Fish Oil for Dogs Hair, Skin and Coat | Benecoat®

Benecoat® Professional Hair & Skin Formula contains essential fatty acids (EFAs) from fish oil and krill oil for your dog.

Each soft chew has the proper blend of EFAs your dog needs to promote the health of its hair, skin, and coat.

The EPA and DHA from fish and krill oil are necessary because your dog cannot make them on its own..

Understand how these supplements improve allergies, itchy skin and revitalize your dog's shiny coat.

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A dog's skin is the primary line of defense against parasites and infection. Benecoat® Professional Hair & Skin Formula bolsters your dog's protection from the natural elements by providing the perfect blend of two nutrients that canines cannot produce on their own: Omega-6 and Omega-3 Fatty Acids.

These Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are critical for your dog’s oil glands in his skin as well as maintaining his overall health and immune response. Benecoat® offers a blend of fish oil for dogs, mixed with krill oil for dogs to help provide these essential fatty acids.

What are Essential Fatty Acids?

Essential Fatty Acids (EFA’s) are a type of polyunsaturated fat that are vital for your dog’s overall health. Two types of fatty acids, linolenic and linoleic acid, cannot be manufactured by dogs and must come from either food or supplements. These two main types of fatty acids directly affect dogs’ skin and coat. They are classified into two different groups according to their characteristics:

Omega-6 Fatty Acids

Omega-6’s come from linoleic acid and are obtained by eating grains, seeds, nuts and leafy greens and vegetable oils.

Types of Omega-6’s include:

  • Linoleic acid (LA) - the main polyunsaturated fat found in nuts, seeds, and vegetable oil; shown to lower risk of coronary heart disease1
  • Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) - a fatty acid found mainly in vegetable oils; used primarily for conditions that affect the skin such as psoriasis, and eczema
  • Dihomo-gamma-linolenic acid (DGLA) - made in the body from GLA; helpful in fighting inflammation
  • Arachidonic acid (AA) a polyunsaturated fatty acid found in meats and animal fats; essential in metabolism and important for brain, liver, and organ function

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3’s originate from linolenic acid and can be acquired by consuming certain nuts and seeds along with their oils such as flax, walnuts, soy, fish and krill.

Types of Omega-3’s include:

  • Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) - a fatty acid found in the tissues of coldwater fish; helps lower risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and inflammation2
  • Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) - also a fatty acid present in the tissues of coldwater fish; critical for brain development and function3
  • Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) - a fatty acid found in plants; helps build cell membranes, control blood clotting, and reduce inflammation

The Importance of Omega-6 and Omega-3 Fatty Acids in dogs.

Both Omega-6 and Omega-3 Fatty Acids are essential to your dog’s overall health, as they contribute to soft skin and a shiny coat while maintaining healthy eyes, heart, and immune system.

The numerous benefits of Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids begin at the cellular level where they help keep cell membranes permeable and flexible, allowing nutrients and waste to pass more efficiently in and out of the cell. EFAs facilitate many of the different organs and systems in your dog’s body that can lead to better energy production, oxygen uptake, and immune functioning.

In addition, Omega-3 Fatty Acids are also shown to help:

  • Eye, retinal and visual cortex development
  • Maintenance of healthy blood pressure levels
  • Regulation of blood clotting abilities
  • Prevention of heart problems by decreasing triglyceride and cholesterol levels
  • Improve skin allergies in dogs
  • Reduce inflammation
  • Support brain function and behavior

Why Does My Dog Need Essential Fatty Acid Supplements?

Both Omega-6 and Omega-3 Fatty Acids are critical for a dog’s overall health including hair, skin, and coat as well as brain and immune functioning. Dogs have basic requirements for the fatty acids that they cannot produce on their own. One of the most important elements to consider when evaluating your dog’s dietary and supplement needs is whether or not he is receiving the proper balance of Omega-3 and Omega-6 Fatty Acids. The recommended ratio for Omega-3 to Omega-6 is 5:1. Unfortunately, typical household pets do not receive this proper ratio.

Store-bought dog food brands typically contain larger than necessary amounts of Omega-6 Fatty Acids because they end up being served to your pet by way of other animal ingredients in their diet. Livestock raised for the sole purpose of being turned into kibble are usually fed a steady diet of grains during their lifespan. These grains (fats, which are high in Omega-6’s) end up being stored in their tissues and end up inside your dog as a result of eating his food. Also, many dog food brands add corn, grain, and vegetable oils to their list of ingredients during the manufacturing process. As a result, commercial dog food ends up being unbalanced, containing a very high amount of Omega-6 Fatty Acids and minuscule amounts of Omega-3’s.

What Are The Symptoms of Essential Fatty Acid Deficiency in Dogs?

  • Dry Skin
  • Skin irritation such as itching or redness, eczema, psoriasis, or an infection
  • Skin allergies
  • Dermatitis
  • Bacterial and yeast infections of the skin
  • Bad odor or smell
  • Dull coat
  • Flaking skin or dry, scaly spots
  • Greasy spots on coat or skin
  • Shedding

Benecoat® is a dog coat supplement that contains the ideal ratio of Omega-6 and Omega-3 fatty acids that dogs need to support oil glands in the skin and help maintain a healthy immune response.

What is the Best Source of Omega-3 Fatty Acid for My Dog?

Because dogs cannot convert Omega-3 Fatty Acids from vegetable oils into DHA, fish and marine body oils are a better-suited supplement than those that come from nuts or seeds. The best fish oil for dogs contains multiple sources of oils to supply the proper ratios of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.

An ideal source of Omega-3 Fatty Acid is Krill Oil. Krill oil comes from krill, which are tiny, thriving, and highly sustainable crustacean marine animals that live in the cold waters of the ocean. They serve as a food source for whales, seals, penguins, squid, and fish.

Benecoat® Professional Hair and Skin Formula contains Krill Oil as an active ingredient and natural source of Omega-3 Fatty Acid because of its many benefits and attributes.

Why is Krill Oil the Best Source of Omega-3 for My Dog?

  • High absorption rates, which translates to smaller doses for your pet
  • It Delivers DHA and EPA phospholipids directly into the cells
  • Does not contain heavy metals, toxins or pollutants
  • Easily renewable and highly sustainable food source

Can Dogs Eat Fish Oil?

Absolutely! There is no toxicity level for fish oil. However, large doses may exceed your dog’s capacity to absorb it, and he may suffer digestive upset such as loose stool, vomiting, and diarrhea. If this happens just lower the dose.

Choosing pet-specific brands, such as BeneCoat® Professional Hair and Skin Formula, will typically provide a higher concentration per dose than human fish oil products.

How Much Fish Oil Can I Give My Dog?

The recommended dose of omega-3 fish oil for dogs varies according to weight. Veterinarians recommend that you give 1,000mg of fish oil containing 300mg of EPA/DHA combined for every 30 pounds of your dog’s weight.

The maximum daily dosage for animals with osteoarthritis is 310 mg/kg0,75 of EPA/DHA per day4. It is important to remember that while fish oil is typically harmless, it may cause some unwelcome side effects in your dog such as weight gain, vomiting, and diarrhea if your dog has other health issues besides osteoarthritis.

Keep in mind that while your dog may tolerate a maximum dose of fish oil, a smaller dose may be more appropriate. It is wise, to begin with, ¼ of the maximum dose and slowly increase the amount while monitoring your dog for side effects.

Additionally, supplementing your dog’s diet with fish oil may contribute to a Vitamin E deficiency. Some dog owners find it helpful to add 1-2 IUs of Vitamin E for every pound of weight.

How Often Can I Give My Dog Fish Oil?

Fish oil for dogs can be given in its recommended dosages either all at once or spread out over the course of the day. Each BeneCoat® Professional soft chew provides the recommended daily amount of fish oil for a 25-pound dog. BeneCoat® fish oil for dogs soft chews can be easily be broken in half for smaller dogs or for the purpose of spreading out doses throughout the day.

Do Essential Fatty Acids for Dogs help all coat types?

Yes! There are six types of coat types in dogs: Smooth, double, wire, curly, long and hairless. Hair follicles reside in the skin and produce your dog's coat. In hairless dogs, the follicle still exists, it just does not produce hair. EFAs for dogs support the hair follicle which produces the hair. A healthy hair follicle produces thick, long, soft and shiny hair.5

Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 1 Chewable Soft Chew
% Daily
Value *
Amt Per Serving
Eicosapentaenoic Acid (EPA) ** mg 180
Docosahexaenoic Acid (DHA) ** mg 120
Safflower Oil (linoleic Acid) ** mg 225
Krill Oil ** mg 38
MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) ** mg 100
Zinc Picolinate ** mg 5
Hydrolyzed Collagen ** mg 15
** Daily Value not Established
Other Ingredients: Rice Bran, Starch, Natural And Artificial Cheese Flavors, Fish Oil, Water, Lecithin, Safflower Oil, Glycerin, Ascorbic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Dl Alpha Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Calcium Propionate, Flaxseed Powder.
This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
Benecoat fish oil for dogs dosage - Daily Dose
< 10 lbs < 25 lbs 25-50 lbs 51-75 lbs > 75 lbs
1/2 Chew 1 Chew 2 Chews 3 Chews 4 Chews

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2. Horrocks, L. A., & Yeo, Y. K. (1999). Health benefits of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Pharmacological Research, 40(3), 211-225. Retrieved from

3. Freeman, L. M., Rush, J. E., Kehayias, J. J., Ross, J. N., Meydani, S. N., Brown, D. J., ... & Roubenoff, R. (1998). Nutritional alterations and the effect of fish oil supplementation in dogs with heart failure. Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine, 12(6), 440-448. Retrieved from

4. LeBlanc, C. J., Horohov, D. W., Bauer, J. E., Hosgood, G., & Mauldin, G. E. (2008). Effects of dietary supplementation with fish oil on in vivo production of inflammatory mediators in clinically normal dogs. American journal of veterinary research, 69(4), 486-493. Retrieved from

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Home Products Short Description Benecoat® Professional Hair & Skin Formula provides essential fatty acids (EFAs) for dogs in a soft chew.

Each chew provides the correct ratio of EFAs to help keep your dog's hair, skin, and coat shiny and healthy.

Benecoat® fish oil for dogs provides EPA and DHA from fish and krill oil.

It also has Zinc Picolinate, MSM, Hydrolyzed Collagen and Linoleic acid (LA) from Safflower Oil.

Learn how these vitamins treat allergies, dry and itchy skin and give your dog a shiny coat. Have your dog look as healthy as the day you brought him home!
Size 60 Soft Chews



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