Flaxseed Oil for dogs. Also known as linseed oil, flaxseed oil comes from the seeds of the flax plant. It contains high level of omega-3 essential fatty acids particularly the alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and omega-6 fatty acids. It is beneficial in the management of chronic inflammatory disorders and immune disorders.
Flaxseed oil is said to be the appropriate natural food supplement for dogs, cats & horses. It can help in joint and mobility in arthritis and also for dry itchy skin. Flaxseed oil can be helpful in improving the skin and coat of pets and may reduce intestinal parasitism and aids in prevention of constipation.
In addition, flax seed oil supplements may help in the treatment of inflammatory diseases like arthritis, allergies, kidney and heart disease and also shrink some tumors.
The animals commonly treated with flax seed oil are the dogs and cats. Flaxseed oil as also used as supplement for pigs and poultry. Concentrations of flaxseed oil in poultry reduces infection and symptoms of intestinal parasitism.
Flaxseed oil as food is very safe and no toxicity against it has been found. Some animals may experience dandruff and oil coat as a response to large levels of fatty acids. However, to improve or treat this condition, flaxseed oil supplements must be stopped or given at a lower dosage.
As compared to fish oil, flaxseed oil contains higher levels of ALA or alpha-linolenic acid and also contains omega-6 fatty acids. Flaxseed is also more tasteful and delectable alternative that the fish oil supplement because fish oil leaves a fishy smell that clings to the skin and to the breath.