AllerG-3™ Capsules (Small Breeds)
Fatty Acids supplement (Small Animal)
Omega fatty acids are considered essential nutrients. They are required by many parts of the body to function normally. Fatty Acid Supplements may contain omega 3-fatty acids, omega 6-fatty acids, and a vitamin/mineral supplement. These nutrients are obtained in the diet and adequate levels are required to support optimum health. A diet that is not completely balanced can result in deficiencies and promote nutrition-related disease. These products are given by mouth and are commonly available in the form of capsules and liquid pumps.
WHAT IS THIS PRODUCT?
- Omega 3 fatty acids such as alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), docosahexaenoic (DHA), and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) are primarily from fish oil, flaxseed oil, and canola oil. They have the ability to regulate inflammatory and immune responses in the body.
- Omega 6 fatty acids such as gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) and linoleic acid (LA) are primarily from plants such as corn oil, soybean oil, and sunflower oil. They are important for keeping your pet’s coat and skin healthy.
- Vitamin and minerals play an important role in your pet’s overall health.
WHAT DOGS/CATS SHOULD NOT TAKE THIS PRODUCT?
- Safety in breeding, pregnant, or nursing animals has not been established
- Caution is advised in pets with a history of clotting disorders or pets currently taking anticoagulant medications
- Animals with a known hypersensitivity or allergy to this supplement should not take this product
Fatty Acid Supplements should be given according to your veterinarian’s instructions. Read and follow the product label carefully.
Many of these products do not have immediate results; they require long term usage. It is recommended that this supplement be given for as long as your veterinarian directs.
With the guidance of your veterinarian, experimentation with the dose may be necessary to achieve the best results for your pet. Further dose adjustments may be made based upon an assessment of how your pet is responding clinically.
It is ideal to give this supplement at the same time daily. Fatty acid supplements can be given either as a treat or during a meal. If liquid pump formulations are applied on top of the food, ensure that your pet eats the full meal.
Capsules can either be given directly by mouth or punctured and the liquid contents applied to the top of the food.
Supplements are not regulated by the FDA. As such, they have not been required to go through the same rigorous testing for efficacy that drugs undergo. Many products on the market are high quality and are made by reputable companies. Consult with your veterinarian to choose the right product for your pet.
WHAT IF A DOSE IS MISSED?
If a dose is missed, give it as soon as you can. If it is time already for the next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to the normal schedule. Do not give two doses at the same time.
STORAGE AND WARNINGS:
Fatty Acid Supplements should be stored in a childproof container in a cool, dry place at room temperature away from heat and direct sunlight.
Avoid spilling liquid formulations on valuable items.
Keep this and all medication out of reach of children and pets.
Call your physician immediately if you accidentally take this product.
POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS:
- These products are usually well tolerated and adverse reactions are uncommon at recommended doses
- Notify your veterinarian immediately if your pet experiences any adverse reactions to this product
CAN THIS DRUG BE GIVEN WITH OTHER DRUGS?
- Commonly used in combination with drugs used to treat skin conditions and arthritis
- Caution is advised when given Fatty Acid Supplements with drugs that can influence platelet function or blood clotting (aspirin, heparin, and warfarin)
- Drugs other than those listed may also interact with Fatty Acid Supplements
- Do not give new food or medications without first talking to your veterinarian
- If your pet experiences any unusual reactions when taking multiple medications, contact your veterinarian
Contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet receives more than the recommended amount.
WHAT TO TELL/ASK A VETERINARIAN BEFORE GIVING THIS PRODUCT?Talk to your veterinarian about:
- What tests may need to be performed prior to and during treatment with this supplement
- When your pet may need to be re-examined
- What are the risks and benefits of using this supplement
- If your pet has experienced side effects on other drugs/products
- If your pet has experienced any other medical problems or allergies
- If your pet has experienced digestive upset now or ever
- All medicines and supplements that you are giving your pet or plan to give your pet, including those you can get without a prescription. Your veterinarian may want to check that all of your pet’s medications can be given together.
- If your pet is pregnant, nursing or if you plan to breed your pet in the near future
WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW?
Notify your veterinarian if your pet’s condition does not improve or worsens despite this treatment.
As with all supplements, it should only be given to the pet for which it was recommended.
This is just a summary of information about Fatty Acid Supplements. If you have any questions or concerns about this product or for the condition it was recommended, please contact your veterinarian.