Importance of DHA in Puppies

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Importance of DHA in Puppies

Postby Doc E » Mon Nov 24, 2014 12:18 pm

I was looking at a 2012 issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association , where it says, "that feeding weaned puppies foods high in DHA improves several aspects of their development. The researchers found that diets rich in DHA showed improved cognitive, memory, psychomotor, immunologic, and retinal functions in growing dogs".

It went on to say, "Studies of puppies fed a balanced diet including the fatty acid DHA showed increases in the dogs' mental acuity. The puppies fed diets containing the highest levels of DHA showed significantly better results in reversal learning tasks, visual contrast discrimination, and early psychomotor performance than puppies eating low to moderate amounts of DHA. Interestingly, those puppies also had significantly higher rabies antibody titers one and two weeks after vaccination, and an improved ability to see in low-light or dark conditions".

These (plus other reasons) is why I recommend supplementing puppy diets with TUNA OIL instead of regular fish oil.
"Regular" Fish Oils contain some DHA (usually about 2 parts of EPA to 1 part DHA), but TUNA OIL contains 5 parts of DHA to 1 part EPA.

DHA has also been shown to improve hearing. It also markedly reduces the rate of Retinal Degeneration in older dogs.

So, if you are interested in supplementing with TUNA OIL, go to my website ( www.DocsDogNutriceuticals.iwarp.com) and it's listed at the top of the order blank.

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Re: Importance of DHA in Puppies

Postby Scott Linden » Mon Nov 24, 2014 10:16 pm

So with how much tuna oil would one dose a 65 lb. dog on a daily basis, versus regular fish oil?
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Re: Importance of DHA in Puppies

Postby Steve Anker » Tue Nov 25, 2014 7:28 am

TUNA FISH....?

SHAZAAAM....that's my TRICK to get pups to eat, pour the juices from a can of tuna fish over their feed, smelly but it works like a champ, older dogs too. Fed some tuna juices to my ZEENA just last night.....
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Re: Importance of DHA in Puppies

Postby Misskiwi67 » Tue Nov 25, 2014 10:42 am

I believe the study only showed improvement when pups were supplemented during nursing and early growth. A lot of puppy foods have added DHA based on this study.
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Re: Importance of DHA in Puppies

Postby Doc E » Tue Nov 25, 2014 9:46 pm

Scott Linden wrote:So with how much tuna oil would one dose a 65 lb. dog on a daily basis, versus regular fish oil?


For the Tuna Oil on my website (made by Standard Process Laboratories), you give one capsule, twice a day for two weeks.
Then one capsule per day.

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Re: Importance of DHA in Puppies

Postby Doc E » Tue Nov 25, 2014 9:48 pm

Steve Anker wrote:TUNA FISH....?
Does this mean I'm ahead of the curve...? 8)


No, Tuna OIL.
Sorry buddy, but this does not put you ahead of the curve.

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Re: Importance of DHA in Puppies

Postby Doc E » Tue Nov 25, 2014 9:50 pm

Misskiwi67 wrote: A lot of puppy foods have added DHA based on this study.


Supplements (in non-prescription foods) are limited to NON-Therapeutic amounts.

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Re: Importance of DHA in Puppies

Postby Scott Linden » Tue Nov 25, 2014 10:52 pm

Doc E wrote:For the Tuna Oil on my website (made by Standard Process Laboratories), you give one capsule, twice a day for two weeks.
Then one capsule per day.

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So my point was, why not dose twice as much fish oil as your tuna oil ... dollar for dollar comparison, health benefits/consequences etc.?
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Re: Importance of DHA in Puppies

Postby Doc E » Wed Nov 26, 2014 8:55 am

Scott Linden wrote:
Doc E wrote:For the Tuna Oil on my website (made by Standard Process Laboratories), you give one capsule, twice a day for two weeks.
Then one capsule per day.

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So my point was, why not dose twice as much fish oil as your tuna oil ... dollar for dollar comparison, health benefits/consequences etc.?


You'd have to give 5 times more --- then you'd be overdosing with the EPA.
Tuna Oil is less expensive than Fish Oil.

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