Q. Dear Terry, “At my dog’s last veterinarian visit they recommended a few supplements, including an omega-3. My dog is healthy overall, but I do think an omega-3 could be beneficial for him. There are so many omega-3 choices, what should I look for?” – Landon M., Bayonne, NJ
A. Dear Landon, Omega-3s are important for dogs and their guardians. Omega-3s help to form all of the cell membranes and, therefore, affect all body systems. Decreased omega-3s in dogs can lead to dry skin and coat, delayed impulse control, joint issues, and other chronic conditions.
Some pet foods provide omega-3s, but they are subject to product quality, packaging, and storage. It’s possible that the omega-3s are rancid by the time our pets are eating their food.
Cold-water fish have the highest, naturally occurring levels of omega-3s because of the environment they live in. I prefer omega-3 fatty acids from salmon, naturally bound to beneficial peptides and phospholipids, as this is much closer to nature and how these nutrients were meant to be absorbed and utilized. This is the way that omega-3s are delivered by eating fish – which means a big difference in stability and ability to transport omega-3s to where they are needed most.
Look for a chewable omega-3 complex from salmon. You could give your dog one to three chewables per day depending on his size.
Terry . . . Naturally
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