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Hello everyone!

I need advice on an alternative to fish oil supplements.

My 1yr old red male cannot for some reason handle fish oil.
I have tried fish oil capsules (made for humans), fish oil capsules (made specifically for dogs), and have recently tried Welactin ( a fish oil sold specifically for dogs in a bottle).

The most recent time trying fish oil, I gave him about the equivalent of 1/4 of a human sized fish oil pill, and it gave him diarrhea for 3 days. No matter how small the amount of fish oil I give him (literally three DROPS of the stuff with give him diarrhea), it messes him up for DAYS!!

I really want him to receive benefits that fish oils could give (skin, coat, heart, joints etc.), but for some reason it seems to not work with his stomach.

I was thinking about trying Krill Oil next....

Any other ideas?


-Courtney & Roman
 

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Are you sure that's really what's causing problems, it's not something else that happened coincidentally? My advice would be to not worry about it and just feed a quality kibble that will give him everything he needs.
100% positive its the fish oil!! His stools are very regular on his diet, and when introducing the fish oil alone (we have done this a couple times with no other changes), the diarrhea starts back again.
 

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We buy the sardines from Costco and stock up when they are on sale. One can per week. We don't mix with kibble. If they have a skin problem give twice a week. Our vet agreed it was the best form to give your dog or cat.
 

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Does your kibble contain any fish? If so, I'd also try sardines in water a few times a week - start with just a little bit, not the whole tin. If your kibble doesn't have fish in it, your dog may not be able to handle fish at all. I would discuss alternatives with your vet - the benefits of fish oil are primarily the heart benefits, so while there are other oils you could try, none are the same in terms of heart health.
 

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It may be that he can't tolerate fish - it happens occasionally.
You might try something like coconut oil and see how he does with that.
 

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You could try flaxseed oil BUT! Flaxseed meal and flaxseed oil is a fairly common allergen so that may not work. Also while dog use fish oil directly for the actual active ingredient this is not the case for flaxseed oil or meal--the dogs body must process the flaxseed oil or meal first to change it to the active ingredient that is good for skin and coat and for heart health in dogs who have actually started to how signs of a cardiac problem.

Sardines work well for dogs who are reacting to the fish oil but are not sensitive to fish. Mackeral is another possible source and salmon, of course, but it a pretty expensive way to provide fish oil.

There is also a study that has been around for years. If you have not been trying fish oil and Vitamin E--you might want to try both. In order to process fish oil dogs also need added Vitamin E. The study a vet told me about many years ago used to be able to be found on the internet--I read a copy the vet had--it was a peer reviewed study and was where I got the original proportions of fish oil to Vitamin E. That study listed diarrhea as one of the symptoms that dogs who didn't have enough Vitamin E in their diet to balance the amount of fish oil they were getting.

The recommended amount of Vitamin E was 200 iu's for every 1000 mg of fish oil. Since Vitamin E is almost universally found in 400 iu capsules, I've always given it as one capsule of fish oil (Costco's 1000mg capsule) with one Vitamin E capsule once a day with a meal and one more fish oil capsule with the second meal.

There are pills and capsules available the contain both fish oil and Vitamin E in the proper proportion but I've only seen them in human formulations and tend to be rather more expensive.

Also, what ever you try, make sure that you are not buying the coated capsules--those are designed for people and to get the fish oil through the stomach so you aren't burping fish all day--in a dog they cause the entire capsule to go right though the dogs shorter GI tract and out--very expensive way to add fish oil to the back yard lawn.

Good luck. If you are going to try fish directly (sardines, mackerel, or salmon) start with very small portions until you are sure he's handling it.
 

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Hi Miss.

I want to jump on what dobebug brought up. Add Vitamin E to your pup's fish oil.

My youngest basically has a cast iron stomach (and intestines). Really never an issue. He can eat anything, except for bully sticks.

So several years ago I started him on 1200 mg of fish oil/day. His poops started to loosen. On the recommendation of someone (probably bug), I started adding Vitamin E 400 iu every other day. So basically he gets 1200 mg fish oil per day and 400 iu Vitamin E every other day. He has never had an issue since.

John
Portland OR
 
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