Fish Oil for Dogs has a Multitude of Health Benefits - Dog Treat Kitchen
Fish oil allergies in dogs are extremely rare. In almost every case, it is considered more of fish oil intolerance or overdose rather than an allergy. If your dog is acting abnormally or suffering any symptoms of an illness or injury without probable cause, take him to your veterinarian as soon as possible.
Fish oil is probably the most common supplement added to the pet diet. This is not without good reason. Growing numbers of studies confirm that the anti-inflammatory effect of omega-3 fats in fish oil has a beneficial effect in treating a host of abnormalities in pets. Research confirming these same effects abound in the human literature. Now treatment for cancer, joint, heart, kidney, skin and intestinal problems, as well as geriatric dementia, often include generous amounts of fish oil and its abundant DHA and EPA omega-3 fatty acids. The positive effect on skin and coat quality has moved large numbers of pet owners to add fish oil to the diets of their young and normal pets. Overall, the trend to supplement with fish oil is positive for pet health, but there is a flip side to that coin. Too much of a good thing may have adverse effects on health. The National Research Council has established a safe upper limit of EPA and DHA for dogs. It has yet to establish one for cats. In light of that, it is probably safe to use the guidelines for dogs for both species. Translating the data suggests that a dose between 20-55mg combined EPA and DHA per pound of body weight is safe for dogs and cats. This dose is far less than those used to treat serious conditions where the risk of side effects is less important than the benefits of treatment. Consult with your veterinarian when treating conditions requiring higher dosages. Dr. Ken Tudor Image: Composite / Shutterstock
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Omega 3 with natural fish oils - chewable treats for dogs
You can add fish oil to your dogs diet in a pill or liquid form. But you can also make dog treat recipes that contain natural sources of fish oil.This damage is called oxidative stress and it leads to health problems, including gene mutations and cancer, and inflammatory conditions (which is ironic because you were giving your dog fish oil to fight against inflammation, not create inflammation)!Q: Can I feed my dog the same fish oil that I am taking? A: For small dogs less than 10 lbs you may find regular strength human fishoil capsules work well as these tend to have just under 200 mg EPA per dose. Be sure to read label carefully to find out if per dose amount takes two capsules or just one. For bigger dogs, particularly dogs over 50 lbs, you will need extra strength capsules unless you want to be feeding 10 or more pills per day. For high dose supplements, you will find various options under "extra strength fish oil". Liquid is good if your dog won't eat capsules. Some dogs will eat the human fish oil liquid despite the lemony flavor.Instead of reaching for that bottle of fish oil, first take a look at your dog’s diet. If he’s eating a processed, carbohydrate-laden diet, then he’s consuming too many omega-6 oils and this can cause inflammatory conditions and damage his health. Moreover, both omega-3 and omega-6 fats are extremely vulnerable to heat, so if your dog is eating a processed food, he may not be getting enough of either.