Benefits of Salmon Oil
Omega-3 Fatty Acids: DHA and EPA
Salmon oil is rich in omega-3 fatty acids known as EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), which are found in the fatty tissues of cold water, oily fish. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential because the body cannot make them, meaning that they have to be obtained from the dog’s diet. Imbalances and lack of omega-3s have been shown to drive inflammation and promote diseases in dogs. If your dog is not getting his omega-3s from fresh wild salmon, it is essential to supplement with salmon oil, which helps maintain good health and improve an array of conditions, both internally and externally.
Healthy Skin and Shiny Coat
Dietary factors have played a major role in the maintenance of healthy coat and skin and must be addressed when trying to improve skin conditions, such as dull itchy coat, canine eczema (hotspots), and allergies. Skin, a large, metabolically active organ, requires a high amount of protein and other nutrients in order to stay healthy. Thus, it is not surprising that small imbalances in your dog’s diet can reveal themselves as skin conditions, which must be addressed internally in order for the condition to get better. Omega-3 fatty acids have been beneficial in helping improve these skin conditions, keeping your dog flake and itch-free.
More often than not, inflammation begins in the gut and if not addressed, inflammation and ongoing allergic reactions can lead to numbers of serious diseases. The immune system can become overburdened, unable to heal itself. Let's look at a common example, canine eczema, a condition where possible underlying causes can include food, toxicity, allergens, over-vaccination and overall lowered immune system. While treating with steroids or topical ointments might help short term, supplementing your dog's diet with omega-3s can help suppress the inflammation naturally and boost the immune system. Dogs who suffer from arthritis pain will greatly benefit from salmon oil as well, which can help reduce inflammation and thus relieve pain.
Aging is a natural process that every dog will go through, becoming more susceptible to aches, pains, and diseases. It is vital to feed quality food and supplement daily in order to help them age painlessly. Some of the first things you might notice in your aging dog are slower pace and gray coat. While it is normal for older dogs to become slower, it is important to supplement their diet with omega-3 fatty acids in order to keep them moving painlessly and reduce the possibly of inflammation and arthritis. Salmon oil can help lubricate your dog's sore joints and reduce inflammation while keeping their immune system strong.
DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) found in salmon oil helps promote better brain development in fetuses and in puppies. Feeding omega-3 supplements that contain DHA may improve memory and learning abilities in young dogs. In 2004, a study found that puppies with a high-DHA appeared more trainable that those puppies with a low-DHA diet.
Immune System & Heart Health
Researchers at Michigan State University have found that feeding fish oil high in omega-3 fatty acid compound DHA seemed to boost the activity of white blood cell called a B cell, which is a vital part of the body’s immune response. Fish oil also protects your dog’s heart by increasing the levels of “good” cholesterol.
We are huge advocates of wild salmon oil and it is for a good reason. The farm raised salmon often means that fish are fed mainly a diet of fish flakes made up of corn, grains, and other additives. This type of unnatural diet can be the reason for the lowered omega-3 levels in farmed salmon, meaning that your dog will not be getting its full potential. Further, salmon raised in captivity often becomes changed by the unnatural experience, so the fish farmers have to inject orange colored dye to make the fish look like “real salmon”. Crazy!!! Further, farm-raised salmon and grain-fed beef have very high levels of arachidonic acid, which is fat that comes from omega-6 family and is highly inflammatory.
As you might know, we at Ecohug are huge proponents of a varied diet. That means we don't feed our dogs salmon oil each and every day, but offer a variety of Omega-3 fatty acids from a different sources. Here are some ideas of foods you can feed your dog to get his Omega-3s.
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