I first wrote about the potential health benefits of Omega-3’s found in fish oil back in 2013 when we had just started to supplement the dogs’ diets with it. We originally were looking for the skin and coat benefits it could provide through the winter, but we saw our senior beagle Kobi start feeling better in other ways too. He was spunkier and felt better than he had in quite a while.
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We continued to use it, and it was one of the important ingredients in our golden retriever Sheba’s cancer diet as well. We’ve used some different brands and varieties over the years, most formulated only for dogs, but when asked if we’d like to try OmegaBrite, I learned something new. OmegaBrite is not just for dogs, it can be for cats and humans as well. It had never occurred to me that one product like that could benefit our whole family!
As always when considering new products for the K9 Crew, I have some stipulations. I prefer all-natural products made by reputable companies with experience in their field. OmegaBrite is 100% natural and pharmaceutical quality. It was formulated by a Harvard educated practicing physician 15 years ago, who had a goal to create a highly concentrated pure omega-3 supplement.
I appreciate that they use only small fish from the cold, clean waters of Peru and Chile, and that their product is tested by a third-party laboratory before, during, and after production. OmegaBrite has also been independently tested by ConsumerLabs, and won their independent seal of approval by exceeding their highest standards for purity, potency, and accurate label claims. It is also 100% guaranteed, a sure sign that a company believes in their product.
Now that I’ve settled that, what are the potential benefits of fish oil for your pets, that keeps it as one of our favorite supplements in Luke and Cricket’s diets?
- EPA, one of the two Omega-3 fatty acids in OmegaBrite, has anti-inflammatory benefits. That means it can help with conditions of the heart, kidneys, skin and joints. Since Cricket has both arthritis and an enlarged heart, and Luke has luxating patellas in both of his back knees, this is the key benefit for us. With winter approaching, and two very active dogs, this is the time of year we want to be sure their joints are in the best shape they can be.
Both dogs have been doing quite well with their joint issues, and I believe that Omega-3 supplements are one of the factors contributing to that. We keep them lightly active to help their joints stay loose, and both dogs take other supplements as well. Senior Cricket also takes medication. We believe in doing everything we can to keep them active and happy.
- OmegaBrite can help promote a healthy skin and coat along with reducing shedding. It can ease inflammation due to allergies, reduce dry skin and dandruff, and can potentially reduce the incidence of hot spots. This can also mean less hairballs in cats! Both of our dogs have soft and shiny coats, and I believe fish oil is helping with that.
- DHA, the other Omega-3 fatty acid in OmegaBrite, is important in brain and eye development in puppies and kittens. It can be given to pregnant or nursing pets to benefit the babies.
- Though results are still inconclusive, in some studies fish oil has slowed the growth of cancer, therefore it is recommended by some veterinarians for pets with cancer. It was an important facet of the dog cancer diet we had our golden retriever Sheba on (“Fighting K9 Cancer Through Healthy Living II”). There are not just anti-inflammatory effects, but may be immune system benefits as well. It’s of note that the concentrations of EPA and DHA in OmegaBrite are well above what is recommended in the diet we followed.
*Note: Fish oil can have blood thinning effects, so stop use 10 days before and 10 days after any surgery (or when sutures are removed). Also, to avoid upset stomach, when first adding fish oil you may want to start out slowly. Recommended dosage for OmegaBrite is one capsule per day for small canine breeds and cats, 2 gelcaps for medium dogs, and 3 for dogs over 50 lbs. You should check with your vet before adding any supplements to your pet’s diet.*
We have been focused on the dogs with this new product, but I want to check with our cat Samantha’s vet as far as starting her on it. She does get hairballs, and her long fur is often matted. I’d love to see a reduction in that! She’s on several medications, however, so we want to be sure this will be a safe addition for her.
Years ago, my hubby and I took fish oil supplements as well. I think at that time there were a lot of questions about its benefits, and we stopped taking them at some point. After reading all the different benefits for humans on OmegaBrite’s website (click here to read for yourself), I believe we are going to start taking it again. I’m most interested in the benefits to our hearts, moods, and focus. It couldn’t be any easier to do so, when I can use this one product for our entire household!
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Does anyone in your household – human or pet – take Omega-3 supplements?