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What is Salmon Oil?
Salmon oil is the naturally derived oil from the Salmon fish. It’s got a whole host of benefits for humans and their pets. In fact, humans are encouraged to eat salmon as often as possible because of the Omega-3 essential fatty acids and protein that it contains. Your dog would likely eat up any salmon you put in front of him whenever you offered it up, but the good news is, you don’t have to grill salmon every day in order to give your dog the same benefits of eating the fish.
Is it healthy for my dog?
Salmon oil is a fantastic way to supplement your dog’s diet. Alpha Paw’s Omega Chews is full of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids that go a long way to support your dog’s heart health, skin and coat, cognitive function, anti-inflammatory properties, immune system, and other bodily systems. Omega-3 also helps the healing of wounds, and decrease the development of skin allergies and also provide other anti-inflammatory benefits the. DHA, EPA, and DPA are the three main Omega-3 fatty acids that are in Salmon oil. They all contain 20 or more carbon atoms and are considered long-chain fatty acids. Dogs absolutely need these essential fatty acids and need to get it from their diet or supplement to their diet because they cannot produce them on their own. The Omega-6 EFA’s are normally found in plant and animal fats where the Omega-3 EFA’s primarily come from fish sources. It is very important to find a healthy balance between the 6’s and 3’s because the 6’s can cause inflammation if taken too much, while the 3’s help to reduce inflammation. Most common varieties of dog food use a lot of Omega-6’s and it’s usually the Omega-3’s that are lacking and need to be supplemented.
Salmon Oil For Skin and Coat
No matter what kind of skin condition or skin allergy your dog may have, our Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil is going to help and give them some much-needed relief. Anyone who has ever had a dog with skin allergies or dry skin knows how much itching happens almost full time. Salmon oil is a great way to keep their coat and skin in optimal condition and help relieve any negative symptoms they may be having. They love the taste and have no problem taking the supplement in any form you want to give it.
That’s just the beginning of what salmon oil will do to help your dog though. Here is a list of a few more benefits:
- Controls allergies
- Helps prevent and support dogs with renal disease
- Boosts the immune system
- Helps fight heart disease
- Protects from the effects of skin allergies
- Helps with Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Eliminates dry skin and dandruff from cold weather
- Helps reduce inflammation body-wide
- Helps give your dog a smooth and shiny coat
- Naturally fights cancer
- Helps promote proper joint function
- Helps treat and prevent arthritis
- Helps boost mood and can help with lethargic or depressed dogs
- Helps control anxiety symptoms
What should you look for when choosing Salmon oil?
You want to always be sure that the oil you choose has a higher content of Omega-3’s to Omega-6’s. Remember, most dogs already get plenty of Omega 6’s from their diet; it’s the Omega-3’s they are lacking. Alpha Paw’s Omega Chews contains the right balance of Omega-6 and Omega-3 for your dog. If you prefer to give salmon as a treat to your dog, then try Alpha Paw Omega Chews, which are rich in Omega-3 through the perfect mix of salmon and flaxseed. These chews are easy to store, easy to feed your dog and they love them.
Omega-3’s are very sensitive to light and heat. So even if your dog food as Omega-3’s listed as an ingredient, it’s very possible that the processing and high heat that was used to process the food has made the health benefits null of the Omega-3’s that were added. You want to make sure the source has used special care to process the salmon oil in such a way as to prevent oxidation. When the essential fatty acids are exposed to heat, light or oxygen they can start to oxidize. Any good facility however that is processing salmon oil will have to take the correct and careful steps to make sure they are protecting the oil during processing to ensure that oxidation isn’t happening.
Alpha Paw’s Omega Chews is made with Alaskan wild-caught salmon and not factory farmed or raised salmon. The difference in quality and nutrition is astounding. Alaska waters are also some of the cleanest waters in the world and they are thousands of miles away from other polluted waters. You don’t want salmon that comes out of polluted waters. They also have policies and practices in place to make sure their fishing is sustainable, and their salmon is PCB (Polychlorinated Biphenyl’s) free and free from other contaminants. Farm-raised salmon and chock full of PCB, and are fed a diet of fish meal that is ground up small fish that are full of toxins, and cancer-causing contaminants like PCB.
How much should I give my dog?
As always, be sure you are following the dosing instructions on the product you are using. You can’t really overdose your dog on Salmon oil, but it can cause loose stool, bad breath or an upset stomach if you give them too much.