I was reading through the excellent website on episodic falling syndrome in cavaliers today and found this recommended diet advice from the well known dog nutritionist Monica Segal.
As many of us are interested in different types of diets including home-made, and also how to add supplements and in what amounts, I thought this would be of wide interest. Though she does address the possible dietary concerns of a cavalier with EFS, her suggestions are general to cavaliers and sure gave me some new ideas:
As a lot of people supplement with fish oils, I thought her caution on how much to offer was important. It is easy to buy very high dosage capsules for humans and forget cavaliers are only the size of a small human baby in weight! There are RISKS in giving large dosages of fish oils as well.
This is what she says:
That means the majority of our cavaliers should not be receiving more than a 500mg capsule or so of fish oils. This would be an amount that could be given daily. Note she recommends wild salmon oil.An excess of fish oils of any kind has been linked to blood platelet coagulation problems. A safe dose, according to most veterinarians, would be 50 mg of wild salmon oil per kilogram (2.2 pounds) of body weight.
Monica has a degree qualification in animal nutrition and related areas from the Univeristy of Guelph in Canada, which is well known as an excellent insitution in research and science circles. She also owns cavaliers! She has also been supportive of cavaliers with syringomyelia and offering dietary advice to owners of SM cavaliers.
Her own website is here, for anyone wanting more information on diet and supplements. Note she can design a tailor-made diet for any dog and also sells supplements etc through her website.