Adding oil to puppy food: what kind of oil?

Adding oil to puppy food

Adding oil to puppy food

Puppies require mostly proteins and fat in their diet. Not enough of these nutrients during its development will make him grow an itchy and dry skin, dull coat and hair loss. So adding oil to puppy food provides the fat that he needs. Unlike us, a puppy does not need to worry about cholesterol and providing essential oils to his diet ensures that he grows healthy.

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What kind of oil?

When you are looking for puppy food at the store, you must look at those that contain omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids. The proper ratio of these essential nutrients should be between 5 and 1 and 10 to 1. The lower the ratio, the better it is for your dog.

Fish oil for dogs can be found in capsules that can be split. Since fish oil can be expensive and hard to find, another great option is olive oil.

Salmon oil and flaxseed oil provide omega-3. Oils from canola, corn, and soy provide both omega-3 and omega-6. Sunflower and safflower seeds provide omega-6.  Adding oil to puppy food is a good idea if their food is not providing enough.

It is important that, before adding oil to puppy food, you consult with your dog’s veterinarian. They will help you determine the amount of oil you add to their food based on their particular nutritional needs, dog size, dog weight, and medical history.

What are the Benefits of adding oil to puppy food?

The effects of adding oil to puppy food are lifelong-lasting. Fish oil and olive oil can help prevent cardiovascular disease and diabetes as well as extend the life of your dog by eliminating free radicals.

Another good reason to add oil to puppy food is to prevent constipation. When your dog is feeling anxious or stressed, this can have an effect on their bowels. Some oil in food will smoothen up the stool making it slide out nicely.

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