What would be a good way to make sure my dog is getting enough healthy omega-3s?
Q. Dear Terry, “My dog, Buster, eats a dry dog food that I think is high quality. I’ve heard that the omega-3s in dog food may be rancid and actually be harmful. I wish I could cook Buster’s meals, but I just don’t have the time. What would be a good way to make sure he’s getting enough healthy omega-3s?” — Trudy H., Parma, OH
A. Dear Trudy, 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