OMEGA OIL FACTS and Deterring Disease

  • Get your dog 2 hours of exercise a day
  • feed a human grade diet - free of any sugars
  • avoid vaccinations
  • supplement with human grade mercury free omega 3 fish oil (keep it refrigerated) See list of toxic free omegas below.
  • If you can afford KRILL OIL instead of regular omega 3 oil, use it! Its superior in many ways!

Many name brand fish oils have been found to contain toxins. Read this from 2010:
http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=news/7_on_your_side&id=7306625

IFOS approved brands
Choosing a mercury free and PCB free omega-3 brand
The following list contains the supplement brands that when tested and approved by the IFOS. They have all attained one of two awards; the five star rating for ultra-refined super concentration fish oils or a program approval rating for natural grade fish oils. The supplements are grouped by regions to help you find products appropriate for your part of the world.

USA
Zone Labs Omega-RX
Dr Sears ZoneLabs Omega Rx
Ascenta NutraSea Hp, 200mL, Lemon Zest Ascenta NutraSea Hp, 200mL, Lemon Zest
Ascenta NutraSea Hp, 120 Softgels, Lemon Zest Ascenta NutraSea Hp, 120 Softgels, Lemon Zest
Capsule version of above.
Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega, 120 Softgels Nordic Naturals Ultimate Omega, 120 Softgels
Life Extension Super Omega 3 EPA/DHA 120 Softgels
Weil Nutritionals Omega-3 Complex, 90 Softgels
Sea Logix Omega-3 Sea Logix Omega-3
AMB Well Omega-3 PGFO
Victoria Biosciences OMAXTRA
TherOmega
Canada
Ascenta Health NutraSea (From National Nutrition)
Genuine Health o3mega+ fit (From Genuine Health)
Health First Omega First (From Healthy Cupboard)
See Yourself Well Omega-3
Biodroga Canada Sweet Mandarin Orange Fish Oil (Fruity Fish)
Ocean Essence Omega-3 Junior
ONeel Corporation Omega MAX
Nature's Mighty 3's
Nordic Naturals Pro Omega
UK
Ascenta NutraSea Hp, 200mL, Lemon Zest MorEPA
Not IFOS tested but recommended by Sunday Times. Purified by a cO2 distillation process. Available from Health and Essential Ltd
Ascenta NutraSea Hp, 200mL, Lemon Zest Ascenta NutraSea Hp, 200mL, Lemon Zest
Available from 1st Vitality UK
Ascenta NutraSea Hp, 120 Softgels, Lemon Zest Ascenta NutraSea Hp, 120 Softgels, Lemon Zest
Capsule version of above. Available from 1st Vitality UK
Europe
EnerZona Omega-3 Rx
OMEGOR Vitality
South Korea, Japan
Weston Health Dr. Kim Omega Max
Worldwide
AMB Well Omega-3 PGFO

Fetch a Few More Years by Susan G. Wynn, D.V.M.
Nutrition and health care for the longevity of dogs and cats

Humans are not the only members of the family who can benefit from nutrition and preventive health care. Dogs and cats can also greatly profit. Research and clinical observations support the notion that diet and supplements gently usher our canine and feline friends into a healthy and happy old age. A variety of conditions determine how fast a pet ages. Species and breed genetics are major factors. Great Danes are notorious for breaking their owners' hearts, because that breed's life expectancy is only eight years. On the other hand, 20-year-old Pomeranians are not uncommon. Most cats live about 12 years, and some even hit 20. Individual genetics are another factor within both purebreds and mixed breeds. Bloodlines do tell the story, so anyone buying a pet should ask how old the ancestors were when they died. Other factors determining a pet's life span include lifetime nutrition, lifestyle and environment. Some age-related changes are perfectly normal. For instance, a 12-year-old cocker spaniel that begins to lose its hearing or a 14-year-old cat that spends less time stalking prey is not always undergoing an abnormal process. Cloudy eyes, slowing romps and longer naps can also be expected. Sometimes, however, these symptoms are signs of age-related illness. Obviously, the trick is determining the cause. A veterinarian should be consulted for any of the following symptoms: changes in food and water consumption, fluctuations in body weight, abnormal urination or defecation, changes in activity level, abnormal odors, chronic discharges, lumps, sores that don't heal, color changes in skin or eyes, coughing, sneezing, vomiting or diarrhea. Cancer: This devastating disease is becoming as common in domestic animals as it is in humans. This is not surprising because the same risk factors apply: Improper diet, stress, genetics and exposure to chemical or physical carcinogens.10,11 Cancer of the nose and mouth are common in dogs and cats, possibly because they use their noses so much more intensely than humans do and because they lick their coats, where environmental carcinogens may be deposited. In particular, older animals should be fed high-quality diets without potentially cancer-causing preservatives; pet owners should not over-medicate and should limit their pets' exposure to pesticides. A dog or a cat with cancer needs a special diet--one that unfortunately is not yet available commercially. Researchers at Colorado State University in Fort Collins have determined that carbohydrate metabolism is altered in canine cancer patients and that tumors preferentially utilize dietary carbohydrates for growth.12 Some veterinarians have acted on this information by prescribing a Paleolithic pet diet. For dogs and cats this means a moderate-protein, high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet composed of high-quality meat, vegetables and very little grain, if any at all. In my experience this diet has been effective in improving survival rates and the quality of life for pets with cancer. However, it is easy to cause serious nutritional imbalances with this diet such as calcium/phosphorus or other abnormalities, so it should be designed and implemented with a veterinarian's guidance. Other commonly recommended supplements for pets with cancer include fish oil, antioxidant vitamins and, in some cases, herbs that stimulate the immune system. I commonly recommend the adaptogens maitake (Grifola frondosa) and reishi (Ganoderma lucidum) mushrooms as well as astragalus (Astragalus spp.) to support immune function in cancer patients. **Use caution when working with lymphoma patients, however. I don't recommend stimulating their immune systems because this could stimulate growth in the lymphoma cells.

Preventive care is as important for animals as it is for humans, and diet remains the centerpiece. Geriatric diets are not often indicated for preventive care, although prescription or specialized diets are sometimes necessary for pets with an established disease. Regular exams become more important as pets age; unfortunately, animals are not able to express mild aches and pains, fatigue or other potential indicators of serious disease. A veterinary exam may reveal lumps by palpation, heart abnormalities by auscultation, or organ disease by blood test. Regular veterinary exams are also a good opportunity to discuss what vaccines are or are not necessary. Older pets may slow down, but regular exercise is extremely important. Scheduled exercise is a great way to spend quality time with an older pet--walks for the dog or play time with a cat. These pets need owner attention even more than they did as younger animals and really appreciate the interaction with their best friends. They know, as we do, that there's no friend like an old friend.

Fish oil helps dogs with lymphoma live longer April 28, 2000
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A diet supplemented with fish oil and the amino acid arginine appears to increase survival time in dogs with lymphoma, a cancer that affects white blood cells.
Dogs with this kind of cancer, similar to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in humans, are easily treated, but as with humans, their cancer tends to return. A team of researchers led by Dr. Gregory Ogilvie of Colorado State University in Fort Kent, studied the effects of adding fish oil and arginine to the diets of 32 dogs being treated for lymphoma.
Half of the dogs received a special chow with the two supplements in it, and the other half ate chow with soybean oil added. The two chows were identical in nutritional value, and formulated to be equally tasty to the dogs. All the dogs were being treated with the anti-cancer drug doxorubicin every three weeks, and were living at home with their owners.
Previous research has shown that some polyunsaturated fatty acids, like those found in fish oil, may help prevent the growth and spread of cancer tumors, and may help prevent cachexia -- the devastating weight loss and muscle wasting seen in some cancer patients despite adequate nutrition. Likewise, arginine supplements have been reported to improve immune responses, and might help the body fight cancer.
The dogs were fed one of the chows twice a day during and after their cancer treatment. The researchers report that compared to the control dogs, those who ate the supplemented chow showed higher blood levels of two fatty acids called C20:5 and C22:6 that seem particularly effective in fighting cancer. Dogs with more of these fatty acids in their blood also tended to have more normal levels of lactic acid, which tends to accumulate in the blood when metabolism is disrupted in cancer patients.
In addition, report Ogilvie and colleagues, the dogs with higher levels of these two fatty acids survived longer than those with lower levels, and had longer remissions, periods of time before their disease came back.
Writing in the journal Cancer, the researchers suggest that the fatty acids may help both dogs and humans by slowing down the spread of cancer cells and by increasing the cells' susceptibility to anti-cancer drugs like the doxorubicin used in this study.
Ogilvie and colleagues also note that their findings fit in with previous research showing that the fatty acids they studied appear to help fight cancer and its effects in both humans and animals.
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