Do you want your dog to have super soft fur?
Does your dog suffer from itchy, dry skin and sore, irritated ears?
Is your elderly dog needing some pain relief for their arthritis and your vet has recommended fish-based pricey Yumove?
Are you concerned that your dog with a heart condition is not getting all the nutrients they need to support their heart?
Are you just wanting to keep your dog’s plant-based diet 100% balanced and you are looking for the healthiest, kindest anti-inflammatory to give?
All you need is to give your dog a daily supplement of Omega 3 Algae oil!
Being a UK based pet owner and a Mum, I have looked for the most cost-effective way to give these anti-inflammatory super-ingredients as I have had owners express concern about giving them to their dogs as they may be too expensive. This really worries me as I want owners to get it right and continue with giving algae oil for the life of their pets.
Anything which is targetted at the dog or pet market will have a much higher price tag. Algae oil used in our pets is the same as that used in us, so it makes far more sense to look for the best and most cost-effective ‘human’ option of Omega 3 algae oil. If it works out as being reasonably priced, then you the owner will give it long term to your pets which is so important for their future health on a plant-based diet.
The Omega 3’s that I recommend you buy for your dog
These capsules complement our JUST BE KIND supplement perfectly. They contain a very high level of EPA compared to other Algae oils so benefitting our dogs even more. They also contain plant-based Vit D3 from lichen which is ideal for a healthy immune system in our dogs.
As a company, Vegetology are very reasonably priced and the capsules work out to be very cost-effective with their 3 for 2 offer. They arrive very promptly too with no postage costs!
The recommended dose for your dog is 1 capsule every other day (or 3 capsules a week) for an average 25kg dog if being fed a dry or tinned plant-based diet. If your dog suffers from arthritis or an allergic skin conditions, they would benefit from 1 – 2 capsules a day for a 25kg dog. If arthritis or skin allergies are an issue, it is best to give the capsules separate to the main meal for maximum absorption of the Omega 3’s without them having to compete with the Omega 6’s from the oil in the main food.
For small dogs, you can cut a tiny hole in the top of the capsule, make a small ‘saucer’ with some foil to keep the capsule upright, and pour a small amount of the contents of the capsule onto a small ‘treat’ daily, so 1 capsule should last 3-4 days for a small dog under 10kgs which makes these particular capsules very cost-effective!
There are so many reasons why I think (and hope) that oil sourced from algae will become the preferred method of Omega 3 supplementation for both us and our pets in the future.
At present, the predominant method of Omega 3 oil supplementation in diets is via the use of fish oils (DHA, EPA, DPA) salmon, cod liver or green-lipped mussel extract in Yumove in dogs – not sustainable as we need to nurture our fragile oceans and seas. The worst is possibly krill oil used in dog supplements as krill is the bottom of the food chain in the ocean and to harvest it for our pets is a disaster for our oceans when there is a much kinder and far more sustainable solution using Algae oil.
A little bit more about Omega 3’s in your dog’s diet……
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. Most of us know the benefits of Omega 3 acids in our diet. These important acids are DHA, EPA and DPA, carrying a host of benefits, mostly centred around their anti inflammatory nature.
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. These particular plant based forms of Omega 3 are not as reliable for humans and certainly not for dogs, due to ALA needing to be converted into DHA/EPA/DPA, and this does not happen effectively in dogs. Although both plant based, seeds/nuts and algae are NOT the same when it comes to Omega 3 bioavailability – algae contains DHA, EPA, DPA not ALA.
Many companies advertise flaxseed oil as a source of Omega 3’s in their pet food – confusing dogs with people as we absorb flaxseed oil really well, but our dogs don’t – feed algae oil to your dog instead!
She has written the article with such an in-depth understanding of the importance of dogs going plant-based – all just so positive for the future!
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