Fish oil is one of the best known and most frequently recommended natural health supplements for people. It is also an excellent supplement for many pets.
All mammals make the hormones that regulate inflammation from omega-3 essential fatty acids. Humans, dogs, cats, and horses (as well as beavers, porcupines, armadillos, duckbilled platypi, and moose, to name just a few of the more exotic choices of mammalian companions in human households) all need these "good fats" to stop the processes the cause destruction of joints, allergic reactions to fleas and flies, and rapid aging.
The effects of omega-3 essential fatty acid supplementation are especially noticeable in pets who naturally have shorter lifespans, beginning to age when they are just four, five, or six years old.
Fish oil is especially beneficial for dogs and cats. Veterinarians commonly prescribe fish oil for dogs and cats who suffer allergies to fleas.
Flea bites in the animal's skin trigger licking, fidgeting, and rolling against rough and scratchy surfaces. Many dogs and cats literally wear away patches of skin by constant licking and scratching to deal with itch.
Fish oil helps these animals stop the licking and scratching that breaks their skin and leads to infection.
Fish Oil For Allergies in Pets
Fish oil is also a great way to offset problems caused by food allergies. Many dogs and cats are allergic to one of more of the common ingredients in pet food, especially beef, horse meat, eggs, wheat, or soy. If you take the time to provide your dog a mixture of chicken and rice or your cat a steady diet of fresh fish, your animal probably will not display any signs of food allergy.
On the other hand, fresh foods for your pets or home delivery of custom blends of hypoallergenic foods for your pet can cost as much as US $10,000 per year per pet. Many families love their pets, but they can't afford to spend more on their pets than they spend on their children!
Fish oil supplements for the animals in your home who suffer intractable allergies can be just as helpful as getting rid of fleas and getting the vet to treat skin problems.
How do you give fish oil to your pet? Do you train them to open the fish oil bottle every morning and swallow two capsules?
Don't Give Your Pet Fish Oil Capsules
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.
Pets may also benefit from GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) supplements that give them the omega-6 essential fatty acids to balance the omega-3's.