What Ingredients Are Found in Salmon Gel Caps for Dogs?

by Mary Lougee
    "Get your own fish oil, buddy."

    "Get your own fish oil, buddy."

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    Salmon gel caps for canines give all the benefits of salmon. Salmon oil nourishes skin and coat to keep your four-legged friend shiny and healthy, and studies show that salmon gel caps are beneficial for pets with some diseases.

    Omega-3 and -6 Fatty Acids

    Omega-3 and -6 are two essential fatty acids. The combination of these two nutrients provides an anti-inflammatory effect to treat dogs with skin allergies and to relieve scratching and itchy skin. They also support heart function, vision and joint health for dogs with arthritis. This combination is also useful in treating kidney and heart disease and cancer.

    Omega-9 Fatty Acid

    Omega-9 fatty acid is monounsaturated oleic and stearic acid. A dog usually produces this non-essential fatty acid naturally. If your pet needs extra essential fatty acids, he is not producing enough omega-9. This supplement lowers cholesterol level to prevent heart disease and improves the immune system.

    EPA & DHA

    EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) are products that a body makes when it converts omegas in the digestive process. Both are supportive of vision and brain functions. EPA regulates skin and joint inflammation, lessens sticky plates in the heart, improves immunity and helps with heart muscle tone to regulate blood pressure.

    Warnings

    Always check with your veterinarian before starting a regimen of canine supplements. He can advise you if your pet is in need of them and recommend a particular product. An excess of fatty acids can cause upset stomach and vomiting.

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    About the Author

    Mary Lougee has been writing since 2004 and specializes in pets with publications in "Modern Dog" and "Pet Planet." Lougee gained extensive pet knowledge and expertise in care and rehabilitation, built a farm, and cares for rescue animals from small to large. She holds a bachelor's degree in management.

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