WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF SALMON OIL FOR DOGS?
If you have a dog in your family, you are likely to know about salmon oil for dogs. But do you really know what the benefits of this supplement are? When included in the daily diet, in adequate doses, salmon oil can contribute a lot to the health of your bigeye. However, each dog has its characteristics and there are some precautions to take with this supplement. In addition, salmon oil may not be recommended for some pets.
WHAT IS SALMON OIL?
Salmon oil for dogs is rich in omega-3s. The benefits of this supplement come essentially from EPA ( eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA ( docosahexaenoic acid). It has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory properties and boosts the immune system. In addition, salmon oil helps the health of the skin and hair, reinforces the shine of the hair and makes it softer and denser. The supplement also has benefits for the brain, bones and digestion, in addition to helping to combat certain diseases or pathologies.
Fatty acids are essential in your pet's diet. The feed you supply to your bigeye must already have some amount of omega 3 and 6, however, in some cases supplementation may be necessary. Despite all these benefits, some dogs may not respond well to salmon oil, and may even have adverse effects.
WHEN TO USE SALMON OIL AS A SUPPLEMENT?
Some dogs may need extra fatty acid for a variety of reasons. Note that a veterinarian's evaluation is always essential. Do not make any decision without first taking your dog to be observed, nor provide any supplement without the authorization of the veterinarian. Each dog has its characteristics and what can be beneficial for some, can be harmful for others.
It is also important to note that the amounts of this supplement administered must be adapted to each dog. Therefore, ask your veterinarian about the proper amount for your best friend.
BENEFITS FOR SKIN
Fatty acids are essential for the skin. If your big dog has a skin problem, you may need to add the salmon oil supplement to your daily diet. In addition, salmon oil is also beneficial for hair, helping it to keep looking healthy.
Salmon oil has antioxidant effects, so it can help delay the development of cognitive pathologies, associated with brain degeneration in older dogs. However, it has not been proven that salmon oil is really effective in this regard. This supplement may also help in the fetal brain development, when administered to pregnant bitches, in addition to providing extra energy to the bitches at this stage.
BENEFITS FOR BONES
Salmon oil can help your bigeye in case of arthritis. This supplement helps with joint pain and minimizes joint inflammation, as well as strengthening teeth and nails.
ADVERSE REACTIONS TO SALMON OIL
Salmon oil may not be recommended for all bigeyes. For this reason, it is essential that you consult your veterinarian, so that he can confirm whether or not it will be beneficial to offer this supplement to your dog and in what amount is appropriate. Some animals may be allergic to salmon oil or, even if they do not have an allergic reaction, the bigeye may show other symptoms, associated with the consumption of this supplement.
Some of these adverse effects may be: bad breath, nausea, stomach pain, diarrhea, dizziness and weight gain. If your big dog has any of these symptoms, contact your veterinarian immediately, even if he was the one who recommended salmon oil to your best friend. It is essential to assess whether these changes are related to the supplement, or whether they may have another cause.
Created at 12/02/2020
Updated at 12/02/2020