Consider carefully the benefits of Omega 3 for your dog depend on a few crucial elements. This Dog Talk Tuesday the discussion is more on source - from whole foods to supplements. What's best?
Here's my Lulu. I had lots of yard work to do and apparently she had some napping and vitamin D absorption to do.
If you know me at all you know I love dog health supplements.
I love them so much I sell the best out there.
However, sometimes there may be better options for you to choose from.
What did she mean by some store bought products not being very good?
Here's a hypothetical example. You decide to get your dog salmon oil because salmon is an incredibly healthy fish and it's oil considered supreme. But where does it come from?
Could it come from genetically altered salmon which is farm raised in deplorable filthy conditions in another country but shipped to the US before the oil is extracted thus making the claim "made in the United States" a sneaky half truth? And foods coming from that distance, especially fish, can be treated with Ethoxyquin, a highly toxic substance.
In a case like that, no Omega 3 is better than a bad one.
And of course, whenever we can give our dog nutrients in the whole
food form, they other nutrients as well. You know, those things
that all work together for the greatest result.
Anyway, consider that small young fish such as sardines are not old enough to have absorbed toxins and it's so easy to buy water packed canned sardines at the grocery store when you get your own groceries!
Here's a chart from whfoods.com. On the left it shows nutrients in sardines. Pretty awesome.
Note: If you prefer the benefits of omega 3 from fish oil for dogs and you trust your source, keep this in mind - Highly nutritious oils can and do go rancid so keep them refrigerated and smell them often for freshness since rancidity = carcinogenic
Let's take a minute to go over the trendy one.
Coconut oil got so much press that everyone was jumping on the bandwagon to buy it for their dogs as some sort of cure-all. Like we said, it isn't bad but consider this:
Your dog is a natural carnivore and that is what his body is meant to absorb nutrients from. Ask yourself
whenever you consider adding something to your dog's diet. . .
What is _________? Is it a natural source of food for my dog?
I find it a much easier way than guessing or going into an in depth study. Here's what I mean. There is more than one form of omega 3 and plant based sources are not the same in makeup as sardines so automatically, you'd not consider flax seed oil to get the full benefits of omega 3 for your dog.
The same would apply to coconut oil. And no, coconut oil does not have omega 3's. It's a medium chain fatty acid that is not essential and since I can't picture my dog eating a coconut, I reserve it for an occasional snack.
No matter what you choose, remember processing. The more processed, the less nutritional value is left - if any.