Fish Oil and A Dog’s Behavior

Can Fish oil improve a dog’s behavior?

Do you think that adding fish oil in your dog’s diet could improve his behavior? You may be surprised with the information that I found.

Importance of Fish Oil (omega-3 fatty acids)

For those that have a diet low or lacking in omega 3 fatty acids will have altered cell membranes. Unhealthy membranes don’t have the ability to hold water, electrolytes, or vital nutrients, lack ability to communicate to other cells and regulate hormones. Bottom line, without omega-3 fatty acids cell membranes are not functioning properly. (Find more info on hormones and behavior by clicking here)

Improperly functioning cells lead to chronic disease to include cancer, arthritis, and heart disease. Not only that, but studies show that children lacking Omega 3 Fatty Acid in their diet have impaired brain function, play a huge role in ADD and depression.

“The long-chain omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA found in fish and fish oil supplements are absolutely critical to optimal brain function. A new study from the prestigious Oxford University in the UK found that the levels of EPA+DHA “significantly predicted” the ability of children between the ages of seven and nine to concentrate and learn.” – Dr. Murrary

As I dove into research for you, article after article describing research done by credible sources, there is no doubt that taking Omega 3 Fatty Acids has improved children’s behavior. Even the New York Times talked about a mother with a son that started grinding his teeth and other behaviors that began. She took him to the doctor and the doctor recommended fish oil. Within a week she saw a difference.

“I saw a difference within a week,” Mrs. Jump said of her son, who now takes a teaspoon of fish oil, containing omega-3 fatty acids, daily. “He’s more chill; he can roll with things more. He asks about his blanket every once in a while, but it’s no big deal.” -New York Times

The article goes on to say, “Like many other doctors, the Jumps’ pediatrician, Dr. Sandy Newmark, who practices integrative medicine in Tucson, Ariz., acknowledges that research on fish oil therapies is limited. There isn’t even a consensus about what the optimal doses and appropriate combinations are for polyunsaturated fatty acids like the omega-3s. But many parents concerned about the side effects of conventional medications are turning to fish oil first, to treat not just mood disorders but also a variety of learning and developmental problems, including autismdyslexia and, most notably, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or A.D.H.D.”

We can see from the limited research there are benefits of fish oil in a diet and there is no doubt in my mind that this supplement can do the same for our dogs. Not only will can it improve his behavior and focus, but will give his coat have a nice shine. I think that is an easy, no brainer win-win for everyone.

One of my favorite supplement for Omega 3’s is  Dr. Harvey’s Health and Shine. I trust this company and know that their products are made in the USA. You can check it out by clicking here.  While you are there you can save 10% by using the code MH117.

Have you experienced success using fish oil with your dog? Share in comments below.



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Fish Oils Improve Behavior Issues in Children 8-16 Years Old



Michelle Huntting
Building the bridge of communication for dogs and pet guardians 


Please Note: I am not a pet nutritionist nor a veterinarian. I am however a mother, a dog mom, pet enthusiast and a professional trainer with common sense, observational skills, and a sense of humor. Please seek a holistic vet for specific dietary questions.

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