The most effective and beneficial approach to solving your dog’s anxiety issues is definitely NOT medicating your dog with anti-depressants such as Doggie-Prozac. Doggie-Prozac will not cure your dog – in addition it can also cause very serious health issues, you can read about that here. On the other hand, ensuring that your dog has a sufficient daily intake of quality Omega-3 fatty acids can have a beneficial effect on your dog’s ability to overcome anxiety.
- My primary focus in curing anxiety in a dog is to observe, analyze and improve the dog’s peoples’ habits and communication skills;
- Then once habits and communication are addressed it is time to look at the dog’s overall diet.
- Increases the fluidity of cell membranes;
- Improves communication between brain cells;
- As such daily ingestion of enough EPA:
- Works to support proper functioning of the brain, and;
- Enables calming.
- The brain is very sensitive to cellular inflammation.
- Cellular inflammation creates a breakdown in the signalling between cells.
- When breakdown occurs the brain cannot function at optimal levels.
When the level of Omega 3 fatty acids available to the brain are insufficient, neuro-inflammation is exacerbated and disruption of signalling between nerves becomes significant.
- To make matters worse, when coupled with increased consumption of omega-6 fatty acids refined carbohydrates (such as wheat flour, rice and sugar):
- Increase insulin production;
- Which in-turn increases the amount of AA (the Omega-6 fatty acid which causes inflammation);
- At the same time decreased consumption of EPA:
- Results in an increased AA to EPA ratio;
- Which further exacerbates inflammation.
When the brain is not receiving sufficient daily amounts of DHA, serotonin levels are decreased. Decreased levels of serotonin are associated with anxiety.
- Compromise the blood-brain barrier.
- This barrier protects the brain from uninhibited flow of undesirable substances/matter into the brain;
- Decrease normal blood flow to the brain;
- Decrease phosphatidylserine (PS) levels;
- PS is a naturally occurring anti-depressant, and also helps improve the ability to concentrate.
- I encourage you to read the food manufactures’ label,and;
- Check the Omega-3 vs. Omega-6 fatty acid percentage, and;
- Then supplement your dog’s diet with Omega-3 fatty acids to suit.
- You can read more about Omega Fatty Acids for your dog:
- All of the other ways Omega-3 fatty acids support your dog’s health;
- Options for providing Omega-3 fatty acids in your dog’s daily diet;
by clicking here.