According to Dr. Mercola,world reknown naturopath doctor, "krill oil is clearly your best option when it comes to obtaining important high quality animal based omega-3 fats. It contains essential EPA and DHA in a double chain phospholipid structure that makes it far more absorbable than the omega-3s in fish oil."
Krill oil also contains vitamin E, vitamin A, vitamin D and astaxanthin, which is a potent anti-oxidant. Research has shown the anti-oxidant potency of krill oil is, in terms of ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorptance Capacity) values, 48 times more potent than fish oil! ”
In addition, krill harvesting is being assessed and monitored and is more sustainable than many common fish oil sources.
It is commonly believed that most pet foods contain far more omega-6 fats than omega-3 fats, so your pet may benefit from additional omega 3’s in its diet. According to Dr. Karen Becker a holistic veterinarian and human naturopathic doctor, "the optimal source of omega 3s is marine body oils, the most biologically available of which is krill oil."
How much krill oil should you feed to your pet? Following are Dr. Becker’s guidelines, and Dr. Jodie adds, "let your pet’s stool be your guide. Begin any new supplement slowly, try to reach the recommended guideline, but if loose stool develops, back down to the previously well-tolerated amount.”
Krill oil dosing guidelines:
250mg daily for toy breeds and cats (1-14 lbs)
500mg daily for small dogs (15-29 lbs)
1000mg daily for medium dogs (30-49 lbs)
1500mg mg daily for large dogs (50-79 lbs)
2000mg daily for dogs 80+ lbs
You and your pet can take krill oil as your omega-3 source for healthy skin, joints, hearts, and brains. You won’t harm the environment, or deplete the food chain.
Jodie Gruenstern,DVM,CVA is a UW-Madison graduate and has been practicing veterinary medicine in Muskego, Wisconsin since 1987. She is a certified veterinary acupuncturist and food therapist by the Chi Institute. Dr. Jodie is the owner of the Animal Doctor Holistic Veterinary Complex, an integrated small animal practice. She has been an advocate for natural pet care through writing, speaking, radio, television and the manufacturing of unique products. Dr. Jodie is founder of the non-profit iPAW: Integrating People for Animal Wellness.