does anyone use this for a healthier skin adn coat? my eskie is starting to get her grown up dog coat and i want ot make sure its soft and flully. i cant give her flaxseed oil on her food b/c we free feed her...i was wondering if anyone used or knew of a skin and coat treat or tablet that actually makes a difference?
Why can't you use flax seed oil in her food if you free feed her? it doesn't take very much, just a half a teaspoon for a dog the size of an eskie, so just give her a tiny amount of food with tha tover it so she is more likely to eat it all right then. Or you could stop free feeding heh and feed her at set times. There are also flax seed oil capsules though, which are like pills
minni- are the flax seed oil caps the ones for people? i have seen the skin and coat treats/tablets in petsmart, etc, but they seem to have a bunch of other things in them. if i get the flax seed oil tabs, do you just pop them and put the oil on their food? how much would you think for a 12 lb dog? thanks for your help- you always have the answers!! afterthought- does flax seed oil work for cats and is it safe for them, do you know? just wondering- my kitty is a longhaired and has more hair than the eskie! we live in a haze of floating fur all the time!
The only supplements I'd ever use in food are 'The Missing Link', and the flax seed oils. I've never used vitamins and never felt my dog needed them. With the flax seed oil, it's all the same stuff, it's just cheaper from a grocery store. The flax seed oil either comes in a small bottle that you pour over the food (which I prefer) or in these gel cap looking things. I'd personally go with the bottle that you pour over the food. Fora dog that small.. well I use a teaspoon of it on our dog, and he weighs 50 lbs. Used the same amounto n our akita, and she weighed 85 or 90 lbs. For a dog the size of an eskie or your cat, I'd go with 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon, it seems like a tiny amount but honestly they don't need much. I'm sure it's safe for cats as well.
Ok, I feel silly but now I have to ask. I have been using the flax seed oil capsules for my dogs and they work great. Thanks for the tip. But I just drop the capsule in their food and they think it's a treat. one for my pug and two for my golden. Now I'm wondering if I was supposed to open the capsule or if it really matters as long as they eat it.
you dn't have to cut it open, I'm not sure why people would? It'd work the same either way, the digestive juices in the stomach dissolve the gel coating on the capsule just as they do on humans when we take gelcaps.
Thanks, I'd hate to find out I was doing it wrong all this time. Besides, they love their treats!!! They will stand by their bowls and wait to eat until I put them in. I can't imagine why, they can't possibly taste that good!
i bought 1000 mg capsules at walmart. does the dose matter? i popped it and let her have it last night. sucked it right up. i give it to her the same time kitty gets her hairball meds so they both get a treat. they are both 12 lbs. should i give her one every day? what about the cat? thanks guys!
I'd use the same dose on dog and cat personally. Watch it when they go poop, if that's so much oil in their body that they are getting really soft poop or diarrhea, cut it in half. If they don't seem to be affected, 1 capsule a day should be plenty. But again, why are people breaking them up for a dog? Just give the dog the whole capsule, the cats I might break up just because it's mouth is smaller.
its the gel capsule, like the vitamin e is...i popped it and let her lick it ourt of my hand. b/c the cat gets hairball meds out of my hand. puppy wants some hand fed treat. looks all sad while kitty's getting her meds. talk about sibling rivalry!
I give DOuG a little flax seed oil from the fridge once in awhile. However, I think a lot of dog foods put some source of omega 3's. I'm relatively certain that it is bad for people to have too much omega 3's, and in extreme cases, it has been fatal... um, something about the blood in our brains. I don't remember exactly, as Nutrition 43 was so long ago. I would guess the same holds true for dogs.