SALMON OIL FOR POMERANIAN DOGS
EXPLANATORY NOTE! As previously indicated, this kind of PomPomDog posts regarding health and nutrition, are written after having consulted several specialized texts and having read different opinions. However, in case of any doubt or problem, ALWAYS ask your veterinarian or animal nutritionist.
However, this time for this post, we have been lucky to once again have the supervision of the veterinary nutrition and dietetics’ expert, Mónica González Tovar, who was already with us in the publication about ‘How can I improve my Pomeranian’s diet’, that if you missed it, you can read it again by clicking here.
In today’s post we will talk about a new food supplement that we have recently incorporated in Colette’s diet: salmon oil.
What is salmon oil? As its name suggests, salmon oil is a natural product derived from salmon and it is a source omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids. In particular, omega 3 fatty acids are not produced naturally in our dog’s bodies, and given the benefits that it has, it is advisable that they eat them as part of their diet. In addition, it is said that the mineral content of salmon oil can be up to 25 higher that other food with animal origin.
What are the salmon oil’s benefits? Many times we have recommended you salmon oil in general for the care of Pomeranian’s fur in your doubts in the posts about shedding that you can continue reading by clicking here and here. But you have after a more exhaustive list of the benefits that this food supplement has for your dogs:
- Benefits in the digestive system => being a highly digestive food, it improves its intestinal transit, its blood pressure, it regulates cholesterol and decreases its overweight.
- Benefits in the bones => It relieves inflammations in its joints and prevent from arthritis. Nails and teeth are also strengthened.
- Benefits in the brain => In fetuses and puppies, it contributes to the formation of their brain, and in ‘grandparents’ dogs improve their cognitive faculties.
- Benefits on the skin => It strengths its immune system, alleviating possible allergies or preventing their appearance, speeding wound healing and improving the appearance of the fur, reinforcing its brightness, texture and density.
What are the side effects of salmon oil? It is essential that a veterinarian or an animal nutritionist prescribe the appropriate dose based on the breed, age, weight and physical condition of your dog, to avoid some of the negative effects that may have as nausea, stomachache, diarrhea or bad breath. For information purposes, in general, the recommended daily dose for dogs of up to 5 kilos, such as our Pomeranians, is 2.5 milliliters, although it is important to read the label of the product in order to check the dosage and the expiration date. And it is advisable to introduce it progressively, that is, giving 30% of this recommended daily dose at the beginning, to increase the dose in the following two weeks until reaching the total dose.
How to incorporate salmon oil into our Pomeranian’s diet? Salmon oil comes in many forms in the market, either in the fodder, in capsules or in the oil itself. We have bought this one that you can see in the pictures from ‘Dr. Clauder’ brand of 40 milliliters, which seem us, an ideal size to try it. It also exists in 250 and 500 milliliters. Other oils that we have found interesting because of their composition but that we haven’t yet tried, are ‘Pooch & Mutt’ or the capsules of salmon oil of ‘Anibio’. However, we believe that this capsule format is worst for dosing it for our little Pomeranians. We put it directly on its fodder, thus improving the palatability of Colette’s meals.
And you, do you give salmon oil to your dogs? Have you checked its benefits?
As you can see there are many benefits of incorporating salmon oil into our dogs’ diet. If once you’ve read this post, you still have any doubt, you only have to write it down in the comments. You can also subscribe to the newsletter of Mónica González Tovar by clicking here, and receive in this way tips on natural diet for your pets, as well as know the courses and raffles that she organizes.