Can I Give My Dog Flaxseed Oil?

Can I Give My Dog Flaxseed Oil?Flaxseed oil is used by many people due to its medicinal benefits. Does the same apply for dogs? After all, many over-the-counter medications just aren’t suitable for your dog’s digestive system. In fact, they can be quite harmful.

Flaxseed oil is not a medication as such. It’s a natural remedy used for a number of reasons including the regulation of metabolism and improved mobility. It also contains many great nutrients and minerals. Flax seed has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties which may promote health when added to food or taken in tablet form.

Now that we’ve gone over the benefits it has for humans, you’re wondering if it will provide the same beneficial properties for your dog. The answer is likely yes but before you give anything to your dog it’s best to confirm with your vet first.

Can I Give My Dog Flaxseed Oil? Answer: Yes

Flax-seed oil is loaded with beneficial nutrients including essential fatty acids which help dogs keep a shiny coat and healthy skin.

The fatty acids also assist cellular health. Of course flaxseed is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties as well. We know for certain that it’s great for arthritic dogs in that it helps with mobility as well as regulating blood pressure, kidney function and metabolism.

In particular, the fatty acids will help your dog maintain a healthy coat and skin, which is essential if they suffer with dry and itchy skin problems.

The point is there are so many benefits to using this for dogs. It has even been said to help prevent canine cancer.

When to Give Flaxseed

If you have an older dog that is becoming arthritic, you may want to start giving them some flaxseed oil daily to help their inflamed joints. It may improve your dog’s mobility.

Also, dogs with itchy and dry skin are often lacking essential fatty acids. This oil, added to their food daily, may give them all the fatty acids they need, helping them get their shiny coat and healthy skin back.

Finally, dogs that suffer with kidney problems may also benefit greatly from Flax seed oil. Add half to one teaspoon of oil into their food each day. You could see the results within a few short weeks.

Flaxseed Oil Benefits

As stated above, there are so many benefits to this oil. Many vets prescribe this for older dogs or those suffering with severe allergies. It’s a natural solution rather than constant medication. The top 5 benefits are as follows:

1. Flaxseed oil reduces itching and dry skin offering a healthy skin and coat.

2. It has anti-inflammatory properties which helps with mobility in arthritic dogs.

3. It regulates blood pressure, kidney function and artery function.

4. Flaxseed is an important factor in cellular health.

5. It acts as an anti-bacterial and anti-viral agent. Anyone or any dog taking this oil on a daily basis will have a stronger immune system to fight off illness or disease.

Still Not Convinced?

If you’re still skeptical about giving your dog this natural remedy, contact your vet for advice.

The veterinarian will have your dog’s full medical history and will make an informed decision based on your dog’s size, breed and history. If they feel that your dog will benefit from this magic seed oil, they’ll advise on the correct dosage and frequency.

Whenever in doubt, it’s advisable to call a vet. Canine arthritis medication or anti-itch tablets can be costly. Flaxseed is miraculous in that if your dog can take it will not cost you an arm and a leg. Any additional benefits over and above the reason you are using it are just a bonus!

Flaxseed Oil & Cancer

Some professionals believe that dogs taking flaxseed oil on a regular or daily basis will have a reduced risk of contracting cancer. While this, of course, is not a cure-all and is also not definitely confirmed, it does offer hope. More research is needed in this area of medicine, especially for the health effects in dogs.

It seems that since Flaxseed reduces other ailments, which often go hand-in-hand with cancer risks in general, that pet owners have a better chance of keeping an all around healthy dog from its routine use.

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Bonnie October, 2015

I wouldn’t use flax seeds for me or my dogs. My alternative doctor says that humans shouldn’t have more than 1/2 teaspoon of flax seed per week. He said it’s safer to avoid it all together. There are better alternatives. Flax seed is also used in making varnish.


Gloria August, 2015

My Westie has high levels of enzymes in her liver. I have been giving her flaxseed oil in her food once a day as she has been very itchy. The itch has cleared up but the enzymes are still elevated. Could flax seed oil be cause of this elevation?


Sylvia June, 2015

My dog has lymphoma. I have given her flaxseed oil but she seems to vomit after taking it. Should I stop giving the oil?


Dolores December, 2014

I have a 15 year old Lhasa Apso, who has a cancerous tumor in her heart with fluid. She was drained for the fluid back in September. The specialist was trying to talk us in putting her down which got me more upset than I was. She was not even wanting me to give her a chance. It is now almost 3 months and she’s doing great for her condition. She is also deaf.

A friend of mine told me to mix organic flaxseed oil with Greek yogurt. How much should I mix of both for a 15 pound dog? I have have 2 Lhasa’s that are scratching and their coats are a mess. Would you give me advice for these? Thank you.


Tiago May, 2015

Hello Dolores! That mixture is called the “Budwig Protocol” and it’s supposed to be a ratio of 1:2 (1 part flax seed oil to 2 parts cottage cheese or strained yogurt). Search Google for more information. I’m not sure of how much of the mixture you should feed your dog. Start with small dosages. The mixture must be really well mixed using an immersion blender for over a minute.


Debbie November, 2014

How much flaxseed oil, in capsules, would help my dog’s coat. It’s dull and brittle. I have human capsules which are 1,000mg. She weighs 75 pounds.


Dorothy December, 2014

According to Doctor Budwig, some people and dogs may not tolerate drinking flaxseed oil directly. They may have diarrhea or upset stomach. But after mixing it with low fat organic cottage cheese, until it becomes a creamy mixture, it becomes easily absorbed and digestible. Dr. Budwig says that a 100-pound adult can start with 2 tbsp of cottage cheese mixed with 1 tbsp flaxseed oil. I gave my dog 1 tbsp cottage cheese plus half a spoon of flaxseed oil and he is perfectly fine.


Terence December, 2013

Flaxseed oil is so unstable it should only be eaten as freshly ground seeds or as a separate supplement in light impervious, nitrogen-flushed glass bottles kept in the freezer. It’s Alpha-Linolenic Acid, Omega-3, is not good for dogs. Putting flax seed oil in pet food paper bags, which are then stored on shelves, is a sure formula for rancidity.


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