>Use of Fatty Acids in Canine Inflammatory Diseases

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Fatty acids have an enormous and diverse role in our canine cohorts’ body! Their principal roles are as an energy source for the cell, and they are the main constituents of the cell membrane. However, did you know that Omega-3 Fatty Acids such as ALA, EPA, and DHA are key nutritional factors that can have a positive influence on inflammatory diseases in our dogs (and YES…for us humans as well!!) Research has shown that a proper balance between Omega-3’s and Omega-6’s are a huge benefit to animals with chronic inflammatory conditions. Omega-3’s are great for allergies, osteoarthritis, chronic kidney disease, inflammatory bowel disease, eye development, heart disease, brain function…the list goes on! They are also essential in the modulation of our immune systems! The best way to ensure your dog is getting the proper amounts of Omega-3’s is to feed a diet that is high in fatty acid concentrations! Foods high in fish oils are a great source of Omega-3’s! I have been feeding my 8 year old Pointer J/D by Hill’s because of the high concentrations of EPA! Dogs should get a supplement or food that provides 50 to 250 mg total of Omega-3’s Fatty Acids per 2.2 pounds of body weight per day!

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  1. Dale Hernden says:

    >Ok Shawn, talk to us in simple terms a stockbroker can understand. What do we buy and how much for a 45 lb pointer or setter.I’ll check the analysis of Purina ProPlan for Omega 3 but what kind of supplement should we buy.

  2. >I'm with you, Dale… that all sounds great for all Shawn's readers who went to vet school (and it was nice of him to include that funky picture for those of us who didn't)… 8-)So: three questions:1) how age specific is it? less for a youngster < 2yrs old? more for an older dog > 8yrs old?2) would you use it seasonally (ie. more during hunting/ high activity seasons)? or year-round?3) do you have a preference between:a) a supplement like Berte's Salmon Oil?b) or a dry food rich in Omega-3s like Merrick's Before Grain Salmon?Thanks for the good info.A+M+M+J

  3. >When I get my dog, Shawn, thanks to your good help, I will do this. Sounds like a great idea and a good excuse to buy a deep sea trawler. I can then get all the cod I need for pup and me.Well, on second thought, maybe I’ll just buy some fish oil capsules at Costco. I do get seasick.Giggle.Sorry guys but I am on a “High”. Shawn really did find a special bird dog for me yesterday and I still can’t believe it. Makes me a little more goofy than normal.Walter

  4. >Those are great questions! A fifty pound dog needs a diet or supplement that would provide 1100 to 5600 mg of Omega-3’s per day. This would be good for all ages…all year round! It is amazing how many benefits dogs (and us) can gain from fish oils. There was a study on dogs in kidney failure where the ones treated with a high Omega-3 diets lived twice as long as the dogs not on Omega-3’s. Interestingly…Omega-6’s closely resemble Arachadonic acid which is a mediator of inflammation!

  5. Dale Hernden says:

    >WOW…………Great new picture Shawn!

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