Omega-3 Pet™for Cats and Small Breed Dogs

 Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Pet is a non-prescription (OTC) product for use in dogs.
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Just like humans, our furry four-legged friends need a healthy supply of beneficial omega-3 essential fatty acids that may be missing from their diet. Featuring EPA and DHA, each soft gel contains nutrients to help support your dog’s healthy skin, coat, joints, heart, brain and vision.
Omega-3 Pet™ Large to Very Large Breed Dogs  & Multi-Dog Households
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There aren’t many foods that contain omega-3 fats and they’re primarily found in the fat of cold water fish. Vegetable sources, such as walnuts and flaxseeds, aren’t easily converted to the critical components of omega-3: eicosapentaenoic acid, called EPA and docosahexaenoic or DHA, so they’re not a great source of omega-3, especially for dogs. Pasture-raised beef is high in the kinds of Omega-3 fatty acids that dogs need in their diets.
Photo provided by FlickrOmega 3 fatty acids are proven to help alleviate  caused by inflammation. Arthritic dogs should always be given Omega 3 supplements.
Photo provided by Flickr1-800-PetMeds Super Pure Omega 3 is a non-prescription (OTC) product with no artificial colors or flavors added for use in dogs and cats.
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Nordic Naturals Omega-3 Pet for Medium to Large Breed Dogs does not include rosemary oil or flavorings, which are contained in our human products, in order to ensure safety for pets. Please use only our pet products for dogs and cats. Suggested daily use for dogs 19-79 lbs.
20-39 lbs: 0.5 teaspoon (2.5 mL) (94 servings/bottle)
391 mg EPA/230 mg DHA/713 mg total omega-3s
40-59 lbs: 1.0 teaspoon (5.0 mL) (47 servings/bottle)
782 mg EPA/460 mg DHA/1426 mg total omega-3s
60-79 lbs: 1.5 teaspoons (7.5 mL) (31 servings/bottle)
1173 mg EPA/690 mg DHA/2139 mg total omega-3sEPA and DHA are found abundantly in cold-water fish. Flax seed oil contains ALA, another omega-3 fatty acid that requires the body to first convert ALA to EPA and DHA before utilization. Humans and dogs have limited ability to make this conversion, while cats have even less ability to make this conversion. Therefore, supplementation with high-quality omega-3 fish oil is recommended for humans, dogs and cats.

Omega-3 is a collective term used to describe a certain set of fatty acids, most notably EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (docosahexaenoic acid), substances which are abundant in fish and seaweed. The other Omega-3 fatty acid known as ALA (alpha-Linolenic acid) can be found in dark-leafed plants. Supplementing your dog with Omega-3 promotes healthy heart function, healthy joints and a healthy immune system as well as many other benefits!

When do vets recommend it?

If your vet has recommended the use of Omega-3 it will usually be for the treatment of itching. Fish oils are also sometimes used with glucosamine to relieve pain associated with joint conditions such as arthritis and hip dysplasia.

What’s the best formulation for dogs?

There are lots of Omega-3 supplements for dogs, but we recommend . This formula contains all three types of essential fatty acid which can help reduce the symptoms of inflammation and itching, and promote the health of your dog’s immune system, skin, heart and more!

What is EPA?

EPA is a precursor to a hormone-like substance (prostaglandin-3) which has anti-inflammatory properties. When it is converted to prostaglandin-3 in the dog’s body it helps to reduce inflammation. EPA also provides several other key benefits, and can help to keep the heart healthy.

What is DHA?

DHA is a structurally important substance which plays an important role in the development of the nervous system and eyesight. It’s also believed that puppies receiving high amounts of DHA are easier to train, easier to socialize and display less destructive behavior. Young puppies often get their required levels of DHA from their mother’s milk.
EPA and DHA are found abundantly in cold-water fish. Flax seed oil contains ALA, another omega-3 fatty acid that requires the body to first convert ALA to EPA and DHA before utilization. Humans and dogs have limited ability to make this conversion, while cats have even less ability to make this conversion. Therefore, supplementation with high-quality omega-3 fish oil is recommended for humans, dogs and cats.


Omega-3 fatty acids are safe and helpful for dogs when used correctly, and when your vet approves of treatment. However, there are several health concerns associated with their use in dogs, mainly related to platelet aggregation/blood clotting.

The effects of supplementation during canine pregnancy have not yet been established, therefore we advise pet owners to avoid giving these supplements to pregnant dogs. Treatment may also be unsuitable if your dog: