Peace has always had very sensitive skin. A few months ago he got a pretty harsh rash and the vet told me that Fish oil would help his skin a lot. I know a few people who just give their dogs the Omega-3 Fish oil soft gels, they just put them in their food whole. I started doing this too, my dogs love them, they'll eat them by themselves if you let them. I give them each two at night with their food, and one in the morning with some food, so each get a total of three a day. My question is, is this alright to do? Other people haven't had any problems with it, but is this alright just letting them eat the pills how they are? Even with the soft gel coating? It is such a great alternative rather than buying the 30$ bottle of Salmon Oil which is tiny and wouldn't last me a week with four dogs. I bought a huge bottle of the fish oil pills at Sam's Club for about 12 bucks. Their skin and coats look amazing, very shiny and I noticed that Peace hasn't had any skin problems since taking them, so I just want to be 100% sure that this is totally alright for them.
It's fine, the amount you are giving. I take more than that a day, in fact 2 tablespoons of Udo's oil twice a day. If you really want to bump their omega 3,6,9, up give them a freshly ground table spoon of hemp with each meal. It has more omegas than all the fish oils.
Some of our dogs love them and some don't like them at all. The ones that love them hold them in their teeth, get this eye-rolling blissful look and hold it a moment. Then suddenly you hear it POP and they start chewing the gel casing like bubble gum until every last fishy bit is gone before swallowing it. It is really cute to watch. I guess if I had a less jowly breed it could be messy but those lips act like mud flaps.
When our little guy was a puppy the vet also strongly recommended Omega-3 fish oil soft gels for his dry skin & they seemed to work beautifully - for a short time. His coat became soooo glossy & his dandruff disappeared - but eventually his coat became really oily, too, at which time I stopped giving him the caps!
Of course, our vet had also strongly recommended either Science Diet or Proplan (one of the foods the office sold, but I forget which one), & it wasn't until I switched our guy to Canidae (chicken & rice), about a year ago that his coat once again became really glossy - withOUT the oiliness.
As an added plus, our "little girl" came to us 5 years ago as a very young pup with not much fur on her ear flaps & the underside of her neck but Canidae has given her a beautiful coat as well!
You might find that if you're not feeding your guy a really high quality food, & with as many capsules as you're giving him each day, that switching to a higher quality food will do the trick without the capsules yet for about the same amount of money. Good luck - :-)
***Edited By: Lucky Lady on 3/16/2008 1:14:36 AM*** Reason: *
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Switching to a higher quality food is a good idea; however, the omege 3 fatty acids are destroyed through cooking and air exposure. So I would suggest to switching to a better food if you haven't already and giving the Omega 3 fish oil. Also, give your dog a vitamin E supplement 2 times a week, 200 IU's.
In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semi human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog. ~Edward Hoagland