Flax Seed Oil
Omega 3 levels can be corrected in 2-3 weeks using a daily supplement of flax seed oil. Supplementation can be continued indefinitely, but is more essential on a cooked diet, and less necessary on a raw food diet. The suggested dose rate is 1 ml / kg bodyweight (1 teaspoon per 5 kg bodyweight), given once daily for 3 weeks and simply mixed into the animals regular food. Maintenance dosing can be lowered to the rate (1 teaspoon per 20 kg). For pets with a history of allergic skin disease, I recommend staying at the higher dose long term.
It will produce an exceptional natural shine in the coat and control the "doggy odour" without needing regular shampoos.
100% pure, cold pressed Flax Seed Oil. Produced using the Omega Flow technique. The oil is human consumption grade.
Flax seed oil provides one of the most potent natural sources of Omega 3 essential fatty acids (>60% Omega 3, 17% Omega 6).
Omega 3 essential fatty acids:
Omega 3 essential fatty acids (EFA's) are one the two essential fats required for life (Omega 6 EFA's being the other). Both are integral components of the cell membrane of every cell in the body, and the balance of these fatty acids on the cell membrane determines how the cell functions. These essential fats naturally occur in raw animal fat, cereal grains, fruits and vegetables. However, Omega 3 EFA's are unstable, and are easily destroyed (turn rancid) by heat, light, and oxidation (contact with oxygen). As such they are easily destroyed by normal cooking and processing techniques used today, and will deteriorate more quickly in food products than will Omega 6 fats. Because of this, food manufacturers have selectively used food groups high in Omega 6 EFA's and low in Omega 3 (cereals and oils like safflower, sunflower and olive oil have little or no Omega 3). The effect of this with regard to essential fatty acid intake, has been a dramatic shift from a natural dietary intake of 3-5 parts Omega 6 to 1 part omega 3, to a massive imbalance of 25-30 parts Omega 6 to 1 part Omega 3.
This has also occurred in the shift from raw food diets to cooked commercial pet foods with regard to dogs and cats.
The effect of this imbalance is most dramatic on the immune system, and in the skin. In the immune system, a correct balance of Omega 3 and Omega 6 EFA's will direct the cells to react in a less reactive, less inflammatory pathway. However an excess of Omega 6 and deficiency of omega 3 will result in a pro inflammatory, over reactive immune system (stimulation of histamine releasing cells). This results in abnormally strong immune reactions to normal or mild allergenic stimuli; in people, Omega 3 deficiency has been linked to hayfever, asthma and allergies.
In the skin itself, Omega 3 deficiency actually damages the outer layer of the skin. The skin has a fine fatty layer that covers the skin and hair shafts and is a waterproof, impermeable layer that also functions as an antibacterial layer. If this layer is deficient in Omega 3 EFA's, it loses its waterproof barrier, and the skin and hair becomes dry, flaky and brittle (like dandruff). The antibacterial layer is also damaged, allowing bacteria to invade into the skin and cause superficial infections (pyoderma/hot spots), and this in turn causes irritation to the pet. The result is a dry, flaky coat, with no shine and itchy skin ...sound familiar ??
Initial Dosage - 1mL per kg bodyweight
Maintenance - 1mL per 4kg bodyweight
Note : Dogs and cats eating high levels of cooked food may need to remain on therapeutic levels.
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