Fish oil for dogs is a great alternative when whole fish isn’t an option.
As a raw feeder, I know how important it is to add fish to raw dog food.
Fish Oil For Dogs Benefits
Fish oil is a natural anti-inflammatory. As such, it helps with the following conditions:
- Itchy Skin & Coat
- Joint Problems & Osteoarthritis
- Neurological & Cognition Problems
- Cardiovascular Health Problems
- Inflammatory or Autoimmune Disease
- Renal Disease & Gastrointestinal Health
Additionally, it also helps to balance out the omega-6 fatty acid content of poultry and ruminants like beef and lamb.
I personally switch between fish oil and whole fish such as sardines, herring, anchovies, salmon and mackerel.
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Fish Oil For Dogs: Bonnie & Clyde’s Wild Omega-3 Fish Oil
However, when Bonnie & Clyde’s founder Jon reached out to see if my pups Missy & Buzz would be interested in trying his Wild Omega-3 Fish Oil, I definitely said “yes”. That’s because I had heard great things about this particular fish oil.
I have to admit that it’s also a lot more convenient to pump or pour oil out of a bottle than preparing whole, raw fish. So there’s that!
Interestingly enough, I had been contacted by a different company who makes joint & deshedding supplements several weeks before. However, I couldn’t agree to work with them after I took a closer look at their ingredient list.
They included questionable ingredients such as soy & silicone dioxide. Both definitely made it a no-brainer for me to politely decline.
Here’s why Bonnie & Clyde’s Wild Omega-3 Fish Oil convinced me.
They only use 2 human-quality ingredients to make the oil which haven’t been treated with growth hormones, antibiotics, or chemicals. That’s as opposed to pet-grade ingredients.
Who are Bonnie & Clyde?
A few years ago, founder Jon & his fiancée found 2 white, emaciated, sick cats in a barn and gave them their new forever home. Siblings Bonnie & Clyde are now the namesake of Jon’s company Bonnie & Clyde Premium Pet Goods!
Side note: You may have noticed a dog and a cat in Bonnie & Clyde’s logo, as opposed to two cats. The simple reasoning behind this is that Bonnie & Clyde’s products are for both dogs AND cats!
Hooray for all you multi-pet-species households.
Premium Fish Oil For Dogs Rich in EPA/DHA Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Bonnie & Clyde Premium Pet Goods offer THE premium fish oil currently available on the market!
It’s human grade, wild caught, and sustainably fished. Additionally, it has an extremely high EPA/DHA Omega-3 Fatty Acid content & non-GMO Vitamin E. 2 ml of the fish oil contain 276 mg EPA, 184 mg DHA, and 40 IU Natural Vitamin E.
What Exactly Are Omega-3 Fatty Acids?
Omega-3 Fatty Acids are highly unsaturated fats – the good kind of fats. There are essentially 2 different kinds of Omega-3 Fatty Acids: Less powerful ones, and more powerful ones.
The less powerful ones are ALA (AlphaLinolenic Acid). They’re found in plants and nuts such as flaxseed and walnut and are often included in inferior pet supplements.
The more powerful ones are EPA & DHA (EicosaPentaenoic Acid and DocosaHexaenoic Acid) and occur in cold water fish. They’re the ones that Jon chose to include in his pet supplement.
Fish Oil from Wild Caught Sardines, Anchovies, & Mackarel (not farmed)
Bonnie & Clyde’s fish oil is extracted from sardines, anchovies, and mackerels. They’re mostly sourced in the South Pacific (Chile, Peru). Sometimes, they’re also sourced off the coast of North Africa (Morocco), depending on seasonal availability.
It’s more concentrated than salmon, pollock, krill, and cod liver oil.
The fish oil is manufactured in a 100% carbon neutral, ISO-9001, and GMP (Good Manufacturing Practices)-certified facility in Iceland. This means that the facility meets international quality management standards.
Natural Vitamin E from Non-GMO Argentinian Sunflowers
This natural, d-alpha tocopherol vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant and the most biologically active form of vitamin E you can get!
It helps keep the oil fresh, and is derived from non-GMO Argentinian sunflowers.
Good to know: GMO is short for Genetically Modified Organisms.
It also helps protect dogs (& cats) from free radicals and oxidative stress. Dogs need more Vitamin E when consuming more dietary fats like Omega-3s. That’s why it’s pretty clever to combine the Omega-3s with the Vitamin E, rather than having to supplement the Vitamin E separately.
The Vitamin E is manufactured in Argentina, in a GMP and FDA-registered facility.
Side Note: Soy is one of the main sources of Vitamin E. Bonnie & Clyde Premium Pet Goods chose not to source their Vitamin E from soy because many dogs are allergic to it.
Studies have found that dogs will typically start experiencing benefits within 3-8 weeks of daily fish oil intake.
Bonnie & Clyde’s Fish Oil Shelf Life & $0.29 Per-Day Cost!
Bonnie & Clyde’s Wild Fish Oil will last 4 months once opened and needs to be refrigerated.
The 16 oz bottle we received is labeled “For Big Dogs & Multiple Dog Households”.
While the fish oil can be given to both dogs & cats, this particular size bottle should only be purchased for large dogs.
That’s because its shelf life does not exceed 4 months. Note that small dogs & cats need considerably less oil per day than large dogs.
According to Bonnie & Clyde’s Premium Pet Goods, the bottle will last 99 days for a 50 lb dog. That translates into a $0.29 per day cost!
2 Ways to Feed Bonnie & Clyde’s Fish Oil: Convenient Pump & Pouring Cap
Every bottle of wild fish oil comes with a convenient, easy-to-serve 2 ml-pump and a pouring cap.
How Much Fish Oil Should I Give My Dog A Day?
I found the pump easiest to measure out the pups’ respective oil needs which are 1 pump per 20 lb.
That means that Missy (50 lb) gets 2.5 pumps per day, & Buzz (70 lb) gets 3.5 pumps per day. However, I can see it being easier using the pouring cap for smaller pets’ oil needs than trying to capture 1/4 or 3/4 of a pump, ha!
Use With Raw Dog Food Or With Kibble
You can add Bonnie & Clyde’s fish oil to any type of dog food. It doesn’t have to be raw dog food you add it to, that’s just my personal preference.
It also works great with kibble, wet dog food or cooked dog food.
Introduce Bonnie & Clyde’s Fish Oil Slowly Due to Its Concentrated Form
Our bottle arrived with a thank you & instructions card, reminding us to start using the fish oil slowly.
Since it’s concentrated, adding too much during the first few days can cause diarrhea & loose stool.
Since Missy’s daily allowance is 2.5 pumps, I started adding half a pump once a day to her food. Buzz’s allowance calls for 3.5 pumps, so I started with 1 daily pump for him.
Missy did just fine with the half pump for a few days, but Buzz had loose stool after I added the first full pump to his meal. That wasn’t really surprising since he has a sensitive tummy.
I waited 24 hours before adding more fish oil to his food, and lowered the dosage to half a pump, which I continued giving for the first week.
Beginning in week 2, I slowly increased both pups’ dosages, and have now arrived at their recommended respective amounts. I’m glad to report that there has not been any more loose stool!
Bonnie & Clyde’s Fish Oil is Odorless to Humans, Yet Tasty to Dogs!
The manufacturing process removes the fish oil scent from the bottle. That means that my human nose doesn’t smell anything fishy at all, but Missy’s & Buzz’s fine taste buds seem to be very attracted to its contents!
Apparently this fish oil does have the power to entice picky eaters who are fed a dry food diet to dig in again!
I read several reviews of the fish oil on Amazon which stated just that! Since feeding the pups a raw diet, I no longer have any issues getting our picky eater Buzz to eat, but he still does appreciate the fish oil add-on!
16 oz Currently on Sale for $28.95 With Free Standard Shipping in the Continental United States
The large 16 oz bottle of Bonnie & Clyde’s premium wild fish oil retails for $41.95 and is currently on sale for $28.95 (standard shipping within the Continental US is always free). As of now, this is the only size available. However, a smaller size bottle of the fish oil will be made available in 2016.
Update 2019: The smaller size bottle is now available in 8 oz and retails for $19.95.
Update 2020: My current pup Wally has a bunch of food sensitivities, and can’t have sardines and anchovies.
That’s why he can’t have any of Bonnie & Clyde’s fish oil, or I would switch back and forth between the oil and whole fish. So for him, I feed whole herring, lake trout, and mackerel.
Bonnie & Clyde’s Fish Oil For Dogs Side Effects
Vitamin E can have an effect on blood clotting.
If your dog (or cat) takes blood-thinning medication or has a bleeding disorder, you should consult with your veterinarian before adding the fish oil to your pet’s diet.
100% Lifetime Money Back Guarantee
That’s how confident Bonnie & Clyde Premium Pet Goods are in their wild fish oil.
They will refund your money no questions asked if you are unsatisfied with the quality of the oil at any point after the purchase.
Fish Oil For Dogs: Final Thoughts on Bonnie & Clyde’s Wild Omega-3 Fish Oil
Fish oil for dogs works great to prevent and help with arthritis, joint problems, hip dysplasia, or any other inflammatory diseases.
Bonnie & Clyde’s Wild omega-3 fish oil is extracted from wild-caught sardines, anchovies, and mackerels.
It’s easy to portion out and doesn’t smell fishy. I also like that it lasts 4 months once it’s been opened. That’s a decent amount of time.
The only inconvenience is that it needs to be refrigerated once opened. Since I’m used to keeping my raw dog food in the fridge and freezer, I personally don’t mind!
Comments or questions? Please leave them below in the comment section!
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This sounds awesome. We will definitely check this out. Maddie has a lot of problems with her hips since she is older, so she can use any help!!
Aw, poor Maddie pup, but she sounds like the perfect candidate for the fish oil with her hip problems.
This looks interesting. Haley’s been on EicosaDerm Fish Oil for awhile, but their liquid pump version kept getting clogged up and then when you pumped it, the fish oil would spray in every direction except straight down. It would end up on my shirt, the wall, you name it! I’ve had her on the capsule version for awhile, but she doesn’t always eat the capsules. Maybe I should switch to this liquid brand and see how it goes. Thanks for the great info!
I’m very glad you enjoyed reading about this particular fish oil, Elaine! Maybe give it a try – it’s on sale currently 😉
I don’t think that Bonnie & Clyde’s pump will clog up – they tested several different ones (who knew there were differences in quality in pumps!!) and went with the best (also the most expensive one).
I’m very curious about this special process that removes the smell.
We bought our boat in a marina across from the Omega Protein fish processing plant–the source of much American fish oil products. And believe me, it stank enough to put blisters on the inside of your nose.
I don’t have any information about the exact how’s of the fish-removing process, but I’ll contact Jon and see if he can provide some more insight into it! Thank you for your interest, Pamela!
Yikes, I can imagine the smell…Bonnie & Clyde’s fish oil is manufactured in Iceland though 🙂
The initial deodorizing process is done at a world-class facility in Iceland, where they inject water vapor into the fish oil.
The water vapor evaporates, taking with it the volatile flavor/smell compounds that give fish their characteristic smell.
Since omega-3 fatty acids are so sensitive to oxidation, the fish oil is transported with the air flushed out of it, only leaving nitrogen at the top of the drums.
Once it arrives in the US, it’s combined with our natural source vitamin E (d-alpha tocopherol) from non-GMO Argentinian sunflowers (which makes our product soy+gluten free by the way ;).
The vitamin E’s purpose is two-fold: it helps to preserve the oil, extending the shelf life and stability of our product; it also helps to protect your dog against lipid peroxidation.
Basically the fatty acids in fish oil will degrade from exposure to oxygen, and can create free radicals in your dog’s body. This can also deplete the vitamin E stores in your dog’s body.
Finally, when the product is actually bottled from the drums into the individual 16oz bottles, there’s one last step for quality assurance.
Right before applying a foil induction seal to the neck of the bottle, there’s a quick jet of nitrogen to purge the space between the top of the oil and the cap. This ensures there’s no lipid peroxidation process taking place while your product is warehoused and shipped to you.
There you have it, our secrets for stink-free fish oil 🙂
Please let me know if you have any other questions or concerns!
Founder, Bonnie and Clyde Pet Goods
We still have capsules, but I’m liking this idea of the pump. May have to try it.
Give it a try – it’s super convenient.
I really appreciate that you only review things you believe in 100 percent and don’t have questionable ingredients. She is family and I would not want to give her something I couldn’t even ingest. It is crazy how the standards can be so different for dogs. And that picture of the cats, oh my goodness!!
Thank you for saying that, Julie, I REALLY do appreciate that! Testing & reviewing a product that doesn’t convince me, especially as far as nutrition is concerned, would conflict with the message I’m trying to send. I simply refuse to feed my dogs any ingredients that are superfluous – if that means doing less blog posts and getting sent less products from a variety of brands, so be it.