There are plenty of benefits of fish oil for dogs and for humans.
Is it harmful for dogs to take intended-for-human-consumption fish oil supplements for itchy skin?
EPA and DHA are found abundantly in cold-water fish. Flax seed oil contains ALA, another omega-3 fatty acid that requires the body to first convert ALA to EPA and DHA before utilization. Humans and dogs have limited ability to make this conversion, while cats have even less ability to make this conversion. Therefore, supplementation with high-quality omega-3 fish oil is recommended for humans, dogs and cats.
Basically, your dog can have the same amount of fish oil that an ordinary human would take. If you’re buying fish oil capsules to give to your dog, you’ll clearly see that they come in the form of 1,000 and up to 1,500 mg. One of those capsules is more than enough for a dog that has 20 lbs of weight, or even more than that. Lower dosages are necessary for the dogs that weigh less than that. Once again, it is essential for the dog owner to consult a vet before he starts giving the dog any fish oil supplements in any amount.
Can you give human fish oil capsules for dogs?
How much human fish oil for dogs will be suitable?
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.Vets typically recommend fish oil supplements because your dog’s coat is dry. Humans mistakenly view fat as the most harmful part of a diet, but this definitely isn’t true in regards to canine nutrition. A very low-fat diet for dogs starts to affect their coats, resulting in dull, coarse fur. It also increases shedding. There are a few medical conditions (hypothyroidism or Cushing’s disease, for example) that negatively affect the coat, so ensure your dog gets examined by their vet before you assume fish oil will fix their coat. If it is just a deficiency in omega-3 fatty acids, a daily supplement should help your dog regain their shiny, soft coat.Nordic Naturals uses the same quality standards and the same oils to manufacture both our human and pet products. The result is omega-3 fish oils of industry-leading purity and freshness for your dogs and cats.
For centuries, canine and feline diets consisted of unprocessed foods rich in EPA and DHA, omega-3 fatty acids derived from algae, plants, and fish. However, most of today’s pet foods contain primarily omega-6 fatty acids from vegetable oils. Even the highest quality pet diets rarely contain adequate amounts of EPA and DHA. This results in an unbalanced ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 that can negatively impact the health of our pets.
Nordic Naturals omega-3 fish oil products help support optimal health throughout a pet's life.In humans (and therefore potentially dogs), the most common negative effects of fish oil are gastrointestinal. These effects can include a fishy aftertaste, bad breath, burping, heartburn and abdominal bloating and pain.