Yes. Flaxseeds contain Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids, which help improve a dog’s coat and skin. Flaxseed also contains alpha-linoleic acid, which has anti-inflammatory properties and boosts the immune system.
First a word of caution: If you purchase whole flaxseed, you must grind it immediately before serving. Whole flaxseeds will pass through a dog’s digestive system undigested, for one thing, and the fats in flaxseed will go rancid not long after grinding. You’re better off adding liquid or ground flaxseed to your dog’s usual bowl of food. Or offer flaxseed capsules as a treat. Check with your vet about how much flaxseed you should add to your dog’s diet.
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