High Quality Fish Oil Supplements For Dogs

By Rachele Baker, DVM – The omega-3 fatty acids EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are considered essential fatty acids because they cannot be made in High Quality Fish Oil Supplements For Your Petsthe body and must be obtained in the diet or by supplementation. The omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA are found in cold water oily fish.

Deep water fish that store their fats in their flesh such as menhaden, mackerel, tuna, salmon, herring, and sardines have a higher content of EPA and DHA than lean fish that store their fats in their livers such as cod, haddock, catfish, and flounder.

The omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA have been shown to decrease inflammation and itchiness in dogs with allergies to environmental allergens (canine atopic dermatitis). Oral supplementation with EPA and DHA helps to decrease the itching, scratching, and recurrent skin and ear infections associated with atopic dermatitis in dogs. In addition, the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA have been shown to be beneficial in treating a number of other health problems in dogs including heart disease, kidney disease, and arthritis.

For further information on the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, please see my post Omega-3 Fatty Acids For Dogs With Allergies.

I have carefully researched the fish oil supplements available and I have chosen a select few to feature on my site based on their quality and potency.

NORDIC NATURALS:
Nordic Naturals proprietary distillation process purifies oils of harmful environmental contaminants such as heavy metals, PCBs, dioxins, and furans, without chemicals or excessive heat. 100% of their fish are wild caught and sourced in accordance with the Norwegian fisheries management system which has been a model of sustainability for over 30 years. In addition, 100% of their fish are utilized for food by humans or other animals.

Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Pet Soft Gels
Bottles of 90 or 180 Soft Gels
240 mg EPA/DHA Omega-3 Fatty Acids per Soft Gel
From anchovy oil and sardine oil

Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Pet Liquid
16 oz. Bottle
221 mg EPA/DHA Omega-3 Fatty Acids per ml
From anchovy oil and sardine oil

 

NUTRAMAX WELACTIN:
The fish oil in Welactin has been molecularly distilled to effectively remove heavy metals and other impurities.

Welactin Canine 120 Softgel Caps
255 mg EPA/DHA Omega-3 Fatty Acids per Capsule
From salmon and other cold water fish

Welactin Liquid for Dogs
8 oz. Bottle (240 ml) and 16 oz. Bottle (480 ml)
208 mg EPA/DHA Omega-3 Fatty Acids per ml
From salmon and other cold water fish