Omega-3 and omega 6-fatty acids
Drs. Foster and Smith Vitacaps, Drs. Foster and Smith Vitacoat, Derm Caps, EFA-Caps and Liquid, Omega EFA, 3V Caps, Omega-3 Caps
Type of Drug
Fatty acid supplements
Form and Storage
Capsules and liquids
Store in a cool, dry place.
Indications for Use
Aid in managment of itching and inflammation associated with allergies, idiopathic seborrhea, certain cancers, dull and dry hair coats, and, in cats, itching due to miliary dermatitis and eosinophilic granuloma complex. Are also thought to support the health of joints and other organs in the body.
Available by prescription and over the counter. The two main types of fatty acids are omega-3 and omega-6. These are necessary to have in a certain level in the diet to allow for healthy skin and haircoat and the normal functioning of many other body systems. May take 2-3 months before notice an effect from the treatment. May need to treat seasonally. Recommended to give year-round for the best results.
Usual Dose and Administration
See label on container. Usually given twice a day.
May see vomiting or diarrhea if given in higher doses. Cut back on the amount given and slowly (over a period of a week or more) increase the dose to the recommended amount.
If product includes vitamin A, determine the amount of vitamin A in the food and any other supplements which are given so the entire amount of vitamin A given is not over the maximum recommended amount.
Drug or Food Interactions
No known food interactions.
May see vomiting, diarrhea. In rare cases of extreme overdosage, could see pancreatitis (an inflammation of the pancreas caused by an increase of fat in the diet). If product contains vitamin A, may see vitamin A toxicosis if excessive amounts of the supplement are given.