We hear all about the wonders of glucosamine for joints, but what about omega-3’s, and more specifically, fish oil for dogs. Does fish oil help with arthritis pain in dogs at all?
Omega 3 essential fatty acids are a unique type of fat that cannot be produced by your body and must come from your dog’s diet. All cell membranes in their body use them to regulate health, and minimally they are needed for growth – which is the original reason for them being termed essential.
While fish oil does not target joints, like glucosamine and chondroitin, it can be very helpful in controlling pain in dogs. Fish oil is great for reducing inflammation, and that is what is causing all the pain in your dog – not the joint itself, but the inflammation from the joint rubbing against bone without any cushioning.