About flaxseed oil
Flaxseed oil is the oil obtained by pressing dried and ripened seeds from the flax plant. It’s a plant known to have been in use by human beings as long as 30,000 years ago. That said, no one knows for sure when humans first realised that flaxseed oil for dogs was good for their canine companions.
Nutrients in flaxseed oil
Flaxseed oil is particularly rich in vitamin B1 (thiamine). It’s also a good source of vitamin B2 (riboflavin), vitamin B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), and B6. And it’s rich in magnesium and phosphorus, as well as being a good source of calcium, iron, potassium and zinc.
Benefits of flaxseed oil for dogs
Flaxseed Oil is also rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids which makes it good for a dog’s skin and coat. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help with arthritis. And it can help maintain kidney function and treat blood pressure disorders.
On top of all that, it has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties and may even be beneficial in reducing the possibility of cancer.
And . . . and, it can help fight heart disease and help protect the immune system. That’s why flaxseed oil is increasingly being used as a human food source.
Many vets actually prescribe flaxseed oil, particularly for older dogs suffering from arthritis. In fact flaxseed oil has so many benefits for dogs, it’s hard to find a reason not to give it them.
That’s why I, as a canine nutritionist, regularly recommend flaxseed oil for dogs!
No need to prepare. With flaxseed oil, all the hard work’s been done for you. Simply open and pour. Add the occasional drizzle to your dog’s food!
And if you really want to improve your dog’s health, nothing beats homemade dog food.
Especially for anyone new to home cooked dog food, I’ve created a step-by-step guide to making healthy homemade dog food. It includes a number of canine nutritionist- formulated homemade dog food recipes.