Whilst the majority of pets, especially dogs, just love the addition of fish oil mixed straight in with their food (both wet and dry), there will be some who just refuse to go near the food that has been supplemented.
Introducing the fish oil in small doses can assist with your pet becoming accustomed to both the taste and the components of the oil, and how their system reacts. A small number of pets may experience looser stools or even some diarrhea until their digestive system tolerates the oil. Many brands of fish oil have rosemary added as a preservative, and it is known that some animals actually react to the rosemary, and not the oil).
(Suggestion: Begin by introducing with a few drops and gradually build to the recommended dosage)
If your pet is one who is fussy and refuses to eat their regular meal with the fish oil added, below are a few tips on how you can supplement with fish oil to finicky cats and dogs:
1. A sneaky way to introduce the fish oil to your pet is to place a drop of the oil on your finger and allow him to lick it from you.
2. As cats are naturally very clean, if you put anything (including oil) on their paw they will just have to lick it off. You may wish to add a drop of the oil onto their paw. They will lick it off as a part of their grooming routine.
3. Place a few drops of the fish oil into a syringe or dropper and squirt directly into their mouth.
4. If your cat loves to drink milk, add a drop or two to the milk and see if he will take it.
5. Add to tuna water. Open a tin of tuna for your pet and drain off the liquid. Your cat or dog may enjoy the meal of tuna for a change (do not feed this to your pet on a daily basis as tuna is high in polyunsaturated fatty acids and requires substantial amounts of vitamin E to preserve the fat.). Add a few drops of the fish oil into the tuna water and let your pet lap up the water.
While your pet will begin benefiting quickly with the supplementation of fish oil or salmon oil, you may not notice a difference for approximately three to four months from Omega 3 supplements. It is important to remember that your pet’s body is changing from the inside out—beginning at first with the individual cells, then the tissues, then the organs. Gradually you’ll notice your dog or cat’s coat and skin become more radiant and there will be less shedding, less itching and a reduction in any dandruff. When you see this, you’ll know the internal organs, including the kidneys, liver, heart, and brain, are also experiencing more radiant health.
Your pet my still act finicky when you try to introduce the omega fish oil supplement to their diet. But as fish oil for dogs and cats contains many benefits to improve their overall health, it is worth persevering.