|Barked: Mon Feb 25, '13 9:11pm PST |
|You can't have more Omega 3 than Omega 6 because then you'll be out of balance towards the anti-inflammatory side of things. The perfect balance is 1:1. But that is almost impossible to achieve with natural whole foods even if you are a pure pre-civilization predator wild dog. A rabbit prey, for example, has a 3:1 Omega 6 to Omega 3 ratio. This is also true for grass-fed ruminants. If you notice, dogs don't normally camp on waterways subsisting on salmon which has a 1:15 ratio - rich in Omega 3.
A balance of 3:1 is more than sufficient for dog health. But, in today's grain-fed cows, Omega 3 is highly lacking (grain fed beef and commercial-fed chickens have 10:1 ratio), hence the need for us to add things like salmon to the dog's food.
Also, not all oils are created equal for dogs. Oils from plants like flax seed oil is good for humans but not as good for dogs as dogs can't easily break it down to its EPA and DHA components. Oils from fish is much more readily available to dogs.
So, for dandruff - good health, good brushing, good hydration, and good exercise contribute to a healthy coat. After all this is met and the dog is still flaky, then you may use dandruff shampoo designed for pets and supplement his diet with fish or fish oil supplements.
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