Omega 3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids that are necessary for the health. They cannot be produced by the body and can only be obtained from certain foods and supplements. In human health, they can reduce inflammation and minimise the risks of diseases such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and athritis.
Omega 3 fatty acids are not only essential for us, but also for our dogs. Some of the benefits are:
– reduce inflammation associated with allergies, athritis and other inflammatory diseases.
– promote skin, coat and joint health
– delay formation and spread of cancer
– promote normal function of bodily systems
Omega 3 and Dog Cancer
Studies have shown positive effects of omega 3 fatty acids on dogs with cancer. They can inhibit tumor growth, delay metastasis and increase the efficacy of cancer treatments (chemotherapy and radiation therapy).
In a study, dogs with lymphoma were treated with chemotherapy and supplemented with fish oil. The omega 3 fatty acids (fish oil) increased disease free interval (remission time) and survival time.
In another study, dogs with malignant nasal tumors underwent radiation therapy and were supplemented with fish oil. It was found that omega fatty acids (fish oil) decreased radiation damage in skin and mucosa. Thus, quality of life was increased in dogs treated with radiation therapy.
A good source of omega 3 fatty acids is high quality fish oil supplement such as Nordic Naturals Omega 3 For Dogs. This supplement is specially formulated for dogs and is derived from wild anchovies and sardines.
(Note: Nordic Naturals also offers a range of exceptional high quality fish oil supplements for both adults and kids. Check them out here.)
Avoid giving cod liver oil as an omega 3 supplement to dogs. This type of fish oil is high in fat soluble vitamins A and D, which are toxic when ingested.
Fish oil has blood thinning effects. If your dog is undergoing surgery, it may be necessary to stop giving it fish oil supplement a number of days prior to and following surgery. Please seek the advice of your vet.
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