Trying new things isn’t always as easy as it might seem to be – giving healthy oils to my dog

I hope you all have a good start into this week and are still trying to make that New Years’ Resolutions happen. This post is part of a bigger goal namely making/keeping my little doggy healthy. Since we knew Bobby he wasn’t in good shape: overweight, bad teeth, bad nails and due to a weakened immune system prone to several illnesses and parasites such as ticks. Getting a bunch of vaccinations, deworming and antibiotics didn’t improve his health situation either. I felt bad that Bobby got ill so often and I started to read more about the different ways I can support his immune system and general health. Currently, Bobby gets hypoallergenic dry kibble which I want to change in the next months. However, before I can make the transition from dry kibble to fresh homemade food I have to read more about it and plan it carefully. For now, however, I focus on the things that I can do and provide him with as much healthy stuff as possible. One thing I found very interesting, but also relatively easy to implement, is giving additional oils to his general dogfood.
Everyone knows that fats (the good/healthy ones) are an essential component of our diet. As we humans, dogs need fats too because they provide them with energy and support the entire immune system including organs. Both, animal fats and plant oils support the body in different ways and I tried to get some understanding of how they work.

Coconut oil
I started with coconut oil and wrote a post about the different ways in which you can use coconut oil for your dog. Two to three times a week I add a teaspoon of coconut oil to Bobby’s kibble. He loves eating it but I learned that it can take some time before your dog accustoms to it. Therefore it helps to start slowly by adding 1 teaspoon (this of course depends on the size of your dog) of coconut oil to your dogs’ meal. The first times Bobby got coconut oil I got a bit too excited and gave him way too much. The fact that a dog loves something however doesn’t mean that he should get as much as he wants to. Oepsie. It says that coconut oil has lots of health benefits such as being antifungal, antibiotic, antiviral and metabolic support so I feel confident in adding it to his kibble.

Fish oil
Since Bobby is a carnivore I also wanted to provide him some healthy animal fats. However this ended up a bit more complicated than I expected it to be. I started with fish oil but got entirely confused about which brand I should use. There are so many brands of fish oil which are all a bit different in their composition, the way they are produced and the country they are made in that I simply got lost. In the end I bought the Doils Skin oil for dogs which mainly supports the dogs skin. Bobby had some skin issues in the past so I thought that some extra healthy stuff would help him but I am not so sure whether the oil does what it says it should do.
I also learned that, when adding animal fats to your dogs’ diet, you have to find the right balance between the different fats such as Omega-6 and Omega-3. Depending on the food your dog already receives one has to calculate how many Omega-6 and/or Omega-3 fats he could use or not. Apparently an unbalance in Omega-6 and Omega-3 fats can lead to health issues! When I read all this I got a bit discouraged to add animal fats to Bobby’s diet but in the end you just have to make some calculations and try to find a balance. I try to give Omega-6 and Omega-3 fats in a ratio of 5:1.

Flaxseed oil
Last week I read something about the Flaxseed oil and its benefits in cancer treatment. I am not an expert in cancer treatment nor do I know much about the real effectiveness of certain foods and their nutrients but I am willing to try different things. The worst thing that can happen is that it doesn’t make any difference at all. Apparently, flexseed oil contains more Omega-3 fats than salmon oil so it is a very healthy oil (when used in the right amount). The next months I want to add flaxseed oil to Bobby’s diet in the hope that it prevents the growth of his tumor. I have read that a mixture of flaxseed oil and cottage cheese is used in cancer treatment so I will give this a try.

I am curious, do you add oils to your dog’s diet? If so? What types of oils?

2 Comments

  1. Nina und Rosi

    January 9, 2017 at 6:44 pm

    I give my dog golden paste with turmeric and coconut oil:
    http://www.dogsnaturallymagazine.com/healing-with-turmeric-golden-paste-for-dogs/
    Thank you for your informative article. Where do I find the right amount of flaxseed oil and where do get the right balance of Omega-6 and Omega-3?

    1. Julia

      January 10, 2017 at 4:11 pm

      Oh that sounds very interesting. Thank you for sharing the recipe I will definitely give it a try!
      Well, it is quite difficult to find a concrete answer to your questions. I myself had to look quite some time and often found contradictory information. But these are some interesting websites:

      http://www.ellies-whole-grains.com/how-much-omega-3.html
      http://www.natural-dog-health-remedies.com/flaxseed-oil-for-dogs.html

      I recently started with flaxseed oil so I mix 1 teaspoon in Bobby’s food and he weights 18kg. In time I will increase it to 2 teaspoons.

      Personally I find it very difficult to find the right balance of Omega 6 and Omega 3. I don’t know what kind of dogfood you are giving but often they specify the percentage of omega 6 and 3 indicated as omega-3 (alpha-linolenic) and omega-6 (linoleic) acids. If I understood correctly it also depends on other factors such as age and general health of your dog. There are some useful websites. In the second one they give a calcuation example:
      http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2009/06/13/the-frequently-missing-ingredient-in-your-pet-s-diet-that-could-devastate-their-health.aspx

      https://www.healthydogtreats.com.au/dog-nutrition/124-omega-3

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