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The Benefits of Flaxseed Oil for Dogs

By Brenda Stokes
 

Overview

It is well known that omega-3 fatty acids are beneficial for humans, but they're good for dogs, too. In fact, this substance, found in several foods including soybeans, salmon and sardines can boost your dog's health, aid in the treatment of cancer and play a major role in maintaining the immune system. Flaxseed oil is especially rich in omega-3 fatty acids. There are several conditions that can be helped or controlled by the adding flaxseed oil to your dog's diet.

Inflammatory Disease

Inflammatory disease like inflammatory bowel disease or arthritis can be maintained and even treated by feeding your dog flaxseed oil on a regular basis. This can ease symptoms, and prevent flares of symptoms if taken on a predictable schedule.

Heart Disease

Flaxseed oil can also help heart disease in dogs. This is especially beneficial as a preventative measure. Implementing fatty acids as a regular part of a dog's diet can help prevent high cholesterol, blood pressure and heart rhythm problems. If your dog has already been diagnosed with heart disease, using flaxseed oil should still be a priority alongside his prescribed medications.

Cancer

Flaxseed oil is also helpful in the treatment and prevention of cancer in dogs. omega-3 fatty acids work to slow down cancer growth or prevent it in the first place. Better yet, regular intake of this substance can boost the immune system over time, helping your dog's body fight against the cancer on its own or prevent free radicals from converting more cells into cancer.

Allergies

Making flaxseed oil a regular part of your diet can also prevent or control allergies. Dogs that suffer from allergies often have poor immune systems to begin with. The introduction of omega-3 fatty acids can improve their immune system and make allergies less of a problem.

Coat Maintenance

Another benefit of flaxseed oil for your dog is its affect on his coat. If your dog suffers from a dry or very dull coat, fatty acids help to improve the texture of his coat, making for fuller, shinier hair. While superficial, a dull coat is often a sign of other health problems like a weakened immune system. Since flaxseed oil makes the coat shiny, it is apparent that this also helps the health of your pet.
Comments (4)
Aug 18, 2009 midori
Parsley is also good for their urinary tract. Edit to list quantities of the ingredients and I would love to make for my babies!
Aug 18, 2009 midori
Commented in the wrong topic :(
Aug 30, 2011 summerbuddy
I have a 5yr old Louisiana Catahoula mix.For the last 2 summers she has gotten some type of allergic reaction to ?.I think it might be flea bites,but then again she is 3x protected against the pests.I have tried just about everything to help her.I just started her on Flaxseed oil,1 1200mg liquid soft gels which I pop a hole in and pour directly into her mouth.I plan on doing this every other day.I'm just hoping this will stop the irritation on her backside.
Aug 2, 2013 Mullaghcleevaun
add a tablespoon of Braggs ACV to your dogs food AND water daily and wait for EXCELLENT results.
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