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Omega 3 Fish Oil Supplements - safe for dogs?

Just curious if anyone out there uses the Omega 3 Fish Oil Supplements (for people) for their dogs. The foster came in taking the vitamins you would purchase at Wal-mart (Spring Valley Brand) and I was wondering if anyone else uses these?

We use salmon oil (the actual oil type from the pet store) for Tyson because he had such an incredibly dry itchy coat when we first got him... wondering if switching to the capsules would be safe? They'd be much easier to take along on trips with us.

Says ingredients are: fish oil concentrate, gelatin, glycerin, glycerol, d-Sorbitol, natural tocopherols (fish includes anchovy, bonito, clupea, mackerel, pilchard, salmon, sardine, sprat and soy. No gluton, lactose or artifical color or flavor.

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I use the people version of fish oil for all of my fosters...it's no different than the "pet" version & it's a heck of a lot cheaper. I purchase mine from Target. Our vets support the use. Most of the goldens suck up the capsules during their meal. For the occasional one that refuses the capsules, I poke a hole in them which makes them more pliable.
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I buy the human ones at Wamart. They eat them alot better than the liquid on the food. I made sure to look at all the different ones they have because mine dont like soy and most of them had soy in them. Finally found one that said Omega 3 salmon oil.

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Do you just do one capsule a day? (They are 1000mg) And what brand do you use?

Goodness it is cheaper, I just looked online. And that would be a heck of a lot easier to carry around with me instead of the slimy container of oil.

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Most of the goldens suck up the capsules during their meal.
No kidding! We use 3V capsules specially formulated for dog and add a Fish Oil capsule from Costco. I was filling bowls a few minutes ago and a fish oil accidentally fell onto the floor. It was gobbled up in less than a second!
By the way, our holistic acupuncture vet recommended a spoonful of coconut oil (found in some grocery stores and most health food stores) for dry flaky coats. My younger Golden will almost do back flips when he sees the coconut jar come out.
You can also get peanut butter with omega 3s. We use that for treats. Our dogs don't have weight issues so they are able to take a lot of supplemental oils.
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I give one in the morning and one at dinner. They are so much easier and doesnt stink either.

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I use the Carltons Finest Fish Oil (liquid, lemon flavored) for me and sometimes share with the puppers. Otherwise they use the Icelandic Pure ( again a liquid) made for dogs. To get therapeutic results you need to get an adequate amount of DHA/EPA.... mine get 1600 mg EPA, 1000mg DHA daily with the Carltons and a similar amount on the Icelandic. Be sure that whatever brand you use is certified to be heavy metal and toxin free. Many holistic vets recommend fish oil for not only coat and skin, but also for brain development, heart health ( just as in humans) and joint health too.



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Thanks everyone... this is great to know. I'll be picking some up on my next trip to Wally World. Maybe I'll even start taking them too!! I could use some development in my brain! (ha ha)

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My Girl gets a Jell Cap. called " Well Coat "
They are for Healthy Skin and Coat.
They are made by ( wellness )
I get them from ( www.omhpet.com )
But you can get them from a lot of different pet web sights

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I buy the Salmon oil capsules (intended for humans) at Costco and Pippa gets one morning and night.
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