The benefits of Omega 3 fatty acids
Sara Lloyd discovered fish oils for dogs after her Miniature Schnauzer Henry had been diagnosed with cancer. At first he had responded well to the chemotherapy but later, when it failed, he would be ill for weeks at a time following treatment. Sara knew that she had to find another way to help him. And then she read an article in the American agility magazine Clean Run.
Henry had been diagnosed with Lymphoma in October 2005, and at first responded well to chemotherapy. He had a good six months in remission. His next course of Chemo didnít go so well and he became quite ill and very depressed. The vet advised us to give him one more shot at the chemo, but within 20 minutes he was really ill and ended up on a drip for three days. We could no longer continue with the chemo as he had no quality of life.
Research has also bee done into the effects of salmon oil and inflammation of both the skin and the joints. It has been found that salmon oil can prevent or reduce the development of some of these conditions. Supplementing your performance dog's diet with Omega-3 fatty acids will support joint function as well as overall wellness.
In a study done by Hill's Science Diet Company one group of arthritic dogs were fed a regular diet while a second arthritic group were fed a diet with a large increase in Omega-3 fatty acids. At the end of the six month trial, the dogs fed the Omega -3 fatty acids showed improvement in their ability to raise from lying down and a decrease in overall lameness.
The research done into fish oil and cognitive function is well publicised, and shows great results, if it can improve schizophrenia in humans, then I think there is hope for a border collie!
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Having thought, she had no competitiveness in her at all, after a couple of years of competing in mountain bike racing and always 'bottling it' she was so amazed that she did it and didnít keel over and die with nerves!Sara competed in her first KC show at Dashin' Dogs in Easter 2006 and got two top ten placings. Then she won out of Elementary at Cartmel. She claims that by some 'unfortunate force of nature,' she has some how ended up in Grade 6! There were various occasions where she was sure pigs must have taken flight somewhere as, she claims to be of the steady variety rather than fast!
Sara also has a sweet - at least she is at home - rescue lab X called Brie who competes a Grade 3. If she is feeling in the mood, can also do quite well. If she could find the speed she uses when chasing a rabbit to run at agility, then Sara is sure they would come home with a lot more rosettes! Finally, her new recruits are Milo and Darcy (or Díarcy as a member at our club likes to call him, and she admits is very arsy!)
First published 8 August 2007