When you ask a dog owner what is the ONE supplement that they feel their dog cannot do without, one of the most common answers is fish oil. To understand the importance of fish oil, one must first understand what it is that makes fish oil so special and so necessary.
Fish body oil (not to be confused with cod liver oil) is a whole food substance that is high in Omega-3 fatty acids known as DHA and EPA. Unlike Omega-6 fatty acids which are readily found in a variety of foods from meat, to grains to vegetables, Omega-3’s are harder to come by. Neither can be synthesized in a dog’s body and so both must come from outside sources. Fish oil is a perfect place to begin.
Benefits of fish oil include:
It just seems crazy to you. Why on earth would you feed raw meat to your dog? The bacteria alone will surely kill him especially since he will be weak from lack of vitamins that are so conveniently put into that crunchy stuff that comes in a bag. Your dog isn’t a ‘wolf’. That’s ridiculous. He’s a golden retriever – that’s not even close to being a wolf! Just look at him! Feed him bones? Are you insane? Don’t you know that bones will kill him? Don’t you know anything?
Do these arguments make sense to you? Do you wonder how on earth anyone could ever hand their dog a raw chicken leg? Has your vet told you that it is impossible to balance and your dog will suffer? Become impacted with bones? Suffer a perforated intestine? We could go on.
Dogs show their anxiety and stress in a variety of different ways, some more subtle than others but all signs that we as dogs owners should be familiar with. It is important that dogs have ways to communicate with us when they are uncomfortable in a given situation. It is even more important that we be able to read those signs and act accordingly.
Some common signs of anxiety or discomfort in dogs include: