Omega 3 For Improving Your Dog’s Health
The following information relates to the usage of Omega 3 in dogs, here you will find the correct dosage of Omega 3 for dogs, side effects and more.
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Fish oils such as Omega 3 can do wonders for the health of your dog, giving him or her a shiny coat, or helping their joints. Fish oils are readily available over-the-counter in most reputable pharmacies, though there are some things you should be aware of should you consider using it to treat your pet.
Omega 3 dosage for dogs
The good thing about Omega 3 is that the pills are in fact manufactured in specific forms meant for use in dogs in addition to the regular human ones. Now, working out the dosage can actually be a little trickier than with most medications, but you will want to multiply your dog’s weight (in pounds) by 20 for the correct dosage of EPA to be given once every 24 hours. What is EPA? EPA stands for the substance eicosapentaenoic acid, this is completely different from the abbreviation EFA you may see on Omega 3 tubs, which stands for Essential Fatty Acids. The problem with “EFA” is that it can refer to any assortment of fish oils aside from Omega 3, such as Omega 6, which would regularly be a good thing, but the diets of most dogs already include Omega 6 in very high amounts. When you buy a tub of Omega 3 capsules, you want to look mainly at the content of EPA/DHA.
So, for a quick recap on the math, if you have a 50 lb dog, the target dosage of EPA would be 50 x 20 = 1,000 mg.
Is Omega 3 safe for dogs?
Omega 3 is a natural supplement and safe for use in dogs. As mentioned above, you should be aware of what’s in your supply. Given at the correct dosage, you should notice only benefits in your pet. There are other safe substances which may prove more helpful for dogs with arthritis/joint pain such as glucosamine.
- Note the difference between EPA and EFA
- Take time to work out the correct dosage of EPA to administer to your pet
- Consult with a vet if you’re thinking about using Omega 3 for their professional advice and suggestions for dosage/supply
Serious side effects due to Omega 3 are rare, as it is a natural supplement, however, overdosing may lead to several problems especially if your supply contains Omega 6. There is actually no known toxicity for Omega 3 in dogs, but if you notice diarrhea in your pet, it is probably a sign that the dosage is too high, and you should lower it. In smaller dogs (10 lbs and under) it may be difficult to find fish oil supplements with such minimal amounts of EPA, but regular strength human capsules often contain EPA of lower levels and as such may be more suitable for the job. You will be able to pick up Omega 3 from most reputable pharmacists on an over-the-counter basis, which means you do not need a prescription, though speaking to a vet before use is always advisable.
Uses of Omega 3 for dogs
Omega 3 is a useful supplement for helping dogs suffering with:
- Flaky or itchy skin
It may also improve your dog’s digestion.
Side effects of giving Omega 3 to your dog
In high doses, your dog may develop diarrhea. As in all cases, if any side effects you are unsure of begin to develop, seek veterinary attention.