Jan 2, 2017 - Supplements like fish oil for dogs, whether in liquid, pill or capsule form, can be a great addition to your pet's healthy diet
One word about salmon oils and fish oils in general: Penny & Maggie's Mom and I attended a nutracutical seminar put on by one of the vets in the veterinary clinic where I take my pups. The vet who gave the lecture was very critical of fish oils, glucosamine supplments and Sam-E formulations from Sams and Walmarts in general because the labeling doesn't include information on the sources of the ingredients. For fish oils she was particularly concerned with mercury levels. She cautioned if they don't include the source of the fish, assume the worst. The salmon oil capsules from Costco "claim" they are from pure sources and waters, but since they aren't regulated by the FDA no one can know for sure. The vet also cautioned to get formulas that concentrate on the Omega 3s, not Omega 6s because too much Omega 6 can be detrimental (I don't remember what the detriment is, sorry). She gave us some great handouts and one of the warnings for fish oils was in some dogs overdosing can cause lethargy or increased itching. Also, if you dog is going into surgery, best to hold off on them for a bit because they do tend to cause increased bleeding. I know that is true for humans too.
One of the best OTC product that I have found so far is a human one: capsules containing 980 mg of omega-3s (comprised of 647 mg of EPA and 253 mg of DHA). It is packaged in a green plastic bottle and can be found at most human pharmacies or grocery stores as well as online. This product comes in capsule form rather than a liquid. For the most part, I recommend encapsulated or tablet forms of fish oil as they are less prone than liquid formulations to oxidation, which inactivates the product and promotes the development of harmful free radicals. However, some OTC capsule formulas, such as this one by Nature’s Bounty®, may be more difficult to appropriately dose smaller dogs and cats, as previously discussed.
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Harvey's Health and Shine – Fish Oil Capsules for Dogs
Q: Can I feed my dog the same fish oil that I am taking? A: For small dogs less than 10 lbs you may find regular strength human fishoil capsules work well as these tend to have just under 200 mg EPA per dose. Be sure to read label carefully to find out if per dose amount takes two capsules or just one. For bigger dogs, particularly dogs over 50 lbs, you will need extra strength capsules unless you want to be feeding 10 or more pills per day. For high dose supplements, you will find various options under "extra strength fish oil". Liquid is good if your dog won't eat capsules. Some dogs will eat the human fish oil liquid despite the lemony flavor.I have talked about capsules here, but many people prefer the oil version on top of the pet’s food. It often comes with a little measuring scoop, is less messy than it sounds, and is an easy way to dose your pet accurately. Let’s face it, fish oil is kind of nasty. Most pets like gross things, so it tends to go over well! Another option, especially for cats and smaller dogs, is a “twist-tab”. It’s a little capsule containing fish oil that you twist (or cut) the end off of, and pour the oil onto the food. It may take some experimenting to find the version both you and your pet agree on.Break open a capsule and drizzle the fish oil over their food. One capsule at every meal for dogs weighing 20 pounds/10 kilos or more and one capsule every other day for smaller dogs and pets usually is enough to make a difference. Some dogs relish canned fish – salmon, tuna or mackerel -- added to their dinner or canola oil dribbled over their kibble. If yours doesn't, you may have to resort to capsules of fish oil or krill oil. Krill oil is more concentrated and therefore comes in smaller packages, and it won't give your best buddy "fish breath." Supplements made specifically for dogs usually tell you on the label how much to give, expressed as milligrams per pound of the dog's body weight. Human supplements are also appropriate for dogs, but you'll need your vet to help calculate your dog's dose according to the concentration. Consult your veterinarian before giving your dog any supplements. How you get the stuff into the dog is between you and him.