Fish oil for dogs is often the most commonly seen supplement given. Why is this? For the Omega-3 fatty acids, of course! There is an anti-inflammatory in fish oil which has been helpful in treating cancer, joint problems, kidney problems and skin problems in dogs. The skin and coat quality alone is reason enough for many pet parents to supplement their food with fish oil for dogs. Although this is extremely beneficial, it is important not to feed your dog too much fish oil. Find out more about the disadvantages to fish oil and the right fish oil for dogs dosage.
Disadvantages to Fish Oil
Prior to going into the disadvantages, it is important to note that fish oil is extremely beneficial to your dog. The disadvantages simply have to do with overfeeding fish oil to your dog. Since the fish oil produces an anti-inflammatory response in dogs, platelets are affected and there is a decrease is DHA. This means that if your pet becomes injured, he is likely to suffer from higher blood loss than a dog supplemented with a normal amount of fish oil. Wound healing is also affected. This affects your dog’s healing time.
Fish Oil For Dogs Dosage
How much is safe? Fish oil for dogs should be given in specific quantities. Too much is likely to harm the dog and too little will not help her. It is recommended that for every 30 pounds of body weight, the dog receive 1,000 mg of fish oil containing 300 mg of DHA/EPA.
If you are unsure of how much fish oil to supplement, please contact your pet nutrition professional for assistance. The pet nutrition professional will calculate the exact amount necessary to provide your pet with optimal health.
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Amber Johnson, Animal Behaviorist
Miss Amber Johnson has many years of experience with pets and is a licensed cat and dog nutrition and behavior specialist. She currently collaborates with PetPremium where she counsels clients in pet behavior and nutrition. The statements made in this article are the personal opinions of Miss Amber Johnson and based on independent experiences and could be different from the opinions of PetPremium Pet health Insurance or any other pet health insurance provider.