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Dr. BJ Hughes
Dr. BJ Hughes, Dog Veterinarian
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Can I add raw flaxseed oil to my dogs food to help with shedding

Customer Question

Can I add raw flaxseed oil to my dog's food to help with shedding? If so, where can I find raw flaxseed oil? Or, can I get it at any health food store?
Submitted: 6 years ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. BJ Hughes replied 6 years ago.

Dr. BJ Hughes :

Hi there -- Welcoem to Just Answer.

Customer:

hello

Customer:

Do you understand my question regarding flaxseed oil?

Customer:

Can you answer my question?

Customer:

Can anyone answer my questions. I've been waiting for someone to say something.

Dr. BJ Hughes :

Yes -- sorry for the delay -- I have a slow connection -- so be patient.l

Dr. BJ Hughes :

Are you looking for a fatty acid supplement?

Dr. BJ Hughes :

Flax seed oil is not preferred in dogs -- since they do have issues in convderting it to proper forms. The preffered supplementation is fish oil in capsules or in liquid form if capsule are difficult.

Customer:

I read that to help with shedding should be added to the dog's food. Is that true? I have her on fish oil currently. Doesn't seem to help.

Dr. BJ Hughes :

It looks like you are already using Salmon oil -- which should have this covered if given at the recommended levels.

Customer:

Thanks.

Dr. BJ Hughes :

Adding this in is not going to help in addition=--=

Dr. BJ Hughes :

'Just be sure you are at the maximum levels of the fish oil --

Dr. BJ Hughes :

Also be sure the diet being fed is of a higher quality -- this can lead to increased shedding.

Dr. BJ Hughes :

There are no products that will decrease shedding magicvally -- unfortunately -- however, be sure that simple tests for thyroid level s have been run -- low thyroid levels can increase shedding.

Customer:

Thank you.