Benefits of Fish Oil for Dogs

You’ve heard about the benefits of fish oil for humans, but what about dogs? PetMD has the story.

There are plenty of doggie diet trends that come and go. Fish oil supplements, however, doesn’t appear to be a mere passing fad.

Have you ever heard of fatty acids? What about essential fatty acids? Well, as it name imples, essential fatty acids such as omega-3, which is common found in fish, are vital for the overall health of a dog.

In fact, fats provide energy and are necessary for tissue, nerve, cell and muscle development in dogs (just like humans). Fats and oils also give structure to foods and help dogs absorb certain vitamins, including vitamin A, D, E, and K while keeping their coats shiny and healthy.

What are Fish Oil Supplements Made Of?

A major component of fish oil supplements, DHA is a type of fatty acid found in fish like salmon and herring.

Supplementing a dog’s diet with DHA has been found to:

  • Improve cognitive memory and retinal functions in growing dogs
  • Reduce inflammation caused by conditions including arthritis, allergies, and inflammatory bowel disease
  • Aid in the mental development of fetuses and puppies
  • Provide support for older dogs with kidney, heart disease, and cancer

Ask a knowledgeable Barkery employee about fish oil on your next visit!