So this is the first of hopefully many blogs that I will write hoping to give tips and ideas on how you can improve the health and wellness of your dog/s, giving them the best shot at staying happy and healthy for their whole life :-)
The first thing I have been researching is Omega Oils. Having run a dog walking and training business in Somerset for many years and being a Canine Massage Therapist also, plus - Tonin (my superman Husband ) owns a Fitness Business for Bipods....humans...non canines basically. It was a natural extension for us to want to almost link the two. Being that we want to live healthy and happily, to give our 7 dogs and 1 cat the best chance for this as well is something that is really important for us.
For years now, we have known that the benefits for Omega Fatty Oils are many (we take them ourselves) so what about for our dogs? I was surprised recently that one of my Training Clients was advised on a Vet visit to give a brand of Omega 369 Oils to benefit a Westies's chronic skin allergies...in particular by giving Omega 3 and in turn it could help relieve his chronic ear infections.
Omega 3 is surprisingly beneficial to both humans and dogs and extremely worthwhile adding to both your diets.
WHAT ARE OMEGA 3 & OMEGA 6 FATTY ACIDS?
It is said that Omega 3 fatty acids are essential to human health. They are a form of polyunsaturated fats that are not made by the body and must be obtained from food. While it has been long known that trans and saturated fats (as found in butter and meat) can be bad for you because they raise cholesterol in the body, polyunsaturated fats can have the opposite effect.
The two main types of omega-3 fatty acids are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexanoic acid (DHA). These are found in oily cold-water fish: tuna, salmon, trout, herring, sardines, bass, anchovies and mackerel. Most plants except for seaweed do not contain EPA or DHA, however alphalinolenic acid (ALA) another form of omega 3 is contained in dark green leafy vegetables, flaxseed oil, canola oil, as well as nuts and beans, such as walnuts and soybeans.
Enzymes in a person's body can convert ALA to EPA and DHA, which are the two kinds of omega-3 fatty acids easily utilised by the body. You will note that many texts suggest to only use marine based omega 3 so that your body (and your dogs) do not need to convert the ALA chemical before you use it.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF OMEGA OILS FOR DOGS?
Reduces infections caused by yeast, fungal, bacteria in dogs ears.
Treatment of allergic and inflammatory dermatological conditions in dogs.
training and learning enhancing properties (increased brain function)
Assists in treatment of ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease, and rheumatoid arthritis
Reduces incidence of renal damage.
Reduces cancer cells proliferation.
A high source of anti-oxidants – help cells repair themselves.
shinier fur/ hair & control of "doggy odour" without needing regular shampoos.
AMAZING RESULTS FOR HYPER ALLERGENIC DOGS USING OMEGA OILS
Interestingly, most literature describes how omega three is healthy for humans and by extension, your dog. They also mainly mention its anti-oxidants effects and assisting dogs with arthritis. These benefits alone should have you consider using Omega 3 products however the science behind Omega three goes much deeper to the cellular level.
If you have a high allergy dog you should by now understand how the addition of Omega 3 assists in the battle against allergies and autoimmune conditions. Not only will your dog have better skin and a more natural beautiful coat, Omega Oil supplements can reduce fungal, yeast and bacterial infections in the skin and ears of dogs and cats.