Benefits of Mackerel Oil

Pete Wedderburn
24th August 2021 - 2 min read

Modern commercial pet food (such as Petfix Club food) is complete, in that it fulfils all of your pet’s nutritional needs. However, some animals seem to need a higher level of oils than others. This is why it’s often recommended that pets with skin disease should be given extra oils, either in capsules or as a liquid supplement (such as mackerel oil).

Omega-3 and Omega-6

Oils (also called unsaturated fats), derived from plants and fish, are an essential part of all animals’ diets: they make up part of all new cells in the body. Oils are classified as omega-6 fatty acids (e.g. from sunflower oil and corn oil) and omega-3 fatty acids (from fish oil, and some plants like flax seed oil). They are both key ingredients in skin cells: if a pet has dry, scurfy skin, extra supplementation with oils helps to create a glossy coat.

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But omega-3 fatty acids have an additional anti-inflammatory impact that omega-6 does not have. So if a pet is itchy, giving extra omega-3 (i.e. fish oil) can often help. Of all fish oils, mackerel contains the highest amount of the most important fatty acids (414.7 and 956.0 mg/100 g for EPA and DHA, respectively).

One squirt of Coastal Nutrients contains 5ml mackerel oil which has 785mg of EPA & DHA.

The recommended allowance of EPA and DHA for a 10 kg dog is 170 mg per day, so a quarter of a squirt daily should be enough: a higher dose will not cause any harm

A 45kg dog needs a full 785mg per day, which means one squirt daily.

It’s also possible to buy specific capsules containing these oils, but it’s more cost-effective to use the oil from a bottle, bypassing the extra process of putting the oil into gelatin capsules.

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