Many people feel dog food should be enough to sustain their dog. While this is true to a degree, that truth really depends on what your definition of sustain is. We feed a top-notch food plus raw meats with fresh fruits + steamed veggies that sustains but we feel adding organic supplement oils to our dog’s feedings is valuable to enhancing a quality long life. I look at my dog the way I look at my family, meaning I want to give him the best nutrition I can to help him feel his best and function at his full capability. Eventually as he gets older, I will incorporate more cooked and raw foods and migrate away from kibble.
Organic Supplement Oils
While high-grade food systems provide what dogs need, organic supplement oils give dogs the boost of pure nutrients their bodies and brains need without any extras added in. I’ve tried a few different supplements that are meant to give support to whatever the current situation is with the dog and I’ve worked out a tried and true combination that gives continuous support to the dog through the daily feeding regimen.
Organic Coconut Oil
I know the value and benefits of organic, unrefined, GMO-free coconut oil and so I already keep it as a staple in my pantry. Coconut oil helps humans with digestion and is also good for skin conditioning. It gives humans immune support as well as feeds muscles. It works pretty much the same way in dogs.
We use coconut oil in many recipes for my family and I give it to my dog a few times a week and I use it in recipes for treats I make for him! I prefer coconut oil in the solid form and I store it in the fridge. I buy the tub pictured here. It’s GMO-free, unrefined, virgin coconut oil. You can use it when cooking instead of commercial cooking oils. Much cleaner and a healthy fatty oil.
I have read a lot of articles about coconut oil for dogs and I like sitstay.com’s the best. Instead of rewriting an already superb post about the benefits and how much to feed, I’ll link to it here: Best Article About the Benefits of Coconut Oil for Dogs + How to Feed It.
Salmon Oil Benefits
Fish are an awesome source of nutrients and important fatty-acids. Salmon have a natural occurrence of those valuable fatty acids, essential antioxidants, and traces of vitamins. We do sometimes use fish oil in its purest form but always come back to the salmon oil. Ours tolerate it really well.
We feed Grizzly Wild Alaskan Salmon Oil daily and it’s gobbled up quick! This salmon oil gives dogs omega-3 fatty acids. omega-6 fatty acids. Grizzly’s EPA & DHA amounts are very high compared to several other products I considered. These are two main types that don’t need converted prior to absorption. ALA is another great example but it is found in flaxseed and the body needs to convert it down before it can be used.
*We do sometimes feed fresh wild salmon seared in the skillet instead of salmon oil. This is normally done as a rotation to our feeding regimen every few months.
*We do use flaxseed butter in dog treat recipes!
What the omega-3’s & omega-6’s actually do for the dog
Omega-3 provide goodness that improves dogs coats and relieves skin stress and omega-6’s give added support to the reproduction system, growth, immune function, and skin and coat health.
EPA & DHA give support to a dog’s immune system and their digestive and elimination systems as well. Brain development has been shown to be better in puppies whose mother was given salmon oil while pregnant and the birthed puppies continued to be given salmon oil after according to articles written based on salmon oil studies. Salmon oil helps with skin and coat problems too. It acts as an internal conditioner and it comes out through the dog’s pores. Sometimes you might smell a little salty of a dog and you can likely count on it being the salmon oil being excreted! Ours sometimes has a mild scent in the beginning while the dog is getting used to the salmon oil but it generally stops being noticeable after the first few days.
Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp Seed is an overlooked oil in mainstream shopping. It is seriously loaded with goodness. Some of my best body lotions are made from Hemp Seed oil and other natural ingredients. Hemp Seed is REALLY good for Lab’s skin + coats. It has an Omega-6 fatty acid called gamma linolenic acid which I learned is important to a dog’s immune system. An informative article about Hemp Seed oil benefits for dogs is over on Dogs Naturally.
We don’t currently use Hemp Seed oil because our current choice in primary protein is chicken. Chicken is highly concentrated in GLAs. I learned that from an article about hemp for dogs.
We give a tablespoon of coconut oil as a treat on an average of 3-5 days per week. Sometimes it’s daily. It depends on what the dog has going on. You get a feel and eye and nose too for that matter, about what your dog’s in need of. Multiple supplement oils daily is a bit too much for young pups so we keep it curbed to giving out the coconut oil every other day or so.
Salmon oil is given daily at lunchtime. How much is dependent upon the dog’s current weight. We don’t ever curb back the salmon oil because we feel like the dog looks & feels (to our petting hands) better when he is getting daily Salmon oil. There’s so much goodness in Salmon oil as discussed above, that we make sure to give it daily.