Salmon oil, with it’s valuable omega-3 fatty acids, has many benefits for dogs, both inside and out. It strengthens the immune system, reduces the risk of heart disease, lubricates the skin and coat, supports joints and can even aid brain development. Dogs metabolise fats and oils differently to humans, and supplementing your dog’s diet with salmon oil won’t make him put on weight, but should make him fitter and possibly smarter.
What is omega-3?
Omega-3 are a family of “essential” polyunsaturated fatty acids, meaning that they can’t be made by the body and can only be obtained directly from the diet. Omega-3 fatty acids are found in most meat, and in particularly high levels in salmon and other cold-water fish, as well as other seafood including algae and krill, some plants, and nut oils. However, the grain-fed meat that forms the bulk of the meat portion of a dogs’ diets is much lower in these fatty acids than naturally raised, grass-fed animals. In essence, these nutrients are an important, natural part of a good diet, but are at lower levels in the type of food most pet dogs eat. That is why it’s beneficial to add them and salmon oil supplements are an excellent source.
Studies have shown that the omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial for joint health as well as helping prevent arthritis. The salmon oils also lubricate the skin helping maintain a glossy, healthy coat. As well as working to prevent health issues in dogs, salmon oil has been shown to work as an anti-inflammatory for arthritic dogs and helps keep sharp brain function in older dogs. It has been recommended for dogs with skin conditions or allergies to speed up the healing process. As well as omega-3, salmon oil is an excellent source of high quality protein, rich in minerals, anti-oxidants and vitamins (A, D, E, B6 & B12).