Omega 3 and Omega 6 for Arthritis Pain Relief in Canines
Arthritis Resource Center
Approximately 25-30% of family pets suffer from arthritis. Broadly described by most vets as DJD (degenerative joint disease), arthritis in pets is just as painful and debilitating as it is in humans. Part of the pain problems associated with osteoarthritis results from inflammation. An interesting observation was made in some clinical studies in the mid 1990’s and is noted in Dr. Atkins “Diet Revolution”. (Avon Books) The doctor suggests that a principal ingredient in the fight against arthritis should be Omega 3 fatty acids. And why is that? Because this essential acid clearly demonstrates that omega 3 relieves both arthritis pain and inflammation.
What may be the most interesting fact about Dr. Atkins’ recommendation is that clinical studies have confirmed that the use of Omega 3 standing alone dramatically reduced the pain suffered by those with rheumatoid arthritis allowing them to lessen their dependence on other drugs.
This leads full circle back to some of the other methods of successfully beating arthritis pain. Diet in general also plays a significant role in the overall picture. By eating less saturated fats, we are in effect taking away one of our body’s means of producing inflammation. Conversely, by increasing the intake of Omega 3 and Omega 6 we are assisting and encouraging the body to produce anti-inflammatory defense mechanisms.
Are there any other benefits that we might gain through the use of Omega 3 and Omega 6? The answer is clearly yes.
Arteriosclerosis is cited as the greatest factor in deaths in this country today. (Thickening in the lining of artery walls, which lead to heart disease.) the ingestion of Omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids therefore benefits the body in still one more way. We actually reduce the risk of developing heart disease and suffering cardiac arrest through the supplementation with the Omega oils*.
Due to their influence on inflammatory processes such as arthritis, dietary supplementation with omega fatty acids-such as found in hemp seed oil, has generated considerable interest in the medical and scientific communities regarding veterinary health. Enhanced Omega intake has been associated with a reduction in the incidence and severity of coronary artery disease, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, as well as immune mediated joint, renal, gastrointestinal, respiratory and skin disease. In addition to their role in disease prevention and treatment, this class of fatty acids has also been implicated as an aid to athletic performance.
Arleigh J Reynolds, DMV, PhD, DACVN
Assistant Professor of Clinical Nutrition, College of Veterinary Medicine
Recommended Dosage for Pets
- 10 lbs = 1 ml
- 20 lbs = 1.5ml
- 30 lbs = 2 ml
- 40 lbs = 2.5ml
- 50 lbs = 3 ml
- 60 lbs = 3.5ml
- 70 lbs = 4 ml
- 80 lbs = 4.5ml
- over 90 lbs = 5ml
*-Dr. Atkins does not endorse NPO Hemp Oil, this is just a quote of his findings on Omegas, Natures Perfect Oil just happens to be an excellent source of omega’s along with many other benefits.