The Importance of Fish Oil!

You’ve probably been hearing a lot recently about the importance of essential fatty acids in your diet. But it’s important to remember that these are just as important for your pet! Essential fatty acids (also called EFAs) are fats that are required to be in the diet, but they cannot be produced by the body, hence the “essential” in the name. EFAs have a whole slew of benefits, including proper cell membrane formation, proper hormonal processes, cardiovascular support, and digestive support, not to mention a beautiful skin & coat. Unfortunately, like most of our diets, our pet’s diets are lacking many of these essential fatty acids, especially Omega-3’s including EPA and DEA.

Along with a high quality diet that has little processing (like raw pet food or freeze-dried pet food), adding a fish oil supplement is one of the best things you can do to increase your pet’s essential fatty acid intake.

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    Barbra said,

    How mmany mg’s of EFA’s for dogs$ Is it by weight? How can you tell a “hot spot”?

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      Hi Barbra – Here is a response to your question from Dr. Jean Hofve:

      “Yes, the dosage of Omega-3s is calculated on the weight of the dog. If you are using a product formulated for pets, simply follow the directions on the package. If you are substituting a human product, avoid cod liver oil due to excessive levels of Vitamins A and D. The average recommended dose of Omega-3 fatty acids (EPA + DHA) for a dog is about 20 – 30 mg/kg. There are 2.2 lbs. in a kg. For example, a 35-lb. dog weighs about 16 kg (35/16), and should get between 320 – 480 mg of Omega-3s per day. This doesn’t have to be precise. Giving a little extra is fine; and higher doses are often recommended for various health conditions. Your veterinarian can advise you more specifically. If you suspect your dog is developing a sore or hot spot, please have your veterinarian take a look.”

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    chemfreemom said,

    I’ve been just adding a can of sardines to my cat’s raw food, will that suffice for the fish oil? What about bone meal? The farm where I buy my meat can’t grind the bones for me, so which is the best kind of bone meal to add (if necessary), and how much? Thanks


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