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

Benecoat® Professional Hair & Skin Formula has essential fatty acids (EFAs) from krill, safflower and fish oil for dogs.

This soft chew has the perfect blend of EFAs for your dog's hair, skin, and coat. The proper dose of EFAs can improve allergies, arthritis, inflammation, itchy skin and also make your dog's coat brilliant and shiny.

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Your dog's skin is its main defense against parasites, germs, toxins, and infections. Benecoat® Professional Hair & Skin Formula protects and enhances your dog's skin naturally. It offers the proper dose of two nutrients that canines can't produce themselves: Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids.

Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are vital to the oil glands in your dog's skin. They also improve its overall health and immune response. Benecoat® soft chews are a blend of krill and fish oil for dogs without these essential fatty acids.

Why Does My Dog Need Essential Fatty Acids?

Dogs can't make certain nutrients, vitamins and fats. Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are polyunsaturated fats that your dog can't produce. The linolenic and linoleic fatty acids your dog can't product are vital to your dog's health. They.must come from food or supplements. These two main types of fatty acids fall into two groups based on the following qualities:

Omega-6 Fatty Acids

Healthy sources of Omega-6 fatty acids are grains, seeds, nuts and leafy green vegetables.

Types of Omega-6's include:

  • Linoleic acid (LA) - is a polyunsaturated fat. It is in nuts, seeds, and vegetable oil. It lowers the risk of coronary heart disease1.
  • Gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) - a fatty acid in vegetable oils. Skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema benefit from GLA.
  • Dihomo-gamma-linolenic acid (DGLA) - made in the body from GLA. It is helpful in fighting inflammation.
  • Arachidonic acid (AA) is a polyunsaturated fatty acid found in meats and animal fats. It is essential for metabolism. And it is vital for brain, liver, and organ function.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3's come from linolenic acid. Flax, walnuts, soy, fish and krill contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids.

Types of Omega-3’s include:

  • Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) - a fatty acid. It is in the tissues of coldwater fish. It helps lower risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and inflammation.2
  • Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) - is another fatty acid. It also is present in the tissues of coldwater fish. It's critical for brain development and function.3
  • Alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) - is a fatty acid found in plants. It helps build cell membranes, control blood clotting, and reduce inflammation

Why Are Omega-6 and Omega-3 Fatty Acids Important to Dogs?

Omega Fatty Acids are essential to your dog's overall health. They contribute to soft skin and a shiny coat. They maintain healthy eyes, heart, and immune system.

Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids benefits start at the cellular level. They keep cell membranes permeable and flexible. They allow nutrients and waste to pass in and out of the cell. EFAs assist the different organs and systems in your dog's body. This leads to better energy production, oxygen uptake, and immune function.

In addition, Omega-3 Fatty Acids supports:

  • Eye, retinal and visual cortex development
  • Maintenance of healthy blood pressure levels
  • Regulation of blood clotting abilities
  • Decreasing triglyceride and cholesterol levels. This prevents heart problems.
  • Improved skin allergies in dogs
  • Reduced inflammation. This helps with arthritis and overall joint health
  • Brain function and behavior

Essential Fatty Acids for Dogs

Why Does My Dog Need Essential Fatty Acid Supplements?

Omega Fatty Acids are critical for your dog's health. They are vital for hair, skin and coat, brain and immune function. Dogs need the fatty acids that they cannot produce. Make sure your dog receives the proper balance of Omega 3 and 6 Fatty Acids. The recommended ratio for Omega-3 to Omega-6 is 5:1. Household pets rarely receive the proper ratio.

Store-bought dog food brands sometimes have problems. They typically contain larger than necessary amounts of Omega-6 Fatty Acids. Livestock raised to become pet food eat a diet of grains. These grains (fats, which are high in Omega-6's) stay in their tissues.

Your dog eats this food and the improper amounts of Omega-6 that it contains. Many dog food brands add corn, grain, and vegetable oils to their list of ingredients. Some commercial dog foods are incorrectly formulated with high amounts of Omega-6's and small amounts of Omega-3's. Hill's Science Diet and Purina are great brands that have spent millions of dollars in research and development and have gotten it right.

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

  • Dry Skin, which can cause it to itch.
  • Skin irritation such as itching or redness, eczema, psoriasis, or an infection
  • Skin allergies
  • Dermatitis
  • Bacterial and yeast infections of the skin
  • Bad odors or smells
  • A dull coat
  • Flaking skin or dry, scaly spots
  • Greasy spots on coat or skin
  • Shedding

Benecoat® has the ideal ratio of Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids that dogs need. It supports oil glands in the skin and maintains a healthy immune response.

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

There are different sources of oils. Fish and marine body oils are healthier than those from nuts or seeds. The best fish oil formulas contain multiple sources of fats. They supply the proper ratios of Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.

An ideal source of Omega-3 Fatty Acid is Krill Oil. Krill is a tiny, sustainable crustacean marine animal. They 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 uses Krill Oil. It is a natural source of Omega-3 with many benefits.

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

  • It's highly absorbable, which means you can give smaller doses for your pet
  • It delivers DHA and EPA phospholipids directly to the cells
  • It's free from heavy metals, toxins and pollutants
  • It's renewable and a sustainable food source

Can Dogs Eat Human Fish Oil?

Yes! There is no toxicity level for fish oil, so it 100% safe. However, large doses may exceed your dog’s capacity to absorb it. Extremely high doses may lead to side-effects such as digestive upset, loose stools, vomiting, and diarrhea. If any of these issues happen, they are not permanent, only temporary. Lower the dose and these side-effects will go away.

Can you give your dog human fish oil softgels?

Yes. Human fish oil capsules and softgels are good for dogs but are not as easy to give as chews or liquids. It's tedious to open 10-30 softgels to get the correct dose. It's more efficient to give fish oil to your dog that is bacon or cheese flavored. Human supplements are sometimes flavored with lemon and peach. They also can be flavored with xylitol, which can kill your dog very quickly.

Which human brands of fish oil are best for my dog?

The best human brands of fish oil are made by long-established companies that have been around for over 50 years. We've hand-selected four that are suitable for your pet. Be aware that some human brands contain xylitol, a sweetener that is deadly to dogs, yet harmless to humans. All the supplements selected below are safe for your pet at the time of this writing. Be sure to check the labels for any changes.

Quick note: We've added two liquids to this selection as it's easier to add a liquid to food.

What Dosage of Fish Oil Should I Give My Dog Daily?

The recommended dose of 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.

It's important to remember that while fish oil is harmless and non-toxic, it may cause some unwelcome side effects in your dog. Loose stools and diarrhea can occur if your dog has unknown health issues.

Keep in mind that while your dog may tolerate a maximum dose of fish oil, a smaller treatment may be more appropriate. Start with, ¼ of the recommended dose and gradually 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.

BeneCoat® Professional Hair and Skin Formula provides a superior concentration per dose than some human fish oil products.

How Often Should I Give My Dog Fish Oil?

You can give fish oil for dogs in its recommended dosages all at once or, you can spread it out throughout the day. Each BeneCoat® Professional soft chew provides the recommended daily amount of fish oil for a 25-pound dog. If your dog is larger, you can give it more chews. If it is smaller, you can cut BeneCoat® soft chews in half for smaller dogs or to spread out doses throughout the day.

Can I Give My Dog Coconut Oil Instead of Fish Oil?

Coconut oil is great for dogs but doesn't have the EFAs that your dog needs. Coconut oil has medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) which also can help your dog. These medium-chained triglycerides have capric acid, caprylic acid, and myristic acid. These triglycerides can help fight yeast, fungal and parasitic infestations.

It can be given orally or applied to your dog's skin and coat. It can be used to disinfect cuts, improve your dog’s skin and coat, and help speed the healing of wounds.

Does Essential Fatty Acids for Dogs improve all types of dogs coats?

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 doesn't 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

Do other retailers carry BeneCoat® Fish Oil for Dogs?

To keep your costs low, we sell directly to the consumer. However, some customers enjoy the benefits of ordering directly from

Many consumers are comfortable with them. So we now offer our products through them. Here is where to buy BeneCoat® Fish Oil Softchews for Dogs.Fish Oil Softchews for dogs at

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.
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5. Optimizing skin and coat condition in the dog. David H. Lloyd PhD, BVetMed, FRCVS, DipECVD

Additional Info

Additional Info

Home Products Short Description Benecoat® is our Hair & Skin Formula. It's a soft chew for your dog, packed with essential fatty acids (EFAs) from fish oil and krill oil.

Each chew has the correct ratio of EFAs. These 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, MSM, Collagen and Linoleic acids (LA).

Learn how omega-3 fish oil fights allergies, dry and itchy skin and gives your dog a shiny coat. Have your dog look as healthy as the day you brought him home!

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