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Hi…my dog is 6 years old..a Jack Russell..we just had his teeth cleaned (so that is not the issue)…he has horrible FISHY breath..and I think it is his wellness dry dog food. He has been on wellness for about 4 years…and does fine..however his breath is fishy…someone told us that it could be because the Omega 3’s they use are sourced from fish…they do not say they are from fish on the label…however…they must be. The flavor food he eats is Chicken and Oatmeal. This is the food:
According to Contreras, “A good quality dog food will contain at least 2.2% Omega-6′s and 0.3% Omega-3′s”
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The Orijen product line includes six dry dog foods, all of them puptastic. We love that it contains herring (a fatty marine fish naturally high in protein), as well as omega-3 fatty acids and essential oils. These are things needed by every dog to sustain life. It’s got tons of great proteins (including eggs, which are super easy to digest and have an exceptionally high biological value) and – a personal favorite – probiotics. Just like they do for us, probiotics work to enhance a dog’s digestive and immune functions. I feed all natural, expensive dog food that has added Omega 3s. Why would I need to add more Omega 3s?
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Despite the fact that the AAFCO still does not recognize EFAs as essential nutrients, more and more manufacturers include them in their products and of course proudly advertise the fact. Don't let yourself get fooled though, it's not enough that a brand is just advertised as "contains [high levels of] Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids" - they need to be present in sufficient amounts and in the proper ratio. As with all other ingredients, the manufacturers of lesser quality products try to get away as cheap as possible to maintain a large profit margin. Incorporating EFA's into a dog food is rather expensive in terms of ingredients as well as preservation, since especially the Omega-3's oxidize (and thus spoil) rather quickly.Proper ratios aside, the amounts are also important. You can have a decent ratio but there is no point at all if the amounts present in the food are too low to actually provide much or any benefit. All the better foods contain (depending on the ratio) at least 2.2% Omega-6's and 0.3% Omega-3's. There are very few exceptions where true quality foods do not fall within these numbers, but it shouldn't discourage you if your dog does well on them - you just might consider supplementing some EFAs to improve the diet. In addition to drastic improvements to skin and coat, high levels of Omega-3s improve cardiovascular health, fight inflammatory diseases, retard development of certain cancer cells, inhibit progression of kidney disease, enhance the immune system, reduce the symptoms of allergic dermatitis and reduce joint stiffness, which is especially beneficial for older dogs.Iams Company researcher Dr. Greg Reinhart recommends a ratio of Omega-6 to Omega-3 ranging between 5:1 and 10:1 (interestingly enough all Iams dry foods contain just that minimum ratio of 10:1, Eukanuba varieties range from 5:1 to 8:1 and average 7:1). Independent researcher Dr. Doug Bibus (formerly University of Minnesota) completed a fatty acid study with dogs and recommends a ratio between 2:1 and 4:1. Personally I believe that a quality food should contain a ratio of at least 7:1, the lower the better, especially if skin and/or coat problems are present. When my dog suffered from severe flea allergy dermatitis I switched to a food with a ratio of 2.5:1 and had great results within just a few weeks.Most pet foods contain significantly high levels of Omega 6 fatty acids, often from cheap ingredients such as corn, canola, and olive oils. Without Omega 3 supplementation, dogs on a diet of these foods end up consuming Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratios of anywhere from 4:1 to as much as 20:1-- a far from average 1:1 ratio in VeRUS Pet Foods. And when Omega 6 floods dogs' cells, it can actually promote inflammation and suppress the immune system.