At Paws we are always looking for ways to better our dog’s diet. Aside from feeding a quality dog food, supplements can also be beneficial for your dog’s health. If kibble is your dog’s main source of sustenance, fish oil can be a great way to balance out your dog’s diet. EPA and DHA, the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil, provide many health benefits including:
– Improvement of the skin and coat
– Regulating the immune system
– Ease inflammation for conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease and arthritis
– Assisting with weight loss
– Assisting with chronic disease, stress, or injury
Liquid fish oil supplements are packaged in individual capsules or bottled. Either way, fish oil should be stored in dark, sealed bottles and kept out of the heat. Bottled fish oil should be kept in the refrigerator and used within one to two months of purchase. If the supplement gives off an unusual or sour smell, toss it. You can use supplements that are intended for humans or dogs, however, many experts suggest that feeding your dog fresh fish is more beneficial.
As with all supplements, there are things to consider before adding fish oil to your pups diet. If your dog is fed a raw diet of mostly grass-fed protein, he may not need any additional omega-3s. Too much can be a bad thing, the most common risk being a gain in weight. It’s important to do your homework when choosing a brand or manufacturer of fish oil. Make sure you are purchasing a safe, nutrient-rich supplement. As always, consult with your vet to determine if adding a fish oil supplement or fresh fish is right for your pup’s diet.