Omega-3 for Dogs
We know there are benefits from Omega-3 for us humans, but what about our dogs?
OMEGA-3 for Dogs: The benefits
- Reduces infections caused by yeast, fungal, bacteria in dogs ears.
- Treatment of allergic and inflammatory dermatological conditions in dogs.
- training and learning enhancing properties (increased brain function)
- Reduces cardiovascular problems like sudden cardiac death or arrhythmias, blood clots and hypertension.
- Assists in treatment of ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, and rheumatoid arthritis
- Good cholesterol rises with fish oil for dogs, providing a better cholesterol profile.
- Reduces incidence of renal damage.
- Reduces cancer cells proliferation.
- A high source of anti-oxidants – help cells repair themselves.
- shinier fur/ hair & control of “doggy odour” without needing regular shampoos.
What type of Omega-3 is best for dogs?
It is recommended to “only consume molecularly distilled, pure omega-3 fatty acids from marine sources.”*. This is because plant-based omega-3 fatty acids (from flaxseed oil and walnut oil) need your dog to convert vegetable sourced Omega-3 the marine omega-3 before they can benefit from it.
If you pet already suffers from allergic conditions this will tax there body systems further as well as cause indigestion. “Most holistic veterinarians agree that dogs, cats and other carnivores are naturally set up to metabolize most of the essential fatty acids they need from meats and animal fats – not from vegetable oils.” (Quote from ‘animal essentials brand’)
Amazing results for Hyper allergenic dogs using Omega-3
Interestingly, most literature describes how omega three is healthy for humans and by extension, your dog. They also mainly mention its anti-oxidants effects and assisting dogs with arthritis. These benefits alone should have you consider using Omega-3 products however the science behind Omega three goes much deeper to the cellular level.
You may also not know that Omega-3 and Omega-6 are the ONLY two essential fats required for life.
However due to the negative affects of Omega-6 (inflammation etc), and that your dog is likely to already received substantial doses of this fatty acid in its diet, it is recommended to only provide fatty acid supplements that have Omega-3 fatty acids.
You should also note that Omega-6 fatty acids are often included in Omega 3 supplements. Omega-9 fatty acids also exist but are known to decrease the concentrations of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids in the blood and skin and are not recommended for dogs.
We sell a number of Seafood treats which are naturally high in Omega-3
We also sell a holistic dog food which has fish oils and green lip mussels for natural sources of Omega-3:
This information was found from dog walkers Melbourne. Its a fantastic article and we recommend reading it in full: Dog Walkers Melbourne