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    Stinky stinky stinky!! We had a speaker at the cavalier club advise salmon oil for an EFA. I bought some from sitstay and put it on the food tonight. The dogs loved it but, man, Jake's breath stinks big time!!

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    EFA ????? I have 6 squirt cans of it right now that I have never used that I got a deal on ebay. What benefit does it have?

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    it's supposed to be good for their coat I think I have the same 6 cans that Bonnie does
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    I think the fish oil is also good for their hearts, but what does EFA stand for? I'm going to feel real stupid when I hear the answer icon_furious

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    EFA is essential fatty acid. There are the omega 3 fatty acids (from fish oils) and the omega 6 fatty acids (from plants?). Omega 3's are very important for cardiac health and also for brain. All kinds of studies about cholesterol reduction (important for humans and not dogs); cardiac health, protection against senility, depression, benefit to kidney functioning. There is debate about best sources - most studies say use fish oil caps. I've read some articles about salmon oil being better than fish oils and other studies saying the reverse. The kidneydiet list I'm on says use fish oil caps - and there are some real experts in that group that know more about supplements and herbs than I'll ever learn in my lifetime. Consensus is that dogs get enough omega 6 fatty acids from their diet but need supplements of omega 3's. This is all just off the top of my head because I need to rush off to the grocery store and didn't check references before posting. Bottom line - I believe in the fish oil caps and the dogs and I take them. (My internist and the dog's internist also agree.) Also the caps don't smell!
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    It would be good for hearts and joints, I should think. The right kind of fats.

    Every time I give oil the boys have fish breath for ages and it always seems to get on their ears too. Snoods, snoods, snoods I guess. Which reminds me to put a link up for fancypaw...
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    Pat - Where do you get the caps? I can't stand this stinky breather, especially since both of mine are such kissers!
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    Cathy, I get the 1000 mg Fish Oil Caps at the Health Food Store. Pat, is 1000 mg the correct dose? I'm just going to pitch the Salmon Oil unless there is somebody here who wants it.

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    Yup - 1000 mg fish oil capsules. I get mine from Puritan's Pride (mail order they have a website, and are having a big sale right now - buy one get two free). I did a ton of research years ago (not surprised, are you? ) to find a company that made good products for a reasonable cost. (There are very good vitamin companies like Solaray or Nature's Plus, but the prices are high.) I spend about $2,000 per year on supplements for the dogs so I need good value. I get the MAX EPA fish oil caps from puritans. You can go on their web site and read a lot about supplements. I also use their Co-Q10 and their glucosamine/chondroitin and vitamin E. Plus different things for myself - calcium, etc.

    Interestingly, I have been doing a lot of reading on the kidney diet list, and they recommend Puritan's Pride brand. They have a lot of backup like independant lab assays, etc. Another nice thing I've learned from that group is that the drugs they recommend for kidney health are the same ones I use for cardiac health -- CoQ-10 (in higher doses than I've been using), fish oil caps, vitamin E. Also B-Complex, which I've just added for the dogs whose kidney values are starting to rise.

    Reminds me that I need to order more snoods too - the new home cooked diets make for messy ears.

    (and I need an avatar! Bonnie, I'll be asking you for help!)
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    Pat, I would love to do your Avitar, but I don't have access to your profile and I think it looks at your IP address so I can't get in there even if I had your password. I saw where Karlin offered to put Avitars on for those who had problems, so I'm sure if you email her a picture, she will put it on there for you.

    Pat, whenever I have a major project around the house, ie new roof, etc. I hate getting estimates, so I find somebody in the neighborhood who I trust has done their research and gotten the estimates and call them to see if they are happy with the work and use their contractor.

    I trust your knowledge and judgement so much that I'm going to Puritan's Pride website right now and order more Fish Oil Caps. icon_thumbsup I never can understand the medical talk anyway and you explain it where I can almost understand.

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