Our BC is about to turn 13 and has some arthritis. We give him fish oil as well. We cut open the fish oil pills (which is kind of gross, so we wear disposable rubber gloves) and sprinkle the fish oil on bits of bread. For some crazy reason, Eddie actually eats that.
Apparently, fish oil has many benefits, according to Dr. Weil (and other reputable sources): "We've known for some time that eating oily fleshed, cold water fish such as salmon or sardines two to three times a week or taking fish oil supplements (two grams daily of a brand that contains both EPA and DHA) helps reduce the inflammation that damages tissues and makes osteoarthritis so painful. Daily fish oil has also been studied for its benefits in those with high cholesterol, diabetes, symptoms of PMS, coronary artery disease, breast cancer, memory loss, depression, insulin resistance and rheumatoid arthritis." from - www.drweilblog.com/home/2011/11/21/fish-oi
I guess if your fur baby won't swallow the fish oil pills whole - you could try freezing a better quality brand (the cheaper ones might just burst when frozen), so that there is no bad taste, buy krill oil pills which have no taste, or try pouring the contents of two or three regular fish oil pills onto pieces of bread, like we do. Ed seems to have an easier time getting up steep stairs with fish oil, so I assume it helps him.
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