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Best Fish Oil For Dogs

Updated on October 16, 2012

Fish oil, as a well established dietary supplement, is taken to enhance cardiovascular, immune and nervous system. It has also beneficial impact on eyesight and acts as an anti inflammatory agent. There are several other advantages why people take fish oil. Recently it was discovered that similar positive effects can be expected in men's best friends, dogs. The fish oil for dogs is in many respects same as currently used for human supplements but dosage is adequately reduced.

Should you give your dog a fish oil supplement

Dogs suffering from diseases such as heart condition, kidney problems, arthritis, various allergies and cancer may benefit with fish oil supplementation. The acids found in fish oil are recommended for humans with similar conditions and have been proven to successfully treat these conditions so they should work in dogs too. The supplementation with fish oil has been found a very potent remedy for dogs suffering from prolonged skin conditions caused by allergies. The application of this substance can eliminate the need for much stronger drugs with side effects. Furthermore many researchers indicate the beneficial effect of fish oil in cancer treatment in dogs, especially the spread of the disease.

Important Facts

Fish oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids

The source of active omega-3's, (namely eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acids) are coldwater fish such as menhaden fish, salmon and trout.

How much is needed?

It is important to adhere to manufacturer instructions however many pet owners indicate that the application of a double dosage greatly improve the outcomes of the therapy.

How long till I see effects?

The proper fish oil supplementation time is between 4 and 6 weeks. During this a dog needs to receive fish oil on a daily basis with a dosage recommended by the manufacturer.

Methods of application

The fish oil supplements for dogs are usually in a form of capsules. The easy way of application is to insert them into your pet food.

Side effects of the fish oil

The side effect of fish oil when given to pets are similar to those in humans. They are not serious but in some cases may be inconvenient. The typical side effects include:

bad breath,

diarrhea,

vomiting.

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