March 11, 2016

Cod liver oil for dogs? 

Well not quite.  It is true that fish oil including cod liver oil is high in omega 3 – the good oils called ‘essential fatty acids’ or EFAs. But Cod Liver Oil is not the best option for dogs. Essential means animals (such as dogs) cannot synthesise these fatty acids and need them to be provided in their diets.

There are several different omega-3’s but the two main ones found in fish oil are EPA (eicosapentanoic acid) and DHA (docosahexanoic acid).  Some of the highest levels of these are found in high quality salmon oil, such as Salmopet.

Providing essential fatty acids (EFAs) such as omega-3 in the diet can have a number of beneficial effects:

  • Skin: fish oil can be particularly helpful for dogs with itchy or dry skin. That’s why we include salmon oil in YuMEGA Itchy Dog.
  • Joint Care: Dogs with reduced mobility in their joints may also benefit from increased levels of the omega-3 EPA found in fish oil. Another useful omega-3 to help with mobility is ETA (eicosatetranoic acid) which is found in green-lipped mussel containing supplements such as Yumove which is another of our dog joint supplements
  • Immune responses: Increased consumption of omega-3 has been shown to have beneficial effects in ageing dogs by supporting the immune system
  • Support healthy circulation: just like us, Omega-3 can support healthy circulation which is important in heart health.
  • Growth: Large quantities of the omega-3 DHA are deposited in the brain and eye during late stage gestation and post-natal growth (the period immediately after birth). This can help with brain and eye development in young animals, which is why we include omega 3 DHA in our puppy supplement, YUM Puppy.

Active ingredients are the most important part of any supplement. The higher the levels of omega 3 in a fish oil supplement, the greater the benefit to your pet. Oils such as cod-liver oil tend to be quite low in the active omega-3 s and higher in vitamin A (which unlikely to be needed when there is a sufficient level in their normal diet.)

The quality of the fish oil is also very important. High quality salmon oil such as Salmopet will have fewer impurities than a lower quality oil and will taste a lot better (a less rancid or ‘fishy’ taste). It also supplies a higher level of active omega 3s for your dog.

Salmopet is made with only 100% fresh salmon and is a great alternative to cod liver oil for dogs and cats. It ensures your pet has only the best quality oil available. It provides a rich source of Omega 3 to help maintain the health and vitality of your dog. It is also very easy to add the oil to your dog’s or cat’s food.

Salmopet contains only pure salmon oil with no additives. The salmon used to make Salmopet are taken from the fjord and processed into oil in less than 1 hour, which ensures your pet receives only the best quality and freshest oils. This method of taking the oil preserves only the important unsaturated fatty acids that benefit your pet’s health.

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