I’ve been taking supplements for about twenty years now and high quality fish oil has been one of the few that have been a constant. But, a few years after I started using supplements I started to wonder how to find the best fish oil.
Arthritis is caused by a loss of the cartilage surrounding the joints. As the cartilage wears away, the bones scrape against each other causing pain. By helping Fido rebuild some of the lost cartilage you can help ease the pain.
I also give my son Lakseolie til hvalpe or cod liver oil almost daily. Dr. Linda Page, author of Healthy Healing, says that the Omega 3 fatty acids found in fish oil can greatly reduce inflammation, which can help to control eczema.
Flax seed oil contains linolenic acid or ALA. The conversion of ALA to EPA and DHA is unreliable. Different conditions such as fast foods, baked foods, alcohol intake, certain health conditions, and vitamin and mineral deficiencies can cause problems in utilization. Research has proven that even healthy individuals may only be able to convert about 15% of the ALA in flax seed oil to EPA. In many people it is not converted into DHA at all. Even if you can convert it, you must take a lot more flaxseed oil than fish oil to achieve the same results. Research shows women are more efficient converters of ALA to EPA than men. Flax seed oil is an alternative to fish oil for vegetarians.
After a lot of research, I’ve settled on an omega 3 supplement from New Zealand. It’s a smaller company that makes it – not huge like the chain stores or mega-vitamin companies. They painstakingly source their Salmon Oil for puppies from hoki, a small, sustainable marine species from New Zealand’s pristine cold oceans. They actually pick it up right at the dock, so it’s really fresh. Fresh is important because it means the oil is more potent and you have less chance of getting ‘fish burps’ that you can get if you buy some of the large commercial brands.
Cats really need meat. That’s what they crave. It’s what makes their fur shine and their weight stay healthy. However, there are problems with a straight meat diet, too. Whether raw or cooked, cats need Taurine for ocular, neurological, reproductive, and cardiovascular health. There are several supplements on the market that provide taurine, but sometimes knowing how much to give can be a little confusing.
I hope that you find this article helpful, and that it has helped raise your awareness that not all foods that may be good for you are appropriate for your dog’s health. Many can cause very severe health problems. By avoiding potentially dangerous foods, and providing healthy foods, you can add to the quality and joy of your dog’s life.