Fish Oil for dogs? Some dog owners hesitate giving their dogs fats but the truth is not all fats are bad. There are actually “good” fats that are important for your German Shepherd’s fitness, health, immunity, energy level and weight management.
What is Omega-3 Fatty Acid?
Omega-3 fatty acids are chains of carbon molecules that are linked together with single or double bonds. In both dogs and humans, taking an essential fatty acid is needed because it cannot be manufactured by the body. When your German Shepherd takes Omega 3 fatty acids, the development of inflammation in his body will be lessened as the fatty acidsprevent activating the cell membranes. A lot of health problems in dogs are caused by too much inflammation in the body, so Omega 3 supplements can help lessen this issue. Three examples of Omega 3 fatty acids are Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA), Alpha Linoleic Acid (ALA), and Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA).
Benefits of Giving Your German Shepherd Omega-3 Fish Oil
Omega 3-Fish Oil has many benefits for your German Shepherd’s health but do note that it can take 3-4 months to see these benefits in both the skin and overall health of your German Shepherd.
Omega 3- Fish Oil Helps Lessen Inflammation and Allergies
The Omega 3 fatty acid found in fish oil helps reduce inflammation in the body. It also lessens the severity of different allergies including contact/inhalant allergies, food allergies, flea bite allergies and more.
Inflammation is seen in many diseases including arthritis, brain disease, heart disease, and kidney disease. Autoimmune diseases are also commonly seen in these organs. Giving your German Shepherd Fish Oil can help reduce inflammation and autoimmune responses while promoting blood circulation in the organs mentioned above.
But do note that dogs – especially senior dogs – who are under certain medications should not be given Fish Oil without the consent of the veterinarian because occasional drug/supplement interactions may occur.
Omega 3- Fish Oil Can Lessen Dry Skin and Other Skin Issues in Dogs
Giving your German Shepherd Fish Oil also helps prevent or lessen dry skin and other skinproblems. By giving fish oil to your German Shepherd allows dog owners to give lesser doses of anti-inflammatory medicines and antibiotics when treating different skin conditions.
Omega 3- Fish Oil Can Help Boost Your Senior German Shepherd’s Immune System
Senior dogs have weaker bodies and immune systems and this means they are more prone to inflammation, catching diseases, and developing infection.
Giving your senior German Shepherd Omega 3 fatty acids can help lessen these effects of aging. Because Omega-3 fatty acids’ abilities to lessen inflammation, it is seen as a deterrent to many degenerative brain diseases.It can also help lessen and even potentially reverse brain inflammation in your German Shepherd.
Things You Should Know Before Giving Your German Shepherd Omega-3 Fish Oil
Fish Oil is considered a blood thinner and its anti-inflammatory effect heightens the production of some chemicals that can change platelet function, which is the formation of blood clots. Since platelet function is important to prevent blood loss from trauma, having too much Omega-3 in the system can be a problem. When your German Shepherd is given excessive amounts of fish oil, he may suffer higher blood loss in case of accidents or injury. Since Fish Oil has anti-inflammatory properties, it can also slow down or lessen the migration of white blood cells to infected wounds or body parts. Too much Omega 3-fatty acids is not only a clotting problem. Too much amount of Omega 3-fatty acids can also suppress a dog’s inflammatory response and slightly hinders the white blood cells from controlling infections, cancers, and other problems.
While fish oil has many health benefits including controlling excessive inflammatory response like allergies, skin issues, and effects of autoimmune diseases. However, it’s important to give your German Shepherd only the necessary amount of Omega-3 fatty acids so that the right level of inflammatory response is maintained to protect the dog from suffering from blood loss, infection, and other diseases. According to the National Research Council, dogs only need about 20 to 55 milligrams of combined EPA and DHA per pound of the dog’s body weight. Do note that this dosage is far lesser than those used to treat serious issues where benefits of the treatment are more important than the risk of side effects.If you think your German Shepherd needs a higher dosage, consult with your veterinarian first.