One of the daily supplements I add to our pets diet is oil. We move between salmon oil, coconut oil and sardine oil. There are a lot of benefits of adding oils to pets diets and all oils are different. What can oils do for your pet? Let’s take a look.
Fish oil is probably the most important supplement you can add to your dogÂs diet, regardless of what type of diet you feed. We carry a couple of varieties of salmon oil and a really great sardine oil.
Sardine oil is a nice alternative to salmon oil. Most pet foods contain salmon oil and it is good to rotate in a pets diet. The Sardine Oil we carry is derived from harvested wild sardines. It contains more EPA and DHA than salmon oil and has naturally lower levels of environmental contaminants. Sardines do not have the heavy metal build-up often found in other fish eaten as food. This is due to the natural habitat of sardines, which is in colder waters found deeper below the surface. Also, they are a small, immature species with a short lifespan, so less time to accumulate toxins in their bodies.
Even when feeding food with fish or fish oil included, adding oil to your pets diet is important. The cooking of dogs food even at low temperatures can reduce the effectiveness of the included oils. EPA and DHA, the omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil, provide widespread benefits.
Proven benefits from EPA and DHA include:
- Improving the coat and skin.
- Reducing inflammation due to conditions such as arthritis, allergies, and inflammatory bowel disease.
- Regulating the immune system, boosting those that are suppressed and calming overactive immune systems for dogs with allergies or autoimmune diseases.
- Aiding in mental development of fetuses and puppies, and improving cognitive function in older dogs.
- Lowering blood pressure and triglycerides.
- Providing support for dogs with kidney disease, heart disease, and cancer.
- Promoting weight loss in overweight dogs.
Fish oil should be protected from light, heat, and air. Store liquid fish oil in dark bottles in the refrigerator. Purchase amounts that can be used within one or two months to avoid rancidity.
The amount of EPA and DHA in various fish oil preparations varies. Look for concentrated forms when giving high doses so you use smaller amounts of oil.
Healthy dogs can be given 100 to 150 mg EPA and DHA per 10 pounds of body weight daily; dogs who have health problems can be given up to 300 mg per 10 pounds of body weight. Try not to be tempted to over feed – too much can be a bad thing.
Coconut oil consists of more than 90% saturated fats, with traces of few unsaturated fatty acids, such as mono unsaturated fatty acids and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Most of the saturated fats in coconut oil are Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCTs). The main component (more than 40%) of MCTs is lauric acid, followed by capric acid, caprylic acid, myristic acid and palmitic. Coconut oil also contains about 2% linoleic acid (polyunsaturated fatty acids) and about 6% oleic acid (monounsaturated fatty acids).
Most of the coconut oil benefits come from the MCTs. For example, the lauric acid in coconut oil has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties.
In dogs, the MCTs in coconut oil balance the thyroid, helping overweight dogs lose weight and helping sedentary dogs feel energetic. Coconut oil gently elevates the metabolism, provides a higher level of energy and vitality, protects you from illness, and speeds healing. As a bonus, coconut oil improves any dogÂs skin and coat, improves digestion, and reduces allergic reactions.
Fed regularly to pets, coconut oil may have multiple benefits:
- Clears up skin conditions such as eczema, flea allergies, contact dermatitis,and itchy skin
- Reduces allergic reactions and improves skin health
- Makes coats become sleek and glossy, and deodorizes doggy odor
- Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections, including candida
- Disinfects cuts and promotes wound healing
- Applied topically, promotes the healing of cuts, wounds, hot spots, dry skin and hair, bites and stings
Immune System, Metabolic Function, Bone Health:
- Contains powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal agents that prevent infection and disease
- Regulates and balance insulin and promotes normal thyroid function
- Helps prevent or control diabetes
- Helps reduce weight, increases energy
- Aids in arthritis or ligament problems
Start slow when adding coconut oil to your pets diet. The recommended dose is 1/4 teaspoon for every 10 pounds of body weight daily.
In conclusion – we think that your pet can benefit from an oil in their diet. Better coat and skin, reduced inflammation and increased energy? Sounds great to us. Stop in soon and lets talk about which supplement would be best for your pets!