Omega-3 Fatty Acids For Dogs With Allergies

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  1. ali isaac says:

    Hi Rachele, my dog Indi had very hot ears and licked his paws a lot. His vet told me it was probably a reaction to his food so I switched to a salmon based kibble and after a few weeks it had completely resolved. I have kept him on this diet as it seems to be one he enjoys. Thanks for this very informative post!

  2. You’re welcome, Ali!

  3. That was a very interesting post. Thanks so much for joining the hop! Two of my dogs are on salmon based food. Not for allergies, but it does help with coat. They have done well on that food from young pups.

  4. Thank you 2 Brown Dawgs! It was fun joining the blog hop and I will be sure to participate again! I feed my golden retriever a high quality salmon-based diet and this has resulted in getting her allergies almost completely under control. She has an occasional mild flare-up but nothing like before she was on the salmon-based diet.

  5. Jodi says:

    Hi Dr. Baker, thank you very much for joining the blog hop.

    Sampson has been licking at his front paws and also has a spot on this tail. He’s made these spots into Granulomas. We think because of the discomfort he’s been in due to his ACL injury and subsequent surgery.

    Before this his lick Granulomas were considered allergy based. So I’m not really sure what the real problem might be.

    While we currently feed raw, their basic diet is chicken necks and ground turkey with occasional days of beef hearts thrown in. I’m wondering if salmon oil squirted on their necks might help him especially if the Granulomas are from allergies. I would assume it can’t hurt to have the added supplement?

    I’d also like to thank you for the lovely comment you left on my blog. I sometimes get critical of my writing as I feel it’s too ‘simple.’ 🙂 But I guess all writers are critical.

    I do like your idea of consulting an internal specialist for Delilah. My vet is highly recommending a liver biopsy and I’m really not comfortable with that. Delilah’s liver enzymes levels are mildly elevated and she does need a tooth pulled and a cleaning. I had read that sometimes dental disease could cause the elevated levels, so I’d like to pursue that avenue first before putting her through more anesthesia and risky tests.

    Sorry to be so long winded! Thanks again for joining the blog hop, I’m going to try and keep tabs on your book and look forward to reading it.

  6. Hi Jodi,

    You are obviously a very concerned pet parent that wants to do what is best for your pets. You have presented a number of comments and questions and I will briefly try to respond to each of them here.

    Regarding Sampson’s lick granulomas, I would recommend that you read the brief article by Dr. Becky Lundgren here:

    Lick Granuloma

    In that article, Dr. Lundgren noted that causes of lick granulomas include atopy (allergic dermatitis), boredom, flea bite sensitivity, food allergies, hypersensitivity, cancer, emotional/behavioral problems, infection, wounds, and joint pain. Lick granulomas are extremely frustrating for both pet owners and veterinarians because they are very difficult to resolve. A treatment which shows promise is Class IV Laser Therapy. Class IV Laser Therapy is becoming very popular (for a variety of conditions) in California where I practice. I don’t know where you live but you can ask your veterinarian if he/she or another veterinarian in your area offers it.

    Regarding feeding raw diets to your dogs, my concern would be whether the diets are nutritionally balanced. Studies have shown that most raw diets are not nutritionally balanced and this can certainly affect a pet’s health. There is a wonderful site run by board certified veterinary nutritionist, Dr. Rebecca Remillard, with recipes and advice for pet owners who want to feed their pets a homemade diet:

    PetDiets.com

    Regarding whether it is safe to add an omega-3 fatty acid supplement to your dogs’ diets, I would recommend that you consult with your veterinarian since he/she has examined your dogs and is familiar with their medical history. Salmon oil is an all natural product and it is not a drug, however there may be reasons why your veterinarian might not recommend it for your dogs.

    If you are concerned that Delilah’s liver enzymes may be elevated due to her dental disease, then I would recommend that you have her teeth cleaned and any necessary teeth pulled prior to scheduling an appointment with a board certified internal medicine specialist and prior to scheduling an appointment for liver biopsies. Board certified specialists and specialty referral hospitals generally do not perform routine procedures such as teeth cleaning.

    I would like to invite you to subscribe to my blog so that you will get all of my blog posts as they are written. As I write each chapter of my book about allergies in dogs, I will be writing blog posts related to that chapter. Since you are concerned that Sampson may have allergies, I am sure you will be interested in my upcoming blog posts.

  7. Neil Abbott says:

    Dr. Baker,

    A wonderful summary of the benefits of Omega-3. Well done.

  8. Those Omega 3 Fatty Acids are great.

  9. Janet Siano says:

    I’ve been feeding my dogs Taste of the Wild Salmon since June on the recommendation of a friend who lives in Alaska and has a dog with allergies. Two of my dogs have severe allergies and they are so much better since I switched dog food. Also, I switched their treats to grain-free Salmon treats to make sure they didn’t get any grains in their snacks either. I love your blog!

  10. Thanks, Janet! That’s great that your dogs are doing so much better on the salmon-based dog food. If you have not already done so, I would like to invite you to subscribe to my blog on the right side of the site so that you will get all of my blog posts as soon as they are published. Thanks again!

  11. Awesome post! There is some really great advice here. Thanks so much, and keep up the good work!

  12. Thank you New Dog Owner!