Many dogs develop alopecia or deficiency of hair/ coat. My friend’s dog had this problem a few years back and after doing some research I found that most dogs develop alopecia because their immune system is not functioning correctly. A dog’s immune system can get disrupted due to a number of reasons; allergy is the most important factor. Therefore, the best way to counter hair loss in a dog is to find what the dog is allergic to and remove it from his diet.
Accordingly, fish oil is a potent supplement to aid your dog with his hair growth. Fish oil allows your dog’s skin to replenish its natural oil which protects his coat and fur. It took few weeks for my friend to see the results on his dog but if you don’t see any difference, you should immediately take him to vet as the problem is likely to be more serious.
Dogs can be especially allergic chemical substances used in the house. For example, cleaning spray, detergents or shampoo are all allergy causing. Also check whether your dog is given any foods listed below. If so remove it from his diet.
- Grains: most dogs are allergic to grains and they can’t process it in their digestive system.
- Preservatives: preservatives such as propylene, glycol, BHA and BHT are proven to promote cancer. Although small amounts are exculpate, if your dog eats small amounts of these preservatives every day over his life span, it can be very dangerous and cancer-causing.
- Food by-products: such as chicken’s head, cow’s hooves, skin, hair or any part of animal that their contents are undisclosed, best be avoided. Most by-products are not kept fresh and they wait in containers for up to 4 days before being picked up from meat plants and taken to food rendering factory.
- Soya: just like wheat corn and Soya is a filler – best avoided altogether.
- Flax oil: most dogs are allergic to flax oil and they cannot process it in their system.
- Wheat/ Corn: both are fillers like soya. Dogs have an allergic reaction to them.
Utilize fish oil if all allergic food has been removed from your dog’s diet. I was baffled when I would put the fish oil capsule in my dog’s cast only to find it that he ignores it. Then I found a foolproof way to give it to him, I place the fish oil capsule in one of his favorite treats. Now he snatches it away from my hand and eats it right away.
When I was researching this topic, I saw this question asked a lot – How much fish oil should I give to my dog? Unfortunately most dosage recommendations are anecdotal but as a rule of thumb 500 mg per 25 pounds works for most dogs. Do not give more than 2000 mg per day no matter how big your dog is. Fish oil has peerless benefits for both dogs and humans. If you want to learn more on what other conditions fish oil can unravel for your dog, read Should I Give Fish Oil to My Dog?