Omega 3 for Dogs: Should you give it? What is it for?

Omega 3 para Perros: ¿Debes dárselo? ¿Para qué sirve?

I'm sure all of us strive to make our pet's diet good. We buy the croquette that best suits their needs, from time to time we give them one or another of the vegetables that dogs can eat to give them the necessary ones for their nutrition and development and we even get to prepare barf food for dogs , we even cook their chicken or meat bones, am I wrong?

Despite having that certainty, a concern arose in the Waggys team. Are all the nutrients my pet needs in these foods? Don't you need more?

You will be surprised at what we found out. Omega 3 is one of the most important components for our furry ones and yet it is hardly found in the food we give them. I invite you to read this article in order to improve the diet of our quadruped friends.

What is omega 3 and what is it for?

Omega 3 are essential fatty acids in the body of any living being. This acid is one of the components that brings the greatest benefits to health. In the case of our pets, specifically dogs, they are called essential because they are acids that your body cannot produce and that you must mainly obtain through your diet.

Benefits of omega for dogs

Eating a diet rich in Omega 3 is healthy and very beneficial, some of them are:

  • Prevent diseases of the immune system such as: leishmaniosis in dogs , distemper in dogs , epilepsy in dogs and leptospira in dogs .

  • Protect and care for the heart.

  • Brain development as they contain DHA (docosahexaenoic acid).

  • The process of gestation or lactation of the animal.

  • Gives shine to the skin and hair.

  • Reduction of itching (pruritus) when there is an allergy.

  • Decrease in skin and ear infections (otitis).

  • It is a natural antioxidant that helps with aging at the cellular level.

Importance of omega 3 in dogs

Omega 3 together with other complementary acids such as Omega 6, are very important because they can control the hormones in our pet's body. This, in turn, ensures their proper functioning.

Each acid has its purpose, while Omega 6 contributes to inflammation, Omega 3 helps reduce inflammation, which is why both are needed, so that there are no decompensations or imbalances. However, it is easier to find foods rich in Omega 6 than in Omega 3, so you will have to integrate them in another way in your diet.

Omega 3 for puppies

In puppies, omega 3 will be a good partner for the proper development of brain functions during the first months of life.

Omega 3 for adult dogs

In older dogs, this food supplement will help to maintain a good state and functioning of the brain.

Omega 3 Deficiency Symptoms in Dogs

At this point we are already aware that Omega 3 is a necessary component, so the lack of it can be seen reflected in the following symptoms:

  • The hair is rough, brittle.

  • The skin of the animal, as it is very oily, has a dry touch or even scales.

  • The dog scratches a lot.

  • brittle nails

  • The dog has joint pain and tires very easily.

  • Joint pain.

If you identify any of these symptoms in your pet, our first recommendation is that you consult your veterinarian about the situation. On the other hand, he will most likely recommend giving you foods that contain this necessary fatty acid.

How much omega 3 should I give my dog?

The amount that you should give your pet is not general for everyone, it will depend a lot on what you are going to use it for, the weight of your pet or even if you are treating a disease. This is why the first approach we recommend you make is with your veterinarian.

If your pet is generally healthy and you are using Omega 3 to support or maintain health, 800 milligrams twice a week for a large dog over 70 pounds (31.75 kg) is sufficient. For small dogs, 250 milligrams twice a week is adequate.

From now on, the doses could vary depending on the disease or condition that you want to alleviate or treat. For this reason, we reaffirm that it is best to ask the vet.

Foods with omega 3 and fatty acids for dogs

  1. Fish
  2. Fish oil
  3. Linseed oil
  4. Eggs etc...

Other omega options for dogs

To complement their diet and continue nourishing them, we recommend incorporating our Waggy's Wellness dog treats into their diet and even our oils for dogs, which contain CBD for dogs in its formula.

Our products are the best treats for puppies and they are specialized in providing satisfaction and health to our pets because they have an analgesic, dermatological, anticonvulsant, and anti-inflammatory effect, they stimulate appetite, improve sleep quality, and even help in the management of cancer patients.

These, in addition to helping you treat stress and anxiety in dogs , will be responsible for providing their body with the amount of Omega 3 they need for the proper functioning of their hormones and their health.

If you want to know what are the appropriate doses to give your pet, we recommend that you read the article All about Cbd for dogs .


With this blog we discover that many times, croquettes are not enough to give our pets all the nutrients they require. We need to supplement their diet by including other types of products or elements rich in Omegas.

Likewise, we appreciate the trust placed in this portal and especially in this blog. We are committed to researching and informing you about all the issues that are important to us and our pets. Once again, we thank you for reading us and we invite you to buy our Waggys products to continue strengthening our pets and growing together.

As a last item, we want to suggest that you read about vitamins for dogs

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