Omega-3 Fatty Acids for Dogs and Cats

Apr 23, 2013

You've added Omega-3 supplements to your healthy diet, so don't forget to provide these healthy fatty acids to your pet as well!

Omega-Three fatty acids -- as you will find in coldwater fish, flaxseed, and other dietary sources -- are being promoted by ever more health studies as the "healthy fats" that the body needs in its every cell for cell structure and proper metabolic function. Few of us get enough Omega-3s, and the same is often true for our pets. Fortunately, lots of supplemental Omega-3 sources are available.

Natural Cures: Providing your pet with enough dietary or supplemental Omega-3 fatty acids can help give your pet a healthy coat, improve immune function, strengthen skin and organs, and help improve your pet's cardiovascular health.




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Posted by Wishapup (Setterville, On, Canada) on 04/23/2013

Hello, I am wanting to create a dietary supplement for my dog and am wondering if acidophilus could be mixed with fish oil--and if so, how could it be stored? I am not sure if powered acidophilus would retain its helpful properties mixed in fish oil... what if other things were added? Such as kelp and apple cider vinegar? Would it work to refrigerate it? Just curious here, any suggestions appreciated.

Thank you!


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Posted by Elaine (Bettendorf, Iowa) on 08/04/2008
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First thank you for the amazing amounts of help you share. Through the inspiration of your readers I decided to put my Golden Retriever older puppy on a more informed diet than feeding her retail store junk. I give her a natural kibble and she is doing well. In the interest of protecting her joints in old age I have her on a supplement. To take it one step further I give her a teaspoon of flaxseed oil in her meals each day. After six months I noticed that she is not shedding profusely as a former golden did. I do brush her regularly but there is no excessive hair all over the house. Plus I noticed that her pads are very soft. Perhaps this could help a hair challenged pet owner out there? Aside from strengthening her body she has the benefit of a very healthy coat!

Replied by Christine
Durban, KZN, South Africa
06/12/2009

Hi Elaine, I was reading your post about flax seed with your dogs food, and I was wondering if you had any feedback for us? I am looking after 7 dogs, two of them belong to other members of the family, and the other 5 are mine. They are all rescue dogs. I'm deeply interested in how they respond to naturaly remedies, so would like to share with you what I've done over the years and the results, I am sure we can help each other?

The worst health dog I have is a corgi cross something. I got her at 3 years old, and she has the coloring of a rough collie and the size of a corgie along with the bandy legs. I spent R3000 on her, which was about USD$300 at the time, and found out from the vet that she had juvenile rheumatoid arthritis along with an auto immune difficiency disease that attacks her own body. She is also allergic to all synthetic foods, which includes kibbles and canned dog foods. He wanted to put her on rimadyl and cortisols for life.

Well I did my research and discovered she could probably die of organ failure due to the cortisols, so I started researching natural stuff for her. To cut a long story short, she is 100% ok. I feed her on raw meaty diet, and I include 1.2 tsp turmeric, 1 caps salmon oil, 1 vit b complex, 1 cal-mag, digestive enzymes, black leaf walnut extract. All of these have a purpose for this little doggie.

When she gets sever arthritis in winter, I add potassium or vitamin K tabs once a week, and use T Touch massaging to calm her down. I also make my own dog dip and anti flea and tic solutions.

I wish you could see the pictures of before and after I made. You won't believe its the same dog. She has glossy hair, the lumps from the yeast candida in her blood are gone, her sores are gone, she doesn't limp and her hair is so lovely and soft.

She also gets traumeel homeopathic tablets as an anti-inflammatory.

The other dogs are all healthy, so they get normal kibbles with some bone meal gravy and left overs with some raw meaty bones about once a week. I can't afford to put them all on that diet, I wish I could. In their food they get salmon oil capsules, turmeric, and extra supplements depending on the problem.

I've only just started the turmeric, because I read about how it helps regulate liver function and helps skinny dogs put on weight and vice versa. I have to say that my very fat dog who hardly eats anything seems to be losing weight suddenly, we've only been it a week so I'll let you know the results in a month or so.

I'd love to hear back from you and anyone else with doggies on natural stuff.