You may have heard of the health benefits of fish oil and wondered, “Can I give fish oil to my dog?” The short answer is of course yes. However, you need to be careful.
Make sure the amount you give them is appropriate for the weight and size of your dog Talk to your vet before making changes to your dog’s diet or supplement.
Here are some things you should know about giving fish oil to dogs.
How is fish oil good for dogs?
Fish oil is full of healthy omega-3 fatty acids that your dog may be missing if he eats a lot of high-grain foods. Ask your veterinarian how much fish oil to give your dog before adding this supplement.
Your veterinarian may also be able to tell you which of the three types of fish oil (natural triglyceride, ethyl ester oil, or synthetic triglyceride) is best for your dog with the appropriate nutritional information. This is equally important if you end up needing to include vitamin E or omega-6 in your diet.
Fish oil is great for many things in dogs – and people. It has anti-inflammatory properties that help with coat and skin health, and it reduces dandruff. It can also be beneficial for brain and eye development in puppies, and works in pregnant dogs and cats to improve the health of their offspring.
Can fish oil be bad for dogs?
The thing about fish oils is that like anything, too much can be a bad thing – so it is important to speak to a veterinarian before giving this supplement to your dog.
The anti-inflammatory aspects of fish oil can alter platelet function. This can interfere with wound healing and blood clot formation, which is obviously dangerous if a pet is ever injured.
Also, since these things interfere with white blood cell transmission, it means the body may have trouble fighting off things like infection. These are important functions for everyone, be it a person or an animal. Therefore, it is very important to make sure that you are not putting your dog at risk by including nutritional supplements in your diet.
I can also attest to a personal experience where fish oil can cause your dogs to get a little messy and if you have a long haired dog it can become a real pain for you. But if that’s the only problem you have, in the long run it is worth stocking up on some extra bath items and having a special dog-only towel.
Have you ever given fish oil to your dog? Have you seen improvements in your health? Would you recommend it to other dog parents? Let us know in the comments below!
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