As I have expanded my knowledge on Raw and Natural Feeding over the years the importance of adding oils into their diet has increased significantly.
As research continues to grow into the canine diet there is now so much more information and healthy products available today than ever before.
We have always fed Oils to our dogs but have gone from feeding once or twice a week, to feeding daily now. Unless we are feeding Oily Fish like Salmon, Sardines or Sprats etc. and what a difference it has made to our dogs!
They provide essential fats that dogs simply cannot synthesise and provide them so many health benefits. Including improving their fur/skin health, reduces inflammation, improving heart health and even known to reduce the growth of cancer cells.
We stock a huge range of oils at Pure and Raw including Salmon Oil, Coconut Oil, CBD Oil, Blackberry Seed Oil, Star Flower Oil and a fantastic range of Flaxseed Oils.
We feed all of the above!! Just not at the same time. We feed Oils in a rotation.
They will have a whole bottle over Salmon Oil over 3-4 weeks. Then a whole tub of Coconut Oil over the next 3-4 weeks and so on through a Proflax (Flaxseed) Oil and back around to Salmon.
The main reason is so that we can get the most benefits into our dogs from a wide range of oil origins. So they have the best of all the products. But also because fatty oils containing EPA, DHA and Omega 3 oxidise over time. Oxidisation happens when the oils are exposed to oxygen. Simply put, they expire if left for too long.
To reduce the oxidisation store all oils in a cool and dark cupboard when not in use.
Salmon Oil - Salmon Oil is rich in Omega 3 essential fatty acids, protective antioxidants, as well as vitamins and minerals including potassium, selenium and Vitamin B12. When fed to dogs it not only nourishes their coat/skin but also helps to maintain optimal brain, eye and heart health.
When feeding raw Salmon to dogs you MUST always go for UK caught salmon. Salmon caught in the Pacific North West have a high likely hood of containing parasites called Liver Fluke and Nanophytetus/Neorickettsia. While this is perfectly safe for humans to eat because we cook it. It can be deadly if fed raw.
But here is the zinger! When picking a salmon oil for your dogs you should opt for Alaskan Salmon Oil over Scottish Salmon Oil.
There is no risk at all of parasites at all in the oils. But the nutritional content of Alaskan Salmon Oil makes Scottish Salmon Oil look worthless. To put it simply the Omega-3 EFA's and the Vitamin/Mineral content is significantly higher and more bioavailable.
For this reason we only stock Alaskan Salmon Oil. After talking to our customers and receiving feedback about bottles and leakages we now stock a fantastic pump action top bottle called Grizzlys Salmon Oil. We think its fab too. Just 2 pumps per meal for my dogs. Its really simple.
Dorwest Omega Star - A naturally balanced blend of Omega Oils containing superior natural ingredients including Flaxseed Oil, Blackcurrant Seed Oil and Starflower Oil.
UK grown cold pressed Flax Seed Oil provides high levels of Omega 3 & 6 oils . These are important in regulating skin renewal, keeping scurfiness under control and improving coat condition and quality.
Blackcurrant Seed Oil is a potent mix of significant Omega 3 and 6 oils including an Omega 3 rarely found in nature, with unique properties to help soothe sensitive skins. The combination of Omega 3 fatty acids in this oil is perfect to help thin, poor coats.
Borage Seed Oil (Starflower) is highly regarded as one of the richest sources of Omega 6 GLA, which is known to help coat growth and improve skin condition. Natural Vitamin E is a well known anti-oxidant from natural sources, perfect for maintaining the skins defences.
Acting together, this carefully created blend of nutritious oils effectively moisturises, calms and nourishes the skin moisture barrier and helps restore coat shine and supports quality coat growth.
Coconut Oil - We only stock the very best 100% Certified Virgin Organic Coconut Oil
This organic virgin coconut oil is carefully produced from the finest organically grown coconuts in Sri Lanka.
All the health qualities enjoyed in this completely natural and exceptional oil are retained through traditional methods of production.
Around 50% of coconut oil is lauric acid, one of nature’s prized substances. When lauric acid is present in the body, it is converted into monolaurin, a monoglyceride compound.
This Coconut Oil is human grade too so you can use it too!
Feed along with daily meals or apply directly the skin for benefits when treating skin issues or injuries.
Fed regularly to pets, coconut oil may have multiple benefits:
1) Skin Conditions. Clears up skin conditions such as eczema, flea allergies, contact dermatitis,and itchy skin
Reduces allergic reactions and improves skin health
Makes coats become sleek and glossy, and deodorizes doggy odor
Prevents and treats yeast and fungal infections, including candida
Disinfects cuts and promotes wound healing
Applied topically, promotes the healing of cuts, wounds, hot spots, dry skin and hair, bites and stings
2) Digestion. Improves digestion and nutrient absorption
Aids healing of digestive disorders like inflammatory bowel syndrome and colitis
Reduces or eliminates bad breath in dogs
Aids in elimination of hairballs and coughing
3) Immune System, Metabolic Function, Bone Health. Contains powerful antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal agents that prevent infection and disease
Regulates and balance insulin and promotes normal thyroid function
Helps prevent or control diabetes
Helps reduce weight, increases energy
Aids in arthritis or ligament problems
You can mix coconut oil in with their daily food or add it to Kongs or Lickimats.
Proflax - Proflax is a fantastic brand of Flaxseed Oils which all have different active herbal ingredients to help cure and aid lots of conditions.
Each of the Proflax products include unique formulations of concentrated active herbal tinctures which support specific common ailments. As they are bottled in their natural active state they retain all of their bioactive compounds and nutritional value. We also recommend occasionally supplementing even if your dog hasn't got a condition to keep them in the very best of health both physically and emotionally while aiding the prevention of these issues.
Flaxseed oil helps to maintain overall good health of the heart, digestive & reproductive system, supports mobility & circulation, aids metabolism and gives a shiny coat. The active ingredients in each different herbal mix provide nutritional support.
Skin & Coat - This amazing formula contains herbs that have anti-histamine and steroidal properties, assist with detoxification, soothe the stomach, aid digestion, reduce moulting and restore colour pigment in breeds prone to pigment loss. It is a powerful antioxidant. It contains omega rich cold pressed flaxseed oil and 7 of the best high strength active herbs; Nettle, Sarsaparilla, Camomile, Skullcap, Milk Thistle, Ginkgo and Liquorice. This blend will help to keep your dogs skin itch free and has a relaxing, calming effect.
Bone & Joint - contains 6 high strength active herbs which are Withania, Ginger, Turmeric, Dandelion, Gotu Kola and Liquorice. They will help to keep bones strong, aid joint mobility & circulation and support ligaments & connective tissue. They will also help to reduce inflammation and have a relaxing calming effect.
Calm & Collected - is a premium 100% natural holistic superfood supplement that will help your dog to keep calm and relaxed. Used by behaviourists it helps to reduce anxiety and aid focus and concentration when training or competing. The 8 high strength active herbs in this blend are Skullcap, Withania, Chamomile, Astragalus, Gotu Kola, Ginger, Turmeric and Liquorice. These are natural calming herbs that are powerful and effective and won't cause drowsiness. Some of the herbs also aid recovery and give extra support of the bones, joints and circulation which help after competing.
Immunity & Vitality - contains 7 of the best high strength active herbs; Echinacea, Astragalus, Withania, Turmeric, Milk Thistle, Gotu Kola and Liquorice. It specifically bolsters immunity, provides energy, cleanses toxins and aids relaxation.
Liver Love - formula is 100% natural. It contains concentrated active herbs Dandelion, Milk Thistle, Yarrow, Artichoke, Schizandra, Yellow Dock and Liquorice. These herbs have been formulated to offer powerful detoxification of the liver and assist with optimal liver function.
Puppy Power -This fabulous ready blended formula includes ingredients that will support the growth and health of your pups bones, joints, circulation, heart, immune & nervous systems, help control intestinal hygiene, keep skin and coat clean & clear and breath fresh. It will aid focus and promote a sense of calmness which will help when socialising and training. It contains 8 active herbal tinctures; Nettle, Chamomile, Marshmallow Root, Calendula, Turmeric, Gotu Kola, Fennel and Fenugreek.
CBD Oil - This is one of the most amazing versatile natural supplements that aids the repair and relief of so many different conditions. I have wrote up all the benefits of CBD Oil in its own article here CBD Oil - Natures Cure For All
Whether your looking to treat a preexisting condition or just looking to keep your dogs healthy and prevent future issues we will be able to help you pick the right supplement for your dogs. Simply pop in the shop and ask for our recomendation.