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3. FISH OIL If I were to suggest any single nutritional supplement for dogs with arthritis, it would be fish oil (fish body oil, such as Salmon Oil or EPA oil, not cod liver oil). Fish oil provides omega-3 fatty acids that help reduce inflammation. They are beneficial no matter what type of diet you feed. Note that omega-3 fatty acids are fragile and break down quickly when exposed to light, heat or air, so just feeding a food that has omega-3 fatty acids added may not be helpful. Give as much as 1000 mg fish oil (300 mg EPA/DHA) per 10 lbs of body weight daily. Because fish oil depletes vitamin E in the body, you should also give vitamin E supplements whenever you supplement with oils of any kind. See for my current recommendations on vitamin E supplementation. See for information on two studies published in the JAVMA in 2010 showing how dogs with arthritis improve when given fish oil supplements.
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High Cholesterol: Elevated cholesterol levels (hyperlipidermia) in dogs is caused by a build-up of fat in the bloodstream. Although this does not carry the same threat of heart disease as it does in humans, it can cause other health problems. The fats are produced naturally by the liver as part of the digestive system, but if too much fat is produced it will cause high cholesterol levels. According to a study carried out by the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Uludag,in Turkey (and reported by “The Journal of Small Animal Practice” in March 2009), one possible indication of high cholesterol is a tendency for tail chasing–an obsessive compulsive disorder. Body fish oils have been shown to reduce triglycerides and cholesterol. How much fish oil / omega 3? - Raw Food Diet Forum - Dogster
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Some dogs relish canned fish – salmon, tuna or mackerel -- added to their dinner or canola oil dribbled over their kibble. If yours doesn't, you may have to resort to capsules of fish oil or krill oil. Krill oil is more concentrated and therefore comes in smaller packages, and it won't give your best buddy "fish breath." Supplements made specifically for dogs usually tell you on the label how much to give, expressed as milligrams per pound of the dog's body weight. Human supplements are also appropriate for dogs, but you'll need your vet to help calculate your dog's dose according to the concentration. Consult your veterinarian before giving your dog any supplements. How you get the stuff into the dog is between you and him.How much fish oil should I give my dog? And, how much fish oil for dogs is safe? These are questions that plague dog owners when deciding the balance between healthy and hazardous. A healthy dosage of fish oil for a dog depends on the dog’s health and any specific health issues he faces.Once it is discovered fish oil may be the cause of your dog’s symptoms, his recovery should go very smoothly once removed from his diet. Fish oil is not bad for your dog, but it can be when given in excess. Consult with your veterinarian on how much fish oil your dog requires daily. This will insure he never receives too much and will never have to suffer the consequences.At this point, you may be wondering if fish oil is really that beneficial to dogs. One concern is being depleted of vitamin E, but this can be easily replaced with supplementation. However, there are further concerns. One of them is the fact that fish oil can be easily contaminated with some relevant amounts of heavy metals and toxic chemicals. PCB's (polychlorinated biphenyls) dioxins, mercury and PCP (pentachloropheno) are just a few. Toxic metals are more significantly found in the tissues of larger fish because they tend to live longer, and as such, they accumulate quite large amounts of toxins in their lifetime. For instance, tuna contains a lot of metal because they are large, tend to live longer and are on the top of the food chain. Much less chemicals are found in smaller fish such as sardines and anchovies.