Healthy Foods Checklist: Fish Oil for Dogs

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By PetMD Editorial on Apr. 28, 2017
Healthy Foods Checklist: Fish Oil for Dogs

Fish oil is a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids and provides a variety of health benefits for dogs. Cold-water oily fish, such as salmon, mackerel, and trout, naturally contain fish oil.

Omega-3 fatty acids have anti-inflammatory properties that may lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, and arthritis in dogs. These good fats are also said to help with skin conditions, allergies, and kidney function. Fish oil also supports healthy skin and coats, vision development and cognitive function.

You can give your dog fish oil capsules to eat, hide the pill inside a tasty treat, or add liquid oil into your pet’s food.

Fish and fish meal is often found in dog foods as the main protein. In addition, many pet foods are formulated with fish oil because of the critical role omega-3s play in treating and preventing disease.

Pet owners should talk with their veterinarian before giving their dog fish oil, since too large a dosage can cause adverse side effects.

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