fish oil for dogs

A few years ago, I was just like you:

I was using fish oil supplements with my dogs, convinced they provided them with all kinds of health benefits.

But I soon learned that there was a way better supplement out there that could do everything fish oil does and more.

That supplement is CBD.

Read on to learn why CBD has become the #1 supplement for my dogs.

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The Benefits of Fish Oil for Dogs

A few years ago, fish oil became a household name.

All of a sudden, people all around the world crammed their cupboards full of fish oil supplements, convinced of their various health benefits.

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The source of these benefits come from 2 essential fats; EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid).

Both are omega-3 fatty acids, usually sourced from fish like salmon, sardines, herring, anchovies, and tuna.

These fats are essential for our health, but there’s just one problem;

Our bodies can’t produce omega-3 fatty acids on their own.

Instead, they need to get them from dietary sources.

Since it can be hard to get our recommended daily requirements of omega-3 fatty acids from our food alone, supplements like fish oil capsules became increasingly popular.

Soon, people learned that their pets can also benefit from fish oil supplements.

Below I’ll take a closer look at the potential health benefits of fish oil for dogs.

Fish Oil is a Natural Anti-Inflammatory

One reason fish oil became so popular as a supplement is due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

Inflammation is a natural response which the body uses to heal an injury as well as fight infection.

But, as I’m sure you know, inflammation can be problematic when it becomes chronic.

When inflammation lasts for prolonged periods of time, it can start damaging healthy tissue and even bring about other, more serious health problems.

When we think of chronic inflammation, we often think of conditions like arthritis.

But studies suggest that a wide variety of conditions can be caused by inflammation.

Obesity, for example, is believed to cause chronic inflammation of the blood vessels.

Some research suggests that this chronic inflammation could be a leading cause of diabetes.

Luckily, studies also suggest that omega-3 fatty acids like those found in fish oil can help reduce chronic inflammation.

In 2006, a study published in the Journal of Surgical Neurology documented the anti-inflammatory properties of omega-3 fish oil.

The study tracked 250 patients with non-surgical back and neck pain taking 1200mg of fish oil per day for 4 months.

1 month into the treatment the patients received a questionnaire asking about the effect of the supplement on their condition.

The study claimed that 60% of the patients found that their pain had improved since they began taking the fish oil supplements.

88% of the patients stated they would continue taking the supplements, and 60% said they’d stop taking their regular non-steroidal painkillers and instead look to fish oil for relief.

Other studies have also noted the anti-inflammatory effects of omega-3 fish oil supplements.

In a video for Just In Health, Dr. Justin Marchegiani explains how fatty acids are used to create cell membranes.

By increasing our intake of healthy omega-3 fatty acids as opposed to unhealthy saturated fats (like omega 6 fats, for example), we help create healthier cells which in turn are less likely to suffer from inflammation.

Dr. Marchegiani also explains that omega-3 fatty acids like EPA and DHA found in fish oil help drive specific cell pathways in the body that promote anti-inflammatory responses.

Fish Oil Promotes Heart Health

According to the American Heart Association, there’s a solid body of research that shows that omega-3 fatty acids can help promote heart health and prevent cardiovascular diseases.

They do so on a number of different levels.

First of all, studies show that omega-3 supplements help reduce triglyceride fat stores.

For the sake of not getting too technical, you can simply think of triglycerides as the kind of fat cells that our bodies store in our hips, bellies, and thighs.

Triglycerides are essentially the end product of our body’s digestion of fats and carbohydrates from our food.

When your body needs energy between meals or during exercise, it automatically releases hormones to break down these fat stores and uses them as energy.

At high concentrations, triglycerides can increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and cause inflammation of the pancreas.

However, studies have found that the components of fish oil help reduce triglycerides and protect the body against the problems that they cause.

Other studies also suggest that fish oil can help with cholesterol.

A 2009 study published in the International Journal of Cardiology, for example, found that fish oil supplements help reduce blood triglyceride levels as well as increase levels of HDL cholesterol (commonly referred to as the “good cholesterol”).

Other studies also suggest that fish oil may help reduce blood pressure and the build up plaque in the arteries, which is another major factor leading to heart problems.

Note, however, that there is a lot of controversy about the efficacy of fish oil supplements in preventing heart conditions.

That’s because recent studies in this area have failed to produce the same positive results as some of the studies I mentioned above.

I’ll take a closer look at these discrepancies further down in this article.

Fish Oil May Help Promote Weight Loss

Being overweight can lead to a whole myriad of health problems, including diabetes, heart disease, and much more.

Studies show that fish oil, together with regular aerobic exercise, can promote healthy body composition and promote other health benefits that can help with weight issues.

For example, a 2007 study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition tested the effects of fish oil and exercise on a group of overweight volunteer participants.

The participants were assigned to 1 of 4 different intervention plans; fish oil supplementation, fish oil supplementation and exercise, sunflower oil supplementation, and sunflower supplementation and exercise.

The study found that the group that combined exercise with fish oil supplements saw the biggest health benefits, including a drop in blood triglycerides, increased HDL cholesterol, and improved dilation of the arteries.

The study found that fish oil on its own also helped reduce body fat levels.

Fish Oil Might Help Promote Mental Health

Studies show that omega-3 fats are found in very high concentrations in the brain and play a key role in proper brain function.

Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, studies suggest that fish oil can help reduce inflammation in the brain, which has been linked to a wide variety of mental health problems including everything from depression to schizophrenia.

Other studies also suggest that consuming polyunsaturated fats like omega-3 may help with symptoms of depressive disorders, including anxiety.

The Controversy Surrounding Fish Oil Supplements

dog with hip painIf you’ve already researched fish oil supplements for pets, you’re probably aware of some of the controversy surrounding them.

Most of this controversy comes from new studies into these supplements which didn’t produce the same positive results as earlier studies.

The Harvard Medical School has published a lot of different material on fish oil.

In 2017, for example, The Harvard Health Letter published an article titled “Fish Oil Capsules: Net Benefits for The Heart are Limited.”

The article outlined discussed recent research that showed that, while fish oil can slightly lower the risk of heart failure or heart attack, it doesn’t actually help prevent heart disease.

The fact that fish oil is very volatile is also concerning.

Studies have found that up to 50% of the fish oil supplements found on store shelves are oxidized, or spoiled, in some way.

Fish oil can spoil based on a variety of variables, such as temperature, exposure to light and oxygen, as well as the presence of heavy metals and/or water.

When these oils start to oxidize, the components within them start to break down into a variety of different free radicals.

These free radicals can react with the other compounds in the oils to form a wide variety of toxic chemicals which can cause serious health risks.

For a more detailed breakdown of how this happens, check out this article on fish oil oxidization at PubMed.

The health risks of consuming oxidized fish oil aren’t exactly clear, but they could be serious.

Plus, the fact that fish oil can contain high concentrations of chemicals like arsenic, lead, and mercury (from ocean pollution) also makes you question whether you really want to be giving your dog these supplements.

The Supplement That Beats Fish Oil for Dogs

Just like you, I spent a lot of time thinking that fish oil was a great supplement.

I regularly consumed it myself and even gave it to my dogs for a long time.

So when I learned that fish oil might not be as beneficial as it was first made out to be, I was furious.

Not only did I feel cheated by the supplement and health industry, but I was also legitimately concerned about the health of my dogs.

Could fish oil actually have done them more bad than good?

Unfortunately, there is no real way to know.

Luckily, I soon found something to replace the fish oil I’d been giving my dogs.

CBD: The #1 Supplement for Your Dog

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You might already be familiar with CBD.

It’s making headlines all around the world lately for its potential health benefits.

From fighting inflammation to helping improve mental health, CBD has a wide variety of positive health effects.

Best of all, all the health benefits that humans get from CBD also apply to dogs, cats, and many other pets.

That’s because all mammals have an Endocannabinoid System (ECS), which is responsible for mediating and metabolizing cannabinoids like CBD.

black and white photo of man and his dogI first learned about the power of CBD a few years ago after my dog Rosie got diagnosed with cancer and hip dysplasia.

As her condition worsened, I was constantly looking for ways to help Rosie cope with her symptoms.

Most importantly, I wanted to give her the highest quality of life possible in her remaining time with us.

CBD helped me do that, and I’ve been using it with my pets ever since.

In fact, it’s replaced most of the supplements I used to use with my dogs before, including glucosamine, coconut oil, and more.

Below are some of the main health benefits of CBD for dogs, and why I personally think it’s a much better health supplement than fish oil.

 

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5 Reasons Why CBD Beats Fish Oil for Dogs:


1. CBD is a Much Better Anti-Inflammatory

cbd for dogs with painAs we saw earlier, one of the main health benefits of fish oil comes from its anti-inflammatory properties.

The fact that omega-3 fatty acids like EPA and DHA are able to block inflammatory processes makes them an attractive supplement for dogs dealing with inflammatory diseases like dysplasias, arthritis, diabetes, or IBD.

But did you know that CBD is a much more powerful anti-inflammatory than fish oil?

In fact, Josh Stanley, creator of the famous Charlotte’s Web CBD oil (used to treat extreme forms of epilepsy) suggests it is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatories found in nature.

When CBD enters the body, it is metabolized by the endocannabinoid system.

This system is involved in a wide variety of bodily processes (I’ll cover this in more detail further down in this article).

One of those processes is managing inflammation.

CBD supplements have been shown to be extremely effective at managing all kinds of inflammation, including that caused by arthritis, IBD, thyroid problems, and much more.

In fact, some studies even suggest that CBD’s strong anti-inflammatory properties could help protect against diabetes.

2. CBD is Great for Digestive Health and Weight Loss

cbd for dogs with digestive problemsCBD has also been shown to be great for treating digestive problems, which are very common among dogs.

Some common digestive problems affecting dogs include:

  • Gastritis
  • Colitis
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Pancreatitis

These conditions produce a wide variety of symptoms, including vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and more.

When not treated quickly, these symptoms can also cause a wide variety of more complex health problems for your dog.

Luckily, thanks to its powerful anti-inflammatory properties, CBD can offer your dog fast relief from all kinds of symptoms associated with inflammation of the digestive system.

Besides that, CBD is also great at promoting weight loss and boosting your dog’s metabolism.

In previous articles, I’ve talked about how CBD can help promote a process known as “fat browning” which converts white fatty tissue (which stores energy) into brown fatty tissue, which burns energy instead.

It does so by stimulating proteins and genes involved in the breakdown of fat.

Plus, CBD has also been shown to increase mitochondrial activity (which has been shown to promote fat burning) as well as reduce the expression of genes that influence the generation of fat cells.

3. CBD Has Mental Health Benefits, Too

cbd for your dog's metabolismApart from having a multitude of physical benefits, CBD has also been shown to play a key role in maintaining mental health.

Now, you might be wondering why that’s important for dogs.

After all, dogs don’t seem to struggle with mental conditions like humans do, or at least not to the same extent.

And while dogs might not struggle with the same mental conditions as humans, they do commonly struggle with anxiety and phobias.

That’s where CBD can be really beneficial.

Studies show that, by stimulating endocannabinoid activity, CBD can help improve symptoms of phobias and anxiety in dogs.

Preliminary research, for example, suggests that CBD directly influences a serotonin receptor in the brain known as 5-HT1A.

By doing so, researchers believe CBD temporarily increases serotonin levels in the brain, which has been shown to help reduce symptoms of fear and anxiety in humans and animals.

Other research has also shown that CBD can help promote the growth of healthy brain cells in parts of the brain like the hippocampus.

The hippocampus plays a key role in creating memories, which makes it an interesting target for treating anxiety in dogs, which usually stems from particularly traumatic memories.

For a more detailed look at this topic, check out my previous article on how CBD can help pets with anxiety.

4. CBD Activates The Endocannabinoid System

dog looking at a cbd supplement bottleAs I mentioned earlier, CBD interacts with your dog’s Endocannabinoid System.

This system is made up of 2 main receptor cells, known as CB1 and CB2.

These receptors are made to process 2 compounds, known as anandamide and 2-AG, which your dog produces naturally in their body.

The endocannabinoid system is super complex and has been shown to be involved in managing all kinds of different bodily processes.

These include memory, mood, inflammation, body temperature, appetite, digestion, and much more.

That’s why CBD and other cannabinoids have been found to have such broad health benefit:

The system that metabolizes these compounds is tied to countless bodily processes.

Hence, CBD can be a really multifaceted supplement that can benefit your dog in many different ways.

5. Dog Owners Swear By It!

One final reason I love CBD is because it gets so many great reviews from other pet owners.

As a fellow pet owner, I’m sure you understand this.

No matter how many positive studies you read about a supplement, there’s nothing quite like the reassurance of knowing that the supplement is working for other pets.

For reviews of CBD pet products, check out some popular brand websites which has countless reviews from pet owners who use CBD for all kinds of different reasons.

Also, considering joining our CBD for Pets Facebook Group where people sharing their pet's success stories with CBD.

Ori, for example, is a German Shepherd rescue pup who suffered abuse in the past.

Ori the dog giving a cbd review
Screenshot taken from Canna-Pet.com

As a result, she struggles with a lot of phobias and separation anxiety.

She also struggles to socialize with other dogs and people, as social situations make her very tense and anxious.

When left alone, Ori would start breaking things around the house, which is a very common sign of separation anxiety.

Luckily, her owners soon discovered CBD dog treats by Canna-Pet which have helped Ori keep her anxiety in check.

Yoohoo, on the other hand, is a Golden Retriever who recently suffered an injury to her rear leg.

Yoohoo the dog giving a cbd testimonial
Screenshot taken from Canna-Pet.com

The injury left Yoohoo in a lot of pain and unable to put any pressure on her leg.

Using a combination of CBD dog treats and regular CBD oil, her owners saw huge improvements in her condition.

She is now able to put pressure on her leg again and is in noticeably less pain thanks to CBD.

Finally, Remington is a 7-year-old Labrador suffering from joint pain as a result of Valley Fever.

Remington the yellow lab giving a cbd review
Screenshot taken from Canna-Pet.com

The condition left Remington dealing with constant pain and inflammation in his joints, which also affects his mobility and activity levels.

His owners recently started Remi on CBD supplements and saw huge improvements in his condition.

“I am happy we’re getting our old “Remi” back again, wanting to play and romp around,” writes his owner.

These are just a few examples of some of the great results pet owners are seeing using CBD with their dogs.

How to Use CBD With Your Dog

One reason I love CBD is this:

It is super versatile.

holistapet cbd pet tinctureThe CBD supplement you’re likely most familiar with is CBD oil.

But CBD companies have come up with a variety of different products to help you manage your dog’s condition.

With Rosie, I used a combination of CBD oil, capsules, treats, and even topical solutions (like balms).

The main thing you want to watch out for when giving your dog CBD is dosage.

Now, remember, CBD isn’t toxic, not even in very large doses.

Nonetheless, you’ll want to take the time to find a dose that works best for your dog and their condition.

For any CBD product that is ingested (like oil, capsules, or treats), dosage will vary depending on your dog’s size and their condition.

Average doses with oils usually consist of 2-4 drops, whereas a single capsule will usually consist of 1 dose.

Dosing with CBD treats will vary depending on the strength of the treat and the size of your dog, but one treat is usually equivalent to 1 dose.

Again, the exact dose your dog needs will vary depending on their weight the severity of the symptoms, and the product you use.

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Blake Armstrong
Blake Armstrong

Hey I'm Blake, the founder of this website. Our family was fortunately to have discovered CBD products after our dog Rosie was diagnosed with a few common ailments. I truly believe they enhanced her last few years, and it's my passion to spread the word through this website. Thanks for visiting!