A named fish oil and
coconut oil will help with skin conditions and greatly benefit your dogs health!
The following is some information that may be helpful for you.
Per vet: "Most foods available, whether purchased commercial or homemade, are rich in omega-6 fatty acids. Because the average pet diet is heavy in omega-6’s, supplementing with additional omega-6’s in the form of corn oil, olive oil,
safflower oil or even flax oil (that contains some vegetable sources of omega 3’s, but also omega 6’s) can create an imbalance serious enough to cause skin problems.
Omega-6 fatty acids, in abundance, become pro-inflammatory
(not anti-inflammatory) oils. If your pet gets too many of these without a balance of healthy fish-based oils – DHA and EPA – it can be a real problem. It’s also important to note that dogs and cats cannot convert omega-3 vegetable sources into DHA. Flax oil has some omega-3 value for humans, but that doesn’t hold true for your pet. So it’s really important that you supply fish-body oils or krill oil to your dog or cat
Fish Oil needs to be named….not just “FISH OIL” which are in cheaper brands. Which fish? Where were they harvested? Was Ethoxyquin used to preserve the fish? Also, it should be stated on label that it was tested for PCB’s, lead, mercury and from NON-Farmed fish. “Farmed Fish” are typically raised in small over crowded pools and given high doses of antibiotics. There are very few fish oils manufactured for “Pets” that can claim purity. I won’t even buy farmed raised fish from the fresh fish case for our family!
Wholistic, Wild, Deep Sea Salmon Oil
: The Wholistic Pet
• Provides levels of both omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids
• Natural, pure oil is made only from wild, non-farmed salmon and stabilized with natural antioxidants
• Helps to maintain a healthy skin and coat and promote strong immune, cardiovascular, and nervous systems
**Free of All Pollutants & Heavy Metals (Very important)
Fish Oil Plus: Animal Essentials - Premium quality supplements for dogs and cats
For healthy skin and coat.
" uses ecologically-sustainable fish oil, derived from wild caught sardines, mackerel and anchovies and preserved with vitamin E (tocopherols). Higher in EPA and DHA than straight salmon oil!
Made entirely in the USA. Tested for heavy metals and other impurities."
: Krill Oil capsules (60 per bottle): 1 bottle - Mercola.com
Krill Oil is 48 more times effective than fish oils because the Omega-3's are in the form of phospholipids, and it also contains Astaxanthin which is an antioxidant.
Coconut Oil: Can be given right along with your chosen fish oil for great health benefits. My vet says that the Coconut Oil will specifically help for dry skin and itching. Add 1 tsp. of organic coconut oil for every 10 to 20 pounds of body weight to your dogs’ food. Besides promoting a good balance of organisms in the intestines, it has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, and anti-viral properties!
The Wholistic Pet
Purchase Organic, Virgin, Non-GMO, NO Hexane, which can be purchase from a health food store. Here is an article about Coconut Oil: The Health Benefits Of Coconut Oil | Dogs Naturally Magazine
As with any addition to a diet, always start with a low amount and work up to desired amount.
Hope this helps!