Omega-3 For Dogs Calculator
The omega-3 for dogs calculator calculates the Omega-3 dosage for dogs depending on the intended usage. It turns out that omega-3 fats can have positive health effects for humans as well. The article below will provide more information about omega-3 fatty acids and the dosages that should be given to dogs.
You can also check out our calculators for dog health.
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Omni Calculators are accurate and reliable. We do our best to make them as reliable as possible. This tool cannot replace professional advice. If you have any concerns about your pet’s health, please consult your veterinarian.
What is omega-3?
Polyunsaturated fat acids (PUFAs) are Omega-3 fatty acid, which are very common in nature. They have a double bond that is three atoms from the terminal methyl group. This characterizes their chemical structure.
There are many omega-3 fatty acid types that can be found in nature. These are the most popular ones:
- a-Linolenic Acid (ALA);
- Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA);
- Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA).
They play an essential role in animal and human health. DHA and EPA are essential for maintaining many organ and tissue functions. They are essential for healthy skin, kidneys and gastrointestinal tract, as well as neural tissues, cardiovascular systems, bones and cognitive function.
Dogs can be given omega-3 fatty acid therapeutically
Administrating Omega-3 for dogs could be helpful for the treatment of
- Inflammatory conditions, such as atopy
- There are some renal diseases
- Cardiovascular disease
Omega-3 fatty acids could also be beneficial for dogs in treating inflammatory bowel disease, cancer and cognitive function. However, further research is required to confirm these connections and determine the recommended dosages.
Omega-3 dosage for dogs
We now know what omega-3 is. Below, we have the recommended Omega-3 dose for dogs.
Omega-3 doses should always be calculated using the dog’s weight to the power 0.75 (Dog weight0.75)
|Clinical disorder||Dosage (mg/kg0.75)|
|NRC recommended allowance||30|
|NRC safe upper limit||370|
|Inflammatory or immunologic (atopy or IBD)||125|
NRCNational Research Council
IBD– Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Depending on the severity of the condition and its duration, the doses for osteoarthritis and kidney disease may be increased (upto the NRC safe upper limits).
Source John E. Bauer “Therapeutic Use of Fish Oils in Companion Animals” JAVMA Vol 239, 2011,
Calculator for omega-3 for dogs – How much omega-3 is for dogs?
It is very easy to use the omega-3 calculator for dogs. Follow these steps:
- Enter your dog’s weight. You can enter it in pounds, kilograms or stones. Our calculator also has an weight conversion.
- Select the purpose for the supplementation. You can either use the recommended doses shown in the table or select the “Custom” option if you wish to adjust the dosage (e.g. The one recommended by your vet.
- That’s it! The total Omega-3 dosage for your dog will be displayed.
Let’s take an example: A 15-kg dog with osteoarthritis. The recommended omega-3 supplement dosage for dogs suffering from osteoarthritis in dogs is 310 mg/kg.
Total dose = weight0.75 * Dose
Total dose = (15 kg)0.75 * 310 mg/kg
Total dose = 2363 mg