Fish oil is the most important supplement (in my opinion) as it contains Omega-3 fatty acids.
Why is this Important?
Commercially grown meat is fed grain which causes the Omega-3 to Omega-6 fatty acid ratio to be off. Grain fed meat contains too much Omega-6 so supplementing with fish oil is important to bring that ratio back into proper proportions.
The amount to give to achieve this is called a “maintenance” dose.
How much should I give for a "maintenance" dose?
100 – 150 mg. Omega-3 fatty acids for every 10 lbs. body weight.
What about animals with health conditions?
For animals with health problems such as degenerative joint disease, arthritis, hip dysplasia, spinal problems, elbow dysplasia, coat and skin issues, allergies, autoimmune disease, cancer, heart disease, kidney disease, etc., a "therapeutic" dose may be needed.
How much should I give for a "therapeutic" dose?
Up to 300 mg. of total Omega-3 fatty acids for every 10 lbs. of body weight.
More than 300 mg. of total Omega-3 fatty acids for every 10 lbs. of body weight can be given as needed.
Is mg. of fish oil the same as the mg. of Omega-3's?
Most 1,000 mg. fish oil capsules contain 300 mg. total Omega-3 fatty acids per capsule but check the label of the one you are using.
If you use a liquid, it should tell you how much per unit of measure.
Are there any health concerns when giving fish oil?
As with all supplements, make sure to tell your vet your dog is taking it.
Fish oil acts as a blood thinner and may need to be stopped prior to surgeries and procedures.
It may not be appropriate for dogs with certain medical conditions and/or taking certain medications.
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* Vitamin E
* Essential Oils
* DGP - Marine Collagen
* Vitamin C
* Fish Oil