Omega-3 For Dogs Calculator

By Joanna Michałowska, PhD candidate
Last updated: Jun 25, 2021

The omega-3 for dogs calculator estimates the omega-3 dosage for dogs, depending on the intended use. Yes, it turns out that it's not just humans who can benefit from the health effects of omega-3 fatty acids! Check out the article below to find out more about omega 3 fatty acids for dogs and what dosages we should administer to our beloved pets 🐶🐾🐕.

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We try our best to make Omni Calculators as precise and reliable as possible. However, this tool can never replace professional advice. Please, consult your veterinarian whenever you are concerned about your pet's health.

What is omega-3?

Omega−3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), which are quite common in nature. Their chemical structure is characterised by the presence of a double bond three atoms away from the terminal methyl group.

There are several omega-3 fatty acids that are found in nature. The most common ones include:

  • α-Linolenic acid (ALA);
  • Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA); and
  • Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

They play an important role in human and animal health. Appropriate dietary amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, such as DHA and EPA, seem to be essential for the maintenance of numerous organ and tissue functions. These include healthy skin, kidneys, gastrointestinal tract, neural tissues, cardiovascular system, and bones, as well as promoting good cognitive and immune function.

Therapeutic use of omega-3 fatty acids for dogs

Administrating omega-3 for dogs can be beneficial for the treatment of:

  • Inflammatory conditions such as atopy;
  • Some renal disorders;
  • Cardiovascular disease,
  • Hyperlipidemia; and
  • Osteoarthritis.

Apart from these omega-3 benefits for dogs, omega-3 fatty acids may also play a role in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease, cancer, cognitive function, and behaviour; however, more research is needed to confirm these associations and establish recommended doses.

Omega-3 dosage for dogs

Now that you know what omega-3 is, in the table below we present the recommended omega-3 dosage for dogs:

Clinical disorder Dosage (mg/kg)
NRC recommended allowance 30
NRC safe upper limit 370
Idiopathic hyperlipidemia 120
Kidney disease 140
Cardiovascular disorders 115
Osteoarthritis 310
Inflammatory or immunologic (atopy or IBD) 125

where:

  • NRC - National Research Council; and

  • IBD - inflammatory bowel disease

Dosages for kidney disease and osteoarthritis may be increased (up to the NRC safe upper limit) depending on the severity and chronicity of the disorder.

Source: John E. Bauer: "Therapeutic use of fish oils in companion animals", JAVMA, Vol 239, 2011

The omega-3 for dogs calculator - how much omega-3 for dogs?

Using omega-3 for dogs calculator is really easy. Just follow these steps:

  1. Enter your dog's weight - it can be entered in kilograms, pounds or stones, as our calculator has a built-in weight converter.
  2. Choose the purpose of the supplementation - you can use the recommended dosages presented in the table above or choose the option "Custom" if you want to enter your own dose (e.g. the one prescribed by the vet).
  3. That's it! You will see the total omega-3 dosage calculated for your dog 🤓.

Let's use an example - a 15 kg dog suffers from osteoarthritis. As you could see in the table, the recommended dosage of an omega-3 supplement for dogs with osteoarthritis is 310 mg/kg, therefore:

total dose = weight * dose

total dose = 15 kg * 310 mg/kg

total dose = 4650 mg

Joanna Michałowska, PhD candidate
Dog's weight
lb
Purpose/disorder
NRC recommended allowance
Dose
30
mg/kg
Total Omega-3 dose
mg
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