What are omegas?
Omegas for dogs. Have you wondered about whether feeding omegas to your dog could be beneficial? We have been looking at it, considering all of the dogs we have with arthritis in our household. But what are they exactly, and how can they actually help dogs?
Omegas, or omega fatty acids, is a term that’s short for the Omega-3, Omega-6, and Omega-9 fatty acids that are necessary for keeping your dog healthy. This post from Chewy explains more. These fatty acids are all necessary for good health in dogs. But they aren’t equally easy to find for your dog’s diet.
- Omega 6s are in poultry, vegetable oils, and foods that are often in dog foods. It’s easy to feed too much Omega 6, leading to increased inflammation in your arthritic dog.
- Your dog’s body can make Omega 9s from fats in the diet, so getting enough of them isn’t difficult.
- Omega 3s aren’t as common, and your dog’s body doesn’t make it, so your dog needs to take them in from outside sources.
When I started researching the subject, I found lots of products that include Omegas for dogs. Many companies have supplements, dog food, or both available. Then there is the human food for dogs option. But what would be best for our dogs? And if I bought any, what would I hope to accomplish for my dog?
How can omegas for dogs help?
Omega 3s are know to have anti-inflammatory properties. They might be able to help your dog with issues like
- Skin allergies. Omega-3s can decrease the irritation from allergies and itchy skin, as well as those annoying hot spots.
- Arthritis. The anti-inflammatory properties can work like NSAIDS to ease the discomfort of arthritic joints.
- Heart health. Fish oil has been found to help with abnormal heart rhythms and decreasing triglyceride levels.
- Cancer. It may inhibit tumor growth by keeping the cells from reproducing and the tumor from growing.
- Brain health. DHA in fish oil is important to developing puppy brains and decreasing the effects of cognitive dysfunction in older dogs.
Omegas for dogs; how do you get them together?
With a little effort, you can find several sources of Omega 3s for your dog. You can’t really overdose your dog with them, although they might have some minor GI discomfort if they get too much.
If you read labels, you can find higher quality dog foods with Omega 3s. Companies like Chewy make it easier to find. Many treats also include omega 3s for their health benefits. Fish oil and other supplements can be a source of Omega 3s. Read my post for more here. You can feed fish that are high in Omega 3s as well.
We decided to give our dogs their omega 3s through human-grade fish most days. Although I can’t say for sure that it helps them with pain issues, they certainly like it. However, they’re pretty healthy otherwise, so we have no intention of stopping.
What do you think about Omegas for dogs? I’d love to hear how they work for them in the comments below.