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The Benefits of Fish Oil for Dogs

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Fish oil for dogs and other household pets and the positive effects it has on such pets have only recently come to the attention of veterinaries. The oil which is derived from cold water fish such as salmon contains high concentrations of omega 3 and omega 6 which are referred to as fatty acids. Omega 3 is normally used by people as an anti inflammatory as well as a fighting agent against most degenerative diseases.

It serves the exact same purpose when administered to pets. Omega 6 on the other hand has a tendency to promote or even cause inflammation which could lead to a degenerative disease. These acids are also available in an inactive form which is obviously less effective. They are however still a healthy supplement.

There are however only scattered reports of fish oil for dogs having a positive effect in a short period. This is as a result of substitution of fish oil with other oils which is suggested by professionals. Doctors and vets both claim that the active molecules of omega 3 and omega 6 found in fish oil can and should be replaced by inactive omega 3 and omega 6 which can be derived from flaxseed or other on land produce. The tests according to these suggestions have shown however that the human body as well as that of pets can not successfully activate these omegas and therefore have been proven to be inefficient. If however the substitution is accompanied by an activation agent such as a multivitamin, could prove to have completely different effects.

The main reason for substitution of fish oil with flaxseed oil is the fact that the fish oil tends to leave a bad smell in the breath of the patient which can be very persistent if the patient is continuously dosed. This problem also persists amongst people who take fish oils.

Fish oil for dogs should be delivered at three to four times the recommended dosage described as the fatty acids that are available are quickly absorbed by their faster metabolism. Resulting in a need for more food as well as supplements needed for good health. As a result of the two acids contradicting each other, the process of preparation of fish oil before it goes to sale is one in which some of the nutrients that add to the omega 6 are removed as well as other isolated omega 3's being added. If this process had not been administered, the acids would serve no purpose whatsoever.

It is also important that fatty acids are not the only essential mineral but that it should be accompanied by several other vitamin and mineral supplements. This is as a result of the fatty acids isolating and absorbing some nutrients which is already in the system. One of these vitamins that definitely need to be supplemented is vitamin e as it is used by the omega´s to promote activity.

Fish oil for dogs contain the same eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) as all other fish oils that are available on the market. They are the active particles that are responsible for doing the work. alpha-linolenic acid is one of the inactive types of fatty acids that are derived from flaxseed oil. Tests on common household pets have proven that fish oil can be even more beneficial to cats as there were positive results reported in more than fifty percent of cases.

When compared to dogs, the outcome had in fact only been a little over twenty percent. Unfortunately all cases of substitution of the fatty acids with that of other oils were proven ineffective by almost every study. Tests that have been done are not the tests that are done by medical boards in order to officially clarify the results and is therefore not really referred to as a cure for anything by doctors. The implementation thereof however states differently. According to client statements, there have been reports of clearly visible improvement in the pets overall health as well as their excitement levels and fitness.

Although there are some speculations as to the ideal dosage of fish oil for dogs, the basic implementation ratio is believed to be five parts of omega 6 accompanied by 1 part omega 3. This ratio has only been proven to work under a handful of subjects and most other ratios tested were less affective overall. The fish oil should especially be considered for the continuous dosage of aging and aged animals as the effects of the fish oil combat degenerative disease.

Some of the diseases listed that are affected are flea allergies, bacterial skin infections, Malassezia yeast skin infections, and food hypersensitivity. For animals who suffer from these conditions however, using only fatty acids are not going to solve the problem completely and the appropriate treatment should still be administered.

The omega 3 fatty acids can be very effective in preventing such diseases in the future. It is also said to have a very positive effect in dogs who suffer from any type of arthritis as well as many other conditions. It is also said to combat cancers within the body such as kidney and colon cancer. These results are however not to be taken too seriously if the correct standard tests are not completed.

Fish oil for dogs has been proven to have at least some effect as all dogs who have had fish oil added to their diets have shown a great improvement in their fur as well as skin. It is advised however that products that contain the fatty acids like omega 3 and omega 6 are delivered and administered in its rawest form as extensive processing could lead to deficiencies in the quality of the product as well as the quantity of goodness that the acids can still deliver.

It is also important to note that for both pets and humans, the application instructions on the bottle or container are too low and should be at least doubled, but before you take any supplement make sure you first consult the appropriate health care giver and if you want to give fish oil for dogs to your pet, make sure you consult your vet.


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