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Old 01-15-2011, 01:35 PM   #1
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Hello, I'm starting to give Joe a little sardines/mackeral mixed in with his food, thinking the oil will help his skin. I've got a couple of tins of fish in sunflower oil, how much and often could Joe have it?

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I know for raw feeding, it is good for one meal a week to be fish. That means that raw fed dogs following this plan eat 2-4% of their body weight in fish a week. I don't know how much you would want for that though.

Also, when I fed canned fish, everything warned to rinse it thoroughly to remove salt. So, make sure it doesn't have a high salt content! Oh- and if you are aiming for the Omega 3 in the fish, you can also get the vitamin capsules for it. That is what Quinn gets- she doesn't like fish. Good luck!

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My boy get's a fish oil pill each night - 1000 mg with a bit of peanut butter on the tip to make him want it. I don't know about measuring out the concentrates.

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maxs food has fish oils already in it. so i dont feed any extra
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Fish Oil has omega 3 fatty acids in it, which is what will help produce a healthy skin and coat. I believe sunflower oil is omega 6 fatty acid, which I don't believe promotes skin conditions unless combined with something that has omega 3 in it. Fish Oil is relatively cheap though, you can use the human grade kind found at any pharmacy. I use 1200mg Fish Oil from Walgreens (Nature's Variety, is the brand maybe?). I almost ALWAYS find it buy one, get one free.

I give my APBT mix puppy 1200mg fish oil 2x a day. This combined with a salmon based, grain free kibble has really helped increase the overall health of his coat. He is so soft and shiny and his dandruff has vanished. The fish oil has also helped relieve any dry skin problems that has caused the occasional itchies.

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I'm on the road with very limited internet access, at the moment. If you are feeding fish, sardines are preferable to mackerel, due to lower mercury content. You can safely feed a tin 2-3 times a week. The sunflower oil will make his coat shiny an may soften it, but will also make it greasy over time. If you want to improve his skin, consider a fish oil gel cap 1000-1300mg once a day with a meal. Foster greys often arrive with track coat and skin (coarse, smelly, dry, damaged), and a daily fish oil cap makes a huge difference within 2 weeks. Fish oil caps are less expensive that tins of sardines, and tend not to carry dangerous heavy metals.
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That is unsaturated oil so it's healthy for the dog but anything that is given too much is not good. I don't really know the exact amount but you can find out for yourself buy examining the dog.
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