Our first Ask a Vet segment! Thank you for your submissions.
Question from Facebook:
"What are your recommendations/opinions on supplementing dogs with fish oil? Some sources says it great and some say its actually dangerous for dogs." - E.R.
Answer from Dr. Steve Dunbar:
Fish oil is a common additive or supplement to pet foods. It is high in omega 3 fats that have the beneficial effects of anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidation according to recent research. DHA and EPA omega 3 fats, which are the beneficial ingredients in fish oil, have shown to be beneficial in treating many conditions involving organs, arthritis, skin allergies, intestinal inflammation and even dementia. The oils can help improve hair coats.
The problem is that they also have some side effects if given too much. Any fats or oils given in large amounts may cause diarrhea, vomiting, pancreatitis and can slow blood clotting. The recommended dose for fish oil is 20-55 mg (of DHA and EPA combined) per pound of body weight.
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