Can I substitute cod liver oil for salmon oil?FamilyPet
Cod liver oil can be a very beneficial supplement for cats. The omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin A and vitamin D found in cod liver oil will all support:
• Healthy skin and a healthy coat and promote the health of the heart, brain and eyes. Omega-3 fatty acids also have anti-inflammatory effects that can help pets with arthritis.
• Eye health as well as immune function
• Healthy bones, muscles and nerves.
Product labels suggest that cats receive 1/4 teaspoon of cod liver oil daily. This can be poured over or stirred into food.
POTENTIAL HEALTH RISKS
Always consult a veterinarian before beginning any supplementation. Vitamin A is fat soluble, meaning that it builds up and isn’t excreted, so toxicity is a serious health threat to cats. This occurs when the pet is given supplements in addition to vitamin A-enriched food. Signs to watch for include lethargy, anorexia, weight loss, limping (front legs), changes in sensitivity over the neck and forelimb region, stiffness and constipation.
This is also an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids, it can be combined with flax seed oil can both improve your cat’s coat and reduce itchy skin. This fish oil supports heart, vision and joint health, reduces inflammation and improves immune function.
Salmon oil also contains Vitamin E, a strong natural anti-oxidant that helps kill free radicals (rogue cells), responsible to many diseases and aging.
Vitamin E, however, is also one of those fat-soluble vitamins, so it should be carefully monitored; specific results of toxicity need further research, so please check with your veterinarian.
Salmon oil can be provided with food once per day. Start at 1/3 of the recommended dose and gradually increase to the full dose over the next two weeks. No benefits have been demonstrated by exceeding the recommended dosage.