NUTRITION: FISH OIL DOSES FOR CATS, DOGS AND OTHER PETS
You can give your dog fish oil capsules to eat, hide the pill inside a tasty treat, or add liquid oil into your pet’s food.
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.
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Fish Oil For Dogs and Cats - The Benefits of Omega 3 for Pets
Most and pet treats are manufactured to have a high quantity of Omega 6 fatty acids and contain much less Omega 3 fatty acids because of the cost involved in manufacturing pet food. It is believed that an approximate ratio of 5:1 of Omega 6 to Omega 3 fatty acids is essential in promoting health and maintaining homeostasis in your pet's body. Therefore, it is important to supplement most pets on commercial pet food with quality Omega 3/fish oil supplements, which can easily be added to your pet's food bowl or given in a small amount of a treat. Benefits include the following: Senior pets often have weaker immune systems and are much more prone to inflammation and infection. Therefore supplementation with often benefits these pets. Due to the role of inflammation in many degenerative brain diseases, fish oil and Omega 3 supplements can help lessen and even reverse brain inflammation in many senior pets. Giving your pet a fish oil supplement can help reduce inflammation and thus lessens the intensity of most types of , including flea bite allergies, inhalant/contact allergies, and/or food allergies. Omega 3 fatty acids also help lessen dry skin and dander, and many forms of skin scaling disorders. Use of Omega 3 fatty acid supplements also allows pet owners to use lower doses of cortisone and antibiotics when managing many of these skin conditions. Note that it often takes 3-4 months to see maximal benefits of Omega 3 fatty acid supplements in both the skin and rest of your pet's body. Recommended supplements include , , and formulas.Essential fatty acids are important building blocks to help maintain your pet's healthy brain and heart. But did you know your pet's body does not naturally produce these? For this reason, your pet's daily diet should include fish oil supplements containing essential fatty acids like Omega 3 to help boost his or her immune system.