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  • Anyone feeds flax seed meal to their dogs?

    Just curious. Anyone feeds flax seed meal to their dogs for shiny coats?
    If so where do you get it and how much would you feed a 80lbs dog.

    Or any other suggestions to keep coat shiny & dandruff free. I browsed a few skin & coat supplements, but I don't like that many seem to have high O6's, hence I was wondering about flax.

    Thanks .

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    This made me chuckle because two years ago we adopted two young dogs from a rescue. They loved helping out with barn chores, including feed time. To keep them from eating the oats, I gave them each a hefty tablespoon of ground flax seed. That was fine for the 30 pounder but the five pound dog... oh dear! Make sure you get that little bugger outside RIGHT AWAY! But, it does make for shiny sleek coats. Just learn what your doggie's limits are.

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      Originally posted by NEWT View Post
      This made me chuckle because two years ago we adopted two young dogs from a rescue. They loved helping out with barn chores, including feed time. To keep them from eating the oats, I gave them each a hefty tablespoon of ground flax seed. That was fine for the 30 pounder but the five pound dog... oh dear! Make sure you get that little bugger outside RIGHT AWAY! But, it does make for shiny sleek coats. Just learn what your doggie's limits are.
      Yes, it does have a laxative effect. I've mixed it in with a little wet food for my one kitty who is prone to constipation, and it seems to help him evacuate his bowels.

      Around here I just buy it at the grocery. If your regular grocery doesn't have it, then a lot of the co-op or health food type stores have it.

      In the past I used a salmon oil supplement for a cat with dry skin, and it also seemed to help.
      "In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn’t merely train him to be semi-human. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming part dog."
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        I do as well, I buy it at the local Amish Market, they sell all sorts of "baking" stuff in bulk. You can also find it in bulk on the web, or try Omega Horseshine, it has added vitamins, the TSC near me carries it.

        http://www.omegafields.com/

        their website

        LBR
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          OH thx for that link LBR. And they have it specifically for dogs. Cool.

          Yup, I'll look out for the laxative effect, hadn't thought of that, but I can see how that could be the case.

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          • #6
            Yes, I feed both of my adult dogs a tbsp of Finishing Touch twice a day. Finishing Touch is a stabilized flax product for horses. I haven't noticed a laxative effect, but doggie #2 has put on a few pounds, and she doesn't need them. She does have a lovely coat, though.
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              but doggie #2 has put on a few pounds
              Oh, that might be good for my dog in that case, he's a greyhound and no matter what I feed him, there's always ribs visible, so even if he were to put on a few pounds, it wouldn't be too big a deal.
              I'm definitely going to try it, but introduce slowly, so we don't have bowel issues.

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                I put ground flax seed in the dog treats I make, but I don't add it to their regular food.
                I realize that I'm generalizing here, but as is often the case when I generalize, I don't care. ~ Dave Barry

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                • #9
                  I had one of my dogs on HorseTech's canine joint supplement, which has a ground flaxseed base.

                  Dog was already on premium kibble (TOTW, IIRC) and I didn't see any noticeable difference in skin/coat quality; he has always been prone to dry skin, and I've yet to find a food, shampoo or supplement that made any kind of difference.

                  I did see an improvement in his freedom of movement though.
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                  • #10
                    I give mine the same fish oil or flax oil capsules I take. My GSD will eat the capsule mixed in with her food. She also gets B complex and calcium tabs. My BC and Yorkie get the fish oil caps, too, but I have to pierce them and squeeze out the oil into their food. The Yorkie had flaky skin until he got them and also used better dog food -- TOTW, Nature's Recipe or Chicken Soup brands.
                    PennyG

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                    • #11
                      There is a flax product made especially for dogs, Missing Link (which by the way also makes an equine formulation) and Missing Link Plus with Glucosamine. I have seen it at PetSmart. Just remember that if you get that product, it should be refrigerated after opening.
                      Jeanie
                      RIP Sasha, best dog ever, pictured shortly before she died, Death either by euthanasia or natural causes is only the end of the animal inhabiting its body; I believe the spirit lives on.

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                      • #12
                        I give my Great Dane flax seed oil - we live in an apartment with radiator heat, so the air is really dry in the winter. It seems to help with her skin not getting so dry. She is kind of easy because she's 130 lbs, so the vet always says that a human-size dose of flax or fish oil is fine for her. I am very tempted after reading this thread to switch to the powdered form, though--probably a lot cheaper!

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                          Well, I compared Omega Shine to Missing Link, can't figure out which one is better, so I'll toss a coin and go ahead order .
                          Thx everyone.

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                            Originally posted by TKR View Post
                            I give mine the same fish oil or flax oil capsules I take. My GSD will eat the capsule mixed in with her food. She also gets B complex and calcium tabs. My BC and Yorkie get the fish oil caps, too, but I have to pierce them and squeeze out the oil into their food. The Yorkie had flaky skin until he got them and also used better dog food -- TOTW, Nature's Recipe or Chicken Soup brands.
                            PennyG
                            How many mg are they? I want to start my allergy prone shih-tzu on them. I figured I would just buy some from the vitamin store but I worry about giving him too much. Is that even possible? He is about 11 pounds.
                            Originally posted by JSwan
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