Fish oil is supposed to be good for our dogs, but it can be oh-so-bad. Here's what you should know to avoid poisoning your dog and causing long term health problems.
The most important things to know? The word fish doesn't cut it and...
(1) only some oils are good for you and your dog.
(2) Just because an oil comes from a fish doesn't make it good.
(3) Beware of generic words.
(4) Not all fish contain Omega 3s.
Using a generic phrase means it can be from anything including fish contaminated with
mercury (one of the most toxic things on the earth) or from sick fish grown in filthy
farm facilities far from the U.S. (Think China and all the dog food and treat linked deaths.)
And if you buy fish oil for dogs, beware! Especially if the bottle says not for human consumption because the rules for what can be served up to our dogs are more disgusting than you can imagine.
If you want the value of Omega 3s, which I’ve noticed help my dog maintain a bright, shiny coat free of dandruff; and you like buying oils to drizzle on their food, look for human grade salmon oil.
Here's why it gets tricky. As soon as this delicate oil is exposed to air, it begins to deteriorate (oxidize) and turn rancid which changes it to a toxic substance.
I don't mean the 'your dog will drop dead' kind of poison but the slow breakdown of health you can't see and don't know why your dog is sick and getting sicker.
If you buy dog food that claims to have any form of omega 3s including fish oil, stay clear. They will do far more
harm than good for your dog’s health. The minute you open the bag, the introduction of air begins to turn the oils.
Be sure to keep all delicate oils refrigerated to prevent them from oxidizing and becoming toxic.
While I certainly like selling you Super Omega 3 capsules from Natures Sunshine ( NSP # 1515-7 ) which is a tested human supplement good for both you and your dog, you have a few other options as well.
Serve wild caught sardines from the grocery store which have been canned in water. Another excellent choice to use a few times a week are raw organic eggs. There’s lots of protein in the white of the egg and wonderful healthy omega 3 fats in the yoke and calcium in the shell.
In fact, here’s a video of my dog Lulu tackling a whole raw egg.
By the way, that rug in the video actually belongs to my dog so she knows she can take treats there. I usually feed eggs in her bowl.
I almost forgot to explain that one. Many, many fish now contain mercury because of our pollution and it’s so bad we need to take serious precautions. Here are two tips:
- Buy the Super Omega 3 capsules (which are constantly tested to insure no contamination) or
-Use fresh or canned sardines. The fish are young enough to not have absorbed mercury yet.
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Related pages that may interest you:
Fish Oil for Dogs - The health benefits of the good stuff
Good fats - More fat talk (:
What Does Vitamin D Do? - More benefits from the right fish
Benefits of Vitamin A - Lots more benefits of the right fish and its oil.