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Two Important Supplements For Aging Dogs


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The benefits of essential fatty acids

When the ratio is kept in check they benefit the health of a dog in these ways:

  • Immune system health
  • Skin and coat health
  • Joint health
  • Heart health
  • Brain development and maintenance

What you should know about commercial dog food

Commercial pet food manufacturers rely heavily on using animal fats in their food. This has thrown off the delicate balance between the omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids causing chronic health issues in senior dogs. While a young dog might remain healthy even with the higher levels of omega-6s, the health of older dogs is being impacted so the addition of a supplement can help.

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Purchasing Omega-3s

Like glucosamine, it is equally important to select a high-quality brand of omega-3 supplements. Be sure to consider the source of the ingredients, the concentration of fish oils and the quality control involved in processing. Two supplements that have been recommended to me are Bonnie & Clyde Fish Oil and Nordic Naturals.

There are two things you should know about omega-3s. They must be stored in the refrigerator to prevent the product from becoming rancid. Light, heat, and air can oxidize the fatty acids, causing free radicals to form. And fatty acids have been known to increase bleeding times, so let your veterinarian know that you are considering this supplement for your dog.


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