I Started Giving Salmon Oil to My Dogs


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I think Salmon Oil is one of the best supplements you can add to your dog’s diet because it has helped Vík’s dry nose in such a short time!

Vík has had a very dry nose since he was a pup. It looked painful, flakey, and occasionally would bleed. It was so sad and painful to look at. As of today, it is on the mend and I think adding fish oil to his food every day was the most significant factor for his healing nose. 

Per recommendation from our vet, we initially were adding refined coconut oil to his food, but he didn’t seem to love it. *Kenzo on the other hand, LOVED IT, but since his nose and skin is already dry, so I wanted to try another supplement for Vík.* So we changed to Salmon Oil and this time, Vík and Kenzo went nuts! They both get so happy when it is food time vs. before adding Salmon Oil; they were both very “meh” about getting their meals. 

We use Vital Pet Life 100% Salmon Oil; I like the portion size bottles, and it is reasonably priced. I also really like that there are not any additives. 

I also just created these homemade Salmon Oil Dog Treats for the boys. 

I prefer the liquid form over the capsules because it is easier to administer, both Kenzo & Vík love the taste, and there is a higher convention of healthy fatty aides in the liquid than the soft gels. The liquid is more expensive than the soft gels, but in my opinion, it is well worth the extra $. 

Please speak with your veterinarian before giving your dog any supplements or changing their diet. 

Salmon oil supports heart health, gives dogs an insanely soft and silky coat, reduces itchy and dry skin, and can relieve allergies and some joint pain. Salmon oil contains omega-3 fatty acids, and just like humans, dogs are unable to produce omega-3 fatty acids on their own and must obtain them from their diet. 

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According to one of my favorite organizations, the AKC, “Omega-3 also helps balance out omega-6 fatty acids, commonly found in processed foods and most grains. Since many dog food manufacturers use meat from corn-fed animals or refined oil (which are high in omega-6), dogs often have an overabundance of omega-6 fatty acids in their diet. Your dog ends up with too much omega-6 and not nearly enough omega-3 fatty acids.”

If your dog is suffering from dry skin or you just want to give their coat a boost, I would talk to your vet about adding salmon oil to their food. I only recommend things I have used on my dogs, and I am so thankful I started doing this because Vík’s poor nose has never looked and felt better. 

For more photos of my “goodest boys”? Follow me, Kenzo & Vík (and our houseplants) on Instagram @House_Fur

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