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Vet Ther. 2005 Spring;6(1):29-42.

Canine plasma and erythrocyte response to a docosahexaenoic acid-enriched supplement: characterization and potential benefits.

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Research and Development Laboratory, Nutramax Laboratories Inc, 2208 Lakeside Blvd, Edgewood, MD 21040, USA.


Results of this study confirm that dietary supplementation in dogs with a natural source of omega-3 fatty acids (salmon oil), with a docosahexaenoic acid:eicosapentaenoic acid (DHA:EPA) ratio of 1.5:1, increases plasma and red blood cell levels of these fatty acids. Supplementation with this DHA-enriched oil improves the long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid omega-6:omega-3 (n-6:n-3) ratio, which may benefit dogs of all ages. Studies describing some of the neurologic, renal, cardiovascular, immune, and musculoskeletal effects of elevated blood levels of n-3 fatty acids, especially DHA, are reviewed. The importance of providing an enriched source of DHA, instead of its shorter precursors, is emphasized.

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