Fish/marine oils are the best source of omega-3 fatty acids for dogs. They help mitigate undesired inflammation. The ratio between omega-3 and omega-3 fatty acids is particularly important.
Are you supplementing your dog's diet with fish oil?
We do and we opt for the fish oil gels. The two reasons for this choice are that we like to go with pharmaceutic grade fish oil and the fact that this way the oil is better protected from going rancid. (In fact, there are some oils we were using which are available in gels only, specifically for that reason. For example, wheat germ oil and Evening Primrose oil).
Plus Jasmine hated fishy taste and she would refuse food that smelled and tasted fishy.
With Jasmine, since she was getting a bunch of supplements, we just administered the oils as if it were medication.
A common approach is to cut the gel cap open and add the oil to the food.
Have you tried that? How is that working for you?
Not pretty, is it?
I tried that with some of the other oils in the attempt to cut down on the pills Jasmine had to have shoved down her throat. I find it right down dangerous for my fingers, plus you likely lose much of it.
So I did an experiment and worked great. I was also adding apple cider vinegar to Jasmine's food. I decided to see what would happen if I put the gel cap into a bit of the vinegar.
I took a shot glass, filled it with the apple cider vinegar, dropped the oil gel in there and let it sit while I was preparing the rest of the food.
It worked as I hoped. The vinegar softens the gel cap. You could just probably add it to the food as it is. Or you can give it a little poke with a tip of a knife. It opens up easily and the oil floats right out of it.
Much easier this way.