Michelle lives on a 39-acre farm with horses, donkeys, peacocks, chickens, German Shepherds, barn cats, two children, and one lucky husband.
The Benefits of Salmon Oil for Cats and Dogs
Dogs are physiologically incapable of making their own omega-3 fatty acids. Thus, they have a dietary need for acids such as eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).
"Vegetable" oils such as canola, soybean, flaxseed, and walnut can provide dogs with the omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a precursor to EPA and DHA. Dogs do not transform ALA into EPA and DHA well, so nutritionally it is better to give EPA and DHA directly. The best source of these is from cold-water fish oils, such as salmon.
Omega fatty acids found in salmon oil provide widespread benefits. There are two major fatty acids found in salmon oil: EPA and DHA. EPA acts as an anti-inflammatory, which can help reduce inflammatory conditions that affect the heart, kidneys, joints, and skin.
DHA is important in brain and eye development in kittens and puppies. It is also recommended for pregnant or nursing pets. Salmon oil promotes a shiny, healthy coat, which may help reduce shedding.
Salmon oil has also been promoted for aiding with the following:
- Improving cognitive function in older dogs.
- Lowering blood pressure and triglycerides.
- Providing support for dogs with kidney disease.
- Helping promote weight loss in overweight dogs.
- Helping collagen production.
- Helping to slow cancer cell growth.
Why Are Essential Fatty Acids Important?
Essential fatty acids (EFA) are necessary for normal growth and functioning of cells, nerves, organs, and muscles. They are required for the production of prostaglandins, which are hormone-like substances that are key to many important processes.
Deficiencies in EFAs can cause health problems such as:
- Heart disease
Different Sources of EFA Supplements Available for Animals
EFAs can be purchased in a variety of products, in varied formulations with which to supplement your pets' diet.
- Mixed in dry food
- Bottled oil
Dry food is processed with heat, which destroys some of the EFAs. It is also subject to oxidation, especially once the bag is opened, which further deteriorates the nutritive value of the EFAs.
Bottled oil remains viable for a longer period of time than dry food, as do soft gel supplements.
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Why Choose Premium Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil for Dogs and Cats?
Premium Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil for Dogs and Cats by TerraMax Pro is carefully crafted and refined for purity from all toxins. TerraMax Pro uses one of the best purification methods currently in existence—molecular distillation. It removes heavy metals and other toxins, making it safe for consumption. This enables them to 100% guarantee their product to be the purest, most potent fish oil available for your pet.
It is pharmaceutical human grade and certified free of mercury. It provides vitamin D, astaxanthin, and over 15 omegas. This product comes in a 16oz bottle, along with either a pump top or a lid that flips open to squirt/squeeze out the amount that you want.
Since it is an oil instead of an additive to dry food, it isn't broken down by heat processing. It is subject to less oxidation than bagged food, which further breaks down nutritiously once opened. This makes it more potent and thus effective as a supplement.
Potential Side Effects
There are potential side effects, as with any supplement or medication, most of which can be managed by adjusting the dose of the oil.
- Weight gain: this can be managed with a healthy diet and regular exercise
- Bad breath (it is salmon oil); this can be resolved by regularly cleaning their teeth
- Stomach ache and pain
- Loose stool and diarrhea
My Experience With Premium Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil
I have been putting Premium Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil on my dog's dry food. Not only do my German Shepherds love the taste, but so do my barn cats. They try to sneak in around the dogs to get a bite!
Sydney is starting to show some hip discomfort due to her age (9), so I am making sure she gets a serving daily with her food. This is an easy supplement to provide because the animals actually like the taste! I have never had a pleasant experience giving my animals pills of any kind, so I greatly prefer the oil format to options such as soft gels.
I initially tried the pump but changed to the flip-up lid so I can easily squeeze just the right amount on top of my dogs' food daily. I have been giving this supplement to my dogs for about two weeks now and have not noticed any adverse/side effects. I can already tell that their coats have gotten shinier.
This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
© 2017 Michelle Mollohan
Lisa on October 04, 2018:
I would like to know if your salmon oil contains hard metal toxins( mercury,lead)?
Michelle Mollohan (author) from Looneyville, WV on February 10, 2017:
Thank you for your question Luke. Without supplements, they would have to consume a varied diet in order to obtain all the necessary nutrients, otherwise they would be deficient and prone to the health issues that can result.
JourneyHolm on February 07, 2017:
Thank you for the informative article. I'm curious, what did dogs do before supplements?