Q. Dear Terry, “I try and feed my dog the best dry kibble I can afford. I recently read that dry food can be low in omega-3s. I give my dog a little fish when I cook it for myself. Should I give him extra omega-3s? And if so, what kind should I give my dog?”– Patti B., Tuscaloosa, AL
A. Dear Patti, Omega-3s are important for dogs and their guardians. The omega-3s in pet food 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. Decreased omega-3s in dogs can lead to dry skin and coat, delayed impulse control, joint issues, and other chronic conditions.
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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