We have all taken fish oils (and fed them to our dogs), and our grandparents all took cod liver oil when they were younger as we all know the benefits of Omega-3’s, but WHY NOT EAT THE OMEGA-3 DIRECTLY FROM THE HEALTHY ALGAE WHERE THE FISH GET IT FROM?
This ensures that it can be sustainably sourced and farmed and each capsule contains none of the cod liver oil fishy aftertaste; it is completely heavy metal free with no contaminants that fish may have in their livers; and it means that it does not contribute to the problem of overfishing to protect our fragile oceans.
Apparently fish oils need 5 to 6 industrial treatments to get rid of the contamination of heavy metals like mercury and PCB’s (polychlorinated biphenyls). Omega-3 algae oils are sustainably sourced and grown from the Schizochytrium species of fresh microalgae, so no contamination concerns at all!
The human and dog body can make most of the types of fats it needs from other fats or raw materials. That isn’t the case for Omega-3 fatty acids . These are essential fats—the body can’t make them from scratch but must get them from food.
The Omega 3’s we recommend you buy for your dog
These particular capsules contain 352 mg Omega-3 with more than 207 mg DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and 123 mg EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) in each capsule. These particular capsules that we recommend contain no added Vit E which is why we advise you use them for your dog’s homemade recipes. The VEGDOG supplement contains added Vit E and if giving capsules with Omega 3 and Vit E, this could result in an overdose of Vit E which is one of the fat soluble vitamins and its levels needs to be carefully balanced in your dog’s plant-based diet.
There is a third Omega-3 called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), the most common Omega 3 fatty acid in most of our diets. It is found in vegetable oils and nuts (especially walnuts), flax seeds, leafy vegetables, and some animal fat, especially in grass-fed animals. Omega 3 fatty acids in dogs have to be EPA and DHA rather than alpha linolenic acid (ALA) which dogs don’t utilise as well as humans. ALA is what is in flaxseeds that are not well absorbed in dogs. It is better to use flaxseed (or linseed) oil as used in our recipes as this provides the requirements of ALA and EPA rather than the soaked seeds as shown in this article.
A balance of linseed (or flaxseed oil) in our dog’s homemade diet, as well Algae oil would be the best option.
What makes Omega-3 fats special?
They are an integral part of cell membranes throughout the body and affect the function of the cell receptors in these membranes. They provide the starting point for making hormones that regulate blood clotting, contraction and relaxation of artery walls, and inflammation.
They also bind to receptors in cells that regulate genetic function. Likely due to these effects, Omega 3 fats have been shown to help prevent allergic skin diseases, atopy, and arthritis, and may play protective roles in cancer and other inflammatory condition.
They can be given separate to the cooked meals for maximum absorption as dogs really like the taste of these capsules and they are one of the most natural sources of anti-inflammatories that can be given to your dog daily to benefit dogs with allergic skin conditions and arthritis. The dose is 1 capsule daily for an average 25kg dog.
What is the only side-effect of Omega-3 DHA in dogs and in humans?
Omega-3 fatty acids with their anti-inflammatory effect in the body, decrease the growth of plaque in the arteries, and aid in thinning blood. Vets (and hopefully human surgeons) advise that patients due to undergo any operation or dental procedure that is planned, stop taking the supplements about a week prior to the operation and a week after the operation as this thinning of the blood can cause prolonged bleeding times (not a side effect you want in your dog if it undergoes a dental and has a number of teeth removed).
This is usually advised by surgeons when they know their patients take extra fish oil supplements and in this instance the same applies to Omega-3 Algae oil capsules.
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