Benefits of Omega-3 Supplements for DogsLast updated: August 02, 2016
Omega 3 is a natural anti-inflammatory and often used as a nutraceutical product. Nutraceutical products are nutritional products or herbs that have therapeutic effects. Nutraceuticals are increasingly being used with other treatments to ensure recovery.
Why Omega 3?Omega 3 is a natural fatty acid that decreases irritation and itching, improves skin and coat, reduces the effects of allergies, improves joint function, and controls inflammation. Fatty acids are essential for maintaining bodily functions, especially the immune system. When accompanied with bathing and antihistamines, Omega 3 has helped in controlling the irritation of pet allergies. It softens and improves resistance of skin to future allergens at the same time! In arthritis pain, omega-3 with glucosamine and chondroitin has controlled pain and made movement easier.
How to UseWhen distinguishing between omega-3 sources, the ocean source is better because it is 20 times more bioactive than the plant source.
When giving omega-3, we can often lower the dose of prescription anti-inflammatory drugs. This is beneficial because it helps remove some of the negative side effects seen with prescription drugs.
Omegaderm-3 helps to safely control inflammation without the negative side effects. Omegaderm-3 helps with allergy and itching issues, and it can be used with antihistamines or other prescription drugs safely. This supplement softens skin and improves resistance to allergies. When stacked with other allergy treatments, it will improve your success by controlling scratching and resulting trauma.
Omegaderm-3 can also help with arthritis, an inflammatory issue that causes pain and lameness. Giving Doc Roy's® Aches Away Plus with Omegaderm-3 has been effective at easing movement, controlling pain and protecting cartilage. During warmer seasons, the combination of omega-3 with glucosamine and chondroitin can lower anti-inflammatory drug doses. In some cases, dogs might be able to take a break from pharmaceutical drugs completely.
Another great source of omega-3 is Doc Roy's® Derma Coat Plus. These soft chews are packed with omega-3, 6 and 9 fatty acids. When given on a daily basis, this formula will leave your dog with healthy skin, a shiny coat and strong nails.
Omega-3 is often given to older pets to help control coat and arthritis issues commonly seen in geriatric patients. Because it is all natural, it is gentle enough for the kidney marginal patients who have sore joints that are difficult to treat.
DosingDosage is not complicated; Omegaderm-3 for adult dogs give 1 tsp (5ml) per 20 pounds daily. For puppies, pregnant, or nursing mothers give 1 tsp (5 ml) per 10 pounds. Maximum suggested dosage for larger breeds is 6 tsps per day. For cats give ¼ tsp (1.25ml) per two pounds daily. For ill or recovering pets double the dosages daily. Starting with a low dosage and working up is always a good policy with nutraceuticals.
Natural treatments for inflammation can be a big help in dealing with chronic issues such as itching and arthritis. Use omega-3 as a natural anti-inflammatory to keep your pets more comfortable.
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Donald Bramlage, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Former Director of Veterinary Services at Revival Animal Health
Donald Bramlage, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, practiced veterinary medicine for 30+ years and is known for his work in managing parvovirus. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University in 1985. He served as Revival's Director of Veterinary Services from 2011 until his retirement in 2019.
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