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February 20, 2012 at 1:14 PMComments: 8 Faves: 0

6 Great Reasons To Give Your Pets Fish Oil

By Victoria Swanson More Blogs by This AuthorFrom the Paws & Awws Blog Series

All four of my fur kids - the cats, Casey and Oliver, and the dogs, Romeo and Izzy - get one fish oil supplement a day with their dinner.

How come?

Well, I'll tell you!

Just as with people, research has shown that fish oil really can improve the health of dogs and cats! Below are just 6 of the ways it does.

6 Great Reasons

#1 Their Skin: Probably the most popular reason for giving a pet a fish oil supplement, the anti-inflammatory affects it provides help keep skin healthy and fight skin allergy symptoms

#2 Their Heart: Not only do the anti-inflammatory benefits of fish oil protect skin from allergens, they can help keep the heart of your cat or dog healthy too! Fish oil is commonly used for the prevention and treatment of cardiovascular disorders and high cholesterol in pets.

#3 TheirImmunity:Your pet's kidneys which help filter out the toxins they encounter in their food, water and the environment are also benefited by a daily fish oil supplement. In fact, studies have even shown fish oil can slow the progression of kidney disease in pets with this problem!

#4 Their Joints: Inflammation is the root cause of joint aching in osteoarthritis. By giving your cat or dog a daily fish oil supplement, you are supplying their body with a wealth of anti-inflammatory nutrients, preventing or reducing the affects of arthritis.

#5 Their Digestion: Omega-3 helps support optimal absorption of nutrients and the anti-inflammatory benefits of fish oil prevent disease like IBD and colitis in your pets.

#6 Their Mental Health: Recently, studies have shown huge mental health benefits for people taking fish oil supplements. The omega 3 helps improve circulation and oxygen flow to the brain and can even improve symptoms of depression and anxiety! These same benefits apply to our pets.

Add a Supplement To Your Pet's Daily Regimen!

According to the 2011-2012 American Pet Products Association National Pet Owners Survey, 10% of dogs receive a vitamin/supplement, a substantial increase from 2% in 2008! Interested in starting a fish oil regimen with YOUR pets? Wonderful! Just be sure to consult with your vet first for the optimal dosage.

Higher dosage might be needed to treat certain diseases and fish oil may not be a good idea at all for pets on blood thinning medications. Also, keep in mind that benefits take some time before they will be evident. Be patient and consistent and you'll see!

Got the dosage figured out?

Rather than trying to get them to swallow a capsule, simply cut or pierce it and drain the oil onto their food. Your pets won't know the difference - except for the yummy fish smell! ;)


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  • What if they are a diabetic. My little dog is so would the fish oil be all right for her.

  • Thanks for the information ;o) my dog takes phenobarbital twice a day with her meals along with several milk thistle drops, would it be okay to add fish oil to the mix?

  • Our black german shepherd had very dry skin, was scratching a lot, flakes were flying all over.
    We started giving him one sardine and some oil on the top of his daily cookie treat. In less than a month his black coat shines as never before, he doesn't scratch to death any more.

  • Hi Wanda and Nancy, thank you for your comments. I would consult your vet to get the ok to give your pups fish oil since one is diabetic and the other is on other types of supplements. Just want to keep it safe and your vet should be able to advise you if fish oil supplement is right for your dogs.

    Thanks again!


  • Wanda - Fish oil is just fine for pets with diabetes!

    Nancy - Good thinking being cautious, but it should be ok to add the fish oil to the food. It shouldn't cause a problem with the medication.

  • Appreciate the advice; my gorgeous Labs would need this for sure. They love to play in mud pools on the street like kids and their water bowls and swim in them! My question is, what fish oil do you recommend that I use; my younger puppy has hip dysplasia, and I would like to know what supplement would suit both skin and disease wihtout harming them.

  • Hi Yara~

    I am glad you enjoyed the blog. We have a pet supplement that contains three essential oils of Omega. Here is the link to review it:

    This would be great for both of your dogs, it is natural and safe to use in conjunction with other supplements, our products, and other medicines.

    Hope this helps.

    Victoria :-)

  • This information came just in time for the winter itch.

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