I just had my boy to the vet today because he's been itching himself like crazy and I noticed a few sores from him scratching. He has bad allergies I've changed his food around but for this recent scratching an inflammation the vet told me to try putting fish oil in his food. I'm looking for advice from anyone that gives their GSD's fish oil and how much and how you go about it. Is this something that is used often? I was unaware of the uses of fish oil for these things. If anyone has any advice or thoughts please let me know!
Rule of thumb is:
Cold Pressed Flax Oil with Fowl (found at a local health food store)
Cold Pressed Hemp Oil with Beef (found at a local health food store)
PLUS Krill Oil every day. (DaVinci Neptune Krill Oil at Health Supplements & Vitamins for Sale | PureFormulas)
These will provide "the missing link" (so to speak) of the meat since it is not a fresh kill.
If you just feed "fish" oil, it could be a combination of fish, possibly "farmed fish" (eeek!). Quality counts, so I use human products. Pet products aren't regulated well.
My boy can't handle flax so I sub Organic, Virgin, NO Hexane, NO Gmo's Coconut Oil. Nutiva is a decent one.
Hope this helps!
I just bought a bag of "Ultimate Missing Link" yesterday for the same reason. It has the omegas in it. I'll let you know if I see any difference. Up to now, I've been giving Rudy Claritin once or twice a day to calm the itching.
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Fish oil does provide missing active form of omega 3 , dha and epa , good for eye, brain , neural health and anti inflammatory for joint lubrication and skin. For allergies though you have to address this through the digestive system , through digestive enzymes, pre- and pro-biotics .
If a dog has yeast problems, you may want to choose individual oils as The Missing Link contains molasses (sugar) and dried yeast.
The 4th or 5th ingredient in The Missing Link products is Cane Molasses. Although molasses contains minerals, it should be avoided by some dogs. “Like table sugar, molasses has the potential to raise a dog’s blood sugar.” It can unfavorably impact the blood glucose level of most animals soon after it’s eaten.” Diabetes in Dogs Cannot be Cured, but It Can be Managed. “dry food, canned food and treats to avoid sugar, be it cane, beet, molasses, corn syrup.”
Sabine Contreras: What to avoid: ►Cane molasses, corn syrup in any form, sugar, sorbitol, sucrose, fructose.
I also agree with carmspac.