Titan’s coat has a lovely shine this winter. He’s a dark sable & white and this year his colour looks richer than ever. We’ve been adding omega-3 fish oil to our dogs’ food on a regular basis since the summer and are really happy with the results. Not only do their coats look great but their paw pads are also more supple and we no longer have any issues with very dry or cracked pads. However, something we’ve learnt about fish oil is that it needs to be introduced gradually in small doses as a too sudden introduction can cause diarrhoea, especially if the dog has a sensitive stomach. After a gradual introduction it is important to give the recommended dose (and not less) as this is critical to achieving the desired results.
When selecting a fish oil, we look for an oil that is free from detectable traces of mercury and unsafe levels of PCBs, and that contains a high percentage of the omega-3 essential fatty acids EPA and DHA. We recommend that you read the label carefully when selecting a fish oil and also compare different products.
Our boy Titan is so used to the taste of his fish oil that when we forgot to add it to his kibble yesterday, he didn’t touch his food until the mistake was corrected. Our dogs have us well trained! ;-)
In pet shops you will sometimes also find omega-3 made from ground flax seed. However, the omega-3 fatty acids present in flax seed oil are in the form of ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) and dogs cannot directly use the ALA but must convert it to the type of fatty acids that their bodies can use, i.e. DHA and EPA. Since many dogs do not make the conversion effectively, most experts on canine nutrition recommend fish oil as the best source of omega-3 for dogs.
We buy Dr. Baddaky’s Fish Oil from our veterinarian or order it online from www.vetzoo.se The product is currently available in Sweden, Denmark and Norway and will soon also be available for dog owners in Finland and the UK.