Some question why dogs, particularly those fed a raw diet, need a salmon oil supplement. I supplement with salmon oil for a few reasons:
- It has natural anti-inflammatory properties.
- It's good for their skin and coat.
- To offset the high levels of Omega 6 fatty acids that are present in non organic/non grassfed meat.
I tend to offer Neeko more salmon oil than the boys, because of her joints. She was more than willing to try this out.
It has the distinctive salmon oil smell. Never use salmon oil that smells rancid, and salmon oil should be stored in a cool, dry location. It is wise not to purchase more than you can use in a 6 week time period.
This comes in a convenient squeeze bottle with a drip-free cap, to save the mess!
The first time I gave it to her, I offered it over a dinner of turkey hearts, she had no problem taking it.
My one qualm is with the dosing. I followed the label initially, without looking at the amount of DHA + EPA. According to the label, Neeko needs approximately 10 tsp per day, which is 50 ml. Fortunately, I have a handy little liquid measuring cup.
I then read the label more closely. Each tsp contains 855 mg EPA+DHA. The commonly suggested maintenance dose for raw fed dogs is 100 mg EPA+DHA per 10 lbs of body weight per day. The therapeutic dose is 300 mg EPA+DHA per 10 lbs of body weight per day. So Neeko needs approximately 900-1000 mg of EPA+DHA per day, which is nearly accomplished in just one tsp. So this bottle will last her nearly two months, which I consider a bargain.
A word of caution regarding salmon oil for dogs (and people) - It is an inflammatory process that causes both clotting and wound healing. So dogs (and people) on high doses of salmon oil can experience delayed wound healing and delayed clotting times.
Overall, I am pleased with this product. I know the benefits of supplementing with salmon oil, and I am happy to offer my girl a product that is sourced and produced in the USA from wild caught salmon.
I was provided with complimentary product. All opinions are my own.