Dear Dr. Smith,
I want to give my 18-year-old cat EFA oils to ward off kidney failure, but he’s allergic to fish. I’m already giving him Immugen and a multi-vitamin and have him on a low-carbohydrate food. Is flaxseed oil a good alternative to fish oils?
Thank you for your inquiry to Holistic Pet Info. Omega 3 fatty acids (fish oil) actually don’t contain the proteins that cause allergic responses. Therefore even with fish allergies, EFA’s should not cause a problem. I do recommend EFA’s over flaxseed oil, primarily because EPA’s and DHA’s which are anti-inflammatory and immune supportive are found in the highest concentration in Omega 3’s. EPA’s and DHA’s must be produced by the body with flaxseed but is already contained in high concentrations in fish oil, consequently much easier for the body to process. Super EPA is an excellent source of Omega 3 fatty acids.
Immugen, the multi-vitamin and his diet are excellent place to start to support you cat with kidney disease. Best of luck.
Colleen Smith DVM, CVA