What is the Right Dosage of Omega 3 for Cats and Small Dogs?
I get this question asked of me pretty frequently, many experts have told me the best ratio is about 10.2 mg to 15 mg of the combined essential fatty acids ( DHA and EPA) for every pound of weight, especially for cats and small dogs under 10-15 lbs.
Many Veterinarians are not too overly concerned about excess Omega 3 in higher dosage pills, because they believe the body will simply eliminate it through the urine.
An older article: UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine Newsletter Vol. 14, does site that:
“… Some supplements may not cause any harm to your pet and will simply be excreted in the feces or urine. Many supplements can be toxic, especially when given in high doses, or they may potentiate adverse side effects. (For example, calcium supplementation in growing dogs of large breeds has been shown to cause the likelihood of developmental orthopedic problems.) ”
In light of the alternating view points, I would say that the experts know that some is good, too much is not so good. I would be cautious not to give a higher dosage supplement when a lower dosage one is readily available. There are many 1000 mg Omega 3 supplements that are sold as appropriate for cats and small dogs. Typically these 1000 mg softgels will have 250 to 300 mgs of Essential Fatty Acids. This would probably work out pretty well for cats and dogs over the 16 lb mark, but I would really be hesitant to give this size pill to smaller pets. Many of these Omega 3 supplements also have added nutritional supplements like vitamin E or C or D, and or Omega 6 and most dogs and cats already get plenty of these nutrients in their commercial pet food.
Keep in mind that the real problem with most commercial pet food is that the Omega 3 does not usually survive the processing very well, or it’s an Omega 3 derived from a plant source, which cats and dogs do not metabolize readily.
Without having a way to get a complete work up on your pet food, and you already know that your cat or small dog needs an Omega 3, I would, of course, highly recommend keeping the Omega 3 supplement simple. A pure salmon source 500 mg fish oil is a very good base for Omega 3. A 500 mg Omega 3 will have around 80-110 mg of essential fatty acids.
Our cat, who is 16 lbs ( no small guy at all ) does very, very well on our Packenzie Petite Omega 3 softgel, which is a 500 mg Salmon Fish Oil Softgel with 100 mg of essential fatty acids – balanced DHA and EPA. This is saying a lot as a pretty hefty operation bill rides on the whether his daily Omega 3 regimen works or not. I’m not kidding when I say that our cat, Mac is the $6,000.00 feline. All I can ask of you is not to tell my parents or in-laws as they have no idea we spent this much on our cat.
The other great benefit of the 500 mg Omega 3 is that it’s small, which means it’s very easy for small dogs to take. They usually gobble it down as if you gave them a treat – only you know better.
Cats are more of a challenge, but recently, we’ve been able to convince Mac that he can take the whole Omega 3 pill in a Pill Pocket and he swallows it down with no problem: Pretty amazing since we used to have to give it to him manually. The capsule can also be cut and spread over your cat’s food. We do this for our other cat and she used to have a bad dandruff problem around the base of her tail – it disappeared within about 4-5 days.
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Packenzie Petite Omega 3 has shipped all over the United States, and we are currently looking to place it with Veterinarians as a replacement for the Derm Caps 10′s Petites for Cats and Miniature Breeds.
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