Is palm oil bad for dogs? The Truth About Palm Fruit Oil for Dogs | Zesty Paws

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For health-conscious pet parents, nothing is more important than making sure your furry friend gets the healthiest food, treats, and supplements available. So, whether it’s reviewing each ingredient on a product label or doing online research to learn more about the ingredients that brands are using, you’ll do whatever it takes to keep those not-so good ingredients away from your pet’s food bowl. We love that!

But as they say, just because something is on the internet doesn’t make it true! As such, we want to shed some light (and even debunk a few things) about an ingredient that’s given pet parents like you some cause for pause lately -- Palm Fruit Oil.

Chances are, you’ve stumbled upon a few articles that describe Palm Fruit Oil as highly toxic and dangerous for pets. We completely understand why that would spark concern from loving pet parents. However, those articles have caused quite a few misconceptions to form about the overall safety of Palm Fruit Oil. So, let’s revisit how these concerns came about, and what it truly means for your favorite furball.

Beach Contamination

Many dog parents love taking their canine companions to the beach for fetching frisbees and fun in the sun. But sadly, not everything that washes ashore is Fido-friendly, as some beaches are located in areas where ships frequently dispose diesel fuel waste into the sea. Contaminated water is already appalling enough as it is, but it doesn’t just stop there.

This toxic ship fuel waste also contaminates Palm Fruit Oil, which is sometimes offloaded at sea by nearby companies that use the fruit for other purposes. As a result, the ship waste and discarded Palm Fruit Oil combine to take a gelatinous form that smells of petrol, which attracts dogs to sniff and even consume the oil. Needless to say, such contamination is highly dangerous, and poses a serious health risk to both people and pets.

Understandably, the news of contaminated Palm Fruit Oil (in the United Kingdom) traveled fast, which immediately caught the eye of pet parents that recognized Palm Fruit Oil as an ingredient used in pet supplements. In turn, that sparked frightened pet parents to conclude that Palm Fruit Oil, in general, is a life-threatening ingredient that should be avoided at all costs. But if you’re concerned, rest easy.

Can Palm Fruit Oil Really Harm Your Pet?

If those details about contamination make you cringe, trust us. You’re not the only one. But as you can see, natural Palm Fruit Oil isn’t the culprit, it's the associated diesel fuel and other contaminants that causes harm to pets. But still in all, let’s just hope that one day, ocean waters will stop being used as a dump for harmful chemicals that put our loved ones at risk.

The good news is, Palm Fruit Oil is completely non-toxic in its pure form. In fact, it’s so healthy that Harvard Health has described Palm Fruit Oil as having better fatty acid composition than Coconut Oil!

We can’t vouch for every brand out there, but at Zesty Paws®, we only use clean Palm Fruit Oil in our pet care products. To go the extra mile for your pet’s wellness, our Palm Fruit Oil is also RSPO SCCS certified for meeting the stringent criteria of sustainable palm oil. Lastly, all of our formulas go through a rigorous quality control process that meets Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) standards. That means if an ingredient were to ever fall short of our standards, it’s immediately destroyed and no longer used in our manufacturing facility.

We take these measures because we think pet parents should never have to worry about feeding their four-legged friends something unhealthy. After all, we have fur babies of our own as well, and we take pet wellness just as seriously as you do. So, if you have any additional questions about Palm Fruit Oil or some of our other ingredients and formulas, feel free to check out our infographic below or reach out to us at (800) 940-1972 or


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  • Lissa

    My 13 year old puggle is currently taking Keppra (anti seizures). Is it ok to take this zesty paws while taking this med?

  • Zesty Paws

    Thank you for reaching out and checking out our blog. :) Your sweet Puggle sounds precious. Our products are made with natural ingredients and are designed to work with any existing regimen your pup may be on. With that being said, I recommend consulting our product(s) with your Veterinarian that way he/she can make that call since they know your pup’s health history. I encourage you to reach out to us directly so that we can learn more about your pup’s health goals!

    We appreciate you as a Zesty Paws customer, Lissa!

  • Vicky Miller

    I’ve been or was giving this to my 5 year old Terrier/Beagle mix for a little over a year. I had just purchased another tub (old label) and began seeing numerous articles that palm oil or palm oil fruit was highly toxic to dogs. As soon as the package was delivered I immediately threw it away. This was about 6 or 7 months ago. Actually, my dog loved these. After debating and reading more articles (especially the Zesty Paws article), I’ve decided to try it again. I’m ordering from Amazon. It’s in my cart but haven’t purchased yet. I’m elderly and disabled and on low income disability and I don’t get my check til the 3rd of each month. I plan to purchase that along with some other products on July 3rd. I really appreciate the articles that Zesty Paws published. I feel a lot better because all the other articles really scared me. My little dog, BabyGirl, is my life. She’s my whole world. Don’t know what I would do without her. I adopted her when she was 4 weeks old. THANK YOU AGAIN ZESTY PAWS for your articles explaining the facts of PALM OIL. As of now I will continue to by this product. I wish I could have found this informative article about 6 months ago before I threw away my last purchase. THANK YOU AGAIN !!

  • Tamara Abrams

    Thank you for the article about palm fruit oil. I feel good feeding any of your products to my dog. It seems Zesty Paws has the pets health in mind when they create the products. Quality ingredients make all the difference.

  • Zesty Paws

    Thank you so much for taking the time to read our blog, Vicky! I am so sorry for any confusion and if you ever have questions or concerns, I encourage you to contact us directly. We value transparency and we will always do our best to answer any question that you may have. We also have a 100% satisfaction guarantee on all of our products which means we are happy to refund or replace anything that you are not satisfied with- we want our customers to purchase with confidence. I encourage you to reach out to us directly so that we can learn more about your sweet pup’s health goals. :)

    Thank you for being a loyal Zesty Paws customer, Vicky!

  • Zesty Paws

    Thank you for taking the time to read out blog post, Tamara! We value transparency and always want our customers to know everything that they are giving their sweet pup(s). If you ever have questions or concerns, I encourage you to contact us directly. We sincerely value your loyalty to our brand! :)

  • Carol

    Purchased tumeric/curcumin bites for my Cavalier who has lymphoma. Is it ok to give him these bites while he is on chemo. There seems to be different views on the internet.

  • Jackie Totin

    Quick question about the palm oil and pups who have kidney deterioration. Have your products been known to do further damage and harm or should I discontinue?

    Thank you.
    Currently we use your mobility bites.

  • Zesty Paws

    Hi there, Jackie!
    Our Mobility Bites are one of our most popular products! We have not heard from any customers that they have experienced this issue.

    In addition, almost, if not all, of us here at Zesty Paws are pet parents ourselves. We give our chews to our fur babies every single day. We would never give our pups anything that was not deemed safe, just as we would not want you to with your puppy pals. <3

  • Kveron

    I had been reading that palm fruit oil is bad for our doggies and all your item have that in it what can I do now ?

  • Zesty Paws

    Hi Kveron!
    That is an excellent question! As explained in the article above, the palm fruit oil that you read about as being bad for our furry friends is not equivalent to what we put into our chews.
    If you are still wary regarding the oil, we do have a few products that do not contain it! Feel free to email us directly and we can help you find our products without this ingredient. :)

  • rosha

    is palm fruite oil bad for the liver dog ,cholesterol, triglycerides and heart?

  • Zesty Paws

    Hi Rosha!
    I want to assure you that we would never put something in our products that we know to be harmful to our fur babies. Most, if not all, of us here at Zesty Paws are pet parents ourselves that give these same chews to our furry friends at home. <3

  • Lauren

    Can I give my dog 2 different supplements if yours that contain this oil? I give them the joint pills, and I’d like to add the allergy/immune pills. Is that safe?

  • Zesty Paws

    Hi Lauren!
    That is a great question. :)
    Our products are meant to be able to be combined, so there should generally be no issue with giving them 2 of our hemp products at one time. We always recommend consulting a veterinarian before adding anything new into your pup’s diet, just to be extra cautious! <3

  • Del Boley

    We purchased Zesty Paws Liver Bites for our dog. He has chronic pancreatitis and is on a special fat free diet. How much palm oil is in these Zesty Bites?
    Thank you
    Del Boley

  • Zesty Paws

    Hi Del!
    We would love to help you out. Send us an email and we can help you out. :)

  • Oscar Cuellar

    I am currently using the Omega bites for my dog since maybe 2 years ago from your brand and would like to start the probiotics but I am really concerned about the Palm fruit Oil. Can you please help me getting maybe more information about how do you manage to keep the high quality in your products and to be sure i am not harming my dog by feeding him your products? Thanks

  • Delora Livingston

    My 7 lb female Pomeranian has high triglycerides. She is on soloxine for her thyroid. Will palm fruit oil help lower her triglycerides? What dosage should I give her?
    Thank you for your time

  • Zesty Paws

    Hi there, Oscar! I am happy to let you know that every ingredient (palm fruit oil and everything else) goes through third-party testing to ensure quality. If they do not meet our high standards, then we immediately destroy that batch and it is not used whatsoever.

    I can also provide you with the assurance that most – if not all – of the members here at Zesty Paws used these same products with our own furry friends at home. I have personally given my dogs the Cranberry Bites, Salmon Oil, Turmeric Bites, Omega Bites, and Calming Bites. <3

  • Zesty Paws

    Hey Delora! This sounds like a question that we would suggest reaching out to your vet about. We are not as familiar with soloxine as we are familiar with our own products, so your pup’s veterinarian would be the best one to ask about this. :)

  • Julie Woodruff

    Why is it necessary to 1/2 the dose of the 8 in 1 vitamin initially and how long before you go to full dose?

  • Linda Dewhirst

    If I pet tries a product that does not work, can I return it? Thank you.

  • Zesty Paws

    Hey Linda! We have a lifetime 100% satisfaction guarantee backing ALL purchases from us, so simply reach out to us directly ( and we’ll help you out!

  • Zesty Paws

    Hey Julia, we recommend this because sometimes when starting something new, it can cause some tummy troubles. The 1/2 dose recommendation is there to help gradually introduce it to them so that it isn’t all too much at once. <3