First and foremost, salmon oil is high in omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA. The body of both humans and pets needs a certain ration of omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids, in order for the natural balance between inflammatory processes and anti-inflammatory processes to be in balance. For your ancestors, this ratio was maintained through the diet, especially through eating the right kinds of meat and fish, both high in omega-3s. Due to the nature of meat production today, this has changed significantly. Eating more Omega-3 is beneficial for anti-inflammatory processes which helps in a large number of ways to keep your dog healthy. Benefits of a good omega-3 to omega-6 ratio can include:
1. Reducing inflammation
Chronic inflammation is often caused by an imbalance of omega-3 to omega-6. Salmon oil is high in omega-3, improving the balance and hence often reducing inflammation in the body.
2. Reducing the risk of arthritis
Related to the previous point, reduced inflammation means the body has more resources available to naturally keep joints and connective tissue healthy.
3. Helping to regulate the immune system
The immune system doesn’t have to deal with inflammatory processes in the body meaning the natural defence mechanism of your dog can work at full capacity.
4. Aiding in mental development of young dogs
In a research study carried out by Eukanuba, 9 week old puppies were taught how to recognise shapes that led them to a treat. After 5 days training twice the number of puppies fed on the high -DHA diet achieved an 80% success rate. The studies authors claim that this could save owners up to £1000 per year in behaviour correction fees.
5. Improving skin and coat to make it soft any shiny
Salmon oil and fish contains important nutrients for a healthy coat and skin. The list could go on a lot longer, mainly because lower inflammation in the body means the ability of the body to work at full natural capacity is improved. In short: your dog can be as healthy as nature intended.
We can therefore recommend to almost any dog owner to supplement some salmon oil by adding it into the feed once a day.
Note: Please beware that a small number of dogs don’t react well to salmon oil due to intolerances, although these are rare occurrences please consult with your vet if you see any weight gain, dizziness, nausea, a loose stool or other side effects after supplementing salmon oil.