You may have healthy oils for dogs lying around your kitchen and not even know it. There are certain oils for dogs that have some awesome benefits for your pup’s health. Dog food typically contains necessary nutrients, but there are more supplements you can integrate into their diet to further benefit their health. Today we are going to explore several safe and good fats for your pup.
1. Fish Oil
Veterinarians recommend fish oil because it’s full of two essential omega-3 fatty acids, DHA and EPA. EPA can reduce inflammation and DHA supports a dog’s learning, development, and vision.
Fish oils can aid in supporting joint and cognitive health for your pup. It can also improve the conditions of their coat and skin. Omega-3s provides calories to give your pup an energy boost and helps the heart, lungs, immune system, and blood vessels. Here is a dosage chart you can use as a guide.
2. Coconut Oil
Coconut oil for dogs is advocated for by many holistic and naturopathic veterinarians. This type of oil is derived from the meat of coconuts harvested from the coconut palm. Coconut oil consists of around 90% of the ‘good’ type of fats, Medium Chain Triglycerides (or MCTs). Ingesting MCTS can be a great source of fuel and energy.
Coconut oil contains lauric acid that is supposed to help fight off viruses. It also has topical benefits, just like it does for humans. These oils for dogs also help your pup’s coat look healthy and sleek. Coconut oil can also help eliminate your dog’s odors. The recommended amount is a quarter of a teaspoon for every 10 pounds your pup weights, and you give it to them up to twice daily.
3. Flaxseed Oil
Flaxseed oil contains alpha-linolenic omega-3’s and helps promote heart health. This type of oil can also have an arthritic dog’s mobility and help blood pressure and kidney functions. Ground flaxseed is the safest and ideal form of this oil because of the rich fiber content. The dosage is typically around a half of a teaspoon daily. However, discuss flaxseed oil with your veterinarian (as well as any additional supplement you want to give your pup) because you want to make sure you don’t upset their stomach or give them too much where they become sick.
4. Olive Oil
This is a fatty acid that’s easy to measure a teaspoon and add to your dog’s food. Olive oil contains phytonutrients, vitamin E, and omega-3 fatty acids. These nutrients will help keep your pup’s skin moisturized and strengthen their coat.
The monounsaturated fats in olive oil can help break down your dog’s fat cells. It is important to note that olive oil also contains more calories than other oils (over 100 calories a serving), so make sure you are measuring their servings. The best type to purchase for this is extra virgin olive oil. More benefits of giving your pup olive oil includes it being great for their joint, digestive, and cardiovascular health.
5. Krill Oil
Krill oil comes from small shrimp-like organisms and is less likely to be contaminated with mercury. Since it is rich in omega-3’s, krill oil boosts your dog’s cardiovascular system because it helps blood circulation. It can also help offset the omega-6 fatty acid excess that is thought to be causes of chronic inflammation and cancer.
You always want to check in with your veterinarian before you start your dog on any supplement. It is also important to watch your dog’s weight to make sure they stay at an optimal level. Learn more about your pup’s weight in our post My Dog Is Getting Fat Should I Worry?