NUTRITION: FISH OIL DOSES FOR CATS, DOGS AND OTHER PETS
May 11, 2017 - As with any supplement, dosage of fish oil for dogs and cats is important
■ DOSAGE: Use products made for either humans or dogs. The amount of EPA and DHA in various fish oil preparations varies. Look for concentrated forms when giving high doses so you use smaller amounts of oil.
Hello and thanks for so many great responses. I purposefully did not include the fish oil dosage because I firmly believe that this is something to be discussed between you and your veterinarian. Not only do I not want to step on your veterinarian’s toes, I think that this is in your dog’s best interest. What I will tell you is that most veterinarians receive the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association so they have access to this exact same information.
What is the recommended dosage of Fish oil for dogs?
Best Fish Oil For Dogs | Dosage, Benefits & 2017 Review
Dose: 1000 mg of a fish oil supplement (containing 300 mg of EPA/DHA) for every 30 pounds of body weight is a good rule of thumb for general health. But dosage should be calculated with your dog's regular diet in mind to maintain balance. Some diets are already rich in EPA and DHA, and too much fish oil can lead to an upset stomach or have a blood thinning effect.Q: Can I feed my dog the same fish oil that I am taking? A: For small dogs less than 10 lbs you may find regular strength human fishoil capsules work well as these tend to have just under 200 mg EPA per dose. Be sure to read label carefully to find out if per dose amount takes two capsules or just one. For bigger dogs, particularly dogs over 50 lbs, you will need extra strength capsules unless you want to be feeding 10 or more pills per day. For high dose supplements, you will find various options under "extra strength fish oil". Liquid is good if your dog won't eat capsules. Some dogs will eat the human fish oil liquid despite the lemony flavor.I have talked about capsules here, but many people prefer the oil version on top of the pet’s food. It often comes with a little measuring scoop, is less messy than it sounds, and is an easy way to dose your pet accurately. Let’s face it, fish oil is kind of nasty. Most pets like gross things, so it tends to go over well! Another option, especially for cats and smaller dogs, is a “twist-tab”. It’s a little capsule containing fish oil that you twist (or cut) the end off of, and pour the oil onto the food. It may take some experimenting to find the version both you and your pet agree on.Basic supplementation indicates that a dog should receive 20 mg offish oil for each pound of weight. To calculate your dog’s dosage,simply multiply his weight by 20. As an example, a 15 pound dog wouldreceive 300 mg of fish oil daily. If your dog has been diagnosed withsomething like arthritis or cancer, he will need additional fish oil tocombat the effects of the condition. Consult your veterinarian fordosing recommendations to support the particular condition.