Can Omega-3 Help Our Arthritic Dogs?

I am always reading for alternative ways to treat our dogs or for reference in discussions with other dog owners. But that was not always the way we handled our dog’s health.  Recently, I found an article on giving Omega-3 supplements to dogs with arthritis. We had a basset hound that had arthritis in his spine when he was about 12 years old.  By the time he died at 14 years of age, he could not move and we had to carry him around but his personality was still apparent through his facial expressions and vocal responses.  We followed traditional veterinarian medicine at the time.

Results of a study completed by the Kansas State University, suggested that Omega-3 fatty acids can be beneficial in treatment of rheumatoid arthritis in dogs.  Additional benefit of giving Omega-3 to your dogs may be with heart health, joint movement, their immune function, a healthier skin/coat, weight management and some studies have mentioned eye & brain health.

In recent years, we have begun to feed our dogs fresh steamed salmon at least once per week.  We steam it in water and add to their dry food.  Adding steamed spinach, mashed cooked sweet potatoes, steamed peas or green beans to your dog’s good quality dry dog food weekly (if not daily) practice to enhance his vitamin/mineral intake.

We had a TX holistic DVM and we learned much about how to merge traditional medicine with holistic methods/herbs. Since everything that your dog has to eat may affect his body, we believe that quality ingredients in their meals and snacks/treats are extremely important.  If you were to compare a portion of food for your dog against a portion of your food, $2.10 per can is very reasonable at your vet’s office. I realize that vet’s vary in pricing but low-residue specialized dog food from your vet is worth your consideration.

In addition, owners of arthritic dogs may want to search the internet for more information and/or ask your dog’s DVM.


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