A lot of veterinarians, both conventional and holistic, recommend the use of fish oil for dogs. Fish oil contains omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to be beneficial for a number of health conditions. The main constituents of omega-3 fatty acids – EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) – as an anti-inflammatory agent, which provides benefits for conditions ranging from arthritis to allergies. Fish oil like Tikki Duo Olie is easy to give to your dog and it has no side effects.
Here are 4 steps to feed fish oil to your dogs:
Choose fish oil to use. Some companies produce fish oil products specifically for pets. You can find it at a local pet shop. Andrew Weil, M.D. claiming there is no harm in using fish oil that is intended for human consumption as long as you use the right dose. There are capsules and liquid forms of fish oil. Either is a suitable choice for your dog.
Determine the right dosage. Different doses may be needed for different conditions. The dosage will also vary depending on the size of the dog. Dr. Shawn Messonnier, DVM, recommends 1,500 to 2,000 mg a day for Labrador, for example, but smaller dogs may require less. Consult your veterinarian to determine the right dosage for your dog.
Liquid fish oil can only be added to dog food. You can pierce the capsule and put the contents in dog food, or give the capsule directly to your dog if he wants to eat it. You can also try putting the capsule in a piece of cheese or other food.
You might want to add capsules or liquid fish oil with cooked salmon or sardines, both of which contain fish oil naturally. Flaxseed and flax oil, while fish oil does not, also contain omega-3 fatty acids, and can be added to the regime. Dr. R. M. Clemmons, DVM, Ph.D., suggests one tablespoon of ground flax seeds or two sardines for all dogs every day. Flaxseed and flax oil can reduce platelet function for short periods, so consult with your veterinarian before giving flax products to your dog.