Why My Dogs and I LOVE Fish
Do you like fish?
Do you eat it because it is healthy?
I actually LOVE fish, I think part of it is because I wasn’t able to have it when I was a child.
When I was 3(ish) my mom gave me my first taste of shell fish and I had such an adverse reaction I almost died. I had hives all over the outside and inside of my body and impaired breathing.
My mom has the same reaction to sea food, still.
So when I was growing up and my sister and father would eat shell fish, sea food, or fish I was so jealous. Shrimp looked so good and the smell of crab dipped in butter had to be kid torture.
We always want what we can’t have!
So when I was a teenager and visiting my grandmother on the coast of WA state, and my mom said I could try it again; I jumped at the chance.
Looking back I am not sure why my mom gave in and let me try, if I had still been allergic I could have ended up in the hospital or worse. But my mother knew that food allergies sometimes go in seven year cycles.
And, thankfully she was right and I got my taste of fish. Like anything you can’t have, I think the best part was finally having the freedom to try it. Truth be told, my sister didn’t even like it; she was sickened by the “fishy” smell and so she didn’t enjoy it as much… but I didn’t care.
I ate fish sparingly at first but then as much as I could.
My mom still didn’t cook it because she was deathly allergic to it, but I got it as often as I could when we were out. I still do!
Even when I don’t eat fish I try to take fish oil supplements (TIP: if you freeze them they don’t come back and bite you after you take them)!
But did you know that fish oil, Omega 3s and vitamins are equally as important for your four legged furry friend?
Fish oil and Omega 3s can treat allergies and a number of other health conditions ranging from kidney disease, high cholesterol, and arthritis. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that help with atopic dermatitis and allergy related skin conditions.
Years ago I was training a gigantic Black Labrador Retriever as a Service Dog. I was the trainer that received him first straight from the shelter and into training; they lived with us at home. But, once our dogs had reached a certain point in training we would switch our Service Dogs with another trainer so they could get use to different trainers and environments this helped them acclimate to their new disabled partners when it was time for placement.
My boy went to my boss, but he was a big sweaty, slightly smelly Lab; she got use to spraying his bed with Febreze. And after a very short time he began to develop pustules on his belly and thighs. I was certain it was the Febreze since he didn’t have the problem at my house, but he was sent to a Veterinary Dermatologist to be assessed and determine if he needed to be dropped from the program because of possible allergies. I was devastated, he was such a nice dog that had come straight from a shelter and was already slotted for one of our clients for placement.
He would retrieve a dime, or a wheel chair with his mouth and was fantastic for balance and counter balance.
The vet said no more Febreze directly on his skin and he was put on a product called 3V Caps with is a supplement that was only available through your veterinarian (this may still be the case) and had fish oil, Omega 3 fatty acids, and Vitamins A, E, and D which is all good for the skin. He was put on a high dose and soon his skin cleared up.
I was then addicted to the idea of 3V Caps. 3V Caps are different than human supplements because they have fairly high doses of A, E and D which are not vitamins that humans can take in large doses. A lot of human vitamins are water soluble meaning what the body does not use or need is just washed away but some vitamins build up in the system and I both A and D can build up in the human system and cause health problems.
However your dog metabolizes these vitamins differently. This is why I prefer this product (and although there were not comparable vitamins on the market at that time, it seems that there are now).
But whether you use human grade fish oil or veterinary supplements made for your dog (which I would suggest if your dog suffers from severe allergies or problems) it has been proven that fish oil is good for dogs.
Even Puppies Benefit from Fish Oil
A recent study showed that puppies that were given fish oil had higher anti-rabies antibodies, better vision and improved neurological development in puppies.
FYI this is not the same for how kittens metabolize fish oil, so please call your vet prior to giving any drug or supplement.
Want to Join us Fish Oil Lovers?
Call your vet and ask for a dose for your best friend and ask his or her opinion on whether pet supplements vs. human supplements are better for your dog!
I love the way the fish oil makes their skin and fur healthier and their eyes bright!
I have been a professional dog trainer and pet sitter for over 20 years. I am a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, through the international Certification Counsel of Professional Dog Trainers. I have trained and worked with police, Schutzhund and personal protection dogs. I trained Assistance Dogs in a men’s prison and ran my own nonprofit organization to take adult dogs from shelters and to train them to assist children and adults with disabilities, at no charge to my clients. My nonprofit organization and I were nominated for several awards of merit and even made the front page of the Denver Post. I was a veterinary technician for many years, where I learned about all aspects of health and preventative medicine. I have trained and worked with exotic animals and cheetahs. I introduced a temperament testing program in my local shelter and sat on the board of directors. I volunteered with my dog “Mr. Snitch” and helped local children learn to read. I have attained obedience titles and several blue ribbons. I am constantly in search of ways to continue my education and excellence when it comes to animals, their behavior and their health.