lowers cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
- Antiplatelet platelet. The properties of the olive tree make it a good candidate for the prevention of thrombi and heart attacks.
- Anticancer. From the extract of its leaves, oleuropein is obtained, a compound that has been shown to act by inhibiting molecular processes involved in cancer.
- For diabetes. Its leaves are also used as a complementary therapy to treat diabetes, as it has an effect on the body’s glucose levels, both in animals and humans.
- Antioxidant Protects cells against aging with the antioxidant action of hydroxytyrosol, one of its compounds.
Olive leaves as antibiotics for dogs
Another characteristic of the olive tree is its antibiotic capacity. The phenolic compounds of the olive and its leaves inhibit the action of certain bacteria.
A simple liquid and filtered extract of its leaves can, after a while, prevent bacteria from growing. This bactericidal effect is also produced from the same olive oil, which reinforces the benefits of eating this food in the diet on a regular basis.
How can we use olive leaves?
The beneficial chemical compounds of the olive tree can be obtained through infusions, extracts, and oil. We can provide it in our dog’s diet as a dietary supplement. Many feedstuffs are formulated with some olive oil in its composition.
They not only have antibiotic compounds. The leaves and the fruit of the olive tree are rich in vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and antioxidants.
Depending on the weight of the animal, if it is a small or large breed, we can add between half and a teaspoon and a half of olive oil, mixed in its feed. We can also add it to cans of wet food or snacks.
Many dogs like this combination with their food, as it moistens and adds flavor to the croquettes of the feed.
It is best to check the dose with your usual veterinarian and check its effect on the animal’s health since an excess could have laxative effects.
We can also use the oil directly on the pet’s skin; It works well as a moisturizer for pads and to eliminate parasites such as ticks. But be careful with the amount, or it will look greasy on the hair. After a while applying the oil, you will notice that it improves the appearance of the skin and the fur, softer, silky, and shiny.
There are capsules of olive leaves, and we can also get their extract by crushing them with a mortar.
Remember that phytotherapy does not replace antibiotics for dogs
If our dog suffers from any infection, the olive leaf extract can help treat it, but it will not replace the antibiotic treatment prescribed by the veterinarian. Self-medication is dangerous and, if we have a sick pet, the diagnosis must come from the hand of a professional.
Coconut, argan, flaxseed, salmon, or cod oil are also very beneficial in the health of pets. They improve digestive and skin problems and can be added in the diet or on the skin, such as shampoos.