Arthritis & Fatty Acid Supplements

Posted on April 01, 2010

A new article in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association reports that pets taking supplements containing Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish oils, get noticeable anti-inflammatory benefits from them. We have used these supplements for years for itchy, allergic pets (cross-reference the Happy Spring note above), where they help prevent the production of itchy substances (like the advanced biochemistry?).

Newer evidence, confirmed by this report, shows that the need for anti-inflammatory medication like Rimadyl or Deramaxx is lessened (lower dose or less frequent need for administration). So these supplements may mean less medication for your pet.

Omega-3 fatty acids come in various forms, including liquid you can put on food and chewables. Please contact our office for recommendations.

The Hills company makes a food called J/D ("Joint Diet") that includes glucosamine and also large amounts of Omega-3 fatty acids. This has been a good option for those wishing to have a "one-stop shop" for these nutritional supplements already in a diet. More information can be found via this link.